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EXAMPLE APPLICATIONS

TO ILLUSTRATE THE WIDE-VARIETY OF APPLICATIONS SOLVED USING CONTRINEX SENSORS, WE HAVE POSTED A LARGE SELECTION OF EXAMPLE APPLICATIONS WHICH CAN BE SEEN BY CLICKING ON AN IMAGE. BELOW ARE A SELECTION OF SOME OF THESE APPLICATIONS:
CUSTOMER VALUES RELIABLE, REPEATABLE IN-LINE QUALITY CHECKS ON A NON- CONTACT BASIS IMPROVED QUALITY ARISING FROM REAL-TIME DETECTION OF INCORRECTLY PACKED CARTONS INCREASED PRODUCTIVITY AS STABILITY ALARM FLAGS PREVENTATIVE-MAINTENANCE NEEDS SINGLE SENSOR ACCOMMODATES A RANGE OF CARTON SIZES WITHOUT REPOSITIONING REMOTE ADJUSTMENT VIA IO-LINK REDUCES CHANGEOVER TIME BETWEEN PRODUCTS PRODUCT ADVANTAGES MAXIMUM SENSING RANGE OF 300MM WITH PINPOINT RED LED BEST-IN-CLASS BACKGROUND-SUPPRESSION BLACK/WHITE BEHAVIOUR IO-LINK CONNECTIVITY IDEAL FOR INDUSTRY 4 & IIOT PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE STABILITY ALARM OPTION
Contrinex’s C23 photoelectric sensor family is small but powerful and so ideal for conveyor and packaging applications. An example application for the C23 is the food processing industry, where ‘shingling’, or overlapped layering, is a common technique for optimizing space during secondary packaging operations. As shown in the video, biscuits are sealed in gusseted bags with a triangular profile, and packed in alternating, overlapping layers into a preformed cardboard box. Once each box is full, it passes to a case-sealing station prior to palletisation and dispatch. From time to time, an incorrectly formed layer occurs, where a bag might be damaged or misaligned. The C23 photoelectric sensor with Background Suppression is used to provide non- contact sensing of the height of the top layer of bags, rejecting any over-filled cartons. CUSTOMER APPLICATION In the food processing industry, shingling, or overlapped layering, is a common technique for optimising space utilisation during secondary packaging operations. Confectionery, sealed in gusseted bags with predominantly triangular profiles, is packed in alternating, overlapping layers in preformed cardboard cartons. Once each carton is full, it passes to a case-sealing station prior to palletisation and dispatch. Pre-aligned bags of confectionery arrive at the packing station in regularly spaced rows. At each station, a multi-axis pick-and- place packing robot lifts a row of bags, aligns it and lowers it into a preformed carton. Successive layers overlap each other, ensuring that space within the carton is fully utilised. Once the predetermined number of layers has been packed, the carton is conveyed to the sealing station. From time to time, one or more incorrectly formed layers occur. Individual bags may be missing from a row on arrival at the packing station, or may be damaged or misaligned. A non- contact sensor is needed to sense the height of the top layer of bags, rejecting any defective cartons. It must be reliable and require minimal maintenance.
CUSTOMER SOLUTION Rugged photoelectric sensors with background suppression from the Contrinex C23 range are ideal for this application. A pinpoint red LED with a 10mm-diameter light spot at the maximum sensing range of 300mm ensures highly reliable detection of objects of almost any colour against light or dark backgrounds. These sensors are well suited to both the task and the environment. Immediately after packing, a single sensor is mounted centrally above the conveyor. As each carton passes below on its way to the sealing station, the sensor detects the top surface of the packed bags. If the height of the top layer falls outside preset limits, the sensor triggers a reject mechanism that diverts the carton to a holding area for investigation. Mounted in 20mm x 30mm x 10mm miniature plastic housings, C23 photoelectric sensors are available with industry-standard PNP or NPN 3-wire or 4-wire output. Connection to the customer’s control system is via a PVC- sheathed cable with the choice of an integral M12 connector or a hermetically sealed entry. A second output provides a stability alarm in the event of reduced sensitivity, flagging the need for preventative maintenance before any performance degradation occurs. Locating sensors optimally is simple thanks to a custom- designed range of multi-position mounting brackets. An operating range between 15mm and 250mm accommodates a variety of carton sizes without any need to reposition the sensor. A simple electrical adjustment via an onboard potentiometer suffices, while remote adjustment via IO-Link, a standardized point-to-point serial connection protocol, is available as standard at no extra cost for PNP versions
C23 20 X 30 X 10MM
CUSTOMER VALUES ECONOMICAL, FAST AND ABSOLUTELY RELIABLE NON-CONTACT OPERATION, TO AVOID MECHANICAL WEAR EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE COMBINED WITH SMALL SIZE LONG SERVICE LIFE SENSORS READY MADE-UP AND EASY TO USE FLEXIBILITY OF SOLUTION PRODUCT ADVANTAGES LARGE OPERATING DISTANCE AND SIGNAL RESOLUTION PROTECTION CLASS IP 67 OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE ON DETECTION ACCURACY, SPEED AND FREQUENCY
Contrinex Standard photoelectric sensors are ideal for general position and presence-detection for almost any industry and application. Best-in-class performance such as sensing ranges and background suppression characteristics, the Standard range of sensors delivers very high accuracy and reliability. A wide variety of housing designs and sizes are offered:: Cubic sizes: 0507 (5 x 7 x 40mm), C12 (13 x 21 x 7mm), C23 (20 x 30 x 10mm), 3030 (30 x 30 x 15mm), 4040 (40 x 40 x 19mm), 4050 (40 x 50 x 15mm) and C55 (50 x 50 x 23mm). Cylindrical types are also available in sizes M12 and M18.
