01 February 2017
Fresh from the SPS trade fair in November comes a new range of miniature photoelectric sensors from ifm electronic.
The new photocell range consists initially of background suppressed sensors detecting up to 80mm, independent of the object’s colour. The O8 sensors can detect small and flat components, even with dark or polished surfaces, and their range can be set to the nearest millimetre via IO-Link, avoiding the need for complex adjustments of range.
The O8 series is supplied with fixed ranges of 15mm, 30mm, 50mm or 80mm if the user doesn’t want to make adjustments, but the IO-Link facility allows final adjustment of sensitivity and more besides. Light/dark switching and time delays can easily be set, and diagnostics are available via IO-Link, showing that even the smallest sensors can be ready for Industry 4.0.
The robust housing is constructed of stainless steel as well as ABS, with acrylic lenses, and is designed to fit common mounting centres from 13mm to 16mm.