Increase Safety and Efficiency

Posted in: Product News on November 9th, 2016








Pacific Automation is the sales partner of Ampcontrol in Western Australia and the Northern Territory. We are pleased to announce the release of the PF1 integrated pump and fan control relay.

Ampcontrol is at the forefront of electrical protection with over 40 years experience in the design and manufacture of protection and monitoring control relays. In an industry where safety is paramount, Ampcontrol has a proven track record of delivering products to
suit the unique system challenges and hazards of hard rock mining applications. This comprehensive and cost effective range of relays
ensure safe and stable electrical systems and provide:

• Increased personnel protection and safety
• Continuous monitoring of electrical system integrity
• Increased plant protection and improved economic efficiency
• Reduced downtime and fault damage
• Accurate measurements negating nuisance tripping
• Event logging assisting integration of past faults
• Detection of potential fire hazards caused by high fault currents

• AS/NZS2081 compliance

Ampcontrol’s hard rock range of relays includes protection solutions for all applications through integrated and individual relay protection for earth leakage, earth continuity, earth fault lockout and frozen contactor.

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Drive Energy Consumption with Danfoss

Posted in: Product News on September 21st, 2016


The need for energy conservation is a key driver in the development of speed control devices and AC drives provide the optimum method of controlling the speed of electric motors to match load demand.
Even small changes in motor speed can result in significant changes in energy consumption.

Being required to operate in our climate Danfoss drives use innovative cooling techniques to reduce energy consumption too.

For more detailed information see:

What is back channel cooling?

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The Best in Variable Speed Drives

Posted in: Company News, Product News on May 21st, 2015

Pacific Automation are the sales partner and stockist for Danfoss general purpose drives in Western Australia. Designed for variable speed control on any industrial machine or production line, a VLT® Automation Drive helps its owner save energy, increase flexibility, and optimise processes. Danfoss VLT® drives are available in the power range from 0.18 kW to 1.4 MW and are the most energy efficient drives available.

Pacific Automation are also able to provide technical support and advice on existing Danfoss Drives such as the VLT 2800, VLT 5000 and VLT 6000 and also new drives including the FC 300 and high power drives. Danfoss drives have many specialist Industrial functions, both hardware and software, installed as standard. The full VLT® offer also comprises software and services for frequency converters and motor starters.


Please contact for technical advice and support.

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Winning Local Control Stations

Posted in: Application News, Product News on May 13th, 2014

Local Control StationsBest practice, best quality, best performance… these are not awards, they are habits for Pacific Automation when it comes to supplying local control stations to mining and industrial projects.

From single button E-Stops to complex multi-function panels for OEM equipment, these local control stations are built to last. Made from bead finish 316 stainless steel they are suited to harsh environments which means Australian conditions.

Our experienced workshop team can assemble large quantities for a short lead time and will configure the enclosures to suit individual site requirements.

Our many years of experience means that you get the right configuration for your job.

Please contact for technical advice and support.

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Raytec Win IFSEC Award for VARIO IP

Posted in: Company News on June 6th, 2013



Raytec have won their first ever IFSEC award for their new range of VARIO IP network illuminators.

Debuted at the IFSEC International exhibition in Birmingham, UK, this May, VARIO IP picked up the accolade for Best CCTV System of the Year, during the IFSEC awards ceremony on the first night of the show.

As the first ever IP addressable CCTV illuminator, VARIO IP is quickly making a big name for itself in the global security industry, having already been shortlisted as a finalist in the ISC West New Product Awards 2013.

With the launch of VARIO IP, users can not only adjust their IP cameras remotely, but they can now control their lighting in the same way too, via a user friendly web interface or video management system.

VARIO IP is available in both Infra-Red and White-Light LED, and provides dedicated IP lighting for network cameras, allowing for remote set up, commissioning, operation and maintenance of your lighting scheme. Users have full control over their lighting at all times, to alter settings and instantly respond to live events in real time or operational changes, for the best CCTV images and safety 24/7.

VARIO IP makes it much easier to operate large CCTV systems in a more secure and much greener way. VARIO IP can be controlled individually or in groups by a variety of other security technologies, and scheduled using a timer for activation only when needed, to reduce electrical consumption even further.