STANDARD PHOTOELECTRIC SENSORS - EXCELLENCE IN PRICE & PERFORMANCE.
Standard C23 and M18P series are high quality ASIC sensors with an integral IO-Link interface in PNP types. This makes them particularly suitable for smart factory applications. IO-Link extends sensor functionality to include continuous monitoring of process data, continuous diagnosis of sensor status, advanced parameter settings, sensitivity adjustment, a remote teach function and easy checking of sensor ID, to ensure the right sensor is at the right place. TECHNOLOGY Diffuse A diffuse-mode, or energetic-diffuse, photoelectric sensor is a reflective sensor, containing a transmitter and a receiver in a single housing. The sensor emits a focused light beam toward a distant target that acts as a reflector, returning part of the transmitted light to the sensor. The receiver detects the amount of light reflected by the target, triggering the sensor when the light intensity reaches a threshold value. Ideal for short sensing ranges and relatively easy targets Easy installation and alignment No separate reflector or receiver Background-Suppression Diffuse-mode photoelectric sensors with background suppression emit a focused light beam toward a distant target. Part of the beam is reflected from the target and returns to the sensor, striking a position-sensitive receiver. The receiver distinguishes between reflections from the target and reflections from background objects, only triggering the sensor when the signal reaches a value that corresponds to the preset target distance. Target size, colour, shape and surface finish have little influence on sensing range Suitable for difficult targets (small, fast-moving, light background) No separate reflector or receiver” Reflex A reflex, or reflective, photoelectric sensor contains a transmitter and a receiver in a single housing, and emits a pulsed, focused light beam through a polarisation filter toward a distant reflector. Reflected light returns to the sensor, passing through a second filter before arriving at the receiver. When a target object interrupts the light beam, the receiver detects the reduced light intensity and triggers the sensor. Auto-collimation of the light beam allows blind-zone suppression. Ideal for moderate sensing ranges Wiring required for just one emitter/receiver unit Separately mounted reflector Through-beam Contrinex through-beam photoelectric sensors are ideal for industrial applications where sensing components must be mounted some distance from the target area. Through-beam sensors utilise infra-red, visible and laser light sources to detect targets, reliably and repeatably, at extended distances. Ideal for long sensing ranges Suitable for contaminated environments or highly reflective targets Separately mounted and wired receiver
CUSTOMER VALUES RELIABLE CHECK OF ASSEMBLY TO AVOID CUSTOMER REJECTIONS RECORDABLE CONFIRMATION OF GEAR MODEL PRODUCT ADVANTAGES RUGGED LASER SENSOR WITH METAL HOUSING SENSING RANGE UP TO 250MM BUILT-IN CHANGEOVER OUTPUTS EASY ADJUSTMENT DUE TO VISIBLE BEAM ADJUSTABLE FOCUS OF BEAM
A manufacturer of assembled, forged and machined components for the automotive industry trusts Contrinex distance sensing photoelectric sensors to ensure that the correct gear model is selected in an assembly. CUSTOMER APPLICATION Because the manufacturer has two models of gears, both of which are designed to fit into the same location in the assembly, care must be taken over which version is being produced. During the production process for each specific assembly, confirmation is required that the correct gear model has been mounted. This is achieved by verifying the assembly as a whole. Since the height of the assembled component differs depending on which gear model has been mounted, immediate identification of assembly height is the chosen sensing solution. Space is limited, so a compact sensor with a long sensing range is required.
