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Photoelectric sensor

03 January 2018

Balluff has launched the new technically advanced BOS 21M ADCAP photoelectric sensor. Configuration of this multi-function sensor is accomplished via IO-Link.

Satisfying the requirements of modern production concepts and Industry 4.0 applications, the BOS 21M ADCAP joins Balluff's leading portfolio of photoelectric sensors which includes all standard sensing modes and miniature sizes.

"The BOS 21M ADCAP stands for ADvanced CAPabilities which this sensor definitely demonstrates with its programmable functionality," says Jack Moermond, Balluff Photoelectric Product marketing manager. "Not only can it provide a number of functionalities in one sensor; but you can also programme the various sensing modes."

One sensor can be configured as background suppression, diffuse, retroreflective or through-beam and these modes can be changed on the fly to meet the demands of flexible manufacturing processes or support recipe and format changes in production. One part number simplifies design of equipment regardless of sensor application required. For a plant, one part number can be used for many applications, condensing spare part inventories.

The sensor also has the ability to provide simple distributed logic such as counting parts, speed monitoring, and controlling the outputs accordingly. With IO-Link, simple installation and easy controls integration translates to cost savings for machine builders on design, build, and commissioning; while manufacturers see a value in the ability to hot-swap smart sensors via the automatic parameterisation functionality.