For more information on Infra-Red VARIO IP, click here.

For more information on White-Light VARIO IP, click here.

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Third-generation 22mm XW series emergency stop switches with mechanical indicator

Posted in: Product News on June 6th, 2013


newsproducts_130516_3IDEC announced the release of XW series emergency stop switches with mechanical indicator.

Normal / latched status can be checked from a distance with the mechanincal indicator function. The smooth ridge-less button prevents dust build-up and assures comfortable operation.

The new emergency stop switches assure the highest level of safety that an HMI environment requires.

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SmartAXIS Series FT1A Controller, a powerful PLC with embedded I/O.Touch, Pro, and Lite models available

Posted in: Product News on June 6th, 2013


IDEC announced the release of the SmartAXIS series FT1A controller. The FT1A controllers are available in 12, 24, 40, 48, I/O CPUs and 3.8″ HMI+PLC 65K color TFT or STN monochrome touchscreen.


The FT1A controllers can be used in various applications such as small machine tools, food processing machines, and packaging machines. Specific application examples include elevator control, drain pumps, water server, vending machine, coffee server, sprinkler, mist generator, greenhouse control, coin-operated shower, golf ball feeder.

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BVS-E Infrared Vision Sensors – Invisibly reliable

Posted in: Product News on May 22nd, 2013


Inspection and read processes for vision sensors can be impaired by changing ambient lighting conditions. Simultaneously, employees and technicians are often bothered by the pulsing red light of normal vision sensors. The BVS-E vision sensor with infrared lighting and integrated daylight filter eliminates both of these problems.

Its light is invisible to the human eye, removing intrusive flickering to the operator. And its integrated daylight filter ensures that visible ambient light cannot effect image quality. This increases the image quality and the stability of the inspection, greatly increasing inspection and process reliability.

  • Invisible light does not bother employees
  • Integrated daylight filter for increased process reliability
  • Simple to replace with fixed integrated lighting, optics and filter
  • 10% higher light intensity than comparable red light sensors
  • Safe for the eyes, certified for CE (EN 62471:2008)


BVS Infrared Application Example

View the range of BVS-E infrared vision sensors

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BCL 20 bar code reader – Depth of field with blue light

Posted in: Product News on May 21st, 2013

Leuze electronic is now using a blue laser in the BCL 20 bar code reader series and, with its light with a wavelength of 405 nm, is achieving astounding results regarding depth of field, operating range and code reading at very small modulus widths.

A module is the narrowest bar in a bar code. With small modulus widths (e.g. 0.15 mm), red light lasers can offer only a small depth of field (30 mm), but with the blue diode, the depth of field is considerably larger (90 mm). This results in a larger tolerance in the application when positioning the code. In addition, the operating range of the (B-) optics with the blue laser is now 220 mm as compared to the previous 180 mm (red laser). The new BCL 20 SB bar code readers are used primarily in areas with small 1D-codes, for example in packaging technology, the pharmaceutical industry and in laboratory applications (see images). In principle, the stationary high-speed scanners of the BCL 20 series offer a space-saving solution for industrial environments and are equipped with a fail-safe parameter memory.
BCL 20 SB with blue laser during labeling BCL 20 SB in analysis automation

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Solutions for Preventing Catastrophic Metal Forming Events

Posted in: Application News on April 18th, 2013

By David Read – Channel Industry Development Manager, Balluff

Have you ever heard the phrase, “Nine pounds of stuff in a one pound bag?”, or otherwise known as the “Blivet Effect?”

I’ve recently experience this, actually four incidences in three different companies to be exact. It revolves the wrong shut height. When the recipe in a press doesn’t match die dimensions, or when the die dimensions are estimated, some bad things can happen.

In all of these companies, stamping presses of various tonnage ratings were run with a die that was over shut height dimension (the first hit caused a kaboom!). Dies were locked up so badly, that they had to be torched, cut, and/or mechanically coaxed out. In all cases, it took several days for this process to take place, causing lost production and significant down time (not to mention the financial loss and aggravation for a multitude of employees).

