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Banner Engineering’s Q4X Laser Distance Sensor Offers New Functionality

The newest models of the Q4X are now available with higher resolutions, and they can solve new applications!

Since the release of the Q4X versatile, rugged laser distance sensor, Banner Engineering has added new models offering new functionality and features.   The first addition was the Q4X analog laser measurement sensor that provides continuous measurement of challenging targets from dark to reflective out to 300 mm.  Banner also introduced new problem solving firmware, dual mode, that comes standard on their Q4X sensors.  Dual mode, dual intensity plus distance window, is an innovative teach mode that allows the Q4X to solve new applications including clear objects detection and error proofing applications.  Banner Engineering’s latest release includes higher resolution Q4X models that are optimized for higher performance over a shorter measuring range.  Let’s take a closer look at each of these.

Q4X Analog Laser Measurement Sensor

  • Reliably detects sub-millimeter distance changesB_4183776
  • Continuous measurement of challenging targets from dark to reflective, out to 300 mm
  • Angled four-digit display offers clear analog (V or mA) or distance (mm) readouts
  • Solves measurement applications with difficult targets including black foam on black plastic, black rubber in front of metal, multi color packaging and metal or plastics of any color
  • Applications include fill level indication, part positioning, roll diameter, loop control, thickness/height verification

Standard Dual Window Teach Mode

  • Dual mode, dual intensity + distance window
  • Now a standard mode on the Q4X sensor
  • Solves new applications including clear object detection or error proofing applications
    • Clear or transparent object detection including vials, films, and bottles
    • Error proofing applications where you want to detect not only that a part is present, but also that it is the correct color

High Resolution Discrete and Analog Models

  • New 100 mm models
  • Available with same bipolar discrete (NPN + PNP) and analog (0-10 V or 4-20 mA) output options as the 300 mm models
  • Offers twice the measurement precision
  • 25% smaller laser sport for detecting small features
  • Discrete models can detect objects as thin is 0.5 mm
  • Analog models can more precisely inspect part dimensions and positioning with resolution down to 0.15 mm

What types of applications is the Q4X used in?

  • Multi-colored reflective package detection
  • Detecting black foam on black plastic
  • Shiny package detection
  • Part orientation
  • Part presence/absence
  • Fill level detection
  • Roll diameter
  • Thickness/height verification
  • Clear/transparent object detection
  • Error proofing part in place applications

Do you have a challenging application?  Give us a call, we’ll bring out a demo and work through it!

Contact us at or contact your KOM Sales Representative, and we’ll bring a demo to you to show you the new Q4X sensor in action and how it can help solve your application.

New from TURCK! TBEN-S (Small) Series, Block-I/O Modules

These ultra-compact multiprotocol block-I/O modules are the smallest blocks available on the market.

TURCK is pleased to introduce the first ultra-compact, digital block-I/O modules of the new TBEN-S (Small) Series. The TBEN-S series provides customers with a flexible solution and the smallest Ethernet block available on the market at only 1.25” x 5.6”. These fully potted IP67 modules can be mounted directly to a machine and are highly versatile with an extended temperature range from -40°C to +70°C degrees.

Despite the compact design, every TBEN-S module can be operated without additional gateways in each of the three Ethernet systems PROFINET, Modbus TCP, or EtherNet/IP. Using TURCK’s innovative multiprotocol technology, the devices recognize the protocol automatically by listening to the communication during the start-up phase. An integrated switch allows the use of the devices in line topology.

The TBEN-S modules are available in five variants:

  • 4 digital inputs and outputs
  • 8 digital inputs with module diagnostics
  • 8 digital inputs with channel diagnostics
  • 8 digital outputs
  • 8 configurable digital inputs and outputs

The outputs switch a current of up to 2 A. To simplify troubleshooting and significantly reduce downtimes, each output channel is continuously monitored by the integrated diagnostic system that records all events in the device’s event log. Furthermore, the modules feature an internal web server with a responsive design. This is used to display diagnostics in plain text and allows you to use a smart phone to address the server and view diagnostics.

To sum it up…

Why choose the ultra-compact multiprotocol I/O Modules?

  • Smallest Ethernet blocks on the market
  • Available in five variants to fit your specific application needs
  • Can be mounted directly on the machine
  • Internal web server can display diagnostics in plain text and is accessible on a mobile device – this simplifies troubleshooting and reduces downtime

What are the product specifications?

  • Measures 1.25” x 5.6”
  • Fully potted and IP67 rated
  • Temperature range from -40°C to +70°C
  • Utilizes TURCK’s multiprotocol technology
  • Five variants
    • 4 digital inputs and outputs
    • 8 digital inputs with module diagnostics
    • 8 digital inputs with channel diagnostics
    • 8 digital outputs
    • 8 configurable digital inputs and outputs

Request a Quote or Order Now!

To request a quote or more details about the new TBEN-S series I/O modules, contact your Sales Representative, email us at, or call 1-877-266-8765.

View the TURCK press release for the new TBEN-S series.

New from Banner! Q4X Versatile, Rugged Laser Distance Sensor

Reliably detects distance changes as small as 1 mm and it offers a clear distance readout on the display.

Banner Engineering has introduced the Q4X, its next generation problem-solving sensor. The Q4X solves distance-based applications regardless of target surface reflectivity, including black foam on black plastic, black rubber in front of metal, multicolor packaging and targets of all colors. It offers a reliable sensing range of 25 to 300 mm. The QX4 reliably detects distance changes as small as 1 mm.

Ready for a demo?

Contact us at or contact your KOM Sales Representative, and we’ll bring a demo to you to show you the new contrast sensor in action.

Key features:

  • Solves difficult distance based applications regardless of target surface reflectivity
  • 25-300 mm Detection Range (even on black targets at max range)
  • Best in class excess gain
  • Bipolar PNP and NPN outputs
  • Angled 4-digit LCD display allows for easy viewing
  • Bright yellow LED output indicator provides high visibility of the sensor operation
  • 3 tactile push buttons make teach and adjustment procedures simple and intuitive
  • Delay timers
  • Response speeds
  • Remote input
  • Display options
  • FDA grade stainless steel housing – durable and robust
  • Superior ambient light immunity


  • Food and beverage
  • Automotive
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Black targets with black backgrounds
  • Gasket detection
  • Multicolored, reflective packages
  • Pharmaceutical cap detection
  • Presence/absence
  • Part orientation
  • Any challenging distance-based application
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