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January 2, 2019

QS18 Expert photoelectric sensors are now available with IO-Link—enabling powerful benefits in a compact, cost-effective, and versatile sensor family. Models are available in diffuse, polarized retro, convergent, and plastic fiber variants to solve common detection applications in automotive, material handling, and packaging industries.

Key Benefits

The new QS18 Expert models join the QS18 Clear Object Detection and QS18 Background Suppression sensors already available with IO-Link to provide a complete solution for IO-link enabled photoelectric sensors.

THE VALUE OF IO-LINK IN A COST-EFFECTIVE SENSOR

There are many advantages of IO-Link including standardized and reduced wiring, increased data availability, remote configuration and monitoring, simple device replacement, and advanced diagnostics. Together these capabilities result in overall reduced costs, increased process efficiency, and improved machine availability. Now, these benefits are available in a compact, economical photoelectric sensor. 

GREATER CONTROL OF SENSOR PERFORMANCE

QS18 Expert sensors with IO-Link also allow users to more specifically determine how the sensor will perform. For example, users can set hysteresis sensitivity, on and off delays, offset percentages from teach, and response speeds. In addition, users can set the sensor to Push Pull, PNP, or NPN so that one sensor can be used for any output type. Furthermore, users can control health thresholds to define when to trigger an alert for cleaning or maintenance or signal when a runtime threshold is reached.

THE 5 ADVANTAGES OF IO-LINK

There are many advantages of an IO-Link system including standardized and reduced wiring, increased data availability, remote configuration and monitoring, simple device replacement, and advanced diagnostics. Watch the video here to learn more about how IO-Link can benefit your business.

MORE SENSOR DATA TO SOLVE MORE CHALLENGES

IO-Link sensors provide process data that typically includes sensor output, health, marginal light, marginal dark, and signal strength. The new QS18 Expert sensors with IO-Link provide even more pre-defined process data including:

  • Signal (12 bit ADC value)
  • Counts (detection events since last reset) for counting product being sensed without a PLC 
  • Duration (ms) between events measures time between detection to determine production speed
  • Events per minute to track production rates for Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) calculations and trigger an alarm if goals are not met

This data can trigger real-time alerts or can be logged for long term analysis to improve efficiency and predict maintenance requirements.

For more information, visit https://www.bannerengineering.com/us/en/company/press-releases/qs18-expert-with-io-link.html#.

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