Miniature laser sensors detect small objects and gaps

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Miniature laser sensors detect small objects and gapsBaumer Ltd is introducing a new range of miniature 0300 series laser sensors that provide pinpoint accuracy for detecting objects to within 0.1mm and with response times of less than 0.1ms. The 0300 laser sensors with IO-link precisely detect very small gaps and objects, even when closely spaced, so they are excellent for fast or high-throughput processes and applications.

Typical applications for the 0300 miniature laser sensors include assembly and handling, packaging, pharmaceutical, and food and beverage - which often involve large volumes. Thanks to a laser beam that focuses to within and has an accuracy of 0.1mm, objects can be positioned with high precision and follow-up processes can be controlled precisely.

Quick, easy and accurate commissioning

The main advantage of the sensors is their exact alignment thanks to the development by Baumer of qTarget a process whereby the light beam of the sensor is aligned by design to the fixing holes. This eliminates individual part tolerances and ensures that the entire sensor range has a light beam with consistent accuracy. Furthermore, Baumer has also developed qTeach, a new, convenient, wear-free teach-in procedure that means the sensors can be commissioned just by touching them with any ferromagnetic tool - such as a screwdriver. A blue LED light provides clear optical feedback and, to prevent user errors, qTeach locks automatically after five minutes. The combination of qTarget and qTeach ensures safe, reliable and fast commissioning of the sensor, while also eliminating the potential weak points associated with pushbuttons or potentiometers.

Baumer's new 0300 range consists of five options and includes a SmartReflect option, the original light barrier design without the need for a reflector. Even reflecting objects with a size of just 0.5mm can be reliably detected within a sensing distance of 250mm. Stainless steel IP68 and IP69K options are also available, with rugged hygienic designs for easy wash-down for applications in packaging plants for food and pharmaceutical industries.

IO-Link integration means the sensors are ready for Industry 4.0, which further aids quick and easy configuration for all applications using standard network components.

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