CUSTOMER SOLUTION Contrinex’s LTS-1180L-103 compact M18 photoelectric laser sensors is ideal for this application. Its compact size, easy adjustment and rugged metal housing make it suitable for this tough industrial environment. The mounted assembly has a curved section at the top. The sensor’s task is to detect the highest point of this curved section and verify the height of the finished component. The small beam spot of this laser sensor is therefore essential. By targeting the beam of sensor on this curved part, when the correct gear is in place the beam will be deflected and the sensor will not trigger the output. However, if the wrong part is mounted, i.e. with more height, it will obstruct the sensor beam and trigger the sensor output. By using a sensor with integral changeover outputs, the same sensor can be used to verify both models. Only one selection switch is required.
CUSTOMER VALUES RELIABLE, REPEATABLE IN-LINE POSITION SENSING ON A NON- CONTACT BASIS IMPROVED THROUGHPUT ARISING FROM REAL-TIME DETECTION OF INCORRECTLY POSITIONED OR MISSING CARTONS INCREASED PRODUCTIVITY AS STABILITY ALARM FLAGS PREVENTATIVE-MAINTENANCE NEEDS SINGLE SENSOR ACCOMMODATES A RANGE OF CARTON SIZES WITHOUT REPOSITIONING PRODUCT ADVANTAGES MAXIMUM SENSING RANGE OF 8000MM WITH 78MM- DIAMETER REFLECTOR BEST-IN-CLASS BACKGROUND-SUPPRESSION BLACK/WHITE BEHAVIOUR IO-LINK CONNECTIVITY IDEAL FOR INDUSTRY 4 & IIOT PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE STABILITY ALARM OPTION
During confectionery packaging operations, conveyor lines deliver preformed cardboard cartons to packing stations. At each station, a pick-and-place packing robot packs layers of bagged candy in cartons. Once filled, cartons are conveyed to case-sealing stations. A highly reliable retro-reflex photoelectric sensor, mounted beside the line, senses each carton as it arrives at the packing station, halting the conveyor and initiating the packing sequence once it is correctly positioned. CUSTOMER APPLICATION In the confectionery-manufacturing industry, secondary packaging is usually required when preparing multiple product packs for wholesale distribution. In high-volume production, manufacturers pack sealed bags of candy in cardboard cartons, which are in turn stacked for shrink- wrapping and palletisation. Preformed cartons arrive at the packing station in a continuous stream. Once the leading carton reaches its designated position, the conveyor halts and the packing sequence commences. A pick-and-place robot lifts successive layers of bags and lowers them into the carton. Once the predetermined number of bags has been packed, the carton is conveyed to a sealing station. If a carton stops in the wrong position, or if no carton is present, the packing sequence must be inhibited to prevent damage occurring. A non-contact sensor system is needed to detect the position of the leading carton as it arrives at the packing station, halting the conveyor and initiating the packing sequence once. It must be reliable and require minimal maintenance.
CUSTOMER SOLUTION Miniature retro-reflex photoelectric sensors from the Contrinex C23 range are ideal for this application. Used in conjunction with a 41mm-diameter reflector, these sensors have an operating range of up to 4500mm – more than adequate for the task. A single sensor is mounted beside the carton conveyor, immediately before the packing station, with the reflector positioned on the opposite side. As the leading carton breaks the light beam, the sensor detects its presence and halts the conveyor in the correct position for packing. Mounted in 20mm x 30mm x 10mm miniature plastic housings, C23 photoelectric sensors are available with industry-standard PNP or NPN 3-wire or 4-wire output. Connection to the customer’s control system is via a PVC- sheathed cable with the choice of an integral M12 connector or a hermetically sealed entry. A second output provides a stability alarm in the event of reduced sensitivity, flagging the need for preventative maintenance before any performance degradation occurs. A custom-designed range of multi-position mounting brackets allows systems engineers to locate sensors optimally in almost any situation. The C23 range detects slow- or fast- moving targets reliably. Remote selection of switching frequency is possible via IO-Link, a standardized point-to-point serial connection protocol, available as standard at no extra cost for PNP versions.
A manufacturer of automated laboratory equipment for in- vitro diagnostics trusts the long operating distance and high resolution of Contrinex’s reflex photoelectric sensors to detect the if a cap is fitted on a blood testing vial which is a small glass test-tube. CUSTOMER APPLICATION To automate the placement of the small test-tubes into carrier racks, a machine picks test-tubes from a conveyor. It is essential that the vials are pushed into the carrier racks the right way up, with the cap uppermost. The challenge is that whilst the test tubes are aligned parallel to each other on the feed conveyor, they can be positioned with the orientation of the tube having the cap to the right, or to the left. The shape and material of the test-tubes makes measuring them difficult because they are round, transparent and filled with liquid in varying quantities, with indistinct contours and a lack of planar surfaces. Camera-based identification systems or profile scanners were considered to be too expensive. Additionally , the customer needed a quick solution that was reliable as well as economic.