In order to eliminate these situations, here are two off-the-shelf electronic solutions that can be installed:

1. Linear Transducers – Provide Measurement Feedback and Electronic Reference
The body of a magnetostrictive transducer is mounted to the press frame. A mechanical arm that moves a magnet (captive on a track or floating above the surface of a profile-style transducer) along the distance of the transducer provides continuous analog feedback (typically 0-10V or 4-20mA output) to provide precise distance feedback. The electronic feedback is translated into inches or millimeters and a correct reference shut height dimension is displayed. Transducers are manufactured in lengths to match all stamping stroke requirements, from a few inches to over 12 feet.

2. UHF RFID – Identify proper die and selected recipe (Varying sizes and shapes of dies mandates reading tags from a long distance with a wide range of tag locations)
The benefits of this solution are that adding UHF RFID eliminates damages to dies and press and substantially reduces downtime. It also offer the hidden benefit of Traceability. Traceability allows the integration of die utilization in press with Active Plant system to track usage results. This leads to better management of die assets for preventive maintenance.

In one organization, for an investment of $5K, an estimated $240-$320K was saved in one year because catastrophic events were prevented using UHF RFID.

So, if you’re experiencing problems with your shut height in metal forming and have locked-up a stamping die or injured a press, these solutions could save you in expensive downtime!

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Vario Now Available With Adaptive Illumination

Posted in: Product News on April 17th, 2013

The VARIO series represents class leading White-Light illumination designed for general area illumination. VARIO illuminators combine the latest advances in optics, remote control, electronic feedback and green technology into an outstanding all-round package.

The VARIO range now includes Adaptive Illumination™ (AI) versions, with both double and triple panel variants available. VARIO AI offers much greater distances and even more flexibility to adapt the horizontal beam angle on site anywhere between 10-180°.

The new AI versions still incorporate all of the key features and benefits of the standard VARIO range, including Interchangeable Lenses, Remote control, LED Status Feedback and Hot-spot Reduction Technology.

Click here to view the range

For more information or assistance please contact the experienced sales staff at PacificMI:

P: (08) 9414 7999


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Baluff BES Q08 Inductive Mini-Sensors

Posted in: Product News on April 17th, 2013

Compact solutions for complex tasks

Compact systems: Complex tasks with a high number of cycles – simply solved
Machines and automatic units are becoming ever more compact, and performing ever more complex tasks. The number of positions to be monitored is increasing. At the same time, complex manufacturing steps must be carried out safely. All at a high cycle frequency.

This is where the smallest of sensors with the most modern technology are required, which are able to work reliably “at the coalface”. The BES Q08 inductive mini-sensors in their robust 8 x 8 mm housing are ideal here.

Thanks to the radial arrangement of the sensitive surface, the BES Q08 family requires an installation depth of only a few millimetres. This is why it is particularly suitable for use where cylindrical types are too long, and why it is most at home in robotics, e.g. for gripper arms or control end positions. Because of their high switching frequency of several kHz, the sensors also quickly detect moving or rotating objects.

Easy assembly
The robust metal housing with solid M3 threaded holes ensures simple, direct assembly without additional fasteners, and provides a secure connection to the application, even when installed flush with metallic components.

Functional reliability
The main reason for sensor failure is mechanical damage. The great reacting distances of the BES Q08 family (up to three times greater than the standard value) allow the sensors to be positioned at a greater distance, to keep them safe in critical applications, without impairing sensor function. The electric connections are short-circuit-proof and protected against reverse polarity.

Wide range
Cuboid shape 8 x 8 mm
Housing lengths from 20 to 59 mm, including plug-in connection
Reacting distances of 1.5 to 3.0 mm – even when installed flush
Radial, sensitive surface at the end or in the middle of the housing
Integrated plug-in connector in M5 or M8, cable head with M5 or M8 connector or cable connection

Application Example

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Balluff BSP Flush Pressure Sensors

Posted in: Product News on April 17th, 2013

For fluids in which standard pressure sensors are out of their depth

Balluff pressure sensors with flush diaphragm have a welded stainless steel diaphragm. As a result there is no dead space and the sensors are very easy to clean. That makes them attractive for fluids in which standard pressure sensors are out of their depth.

