Keyence Releases New Pencil-Type Contact Sensor

KEYENCE CORPORATION OF AMERICA is excited to introduce the GT2-P, the newest edition to the high-precision GT2 Series of contact sensors.

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KEYENCE CORPORATION OF AMERICA is excited to introduce the GT2-P, the newest edition to the high-precision GT2 Series of contact sensors. KEYENCE is well known for providing the industrial automation industry with innovative and long-lasting solutions – and the GT2-P is no exception. The GT2-P features High Accuracy Measurement, a Tough & Rugged Design, and Flexible Communication Options all combined into a body the size of a pencil.

High Accuracy
The GT2-P uses KEYENCE’S own Scale Shot System in order to achieve the highest accuracy in its class. The Scale Shot System combines both the conventional scale and transformer methods in order to achieve high accuracy throughout its entire range while also maintaining absolute positioning. The
GT2-P achieves an accuracy of 1 µm, or 0.04 thou.

Tough & Rugged
The GT2-P was designed for extended use, even in harsh environments, which other contact sensors would not be able to withstand. Thanks to the innovative use of long-lasting linear ball bearings, the GT2-P has a detecting durability up to 100 million cycles, all while maintaining an IP-67G enclosure rating. This means the GT2-P is not only resistant to water, but to oils as well, greatly expanding its versatility.

Flexible Communication
Multi-sensor applications can easily be set up thanks to flexible amplifier and communication lineups. Up to 5 GT2-P heads can be connected to a single amplifier, while up to 3 amplifiers can be connected to create a system of 15 cooperating heads. Communication units can then be used to send data over RS-232, Ethernet/IP, Profinet, Profibus, and DeviceNet, among other various communication protocols.

NEW Model!
KEYENCE is also proud to announce that the GT2-P Series now includes a new model – the GT2-P air-push type. This model is similar to the standard model, except it has a spindle which can be actuated by compressed air while maintaining the same high accuracy of the standard models. This is convenient for eliminating complex mounting jigs, which can be expensive and introduce variations in accuracy into a system.

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