Friday, August 29, 2014

Banner Extends Its Sensor Family with the LE250

Meet the latest addition to Banner's L-Gage LE family of sensors: the LE250. With the same sturdy housing, intuitive user interface and linear array technology as the LE550, the LE250 inherits its reputation as an easy-to-use and reliable sensor.

The LE250’s optics have been optimized for improved performance over the 100 to 400 mm range. With a resolution of 0.02 mm out to 250 mm, and a resolution below 0.2 mm out to 400 mm, the LE250 actually provides better repeatability and accuracy than the LE550 for solving applications where more precision is needed. Additionally, the smaller spot size is ideal for detecting smaller features and provides enhanced performance across varying colors, including multicolored packaging.

With many competitors priced closer to $1000, the LE250 also provides a performance/price ratio unmatched by the competition.

Features & Benefits
  • Ready to measure from 100 to 400 mm right out of the box
  • Linear array provides repeatability and accuracy for challenging targets 
  • Priced below competition with similar performance
  • Easy to set up and use with a two-line, eight-character display
  • Visible class 2 laser for small spot size and easy alignment

Applications: Quality Control, Error-Proofing & Process Control

  • Validate part thickness/height
  • Verify correct assembly of components 
  • Verify part presence (weld nuts, gaskets, etc.)
  • Positioning of robot end effector or nozzle 
  • Loop/tension control 
  • Part identification/sorting

Friday, August 8, 2014

Siemens HMI Stainless Steel Front Comfort Panels

Siemens SIMATIC HMI Comfort Panels with stainless steel fronts are specially designed for use in the food and beverage, pharmaceutical, cosmetics and fine chemical industries as well as other hygienic areas.  They feature the same functions as the standard Comfort Panels and fit into the same panel cutouts. 

The high quality requirements of the food and beverage industries necessitate a high standard of the food processing machinery. The essential issue in this case is that all facilities and components are easy to clean and disinfect, so that cross-contamination of food products can be avoided.

The panel's stainless steel front is ground with 240 grain and thus has a suitably smooth surface. The foil enclosing the display has been tested with respect to chemical stability; it minimizes grooves and gaps in which microorganisms can be deposited and in addition provides splinter protection for the display.

  • Easy to clean due to resistant and strong stainless steel front with a smooth surface; grooves and gaps have been minimized
  • High IP66K degree of protection on front for enhanced tightness and stability
  • Food compatible gasket and splinter protection for the display to avoid contamination of foodstuffs 
  • Optimized frame design with small protrusion over the cabinet for self-drainage of liquids

Product Features of TP700 Comfort INOX

General Features
7“ TFT widescreen display
Resolution (pixels) 
800 x 480
MTBF of backlight (at 25°C) 
80 000 hrs
Power supply
24 V DC
MaterialStainless steel 1.4301, Polyester-based foil
Steel brushed, 240 grain
Device gasket
EPDM, molded part
Special featurecontinuous line decorative overlay
Ambient conditions
Degree of protection, front 
IP66K, Enclosure Type  4 and 4x (indoor use only)
Degree of protection, rear
Ambient temp. during operation
0 … 50 °C
Relative humidity           max. 85 %, no condensation
Transport / storage temp.
- 20°C … + 60°C

 Food & Beverage, pharmaceutical, fine chemical industries, other hygienic areas
Outside dimensions (W x H in mm) 
 214 x 158
Mounting depth in mm
 197 x 141
 1.88 kg
Special feature
Stainless steel tenter frame, mounting brackets made of die-cast Aluminium

Friday, August 1, 2014

TURCK's New Stainless Steel Sensors for Compact Applications

TURCK is proud to announce the addition of new 4mm and 5mm barrel sensors to its existing lineup. The new EG05K an EH04K are 15mm shorter than the standard EG05 and EH04, which allows the sensors to be used in applications previously not possible. These new, more compact sensors are a welcome addition to the stamping industry, medical device manufacturing and any application where small sensors are a requirement. 

The EG05K and EG04K are housed in a stainless steel barrel and come with a high flex TPU cable ensuring it can withstand harsh applications including those involving corrosive chemicals. Offering a 1mm sensing range and flush mounting, the EG05K and EH04K reduce the chance of damage while still offering the sensing range demanded. The EG05K and EH04K come equipped with a high visibility LED to provide users a visual indication of the sensor's status.  

"We created the EG05K and EH04K in response to hearing customers request a solution that met the increasingly compact requirements brought on by the shrinking size of machinery", explains John Murphy, Product Manager for TURCK. " These new additions provide our customers with the shortest M4 and M5 sensors on the market while retaining the robust qualities our customers expect from TURCK".