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Industry 4.0 Summitt

Manchester Central (M2 3GX)

28/02/2018 - 01/03/2018

Industry 4.0, the 4th industrial revolution, smart manufacturing, digital factories…these are (more)

Drives & Controls 2018

NEC, Birmingham(B40 1NT)

10/04/2018 - 12/04/2018

Drives & Controls exhibition is recognised as the UK’s leading show for Automation, Power (more)

UKIVA Machine Vision Conference

Arena MK(MK1 1ST)


Following a successful launch in 2017, UKIVA Machine Vision Conference returns to Arena MK, Milton Keynes, (more)

Photoelectric sensors are small but powerful

Photoelectric sensors are small but powerful

The miniature MICROmote photoelectric sensors from Balluff with separate electronic processor unit provide a large amount of optical performance in a tiny amount of space thanks to the miniaturised LEDs, photodiodes and photo-transistors. Balluff says it specially developed a new, patented manu-facturing process for its production. This provides the micro-optical components with high optical precision.

Balluff says the new MICROmote sensors are ideal in small installation spaces and on moving machine parts and robot grippers, where low weight is necessary.

The robust sensors integrated into the metal housing are operated with a separate amplifier, which can be positioned outside of the action area. Highly flexible electrical cables provide secure transmission of the sensor signals between the sensor head and the amplifier. In this way, the sensors are also a technical alternative to fibre optics. An additional plus is that the amplifier features ergonomic indicators and operating elements.

Thanks to a sophisticated modular system, users can find the ideal solution quickly and cost-effectively, for applications such as position detection of small parts, identification and counting of objects or detecting the filling levels of foaming liquids.

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