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Q5X High Power Mid-Range Laser Sensor from Banner Engineering

New from Banner Engineering is the Q5X, a mid-range adjustable-field background suppression laser sensor.  The detection range of the Q5X is three times that of the Q4X and offers extremely high excess gain for continuous reliable detection of the most challenging targets.  It is a best-in-class laser triangulation sensor that is easy to use and has a cost-effective plastic housing.

Key features:
  • Uses triangulation technology which provides the Q5X with excellent Minimum Object Separation (MOS) in the 1st meter and, by slowing down the response speed, high excess gain over the 2nd meter
  • Dual mode can be used for clear object detection and extended range applications
  • Laser triangulation sensor with a range from 9.5 cm to 2 m
  • Same user interface as the Q4X series with easy-to-set switch-points
  • Real-time distance feedback and bright output indicators
  • IP67 rated
  • User selectable timing and multi-function input/output
  • High excess gain enables sensors to reliably detect:
    • Black targets against a black background
    • Black targets against a shiny metal background
    • Clear and reflective objects
    • Multicolor packaging and targets of all colors
  • Detect extremely challenging targets
  • Combine power and versatility to solve more challenges
  • Meets a wide variety of mounting constraints
  • Save time and costs
  • Simplified set up, remote monitoring, control and replacement with optional Remote Sensor Display (RSD)


  • Part-in-place/motion complete
  • Power train and suspension assembly
  • Black plastic, leather, and rubber detection

Material Handling

  • Box, tote, and pallet detection
  • Logistics and tunnel automation


  • End-of-line pallet detection
  • Carton full or empty

Lumber & Construction

  • Timber, plywood, and sheetrock profiling
  • Steel and asphalt shingle loop detection

K50 Pro Touch Series from Banner Engineering

The K50 Pro Touch Buttons from Banner Engineering combine proven touch technology and ruggedness with the added versatility of RGB LEDs.   These pro touch buttons are made with a rugged IP69K designs making them reliable in a variety of conditions, including harsh environments.  They operate in wet or dry environments and with gloved or bare hands.  As a general-purpose indicator in a 50 mm dome, the K50 Pro Touch Buttons are compatible with the Pro Editor software allowing for full flexibility of colors, touch, animations and output settings.  These capabilities increase production efficiency as each change in status or step in a process can be assigned its own unique color or animation.  This helps the users learn and interpret the signals quickly, resulting in fewer errors, thus saving time and money.  In October, Banner Engineering announced the availability of K50 Pro Touch Buttons with IO-Link communication.  These models offer full Pro capabilities managed dynamically by the master, including customization of colors, animations, and touch sensitivity.

Key features:
  • Excellent immunity to false triggering by water spray, detergents, oils and other foreign materials
  • Programmable using Banner’s Pro Editor software and Pro Converter Cable
  • Up to 14 default colors with flash input in one unit
  • Devices are completely self-contained – no controller needed
  • Rated IEC IP67 and DIN IP69K
  • 12 V dc to 30 V dc operation
  • Can be actuated with bare hands or gloves; adjustable sensitivity using Pro Editor software
  • Compact models available for lower profile applications
  • Models constructed from FDA-grade materials available
  • Configurable input/output with Pro Editor software
  • Device can be configured to remember touch state on power loss using Pro Editor software
Additional features with IO-Link:
  • IO-Link gives full access to color, flashing, rotating, and dimming settings as well as advanced animations such as dynamic sequence mode and LED control
  • Offers touch and output settings, including on and off delays, touch sensitivity, output function, and output state
Comparison of K50 Pro Touch vs. K50 Pro Touch with IO-Link
K50 Pro Touch
√  Pro Editor Compatible

√  Discrete Control

√  Full Control of Touch Logic

×  IO-Link Control

× Sequence Mode

× Individual LED Control

× Remote Configuration and Monitoring

√  Touch Sensitivity Control

× Increased Data Availability

√  Simple Device Replacement

K50 Pro Touch with IO-Link
× Pro Editor Compatible

× Discrete Control

√  Full Control of Touch Logic

√  IO-Link Control

√  Sequence Mode

√  Individual LED Control

√  Remote Configuration and Monitoring

√  Touch Sensitivity Control

√  Increased Data Availability

√  Simple Device Replacement

Request a Quote/Order Now

For more information or to request a quote, contact  Use the below resources to learn more about the K50 Pro Touch Button Series with or without IO-Link.

Webinar: Smart Sensors Demystified – Hosted By Banner Engineering & Machine Design Magazine

With recent advances in sensing technology, sensors are smarter and more powerful than ever.

Not only can sensors now perform more advanced functions and solve more complex problems than ever before, smart sensors can also provide valuable data for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and enable capabilities like remote monitoring and predictive maintenance.

Sign up for the webinar to:

    • Understand what smart sensors are, what they can do, and why they are important to the future of manufacturing.
    • See how smart sensors with IO-Link communication unlock advanced capabilities.
    • Learn the benefits of implementing smart sensors in machine design.
Register Today

Join Banner Engineering for a free Webinar hosted by Machine Design magazine on Tuesday, November 13th at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Time: 2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
Duration:  60 Minutes
Hosted by:  Machine Design Magazine & Banner Engineering

Register Now

New Rugged, Low-Profile LED Strip Lights from Banner Engineering

Banner Engineering has introduced the WLS15, a new professional grade LED strip light that boasts a low-profile design making it a great fit for situations that require a small light to fit into a tight space.  These LED strip lights will improve worker performance by lighting under shelves, inside doors, above bins, and in cabinets.  They install in minutes without impacting any existing application framework and once installed, they provide years of bright, even illumination with no hot spots.

