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Intelligence with IO-Link: LGM Series Light Grid

Posted by Andre Clayton on Tue, Mar 12, 2019

The LGM series measuring light grid is an array of thru-beam photoelectric sensors housed in a single emitter and receiver pair designed to continuously communicate with a PLC through any IO-Link master. They are available in a variety of heights ranging from 100 mm up to 3200 mm, with the number of beams varying based on the height. The light grid can be remotely configured for easy setup and parameterization via PLC with the help of IO-Link technology; complex single beam calculations are not required to set up these sensors.

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Topics: Light Grids

Photoelectric Sensors Are One Way to Detect Clear Objects

Posted by Sean Miller on Tue, Nov 19, 2013

Many kinds of sensors can detect plastic bottles or glass...

Photoelectric sensors are a popular sensor type for solving many applications, but, depending on the application, using light can sometimes have its disadvantages.

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Topics: Ultrasonic Sensors, Light Grids, Photoelectric Sensors

Safety Considerations for Thru-beam Photoelectric Sensors, Light Curtains, and Light Grids

Posted by Sean Miller on Tue, Oct 08, 2013

Pepperl+Fuchs offers a wide variety of functional safety products that include photoelectric safety sensors. We offer single-beam safety sensors, light grids, and light curtains. It is important to know the difference as the cost varies and safety standards must be met.

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Topics: Light Grids, Photoelectric Sensors

Machine Safeguarding with Safety Edges

Posted by Tom Corbett on Thu, Aug 22, 2013

Unique photoelectric sensors for edge monitoring

Moving machine parts, closing edges of doors and gates, and even automated guided vehicles (AGV) all have the potential to cause workplace injuries. Health and Safety regulations require that workers be protected from preventable injuries. But without the proper protection in place, worker safety can be at risk. One way to provide this protection is by machine safeguarding.

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Topics: Light Grids, Photoelectric Sensors

Industrial Light Grids vs. Safety Light Grids

Posted by Zach Steck on Thu, Jun 27, 2013

When it comes to determining which type of light grid is best for your application, there are a few questions to consider:

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Topics: Light Grids

How Intelligent Is Your Light Grid?

Posted by Michael Turner on Tue, Nov 20, 2012

After a recent altercation with an older, legacy light grid, perhaps the better question is: How intelligent are you?

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Topics: Light Grids, Troubleshooting

3 Types of Automation Light Grids

Posted by Michael Turner on Thu, Aug 30, 2012

Automation light grids exist in many forms and offer solutions to applications from simple to complex. With sizes ranging from small to large, and with resolutions from fine to coarse, nearly every sensor manufacturer offers a light grid.  

Compared to single beam sensors, light grids offer more detection coverage over a defined area.

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Topics: Applications, Light Grids, Photoelectric Sensors

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