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Technology| 01 April 2024

The W10 Photoelectric Sensor Brings Easy Configuration with Touchscreen Interface

Introducing the latest all-in-one photoelectric sensor from SICK Sensor Intelligence.

This W10 includes the world's first photoelectric sensor with an intuitive touchscreen interface, simplifying the configuration process into one sensor. Even within the realm of photoelectric sensors, the integration of a touchscreen, as exemplified by the new W10, provides remarkable benefits for its users.

Here are some common challenges associated with manual setup of photoelectric sensors and how touchscreen configuration with the W10 addresses them.

What's involved in the configuration process?
Key parameters that may be adjusted during configuration include detection distance, sensitivity, response time, operating mode, output switching, and adjustments.

Operators typically refer to sensor user manuals or documentation provided by manufacturers to understand specific configuration parameters and recommended settings for their applications. While this gives operating entities control over sensor behavior, it is susceptible to challenges such as human error, inconsistency, and the need for frequent adjustments.

Manual configuration is prone to issues such as human error.

Overcoming these common challenges with a touchscreen sensor. Typical configuration involves setting parameters such as detection distance, sensitivity, and other settings. Human error during this process can lead to inaccurate sensor settings, resulting in improper detection or false alarms.

Additionally, different individuals may configure sensors differently, leading to inconsistency in setup. This can affect the overall reliability of sensor networks in a manufacturing environment.

Probably the biggest pain point with more complex configuration is the time-consuming process, especially in large manufacturing setups with many sensors. This would require considerable time and effort to configure each sensor individually.

With the W10, configurations such as foreground and background suppression can be selected via the intuitive touch display to improve detection quality. In addition to the common 1-point teach, which detects objects at a defined distance, a 2-point teach allows objects of different heights to be detected without increasing the risk of detection errors. Manual mode expands teaching options and provides high flexibility.

With the W10, configurations can be selected via the intuitive touch display.

In industrial settings where sensors are installed in challenging or hard-to-reach locations, many configurations may be impractical. Accessing sensors in such locations for adjustments may be challenging. This is where a touchscreen application comes in handy because it becomes easier to configure the sensor.

In some cases, sensor adjustments may be vulnerable to tampering or unintentional changes by unauthorized personnel. This can lead to disruptions in the manufacturing process. Manufacturing environments may experience variations in conditions such as lighting, temperature, or the type of materials being processed.

Security is crucial in industrial settings, and the W10 addresses this concern with its button-free interface and key lockability. By eliminating physical buttons, the W10 minimizes the risk of unwanted in-field changes, ensuring that your settings remain consistent and secure. Key lockability adds an extra layer of protection, providing assurance to users about the integrity of sensor configurations.

In addition to this level of security, you can be confident that the W10 is built to last. With an IP69K rating, the sensor is built for harsh environments, meeting or exceeding many commercially available sensors today.

The W10 combines range, speed, resolution, precision, and robustness.

W10 - the solution to complex configuration. In a move toward efficiency, SICK has introduced the "one for all" concept with the W10. For all applications, the W10 combines range, speed, resolution, precision, and robustness in a one-for-all sensor concept with different modes.

This concept also allows for a significant reduction in part numbers and a simplified approach to applications. The W10 is a versatile solution that offers unparalleled flexibility. A single sensor can be stocked instead of many different ones with similar properties.

With just one part to order, manage, train on, troubleshoot, and service, the W10 redefines expectations for efficient operations in the industrial sector. This not only reduces the burden on procurement and inventory management but also ensures that training and maintenance become a seamless process.