CUSTOMER SOLUTION Test-tubes lying on the conveyor pass under a lightweight lever which traces the contour of the test-tube, rising or falling accordingly. The side of the lever facing the photoelectric sensor provides a planer surface, guaranteeing absolutely reliable measurement. The sensor can detect the fitted cap because it has a 2mm larger diameter than the test tube. Therefore, the machine’s controller polls the sensor every 20 ms, and uses its analogue value to determine the position of the larger cap mathematically. According to this measurement, the machine then turns the test-tube the right way up and pushes it into the rack. A test-tube without a cap is identified by the sensor as an error, since no significant difference can be detected and the machine stops running. The automation enables one test- tube to be inserted every second and ensures their correct orientation.
1180 M18 1120  M12 C4050  40 x 50 x 15mm C55 50 x 50 x 23mm C12 13.5 x 21.8 x 7.7mm M18 C23  20 x 30 x 10mm D04  Ø4mm M05  M5 0507 5 x 7 x 40mm
CONTRINEXS PHOTOELECTRIC SENSORS EXCEL AT POSITIONING AND PRESENCE-DETECTION - FOR EXAMPLE HIGH-PERFORMANCE, INDUSTRY LEADING SENSING DISTANCES AND OUTSTANDING BACKGROUND SUPPRESSION CHARACTERISTICS, COMBINE TO GIVE HIGH ACCURACY AND RELIABILITY.

STANDARD PHOTOELECTRIC SENSORS

CUSTOMER VALUES NON-CONTACT, ALL-ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH SENSING RANGE UP TO 500MM. LARGE SENSING RANGE AVAILABLE IN A PHYSICALLY SMALL SENSOR.• EXCEPTIONAL RESISTANCE TO EXTREME VIBRATION DURING OPERATION. OPTIMAL SPACE UTILISATION WITH LITTLE OR NO RELIANCE ON OPERATOR INVOLVEMENT PRODUCT ADVANTAGES ELIMINATION OF CALIBRATION ERRORS DURING NORMAL OPERATION LARGE SENSING RANGE AVAILABLE IN PHYSICALLY SMALL SENSOR PROVIDES RELIABLE, REPEATABLE SENSING IN DEMANDING OPERATING CONDITIONS
At busy container seaports, purpose-designed container- handling vehicles called Straddle Carriers, operate around the clock, loading, unloading and stacking containers. Space utilisation is increasingly important and correctly identifying the size of container picked for each lift is essential for efficiency. Contrinex photoelectric sensors have been fitted to the Straddle Carriers to detect the container size and eliminate the need for drivers to carry out identification checks, saving time and avoiding errors. CUSTOMER APPLICATION A fleet of straddle carriers, purpose-designed container- handling vehicles, services a busy French container port. As a straddle carrier moves over a container, a central lifting beam lowers and locks onto the corner castings of the container; each lift comprises either a single 40-foot container or two 20- foot containers. Optimal utilisation of storage space is essential; correctly identifying the size of container picked for each lift is vital. Fitting carriers with sensors that detect the size and type of containers at the time of lifting eliminate the need for drivers to carry out identification checks, saving time and avoiding errors. The original mechanical sensors proved unreliable, losing calibration when subjected to continuous vibration during normal operation. Although the scheduled maintenance interval for each vehicle is 1,000 hours, mechanical sensors required recalibration at intervals of no more than two or three days. A highly stable replacement sensor system was required.
CUSTOMER SOLUTION Highly stable, non-contact, all-electronic units from the Contrinex range of photoelectric sensors provide a reliable and cost-effective alternative. The moulded-resin sensor casings, fitted with coated-plastic sensing faces, are IP67 rated, making them virtually impervious to the harsh, salt-laden environment of a busy container port. Connection to the vehicle’s control systems is via an integral M12 connector and PVC-sheathed cable, allowing easy removal and replacement during routine maintenance. To confirm the size of the container, two pairs of diffuse sensors with background suppression are mounted centrally on each lifting beam. As the lifting beam descends, one sensor from each pair detects the presence or absence of corner castings at the central lifting points, while the other detects the presence or absence of the gap between two 20-foot containers. The combination of the two eliminates incorrect identification in the unlikely event that the first sensor returns a false-positive signal from a 40-foot container. A physically small housing and long sensing distances eliminate the risk of accidental damage arising from a mechanical collision, while rugged industry-standard housings and vacuum-encapsulated electronics minimise the effects of vibration. Operational results have been excellent; the new Contrinex sensors have eliminated calibration errors and reduced maintenance costs significantly.
