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FEATURE SENSORS & SENSING SYSTEMS


NEW HYBRID SENSOR RANGE OFFERS MORE VERSATILITY FOR USERS


A new family of hybrid sensors from Sick is offering machine builders and plant engineers the prospect of standardising on one single sensor range that has the capability to be used for the most basic sensing needs right up to challenging applications


A key feature of the SureSense is its signal strength bar


T


he SICK SureSense family of cylindrical photoelectric sensors can be mounted


either from the side or from the front. A concept more commonly used in manufacturing overseas, particularly in the USA, the versatility of hybrid photoelectric sensors is making them an increasingly attractive option for UK machine manufacturers and end-users, according to Sick UK’s product manager for presence detection, David Hannaby. He told Automation that Sick developed SureSense as a family of user- customisable sensors so engineers can specify from a wide-range of sensing options all within a standard technology, set-up, mounting and housing. Users can ‘build their own’ sensors online via the Sick website, expect prompt delivery and quickly commission their sensors for optimal performance. “The Sick SureSense provides an opportunity to standardise on one single sensor family and, as a result, machine design variables, plant maintenance costs and stores inventories can be all be dramatically streamlined,” explains Hannaby.


VERSATILE “The number of potential applications from one sensor family is multiplied as the Sick SureSense offers either laser light, red or infra-red LED in the same housing,” he adds. “Sick expects the SureSense concept to


find uses in a wide range of manufacturing, warehousing and logistics applications, including FMCG, food, drink and packaging industries.”


30 NOVEMBER 2017 | AUTOMATION


Sick SureSense’s tough VISTAL housing and IP69K/Ecolab rating ensure rugged durability and resistance to vibration, chemicals and moisture for a long reliable life. The -40o


C to +70o C range


means the sensors can be used reliably without risk of failure in a wide variety of temperatures.


"The Sick SureSense benefits from all the technology features you would expect from Sick"


EASY SET UP AND OPERATION A key feature of the SureSense is its signal strength bar. Clearly visible on the back of the SureSense’s housing, the light bar helps users achieve rapid set-up as well as aiding ongoing optimal operation. The signal bar can be used to adjust sensor alignment, so that performance consistency and stability are


optimised, even when there is mechanical stress or environmental contamination to contend with. The signal strength bar gives a clear


indication of the sensor’s performance during installation and operation, making set up and maintenance easier for engineers.


The Sick SureSense provides an opportunity to standardise on one single sensor family


VERSATILITY AND RELIABILITY “The SureSense sensors are sufficiently versatile to detect nearly any object in any environment reliably – ensuring machines and lines stay up and running at full capacity,” says Hannaby. “This is because they can draw on the full toolbox of Sick detection technologies to compensate for shapes, colours and tones as well as for the transparency or reflectivity of objects to be detected. “The Sick SureSense benefits from all the technology features you would expect from Sick to simply detect any object. For example, built-in sensor intelligence compensates for the high light absorption by dark or matt black objects, by adjusting and optimising the emitted light intensity and signal strength. “The SureSense’s use of background suppression means the effects of changes in colour or materials, or by reflections from the surrounding production environment are minimised. In applications to detect clear objects such as bottles or food trays, for example, the sensors automatically compensate for dust and dirt contamination using Sick’s Auto-Adapt technology. Sick SureSense is also available with a laser LED emitter that enables superior performance in applications such as counting small objects, detecting small holes, sensing objects through small openings and detecting product defects,” adds Hannaby.


Sick UK www.sick.co.uk /AUTOMATION T: 01727 831121


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