Plastic Fiber Optic Amps can reduce wiring by up to 70%.

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Intended for plastic fiber optic cables, SU18 and SU19 Photoelectric Fiber Optic Sensors feature multiple detection modes, selectable timing functions, remote teach capability, and 4-in-1(TM) output. Latter automatically selects NPN light/dark on and PNP light/dark on output options from single sensor. While SU18 series is available in pushbutton or potentiometer adjustable versions, SU19 series offers 4-digit, percentage-of-light-received LED display and glass detection mode.



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Plastic Fiber Optic Amplifiers Reduce Costs and Stock Requirements, and Can Reduce Wiring by up to 70%



Pepperl+Fuchs introduces SU18 and SU19 Photoelectric Fiber Optic Sensors. These sensors for plastic fiber optic cables feature multiple detection modes, selectable timing functions, remote teach capability, and Pepperl+Fuchs' patented 4-in-1(TM) output. The 4-in-1 output reduces costs and stock requirements by automatically selecting NPN light on, NPN dark on, PNP light on, or PNP dark on, output options from a single sensor. They also feature a locking lever to secure the fiber optic cable to the sensor, along with a unique press-and-click feature that facilitates DIN rail mounting and removal without the need for any tools.

The SU18 series is available in pushbutton or potentiometer adjustable versions. Pushbutton models feature multiple teach modes, while potentiometer models feature signal strength outputs with built-in diagnostic functions. Both SU18 models feature cross-talk protection when used in high-resolution mode, with a large LED for sensor status display.

"The SU19 can be gang-mounted with up to 18 sensors, which can reduce wiring by up to 70% because expansion units have only one wire to connect. Unlike most competitive models, where the bridge connector for gang-mounting is on the side of the sensor, the SU19's bridge connector is on the back of the sensor. This makes replacing middle sensors easy since adjacent sensors don't have to be removed as they do with side bridge connectors," says Jeff Allison, Product Manager.

The high performance SU19 series also has a 4-digit, percentage-of-light-received LED display. It is easier to interpret, and just as accurate, as conventional dual 4-digit display models. The SU19 has a glass detection mode that allows reliable detection of glass or transparent objects when used with thru-beam fiber optics.

The thin profile and shared features of both the SU18 and SU19 make them an ideal sensing solution in space-restricted semiconductor and packaging applications such as IC detection, PCB/wafer detection, bottle counting and bottle cap detection, presence or absence of tablets in blister packs, registration mark detection on packaging film, counting IC pins, and gear teeth counting.

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