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CUSTOMER VALUES RELIABLE, REPEATABLE IN-LINE QUALITY CHECKS ON A NON- CONTACT BASIS IMPROVED QUALITY ARISING FROM REAL-TIME DETECTION OF INCORRECTLY PACKED CARTONS INCREASED PRODUCTIVITY AS STABILITY ALARM FLAGS PREVENTATIVE-MAINTENANCE NEEDS SINGLE SENSOR ACCOMMODATES A RANGE OF CARTON SIZES WITHOUT REPOSITIONING REMOTE ADJUSTMENT VIA IO-LINK REDUCES CHANGEOVER TIME BETWEEN PRODUCTS PRODUCT ADVANTAGES MAXIMUM SENSING RANGE OF 300MM WITH PINPOINT RED LED BEST-IN-CLASS BACKGROUND-SUPPRESSION BLACK/WHITE BEHAVIOUR IO-LINK CONNECTIVITY IDEAL FOR INDUSTRY 4 & IIOT PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE STABILITY ALARM OPTION
CUSTOMER SOLUTION Rugged photoelectric sensors with background suppression from the Contrinex C23 range are ideal for this application. A pinpoint red LED with a 10mm-diameter light spot at the maximum sensing range of 300mm ensures highly reliable detection of objects of almost any colour against light or dark backgrounds. These sensors are well suited to both the task and the environment. Immediately after packing, a single sensor is mounted centrally above the conveyor. As each carton passes below on its way to the sealing station, the sensor detects the top surface of the packed bags. If the height of the top layer falls outside preset limits, the sensor triggers a reject mechanism that diverts the carton to a holding area for investigation. Mounted in 20mm x 30mm x 10mm miniature plastic housings, C23 photoelectric sensors are available with industry-standard PNP or NPN 3-wire or 4-wire output. Connection to the customer’s control system is via a PVC- sheathed cable with the choice of an integral M12 connector or a hermetically sealed entry. A second output provides a stability alarm in the event of reduced sensitivity, flagging the need for preventative maintenance before any performance degradation occurs. Locating sensors optimally is simple thanks to a custom- designed range of multi-position mounting brackets. An operating range between 15mm and 250mm accommodates a variety of carton sizes without any need to reposition the sensor. A simple electrical adjustment via an onboard potentiometer suffices, while remote adjustment via IO-Link, a standardized point-to-point serial connection protocol, is available as standard at no extra cost for PNP versions
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PHOTOELECTRIC SENSORS

CONTRINEXS PHOTOELECTRIC SENSORS EXCEL AT POSITIONING AND PRESENCE-DETECTION - FOR EXAMPLE HIGH-PERFORMANCE, INDUSTRY LEADING SENSING DISTANCES AND OUTSTANDING BACKGROUND SUPPRESSION CHARACTERISTICS, COMBINE TO GIVE HIGH ACCURACY AND RELIABILITY.
Click for Brochure C23PA & M18PA Photoelectrics Click for Brochure Standard Photo Catalogue Extract
CUSTOMER VALUES RELIABLE CHECK OF ASSEMBLY TO AVOID CUSTOMER REJECTIONS RECORDABLE CONFIRMATION OF GEAR MODEL PRODUCT ADVANTAGES RUGGED LASER SENSOR WITH METAL HOUSING SENSING RANGE UP TO 250MM BUILT-IN CHANGEOVER OUTPUTS EASY ADJUSTMENT DUE TO VISIBLE BEAM ADJUSTABLE FOCUS OF BEAM
A manufacturer of assembled, forged and machined components for the automotive industry trusts Contrinex distance sensing photoelectric sensors to ensure that the correct gear model is selected in an assembly. CUSTOMER APPLICATION Because the manufacturer has two models of gears, both of which are designed to fit into the same location in the assembly, care must be taken over which version is being produced. During the production process for each specific assembly, confirmation is required that the correct gear model has been mounted. This is achieved by verifying the assembly as a whole. Since the height of the assembled component differs depending on which gear model has been mounted, immediate identification of assembly height is the chosen sensing solution. Space is limited, so a compact sensor with a long sensing range is required.