They are suitable for pressure sensing in viscous, semi-solid or crystallising fluids or liquids with solid content. For example, for
Changing fluids

Benefits and features of BSP flush pressure sensors
Zero dead space
No seals or protrusions in the process
Flush welded stainless steel diaphragm
No adhesion to sensor
Easy to clean

Easy to install
These hard-wearing devices feature a high-quality, long-life stainless steel sensor cell and are convincingly simple to install, user-friendly and high-precision. A large, bright and clearly readable display ensures you are always in the picture. It not only shows the current system pressure, it is also impressively intuitive to use. Two buttons are sufficient to quickly and easily configure the sensor to VDMA standard.

Due to their very compact design, the sensors are versatile and space-saving when it comes to installation in the control cabinet. The display and control panel and the electrical connection can be rotated through 320° relative to the flange independently of one another. Connection to the process is by G½” external thread to EN 3852.

The right sensor for your application
With eleven pressure range versions, the BSP flush pressure sensors cover all important ranges from -1 to 2 bar right up to 0 to 600 bar and so cater comprehensively for monitoring process fluids in factory automation. The new Balluff pressure sensors are available with either two switching points or with one analogue switching output (0…10V or 4…20mA).

1. Semi-solid or highly viscous fluid, liquid containing dirt or solids.
2. Flush stainless steel diaphragm – no clogging or premature failure of sensor. Also aids easy cleaning of the piping system.

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Micropulse Transducer BTL6 Profile PF IO Link

Posted in: Product News on April 16th, 2013


Simple to configure – quick to install and commission

Micropulse travel sensing systems in PF profile casing are proximity, absolute measurement systems for precise detection of travel. They are distinguished by their very slim profile and robust design with high-protection IP 67 enclosure rating. The current axis positions are “marked” by the position sensor magnet through the wall of the aluminium section.These travel sensing systems can tolerate a lateral and vertical offset of up to 15 mm.

Features and benefits of PF profile
Ultra-slim profile for easy passage
Proximity sensing of detected position
Impervious to dirt, IP 67
Shock and vibration-proof
Absolute output signal
Measured length up to 4570 mm
Resolution 1 µm
Linearity error ± 200 µm
Error and status LEDs

Proximity sensing system with IO Link
The Micropulse PF IO Link is an absolute, proximity sensing travel detection system that continuously supplies readings in µm at 1 ms intervals. Those readings are directly digitally transmitted via IO Link.

IO Link is a point-to-point connection that runs under any network. An IO Link system consists of an IO Link device, e.g. a sensor or actuator, an IO Link master and the cabling. Master modules are available with all common field bus protocols. The Micropulse PF IO Link device is connected to the master by a standard sensor/actuator lead with a maximum length of 20 m. The Micropulse PF IO Link operates at the communication rate of COM3 (230 kB), which achieves a process data cycle of 1 ms with a 1.1 master. The user interface can be represented on the engineering system via IO Link with the aid of an IODD (I/O device description). Because of the constant information flow, all data is stored centrally and consistently so that configuration is possible and reproducible at any time.

Your added value from the PF Profile IO Link
Easy to configure, quick to install and commission
COM3, 1 ms process data cycle possible, detects movements quickly and reliably
Automatic OTF (on the fly) configuration with system running
Continual monitoring and diagnosis
High transmission rate, fast process data cycle
Economical to wire thanks to standard M12 cable connector
Easy to integrate in control system using standard IO Link modules or sensor hubs
For tough industrial environment, can be used with Balluff IP 67 IO Link master modules

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Simply retrofitted reliability

Posted in: Product News on April 16th, 2013


Balluff BTL 7 Redundant Micropulse Transducers

The new BTL 7 redundant micropulse transducer is a robust, contact-free, and absolute position measuring system that can be freely configured. Up to three independent measurement sections and three independent electronics modules are compactly housed in a single rod. This guarantees redundant signal generation and a high level of reliability.

