Self-contained wireless photoelectric sensor

09 January 2013

What is believed to be the first self-contained wireless photoelectric sensing solution for multiple monitoring and control applications has been introduced by Banner Engineering.

The SureCross Wireless Q45 includes a sensor, radio and internal battery power supply in a single compact and robust housing.

A variety of sensing modes are available in this self-contained wireless series, allowing for functions such as presence/absence, alignment, position, counting, monitoring and detection. Battery life is up to five years, depending on model and application, and the housing is IP67/NEMA 6 rated.

Compared with wireless solutions requiring a separate sensor connected by wire to a radio, the self-contained units are said to make it more economical to add the benefits of wireless communication for both OEMs and end-users.

Signals from the sensors are received at a wireless network gateway that interfaces with all common PLCs, HMIs and other industrial control systems. Basic gateways control two and six sensors, and the system can be expanded for larger scale applications.

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