08 April 2015
ifm electronic's O5D photoelectric sensor, which was launched less than two years ago, has now been joined by a new version featuring the safer class one laser.
The performance of the O5D has been retained in the new version, O5D150; the sensing range is still 2m and, according to ifm, the background suppression is so advanced that it won’t even see high-visibility PPE beyond the set switch point. The target colour doesn’t matter, nor do shiny surfaces and the angle of incidence can be oblique. This allows the user to fit the sensor out of the way above a standard conveyor, instead of a reflex device and a reflector.
To aid setting, the distance to the target is displayed in centimetres and can be adjusted with up/down buttons. Another feature of all O5D versions is the inclusion of an IO-Link interface. This allows access for time delays or remote setting and device settings can be stored externally for a swap-out should the need arise.
ifd says that, despite the advances, the device is in the same price bracket as a standard photocell.