Resolution, repeat accuracy to 0.005 mm
Full metal housing, enclosure rating IP 67
Measurement range of 25 – 2000 mm
Approved by Germanischer Lloyd

The BTL 7 Redundant is particularly suitable for applications where increased safety requirements need to be satisfied, e.g. in the pressure area of hydraulic cylinders. However, thanks to its compact size, the new redundant rod can easily replace existing non-redundant position measuring systems – often with no need to modify actuators and equipment beforehand – since the same threads and/or protective tubes are available as for the BTL 5 micropulse transducer. To replace such rod transducers, the BTL 7 is available in the most common designs.

Overview of designs
BTL7-…-TB-… rod diameter: 10.2 mm
Thread: M18x1.5
BTL7-…-TZ-… rod diameter: 10.2 mm
Thread: ¾”-16 UNF
BTL7-…-TT-… rod diameter: 21 mm
Thread: M30x1.5
BTL7-…-TK-… connecting flange, ø 18h6

A further benefit: cost savings thanks to easier and quicker commissioning
The start and end point can be set conveniently with the PC over the entire measuring range. And even complex configurations can be undertaken easily and securely. For instance, parameter sets can be saved and loaded. Setting parameters can be documents.

Your benefits
Safety function easily retrofitted
Flexible safety concept; choice of redundancy: double or triple
Machine design can be retained
Quick commissioning, characteristic curve can be set over entire measuring range
Diagnostic LEDs enable an optimum overview of each active channelv
Contact- and wear-free

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Balluff Magnetic Field Sensors

Posted in: Product News on March 25th, 2013


Are you plagued by pneumatic cylinder sensor failures that cause unplanned machine downtime resulting in lost revenue? Balluff’s magnetic field sensors perform so reliably that they back them with an exclusive LIFETIME warranty. With Balluff’s concept of one sensor, many brackets they offer a wide range of solutions to fit a wide variety of manufacturer’s cylinders. Many Balluff brackets are “stay put brackets” meaning that once the switch point is set, it is maintained by the bracket. In the event a sensor is damaged, it can be replaced without locating the set point again.

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For more information or assistance contact PacificMI on (08)9414 7999 or email

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The highest level of lightning and surge protection for plants

Posted in: Product News on March 13th, 2013


VPU lightning and surge protection series, types I, II and III for power networks

With the accompanying increase in specification limits, the introduction of IEC/EN 61643-11 in 2012 emphasizes the high degree of significance attached to all-round reliable surge protection.

Our answer to these new requirements is the new VPU lightning and surge protection series.

Based on combined varistor-gas discharge tube technology, this highly advanced product series already fulfils upcoming international standards and thus offers your facilities the greatest degree of protection.

However, you will not just be protecting your plant, but also your planning processes. Conformity with standards for at least 5 years means that you can minimize your planning iteration steps and the redesigns associated with these. Many intelligent product features help installers during installation and maintenance specialists during the servicing of the lightning and surge protection system. Equipped in this way, the VPU Series provides a long-lasting, safe and forward-looking lightning and surge protection solution for your plant. See for yourself.


Best overview

The large, centred status window provides extremely highly visible information on the status of the protective function.

Faster to assemble

The optimised mounting rail clip enables easy and quick assembly and removal, without the need for tools.

Flexible positioning in the control cabinet

According to IEC 62305, the line path from the surge protection module to the PE connection may only be 50 cm. The fact that you can rotate the base through 180° means that you have the highest degree of flexibility during installation, without impacting on overall visibility.

Rapid status messaging

The remote signaling contact with Push In connection can be quickly connected and provides reliable information regarding the status of the protective function.

Firmly locked in position

The arrester can be heard and felt locking into the base. This enables it to comply with the exacting requirements on vibration resistance set by wind turbine plant manufacturers.

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Multiple Light Beam Safety Devices – Functional Extensions

Posted in: Product News on March 13th, 2013


The Multiple Light Beam Safety Devices of the MLD series, designed for efficiency right from the start by Leuze electronic, have now been equipped with new functions as part of a further development.