CUSTOMER SOLUTION Contrinex’s LTS-1180L-103 compact M18 photoelectric laser sensors is ideal for this application. Its compact size, easy adjustment and rugged metal housing make it suitable for this tough industrial environment. The mounted assembly has a curved section at the top. The sensor’s task is to detect the highest point of this curved section and verify the height of the finished component. The small beam spot of this laser sensor is therefore essential. By targeting the beam of sensor on this curved part, when the correct gear is in place the beam will be deflected and the sensor will not trigger the output. However, if the wrong part is mounted, i.e. with more height, it will obstruct the sensor beam and trigger the sensor output. By using a sensor with integral changeover outputs, the same sensor can be used to verify both models. Only one selection switch is required.
CUSTOMER VALUES RELIABLE, REPEATABLE IN-LINE POSITION SENSING ON A NON- CONTACT BASIS IMPROVED THROUGHPUT ARISING FROM REAL-TIME DETECTION OF INCORRECTLY POSITIONED OR MISSING CARTONS INCREASED PRODUCTIVITY AS STABILITY ALARM FLAGS PREVENTATIVE-MAINTENANCE NEEDS SINGLE SENSOR ACCOMMODATES A RANGE OF CARTON SIZES WITHOUT REPOSITIONING PRODUCT ADVANTAGES MAXIMUM SENSING RANGE OF 8000MM WITH 78MM- DIAMETER REFLECTOR BEST-IN-CLASS BACKGROUND-SUPPRESSION BLACK/WHITE BEHAVIOUR IO-LINK CONNECTIVITY IDEAL FOR INDUSTRY 4 & IIOT PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE STABILITY ALARM OPTION
During confectionery packaging operations, conveyor lines deliver preformed cardboard cartons to packing stations. At each station, a pick-and-place packing robot packs layers of bagged candy in cartons. Once filled, cartons are conveyed to case-sealing stations. A highly reliable retro-reflex photoelectric sensor, mounted beside the line, senses each carton as it arrives at the packing station, halting the conveyor and initiating the packing sequence once it is correctly positioned. CUSTOMER APPLICATION In the confectionery-manufacturing industry, secondary packaging is usually required when preparing multiple product packs for wholesale distribution. In high-volume production, manufacturers pack sealed bags of candy in cardboard cartons, which are in turn stacked for shrink- wrapping and palletisation. Preformed cartons arrive at the packing station in a continuous stream. Once the leading carton reaches its designated position, the conveyor halts and the packing sequence commences. A pick-and-place robot lifts successive layers of bags and lowers them into the carton. Once the predetermined number of bags has been packed, the carton is conveyed to a sealing station. If a carton stops in the wrong position, or if no carton is present, the packing sequence must be inhibited to prevent damage occurring. A non-contact sensor system is needed to detect the position of the leading carton as it arrives at the packing station, halting the conveyor and initiating the packing sequence once. It must be reliable and require minimal maintenance.
CUSTOMER SOLUTION Miniature retro-reflex photoelectric sensors from the Contrinex C23 range are ideal for this application. Used in conjunction with a 41mm-diameter reflector, these sensors have an operating range of up to 4500mm – more than adequate for the task. A single sensor is mounted beside the carton conveyor, immediately before the packing station, with the reflector positioned on the opposite side. As the leading carton breaks the light beam, the sensor detects its presence and halts the conveyor in the correct position for packing. Mounted in 20mm x 30mm x 10mm miniature plastic housings, C23 photoelectric sensors are available with industry-standard PNP or NPN 3-wire or 4-wire output. Connection to the customer’s control system is via a PVC- sheathed cable with the choice of an integral M12 connector or a hermetically sealed entry. A second output provides a stability alarm in the event of reduced sensitivity, flagging the need for preventative maintenance before any performance degradation occurs. A custom-designed range of multi-position mounting brackets allows systems engineers to locate sensors optimally in almost any situation. The C23 range detects slow- or fast- moving targets reliably. Remote selection of switching frequency is possible via IO-Link, a standardized point-to-point serial connection protocol, available as standard at no extra cost for PNP versions.
At busy container seaports, purpose-designed container- handling vehicles called Straddle Carriers, operate around the clock, loading, unloading and stacking containers. Space utilisation is increasingly important and correctly identifying the size of container picked for each lift is essential for efficiency. Contrinex photoelectric sensors have been fitted to the Straddle Carriers to detect the container size and eliminate the need for drivers to carry out identification checks, saving time and avoiding errors. CUSTOMER APPLICATION A fleet of straddle carriers, purpose-designed container- handling vehicles, services a busy French container port. As a straddle carrier moves over a container, a central lifting beam lowers and locks onto the corner castings of the container; each lift comprises either a single 40-foot container or two 20- foot containers. Optimal utilisation of storage space is essential; correctly identifying the size of container picked for each lift is vital. Fitting carriers with sensors that detect the size and type of containers at the time of lifting eliminate the need for drivers to carry out identification checks, saving time and avoiding errors. The original mechanical sensors proved unreliable, losing calibration when subjected to continuous vibration during normal operation. Although the scheduled maintenance interval for each vehicle is 1,000 hours, mechanical sensors required recalibration at intervals of no more than two or three days. A highly stable replacement sensor system was desired.
