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SICK’s R/IR ZoneControl Sensors Provide Between-the-Roller Mounting
SICK, Inc. Posted 02/07/2014Zero pressure accumulation solutions help control product flow on conveyors
Minneapolis, Minn. – SICK, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of sensors, safety systems, machine vision, encoders and automatic identification solutions for factory and logistics automation, today announced the launch of the R/IR sensors. These sensors are for zero pressure accumulation applications. The unique design of these sensors enables them to be mounted between the rollers on conveyors where mounting space is limited, making the sensors less susceptible to damage.
The IP 67-rated R/IR sensors provide both mounting and system flexibility to help control product flow, prevent jams and improve operational efficiency. Using M12 mounting connectors, users have the ability to daisy chain 50 zones in a series, reducing reflector hardware and installation costs. The two variants, R and IR, include outputs for both electric and pneumatic driven rollers.
The R sensors, which are available as standard sensors, feature an adjustable 900 mm proximity sensing range on a 5 percent black target, eliminating the need for a reflector. The IR sensors, which have integrated logic, don’t require a PLC or PC, eliminating I/O and commissioning time. These sensors are ideal for any application where product damage or derailment may occur on an accumulation conveyor.
SICK is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of sensors, safety systems, machine vision, encoders and automatic identification products for industrial applications. With more than 1000 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 AG was founded in 1946 and has operations or representation in 65 countries worldwide.