Press Release Summary:
Provided in miniature, IP67 water-resistant, ABS plastic housings, W.9 Laser series sensors provide long-distance object detection, positioning, and verification of objects as small as hairs. Sensors are controlled using microprocessor technology, while teach-in technology allows users to press one button to set sensor for optimum operation. With switching frequency of 1000 Hz, Modulated Class 2 laser is focused to provide light spot of less than 0.019 in.
Original Press Release:
SICK Packs Long-Range Laser Sensing Into Compact Housing
SICK, the global leader in factory and process automation solutions, announced today its W.9 Laser series of photoelectric sensors featuring long-range laser sensing packed into a miniature, plastic housing. This user-friendly series of sensors is designed for precise, long-distance object detection, positioning and verification of very small objects.
The W.9 Laser sensor is ideal in any application where space is limited. It can be used for wafer positioning and wafer handling in the semicon industry and is ideal for inspection of small parts and presence verification applications in the packaging industry.
All W.9 Laser series sensors share the same compact housing, making standard mounting possible. The robust ABS plastic housing provides a water-resistant enclosure rating of IP 67, while each piece weighs less than an ounce.
SICK's W.9 Laser sensors are controlled using the most modern microprocessor technology, providing a laser series that has excellent performance in combination with its small size and light weight. Objects as small as hairs are detected just as reliably as fast operations are processed. Interference from external light sources is ignored and sources of electronic interference (e.g. cell phones, motors) are suppressed. Innovative Teach-in technology means the simple push of a button sets the sensor for optimum operation. The modulated Class 2 laser is focused to provide a light spot of less than 0.019 in (0.5 mm), allowing for detection of the smallest objects as well as very precise positioning of all objects - and all of this is available with a high switching frequency of 1000 Hz, for increased throughput and higher production speeds.
The W.9 Laser Series Overview
Model Number Sensor Technology Features Range
WT 9L Proximity Adjustable Background Suppression 6 in (150 mm)
WL 9L Reflex Push Button Teach-in 39 ft (12 m)
WS/WE 9L Through Beam Push Button Teach-in 164 ft (50 m)
With its new laser photoelectric sensors, SICK continues its product development in the area of high-performance miniature sensors. As a result of their designs, the CSM 1 color sensor, the LUT 2 luminescence sensor and the KT 3 contrast sensor - all in the same housing as the W.9 Laser series - already solve numerous tasks for which high performance capabilities are important and where space is limited. Because these advanced products share the housing of the standard W.9-2 photoelectric sensor family, they offer a broad selection for mounting and layout standardization in any application.
SICK is a worldwide manufacturer of factory and process automation solutions. With more than 350 patents in industrial sensors, safety systems and automatic identification solutions, SICK continues to lead the industry in new product innovations. The diversity of its product line allows SICK to offer solutions at every phase of production in the automotive, packaging, electronics, food and beverage, advanced technology and material handling markets. SICK was founded in 1946 and has operations or representation in 65 countries worldwide.