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Efficient machine tools increase productivity

1 September 2020 Other technologies

Machine tools are indispensable in modern production processes. They are mainly used in the automotive industry, mechanical engineering and in drive technology. In practice, the machine tool sector is divided into two main areas: metal forming and metalworking.

Application: loading condition of conveyor belts

PMD (photonic mixer device) sensors with time-of-flight technology are used for detecting the loading condition. The O5D100 photoelectric sensor from ifm electronic detects if the conveyor belt is clear, which prevents possible collisions between parts, for example bales of scrap or vehicle components.

The sensor combines the following advantages: long range, reliable background suppression, visible laser light and high excess gain. It allows any angle of incidence and flexibility of mounting for simplified installation, while the setting parameters can be copied to a new sensor via IO-Link to save time and prevent possible setup faults.


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