Key Features & Benefits

     Compact, low-profile design

  • 15 mm slim, space-saving profile
  • enables installation in confined areas without disrupting the environment or obstructing sightlines

     Rugged IP67 construction

  • sturdy aluminum inner frame
  • sealed in shatter resistant, UV-stabilized, polycarbonate shell
  • resists impact and vibration
  • tolerates wet and dusty conditions
  • reliable for use in challenging indoor and outdoor environments

     Easy to Install

  • Offers ability to cascade lights together
  • flexible mounting options including endcap mounting holes and a wide range of available brackets simplify installation and wiring
  • easy to deploy one or multiple lights in a short amount of time


  • diffuse window eliminates hotspots
  • available in 6 lengths from 220 mm to 1200 mm
  • optional snap clips for easy installation and re-positioning
  • capability to dim lights using PWM input
  • operates on 12 V dc or 24 V dc in one model
  • patent pending
  • 350 lumens per foot (0.3 m) for illumination up to 3 feet (0.9 m)
  • 50,000 hour L70 LEDs ensure long life

Programmable Audible Segment with Banner Engineering’s TL70 Modular Tower Lights

Modular Tower Lights Banner Engineering

Banner Engineering has introduced a new programmable audible segment for the TL70 Modular Tower Lights.  This audible segment is easy-to-program and allows you to create a custom audible alert or announcement to correspond with a change in status.  The audible alerts can vary depending upon your needs and be as simple as a short series of tones, or as complex as a multilingual set of instructions.  The only limitations applied to the audible alert are the length of the sound file.  For more information about Banner Engineering’s TL70 Modular Tower Lights, please visit

Product Features

  • Easy to program using downloadable Audio GUI and standard mini USB connection
  • Users can upload a sound file using popular MP3 or WAV file formats, up to 130 seconds in length
  • Sound file plays on a continuous loop until another change in status occurs
  • Order as a preassembled tower light to save time or as a separate audible segment with light modules for a custom indication solution

Banner Releases DF-G3 Analog Output Long-Range Fiber Amplifier

The new DF-G3 Analog Output Long-Range Fiber Amplifiers, released by Banner Engineering, offer a world-class long range sensing capability.  When comparing the maximum sensing range, the DF-G3 diffuse sensing range is 4 times longer than the DF-G1 and 2 times longer than the DF-G2.  The higher power enables longer detection for all applications and reliably detects smaller targets and features when it is used with small core fiber assemblies.  The extra power also provides increased detection reliability for dark targets.

Key Features

  • World-class long-range sensing capability
  • With opposed mode fibers it is more than 3 m (10 ft)
  • With diffuse mode fibers it is more than 1 m (3 ft)
  • Single and independent dual output types allowing for detection of one or two events with one sensor
  • Combination analog and discrete output
  • Analog signal of signal intensity for control
  • High-speed switching output for counting
  • Avoids cross-talk for up to 7 amplifiers in dense sensing point applications
  • Energy efficient light resistance enables stable detection in industrial lighting environments
  • Precise positioning of small components is attainable using the high power amplifier with small core fibers
  • Easy-to-use user interface makes it simple to set up and program the sensor using the displays, switches/buttons, or the remote input teach wire
  • The operator has control of the sensitivity thus allowing for additional detection sensitivity or a stabilized output


  • Analog Output:
    • Contrast matching
    • Intensity monitoring
    • Web guiding applications
    • Process monitoring of signal intensity
    • Dense sensing point environments
  • Discrete Output:
    • High speed part detection and counting
    • Precise positioning of small parts
    • Reliable detection of dark or clear targets
    • Detection of two events with one amplifier
    • Part in place and error proofing applications

Additional Product Information

For more details regarding the DF-G3 long range expert dual display fiber amplifier, please download the DF-G3 Analog Quick Start Guide.  Not sure if the DF-G3 fiber amplifier is the right product for your needs?  Check out the Fiber Optic Amplifier Selection Guide on Banner Engineering’s website to see what products fit your requirements.

Request a Quote or Order Now

To request a quote or order now, contact your Sales Representative, email, or call 877-266-8765.

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 Model from Banner – Q3X LD50 Laser Contrast Sensor with Background Suppression

The newest model of the Q3X is now available with fixed background suppression.

Banner Engineering has introduced its latest model in the Q3X family of laser contrast sensors, the Q3X LD50.  This new model can overcome the limitations of standard diffuse-mode sensors where objects in the background can affect the sensor.  It does this by distinguishing between low-contrast targets while ignoring targets of all colors and reflectivities outside of it’s 60 mm background suppression distance.

Ready for a demo?  We can bring the demo to you!

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.

Features & Benefits

This new model boasts all the same features as the original Q3X laser contrast sensor, PLUS it offers fixed background suppression capabilities.  Here’s a quick recap of the Q3X features:

  • Solves challenging part-detection applications with small contrast differences
  • Can detect small changes in contrast at 25 to 300 mm
  • High-speed part detection as fast as 250 microseconds, capturing up to 2,000 events per second
  • Angled three-digit display is easily viewed from multiple vantage points
  • Display provides clear user feedback for easy setup, and bright output indicator provides high visibility
    of sensor operation
  • Intuitive setup utilizing two tactile buttons
  • Rugged, nickel-plated zinc, laser-marked housing suitable for use even in environments where cutting fluids and oils might be present
  • Rated to IP67, IP68, and IP69K
  • Robust immunity to fluorescent light interference
  • NEW!  Short-range models available with background suppression capabilitiy


  • High speed detection
  • Part-detection with small contrast changes
  • Any challenging application with small contrast changes

For more details about the original Q3X laser contrast sensor, check out our previous post.

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