IO-Link radar sensors for level measurement

19 January 2021

A new family of IO-Link-capable radar sensors complete Turck's portfolio for level measurement in the 0.35 to 10m range.

The new LRS510 sensors include protection to IP67/69K making them suitable for level applications in factory automation when alternatives such as optical or ultrasonic sensors are unsuitable due to disturbance factors such as dust, wind or light. 

The freely radiating LRS radar sensor offers detailed analysis functions which were previously only possible in the high-end radar sensors. The absence of a metal guide probe enables the sensor to be used in hygiene applications and simplifies commissioning. 

The sensors are available with either two switching outputs or with one switching and one analogue output. Thanks to the additional IO-Link interface and intelligent decentralised signal preprocessing, all variants can provide additional information for processing in condition monitoring applications, including temperature values, operating hours or switching cycles. 

Users of Turck's IO-Link master can call up the Radar Monitor via the IODD configurator without the need for any additional software. The browser-based configuration tool graphically displays the measurement curve of the sensor and offers plain text access to all relevant parameters. This makes it possible to mask out interference signals or to perfectly align with the real-time feedback of the sensor to maximise the reliability of level measurement in challenging applications.

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