Measuring array sensor with IO-Link output

Banner's A-Gage EZ-Array measuring light curtain is designed for high-speed, precise process monitoring and inspection.


Banner Engineering Corp. introduces the A-Gage EZ-Array two-piece measuring light curtain with IO-Link output to its line of measuring array sensors. The new EZ-Array models provide measuring sensor solution designed for quick and simple installations with the sophistication to handle the toughest sensing applications. These sensors excel at high-speed, precise process monitoring and inspection, profiling and web-guiding applications such as package and baggage sizing on material handling conveyors, profiling/positioning of packages or material in process, web edge guiding, log diameter measurement and carpet to nap edge detection.

"The introduction of the IO-Link allows for full configuration of the EZ-Array operating parameters and beam status monitoring," said Dean Tyo, chief engineer for vision, measurement, and instrumentation at Banner Engineering. "When connected to an IO-Link Master, EZ-Array configuration and measurement data can be communicated to a host controller on the field bus network allowing for convenient reporting of measurement values."

The EZ-Array features a 6-position DIP switch for setting scan mode, measurement modes, analog slope and a discrete output 2 option for complementary measurement or alarm operation. Additionally, it offers a 4-meter range with 5-mm beam spacing. Depending on the scanning method, Banner’s EZ-Array family is capable of 5-mm minimum object detection or 2.5-mm edge resolution. A remote teach wire option for alignment, inverted display and DIP switch disable is also included.

Complete configuration, alignment assistance and process monitoring functions are available through PC based software tools, and software interfaces are available for advanced sensor setup functions. The MODBUS-RTU equipped models use Banner’s "Sensors" user interface, a free software package available from Banner, to interact with the EZ-Array. IO-Link equipped models use "Pactware," a complimentary IO-Link software package available from Turck, to interact with the EZ-Array. 

Banner Engineering Corp.

- Edited by Chris Vavra, Control Engineering, 

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