CUSTOMER SOLUTION Highly stable, non-contact, all-electronic units from the Contrinex range of photoelectric sensors provide a reliable and cost-effective alternative. The moulded-resin sensor casings, fitted with coated-plastic sensing faces, are IP67 rated, making them virtually impervious to the harsh, salt-laden environment of a busy container port. Connection to the vehicle’s control systems is via an integral M12 connector and PVC-sheathed cable, allowing easy removal and replacement during routine maintenance. To confirm the size of the container, two pairs of diffuse sensors with background suppression are mounted centrally on each lifting beam. As the lifting beam descends, one sensor from each pair detects the presence or absence of corner castings at the central lifting points, while the other detects the presence or absence of the gap between two 20-foot containers. The combination of the two eliminates incorrect identification in the unlikely event that the first sensor returns a false-positive signal from a 40-foot container. A physically small housing and long sensing distances eliminate the risk of accidental damage arising from a mechanical collision, while rugged industry-standard housings and vacuum-encapsulated electronics minimise the effects of vibration. Operational results have been excellent; the new Contrinex sensors have eliminated calibration errors and reduced maintenance costs significantly.
STANDARD PHOTOELECTRIC SENSORS - EXCELLENCE IN PRICE & PERFORMANCE.
CUSTOMER VALUES NON-CONTACT, ALL-ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH SENSING RANGE UP TO 500MM. LARGE SENSING RANGE AVAILABLE IN A PHYSICALLY SMALL SENSOR.• EXCEPTIONAL RESISTANCE TO EXTREME VIBRATION DURING OPERATION. OPTIMAL SPACE UTILISATION WITH LITTLE OR NO RELIANCE ON OPERATOR INVOLVEMENT PRODUCT ADVANTAGES ELIMINATION OF CALIBRATION ERRORS DURING NORMAL OPERATION LARGE SENSING RANGE AVAILABLE IN PHYSICALLY SMALL SENSOR PROVIDES RELIABLE, REPEATABLE SENSING IN DEMANDING OPERATING CONDITIONS
Contrinex’s C23 photoelectric sensor family is small but powerful and so ideal for conveyor and packaging applications. An example application for the C23 is the food processing industry, where ‘shingling’, or overlapped layering, is a common technique for optimizing space during secondary packaging operations. As shown in the video, biscuits are sealed in gusseted bags with a triangular profile, and packed in alternating, overlapping layers into a preformed cardboard box. Once each box is full, it passes to a case-sealing station prior to palletisation and dispatch. From time to time, an incorrectly formed layer occurs, where a bag might be damaged or misaligned. The C23 photoelectric sensor with Background Suppression is used to provide non- contact sensing of the height of the top layer of bags, rejecting any over-filled cartons. CUSTOMER APPLICATION In the food processing industry, shingling, or overlapped layering, is a common technique for optimising space utilisation during secondary packaging operations. Confectionery, sealed in gusseted bags with predominantly triangular profiles, is packed in alternating, overlapping layers in preformed cardboard cartons. Once each carton is full, it passes to a case-sealing station prior to palletisation and dispatch. Pre-aligned bags of confectionery arrive at the packing station in regularly spaced rows. At each station, a multi-axis pick-and- place packing robot lifts a row of bags, aligns it and lowers it into a preformed carton. Successive layers overlap each other, ensuring that space within the carton is fully utilised. Once the predetermined number of layers has been packed, the carton is conveyed to the sealing station. From time to time, one or more incorrectly formed layers occur. Individual bags may be missing from a row on arrival at the packing station, or may be damaged or misaligned. A non- contact sensor is needed to sense the height of the top layer of bags, rejecting any defective cartons. It must be reliable and require minimal maintenance.
Contrinex Standard photoelectric sensors are ideal for general position and presence-detection for almost any industry and application. Best-in-class performance such as sensing ranges and background suppression characteristics, the Standard range of sensors delivers very high accuracy and reliability. A wide variety of housing designs and sizes are offered:: Cubic sizes: 0507 (5 x 7 x 40mm), C12 (13 x 21 x 7mm), C23 (20 x 30 x 10mm), 3030 (30 x 30 x 15mm), 4040 (40 x 40 x 19mm), 4050 (40 x 50 x 15mm) and C55 (50 x 50 x 23mm). Cylindrical types are also available in sizes M12 and M18.
