Product News: Sensors Monitors & Transducers

Wireless Photoelectric Sensor is completely self-contained.

Press Release Summary:

Oct 10, 2012 - Facilitating addition of wireless communication, SureCross Wireless Q45 Series incorporates sensor, radio, and internal battery power supply in one IP67/NEMA 6 housing. Sensing modes allow for range of functions: presence/absence, alignment, position, counting, monitoring, and detection. Battery life is rated up to 5 years, while radio provides PLC level functionality and reliability over range of 3,000 ft. Data is transferred via frequency hopping and proprietary protocol.

Banner Engineering Corp. - Minneapolis, MN

Original Press Release

Self-Contained, Battery-Powered Wireless Photoelectric Sensor

Press release date: Oct 03, 2012

New SureCross Wireless Q45 Series from Banner Engineering provides dependable, economical communications in multiple industries

The first self-contained wireless photoelectric sensing solution for multiple monitoring and control applications has been introduced by Banner Engineering (, the company reports. The new SureCross Wireless Q45 includes a sensor, radio and internal battery power supply in a single compact and robust housing.

Applications include:
• Factory automation
• Automotive
• Motor bearings
• Food beverage
• Cargo handling
• Material handling
• Port operations
• Mobile machinery
• Vehicle detection
• Waste management
• Water supply
• Tank level monitoring
• Agriculture
• Pump/flow control
• Security/perimeter guarding

A variety of sensing modes are available in the new self-contained wireless series, allowing for functions including presence/absence, alignment, position, counting, monitoring and detection. Battery life is up to five years depending on sensor model and application, and the housing is IP67/NEMA 6 rated.

Compared with wireless solutions requiring a separate sensor connected by wire to a radio, the self-contained units make it more economical to add the benefits of wireless communication for both OEMs and end users. They are suitable for many industries including automotive, food and beverages, material handling, waste management, water supply and mobile equipment.

Signals from the sensors are received at a wireless network gateway that interfaces with all common PLCs, HMIs and other industrial control systems. Basic gateways control two and six sensors, and the flexible system can be expanded for larger scale applications. Using a simple binding procedure, new sensors can be added to the network in minutes since there is no need to install any cabling.

The wireless sensors are designed for rapid, low-cost deployment and dependable operation in a wide range of situations. These include providing remote input for dry relay contacts, replacing failed cable runs, adding sensors to mobile applications, replacing complex festooned or ribbon cabling and connecting locations that were previously impractical or impossible.

The secure, proprietary SureCross radio provides PLC level functionality and reliability over a long range of 1km/3,000 ft. Data is transferred reliably by using frequency hopping and a proprietary protocol; malicious hacking is impossible. The system does not affect other wireless devices in the 2.4GHz ISM band. An alarm output is available in case the radio link is lost.

Banner Engineering is a leading manufacturer of vision, photoelectric and ultrasonic sensors, fiber optic assemblies, machine guarding systems, measurement and inspection systems and wireless network products. The company provides local application support worldwide.