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Bracket: Compact 30 mm Swivel; Black rei

Bracket: Compact 30 mm Swivel; Black rei

Item #: SMB30SC

Supplier Part #: 52521
Brand: Banner Engineering

Bracket: Compact 30 mm Swivel, Black reinforced thermoplastic polyester, Wide Range of Articulation, Hardware included
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Plastic Fiber; Diffuse Reflective; Core

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Supplier Part #: 35214
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Plastic Fiber, Diffuse Reflective, Core Dia.: 1.0 mm & 16 x 0.25 mm, Fiber Length 2 m, Coaxial, Thread, Free cut
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Retroreflective Target: Rectangular 80 x

Retroreflective Target: Rectangular 80 x

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Supplier Part #: 73841
Brand: Banner Engineering

Retroreflector: Rectangle 80x50mm, Microprism - Reflectivity Factor: 1.4, Max Temp = 60 degree C, Plastic - Mounting Screw Hole
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Item #: QS18VP6LLPQ8

Supplier Part #: 73246
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WORLD-BEAM QS18 LASER POLAR RETRO, Range: 0.1 to 10 m, Input: 10-30V dc, Output: Complementary Solid State PNP, Euro-Style Quick-Disconnect Connector
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WORLD-BEAM QS18 Series: Laser Adjustable

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Supplier Part #: 73191
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WORLD-BEAM QS18 Series: Laser Adjustable-Field, Range: Cutoff Adjusts Between 30-150 mm, 10-30V dc, Output: Complementary Solid State PNP, 6 in Pigtail Euro-Style Pigtail QD Connector
$233.00 /EA
Bracket: 30 mm; Material: 12 Gauge Stain

Bracket: 30 mm; Material: 12 Gauge Stain

Item #: SMB30MM

Supplier Part #: 27162
Brand: Banner Engineering

Bracket: 30mm, Material: 12 Gauge Stainless Steel, Curved mounting slot for versatility/orientation, Clearance for M6 (1/4 in.) hardware
$13.00 /EA
Bracket: 18 mm Right-Angle-mount; Materi

Bracket: 18 mm Right-Angle-mount; Materi

Item #: SMB18A

Supplier Part #: 33200
Brand: Banner Engineering

Bracket: 18 mm Right Angle-mount, Material: 11 Gauge Stainless Steel, Curved mounting slot for versatility/orientation, Clearance for M4 #8 hardware
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Plastic Fiber, Opposed Mode; Core Dia.:

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Supplier Part #: 42880
Brand: Banner Engineering

Plastic Fiber, Opposed Mode, Core Dia.: 1 mm, Fiber Length 2 m, Free cut
$119.00 /EA
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WORLD-BEAM QS30 Series: High-Powered Rec

Item #: QS30ARXQ

Supplier Part #: 71562
Brand: Banner Engineering

WORLD-BEAM QS30 Series: High-Powered Receiver, Range: 213 m, Input: 10-30V dc, Output: LO (Light Operate) Bipolar: 1 NPN, 1 PNP, Euro-Style Quick Disconnect Connector
$174.00 /EA
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Photo Sensors

As the manufacturing world becomes more integrated with automated technology, it is important to understand how this technology can help you. Industrial automation can make the lives of those working on the production floor easier and help increase a company’s productivity. One type of those helping workers is known as a photoelectric sensor, or photo sensor.

What is a Photo Sensor?

A photo sensor is a device that detects a difference in the light level received from the light source. Consisting primarily of an emitter and a receiver, a photoelectric sensor emits light that when interrupted or reflected by the sensing object, it changes the amount of light that arrives at the receiver.

Photoelectric sensors come in a variety of forms and can be used in many industries to accomplish a diverse list of tasks. ACD provides many varieties of these sensors, including diffuse-reflective, thru-beam, retro-reflective, and distance-settable sensors.

Types of Photoelectric Sensors

There are three major types of photo sensors: thru-beam, retro-reflective, and diffused. Each sensor is described below and has it’s own strengths and a variety of uses.

Thru-Beam Photo Sensors

In thru-beam photoelectric sensing, also known as opposed mode, there are two separate devices that are used to make or break a beam. One sensor houses the light emitter while the other houses the receiver. A thru-beam sensor uses object detection by the light beam between the two sensors being interrupted by an object passing through.

Thru-Beam Applications

  • Detect objects
    • Very small objects
  • Opaque objects
  • Detect precise location of a specific object
  • Detect spliced or overlapped materials
  • Detect the contents of a container
  • Detect fill levels inside a container
Advantages of using a thru-beam sensor are that it is the most accurate type of sensor and has the longest sensing range of the three main types. Thru-beam photoelectric sensors are also the best choice when using them in a dirty environment. If this object detection method is the best fit for your application, it is important to keep in mind that there will be at least two separate parts which need to be installed in order for this device to work properly.

Retroreflective Photo Sensors

In retroreflective photoelectric sensing, both the emitter (or light source) and receiver are in the same housing. This type of sensor works alongside a reflector where when the light is emitted from the sensor and is aimed at the reflector, it is then sent back to the light receiving element. Retroreflective sensors detect the presence of an object when the light path is interrupted.

Retroreflective Applications

  • Detect reflective tape at high speeds
  • Detect objects moving at high speeds
  • Detect large objects
  • Sense transparent glass or plastic products
Only slightly less accurate than thru-beam photo sensors, retroreflective sensing is a more affordable option. When it comes to working with clear or transparent materials, retroreflective sensors are the best option. Another advantage for using retroreflective sensors is that you only need to wire them on one side while thru-beam sensors require wiring on both sides of the device.

Diffused Photo Sensors

In diffused sensing, also known as optical proximity sensing, the light source and receiver are housed in the same device. Diffused sensors detect objects when the light beam that is emitted towards the target is reflected back to the sensor by the target. With all components in a single housing, this type of sensor is a great option for automation since they are more compact than typical units.

Diffused Applications

  •  Detect fill levels in a container
  • Detect presence of parts, boxes, and other materials
  • Detect multiple objects on a conveyor system
  • Detect identifying features to determine an object’s orientation
Diffused photo sensors are the easiest to install since everything is included in a single device, making it a cost-effective solution to many applications. The drawbacks to diffused sensors are that they are less accurate than thru-beam and retroreflective sensors when used in position detecting and they are not as effective on translucent/clear objects. These sensors can also be affected the most by color, the angle they are placed at, characteristics like texture and dirty environments making then less than ideal for any application that these conditions are possible.