Tiny sensor helps storage devices find the right rack

Tiny sensor helps storage devices find the right rack
The IPS 400i from Leuze electronic is reportedly the smallest camera-based positioning sensor on the market for double-depth compartment fine positioning. (Leuze electronic)

The IPS 400i from Leuze electronic is reportedly the smallest camera-based positioning sensor on the market for double-depth compartment fine positioning. It helps high-bay storage devices to quickly and easily find the right rack.

With the camera-based IPS 400i positioning sensor for high-bay storage devices, Leuze is expanding its IPS range of products with a new model for optical compartment fine positioning. The IPS400i is just as compact as its sibling, the IPS 200i, and thus requires little space on the high-bay storage device. The sensor detects round holes or reflectors not only in single-depth, but also double-depth bars and thus determines the position deviation relative to the target position in the X and Y directions.

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The sensors are put into operation using a web-based configuration tool with a user-controlled installation assistant. Printed configuration codes are read in without a PC via "Code Generator," which means that configuration adjustments can be made directly on the high-bay storage device. An alignment system consisting of four feedback LEDs further facilitates the commissioning process.

With the integrated TCP/IP interface and PROFINET RT, the IPS 400i can be directly integrated into the network environment and enables quick, location-independent diagnostics. Condition monitoring and predictive maintenance take place using a quality score that detects deterioration in the reading performance of the sensor at an early stage. This minimizes downtime and increases the availability and cost-effectiveness of the system.

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