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Ready for any application – the W16 and W26 photoelectric sensors

SICK Automation’s W16 and W26 photoelectric sensor product families represent a new generation of photoelectric sensors. The company has streamlined its portfolio of object detection sensors and improved the performance of the individual products by introducing new technologies.  During the process of upgrading the product families, SICK has focused primarily on improving usability and on developing a completely new operating concept known as BluePilot.

This new operating and display concept is an assistance system that enables the sensors to be set up easily, accurately and quickly. Depending on the type of sensor, BluePilot sends a message confirming the sensing distance that has been selected and the reception signal. It also allows different operating modes to be chosen.

The W16 and W26 product families: the highflier in object detection

As a result of SICK’s newly developed technologies, the W16 and W26 sensors are application specialists and can resolve almost any problem, however complex. The patented TwinEye technology® provides the highest level of operational safety in the case of high-gloss, contrasting and uneven surfaces, using one sender and two receivers.

LineSpot technology ensures that perforated, textured and uneven objects, in particular, can be reliably detected. The light spot, which has been extended to form a line, allows optical information to be provided about irregularities, such as gaps or rough surfaces.

In the case of transparent objects, ClearSens technology gives the best perspective. If dirt produced during the production process reduces the amount of light emitted by the reflector, AutoAdapt technology compensates for this by adjusting the switching thresholds. This allows cleaning intervals to be extended and the availability of the sensors to be increased.

However, the new sensors are not only application specialists. They also provide the input required by every process chain on the route toward Industry 4.0. They are all equipped as standard with IO-Link and, as smart sensors, they can play an active role in end-to-end automation networks.

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