Photoelectric and optical sensors in general were hot ticket tech at Sensors Expo 2018. One example, SICK’s W16 and W26 photoelectric sensors are designed as smart sensors so they can be configured remotely via IO-Link for efficient set up. As smart sensors, W16 and W26 also offer additional diagnostic functions that can be used to predict maintenance and other smart tasks.
In addition, the BluePilot operating and indicator concept gives optical feedback while using a PinPoint LED during setup for faster and more precise alignment, especially over long distances. The BluePilot is also used for signal strength feedback, mode selection, and presetting sensing distances. The W16 and W26 also features LineSpot and TwinEye technologies. LineSpot provides a continuous sensor signal even in the case of perforated or textured objects. TwinEye has two receivers in one system to significantly increase detection reliability as it can detect high-gloss, contrast rich, and uneven surfaces. For more details and datasheets, visit the W16 and W26 product pages and SICK.