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SICK’s W4S-3 Hygiene Sensor Eliminates Bacteria Growth in Food & Beverage Applications
SICK, Inc. Posted 04/15/2013New sensor is ideal for harsh washdown environments
Minneapolis, Minn. - SICK, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of sensors, safety systems, machine vision, encoders and automatic identification products for factory and logistics automation, today announced the launch of the W4S-3 Hygiene Photoelectric Sensor. This IP 69K-rated photoelectric sensor is ideal for harsh washdown environments in the food and beverage industry.
The smooth, stainless steel housing of the W4S-3 Hygiene eliminates bacteria growth in applications where food may become lodged in small grooves, crevices or mounting holes. The stainless steel metal housing withstands tough environments with temperatures ranging from -40° to 70° C and retains cleaning agents better than plastic housings. In addition, the W4S-3 features a simple teach button and a clearly visible LED indicator that provides visible status and power indication.
These high-performance sensors feature SICK’s third-generation custom ASIC, which incorporates OES3 technology to provide exceptional background and foreground suppression at an extended range. The W4S-3 is able to ignore stray background reflections, detect multi-colored/shiny objects, and provide high immunity to ambient light in food and beverage, packaging, pharmaceutical, solar and high-pressure washdown applications. The W4S-3 is a reliable, long-term solution without the frequent replacement, downtime and installation costs of other sensors.
SICK is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of sensors, safety systems, machine vision, encoders and automatic identification products for industrial applications. With nearly 450 patents, SICK continues to lead the industry in new product innovations. The diversity of its product line allows SICK to offer solutions at every phase of production in the logistics, automotive, packaging, electronics, food and beverage, and material handling markets. SICK was founded in 1946 and has operations or representation in 65 countries worldwide.
Tracie Manor, Public Relations