C23 20 X 30 X 10MM
1180 M18 1120  M12 C4050  40 x 50 x 15mm C55 50 x 50 x 23mm C12 13.5 x 21.8 x 7.7mm M18 C23  20 x 30 x 10mm D04  Ø4mm M05  M5 0507 5 x 7 x 40mm
Standard C23 and M18P series are high quality ASIC sensors with an integral IO-Link interface in PNP types. This makes them particularly suitable for smart factory applications. IO-Link extends sensor functionality to include continuous monitoring of process data, continuous diagnosis of sensor status, advanced parameter settings, sensitivity adjustment, a remote teach function and easy checking of sensor ID, to ensure the right sensor is at the right place. TECHNOLOGY Diffuse A diffuse-mode, or energetic-diffuse, photoelectric sensor is a reflective sensor, containing a transmitter and a receiver in a single housing. The sensor emits a focused light beam toward a distant target that acts as a reflector, returning part of the transmitted light to the sensor. The receiver detects the amount of light reflected by the target, triggering the sensor when the light intensity reaches a threshold value. Ideal for short sensing ranges and relatively easy targets Easy installation and alignment No separate reflector or receiver Background-Suppression Diffuse-mode photoelectric sensors with background suppression emit a focused light beam toward a distant target. Part of the beam is reflected from the target and returns to the sensor, striking a position-sensitive receiver. The receiver distinguishes between reflections from the target and reflections from background objects, only triggering the sensor when the signal reaches a value that corresponds to the preset target distance. Target size, colour, shape and surface finish have little influence on sensing range Suitable for difficult targets (small, fast-moving, light background) No separate reflector or receiver” Reflex A reflex, or reflective, photoelectric sensor contains a transmitter and a receiver in a single housing, and emits a pulsed, focused light beam through a polarisation filter toward a distant reflector. Reflected light returns to the sensor, passing through a second filter before arriving at the receiver. When a target object interrupts the light beam, the receiver detects the reduced light intensity and triggers the sensor. Auto-collimation of the light beam allows blind-zone suppression. Ideal for moderate sensing ranges Wiring required for just one emitter/receiver unit Separately mounted reflector Through-beam Contrinex through-beam photoelectric sensors are ideal for industrial applications where sensing components must be mounted some distance from the target area. Through-beam sensors utilise infra-red, visible and laser light sources to detect targets, reliably and repeatably, at extended distances. Ideal for long sensing ranges Suitable for contaminated environments or highly reflective targets Separately mounted and wired receiver
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CUSTOMER VALUES ECONOMICAL, FAST AND ABSOLUTELY RELIABLE NON-CONTACT OPERATION, TO AVOID MECHANICAL WEAR EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE COMBINED WITH SMALL SIZE LONG SERVICE LIFE SENSORS READY MADE-UP AND EASY TO USE FLEXIBILITY OF SOLUTION PRODUCT ADVANTAGES LARGE OPERATING DISTANCE AND SIGNAL RESOLUTION PROTECTION CLASS IP 67 OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE ON DETECTION ACCURACY, SPEED AND FREQUENCY
A manufacturer of automated laboratory equipment for in- vitro diagnostics trusts the long operating distance and high resolution of Contrinex’s reflex photoelectric sensors to detect the if a cap is fitted on a blood testing vial which is a small glass test-tube. CUSTOMER APPLICATION To automate the placement of the small test-tubes into carrier racks, a machine picks test-tubes from a conveyor. It is essential that the vials are pushed into the carrier racks the right way up, with the cap uppermost. The challenge is that whilst the test tubes are aligned parallel to each other on the feed conveyor, they can be positioned with the orientation of the tube having the cap to the right, or to the left. The shape and material of the test-tubes makes measuring them difficult because they are round, transparent and filled with liquid in varying quantities, with indistinct contours and a lack of planar surfaces. Camera-based identification systems or profile scanners were considered to be too expensive. Additionally , the customer needed a quick solution that was reliable as well as economic.
CUSTOMER SOLUTION Test-tubes lying on the conveyor pass under a lightweight lever which traces the contour of the test-tube, rising or falling accordingly. The side of the lever facing the photoelectric sensor provides a planer surface, guaranteeing absolutely reliable measurement. The sensor can detect the fitted cap because it has a 2mm larger diameter than the test tube. Therefore, the machine’s controller polls the sensor every 20 ms, and uses its analogue value to determine the position of the larger cap mathematically. According to this measurement, the machine then turns the test-tube the right way up and pushes it into the rack. A test-tube without a cap is identified by the sensor as an error, since no significant difference can be detected and the machine stops running. The automation enables one test- tube to be inserted every second and ensures their correct orientation.