- Contract Packaging
- Leaders in Packaging
- Calendar of Events
Article | November 16, 2011
Pepperl + Fuchs: Divergent beam photoelectric sensors detect transparent, small, glossy targets without a reflector
With the ability to independently detect clear shrink wrap film, PET plastic bottles, glass and other transparent objects without a background, Pepperl+Fuchs’ ML100-8-W divergent beam sensors eliminate the time, cost and machine space associated with installing reflectors.
ML100-8-W sensors can also reliably detect small objects such as wires, yarns or pins over a large area. This facilitates reliable parts detection with a forgiving set-up, and without the need to precisely align a laser or small light spot fiber optic head to the object. Effective sensing solution for glossy materials such as foil pouches or shiny PCBs. ML100 series sensors feature multi-color LEDs that are visible from 360° over long distances for immediate sensor status detection. They are also highly resistant to ambient light, and feature cross-talk protection. Unique PowerBeam alignment with an intense light spot and an industry-standard mounting pattern reduce set-up time, and fully metal bushings provide extremely durable operation even in extended temperature environments from 30° C to +60° C (-22° F to +140° F). These UL and cUL listed sensors are said to reduce energy costs by up to 43% compared with competitive models.
Divergent sensing, also known as wide beam sensing, covers a larger surface area of the target to optimize the likelihood that some part of the object is perpendicular to the light beam and minimize the occurrence of sensing voids.
Related Sponsored Content
E-BOOK SPECIAL REPORT
42 Best Package Designs
Sign up to receive timely updates from our editors and download this e-book consisting of our editors' picks of most notable package designs. Updated for 2014!