One sensor can be configured for background suppression, diffuse, retroreflective or through-beam and these modes can be changed on the fly to meet the demands of flexible manufacturing processes or support recipe and format changes in production. One part number simplifies design of equipment regardless of sensor application required. For a plant, one part number can be used for many applications, condensing spare part inventories. Not only can sensing modes be configured, the sensor has the ability to provide simple distributed logic such as counting parts, speed monitoring, and controlling the outputs accordingly. With IO-Link, simple installation and easy controls integration translates to cost savings for machine builders on design, build, and commissioning; while manufacturers see a value in the ability to hot-swap smart sensors via the automatic parameterization functionality. Other features include on/off delay timers and other timer functions,; extensive diagnostics with IO-Link for LED power, sensor life, temperature, operating hours and more; intelligent sensor LEDs for easy evaluation of sensor status; and configurable sensor outputs.
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