Contrast sensors now with IO-Link
Published: 11 January 2012 - Heather Ramsden
Leuze electronic’s latest range of contrast sensors come from a completely new common design platform which has provided a high level of component integration which in turn has created many customer benefits. The most obvious visually is that the compact design has enabled the KRT 3B contrast scanner to be the smallest in the world and at an affordable price.
Despite its small size, the KRT 3B is available in a choice of multicolour RGB or white light versions. It offers an additional option of laser light to ensure accurate switching in challenging applications.
Another advantage of the common design philosophy is that all of these sensors feature IO-Link to offer full adjustment remotely during start-up, production or during service. For example, sensor calibration is no longer necessary because all of the necessary process parameters for up to 30 configurations can be stored within the sensor. Product changes can therefore easily be made over the IO-Link within a few milliseconds.
An even wider range of diagnostic functions can also be called up via IO-Link because these sensors support the new IO-Link concept where the data is retained. Sensor replacement during service is simple as all relevant data is automatically backed up and duplicated.