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Versatile and compact ultrasonic sensor with IO-Link

09 June 2017

A new compact ultrasonic sensor from Pepperl+Fuchs is said to offer a wide detection range with a minimal dead band. The parameters of these sensors, including the bean width, can be adjusted directly on the device. An IO-Interface is also included. 

The UC-F77 sensor series has been designed to have a housing which is just 31 mm high. Because of  Pepperl+Fuchs patented ultrasonic pulse generation, the sensor is also said to have the shortest dead band of the devices available on the market relative to its detection range (up to 800 mm). This allows the sensor to be used in a wide range of applications.

Parameterisation can either be carried out on the device itself or using the company’s PACTware parameterisation software. The width of the sound beam can be calibrated to the application at hand, and false targets can be suppressed. The UC-F77 provides automatic synchronization -  ultrasonic pulses of up to ten sensors can be coordinated without any external intervention and the devices can be easily operated in close proximity to each other.

The IO-Link interface provides access valuable diagnostic data and additional communication options. The sensors can be mechanically attached in a variety of ways. Users have the option of covering a variety of applications with a single sensor type, reducing both complexity and storage requirements. 

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