Effective immediately, the user can switch the operating range or reduce it from 50 m to 20 m. This function is important if there is optical crosstalk between adjacent protective fields, i.e., the transmitter of one transmitter-receiver system influences the receiver of the adjacent system. Moreover, the muting indicator can now clearly signal not only the muting state but also OSSD- and error states over long distances by means of a colour display – a clear advantage for smooth operation. Together with the OSSD message output, direct and simple diagnosis is now possible both visually as well as via the downstream PLC. Also convenient and efficient for the user is the ability to now activate the alignment laser of the safety sensor with a button in addition to the MagnetKey.

Colour indicator now signals various system states

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DC-UPS uninterruptible power supply

Posted in: Product News on March 13th, 2013


Backup Power Supplies

Uninterruptable Power Supplies or UPS are commonly used in all plants but primarily for mains voltage. These will convert mains voltage to DC for charging batteries then convert back to mains voltage for powering equipment. When the mains voltage dips, the power is sourced from the battery until the voltage returns on the mains power. Most likely this will feed a power supply to convert mains voltage to 24V DC. This not only complicates the power system design but also adds to losses in the system which must be designed in. Weidmuller can now simplify this technique with our DC UPS system. This utilises the existing 24V DC from your power supply to additionally manage a battery charging system complete with temperature based charging, visual and digital status as feedback for the control system while also managing the load. When a 24V DC input fails, the UPS will run on batteries for a pre-determined time adjustable from 0.5-45mins or when used for emergency supply till flat to hold up the 24V DC system for as long as possible.

With a UPS system, the most critical part is the batteries. For longevity from your batteries, they must be kept ideally at 22°C and less than 40°C or risk a dramatically reduced life which then adds to another maintenance task, so when the ambient temperature is high, a temperature controlled charging system increases the charging time to reduce heat in the battery and increase battery life. Weidmullers DC-UPS and battery systems combined aims for reliable long term operation when used correctly, utilising absorbed glass mat (AGM) Valve regulated lead acid (VRLA) batteries suitable for float charging systems.

When designing a backup system using a UPS , circuits must be segregated into critical (need to stay alive) and non-critical (not requiring backup ) .This must be done effectively to ensure the UPS system does not become too large or cumbersome. Critical circuits could include PLC, HMI, safety systems, solenoids, Servo control and other devices required to ensure the machine or plant is in a ready state to run when power is returned.

Normal Mode

A DC-UPS can be inserted into any 24V DC system and will pass the supply through the unit and also charge 2 connected batteries in series. The unit is complete with 1 Digital input for Interlock normally linked, and 3 digital outputs (Relay & transistor). In normal operation output 3 would be on to indicate charging of batteries in progress.

Buffering (back-up mode)

When 24V DC supply is removed, the non-critical load will stop and the battery will instantly power the safe load or output for a pre-set time period from 0.5-45 mins or for as long as possible (deep discharge). Digital Output 2 will provide feedback that DC-UPS is buffering the load and output 1 will initiate when either the pre-set cut off time is reached, or deep discharge has caused the battery voltage too low.

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High resolution for small part measurement

Posted in: Product News on March 13th, 2013


The LPS 36 light section sensors from Leuze electronic now offer resolution up to 0.1 mm, which makes them perfectly suited for the measurement of small parts.

For height intervals from 200 to 600 mm, the LPS 36 HI/EN line profile sensor is an economical way to detect parts that are smaller than 3 mm. On a line 140 mm long, the sensor can quickly and precisely ascertain the dimensions of small parts in a very short measurement time of 10 ms and with a high measurement rate of 100 Hz, thanks to its high resolution of 0.1 to 0.9 mm . The transmission of measurement data and the configuration of the sensor is done via Ethernet. An additional connection for standard incremental encoders supports the creation of calibrated 3D data. This makes them excellent devices for creating solutions for robot controls in Pick & Place applications as well as positioning tasks in packaging and assembly areas, to name just a few. Where elaborate sensor solutions, sensor combinations or additional evaluation units were once necessary, the LPS 36 HI/EN light section sensors open up fields of application – due to their good resolution – which were previously reserved for camera systems. All this for lower investment costs and in an extremely compact construction, since the transmitter and receiver are housed in an easy-to-install unit.

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