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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

Applications

  • 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 sales@komautomation.com, 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 sales@komautomation.com 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 sales@komautomation.com 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

Applications:

  • 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.

Q3X Versatile, Rugged Laser Contrast Sensor

Robust, high speed performance sensor for part-detection applications with small contrast differences.

Banner Engineering has introduced a new versatile, rugged, laser contrast sensor, the Q3X. The Q3X expands the types of applications that Banner sensors can solve due to its rugged metal housing, a three-digit display for easy to read feedback and versatility in solving challenging part-detection applications with small contrast differences. The Q3X offers a fast 250 microsecond response speed, a reliable 300 mm detection range, bipolar PNP an NPN outputs, and superior ambient light immunity.

Ready for a demo?

Contact us at sales@komautomation.com 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 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

Applications:

  • Registration mark detection
  • Leading edge detection
  • High speed part detection
  • Small/thin features
  • Small contrast changes

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 sales@komautomation.com 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

Applications:

  • 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

LE250 Laser Measurement Sensor – New from Banner Engineering

Offers high performance across difficult targets like metal or black rubber.

Banner Engineering has expanded its L-Gage LE family of laser sensors with the new LE250. Optimized for measurements ranging from 100 mm to 400 mm, the LE250 features superior measurement precision and a small laser spot size. It offers the same robust housing, intuitive user interface and linear array technology as the LE550, but the smaller beam size and better resolution allow customers to solve a wider range of applications.

Key features include:

  • Linear array allows for reliable detection and measurement across a wide range of difficult targets, from black rubber to shiny metal.
  • Resolution of 0.02 mm out to 250 mm and a resolution below 0.2 mm out to 400 mm – this optimized performance for shorter ranges makes it a great solution for applications where precise dimensional measurements or positioning are needed.
  • Smaller spot size, approximately one millimeter – makes it ideal for small part detection and provides more consistent measurements for applications that present varying colors, including multicolored packaging.
  • Intuitive two-line, eight-character display – allowing for easy readability, quick adjustments and simple menu navigation.
  • Visible red, Class 2 laser beam and small spot size – ensures quick setup and alignment.

Applications: Quality Control, Error-proofing, Process Control

  • Validate part thickness/height
  • Verify correct assembly of components
  • Verify part presence (weld nuts, gaskets, etc.)
  • Positioning of robot end effector or nozzle
  • Loop/tension control
  • Part identification/sorting

LE550 Laser Measurement Sensor – New from Banner Engineering

Ready to measure from 100 to 1000 mm right out of the box.

Banner Engineering now offers the LE550-Laser-Measurement-Sensor/ LE550 laser sensor. Designed with linear array technology, the LE550 non-contact laser sensor provides high repeatability and accurate measurement for challenging targets ranging from shiny metal to black rubber. With easy, ready-to-use operation, the LE550 measures 100 mm to 1000 mm right out of the box—making it an ideal detection solution for diverse measurement applications, including roll diameter, loop control, thickness measurement and positioning.

Key features:

  • Ready to measure from 100 to 1000 mm right out of the box
  • Linear array provides repeatability and accuracy for challenging targets
  • Priced below competition with similar performance
  • Easy to set up and easy to use, two-line, eight-character display
  • Visible red, Class 2 laser beam and small spot size ensure quick setup and alignment

Applications:

  • Roll diameter
  • Loop control
  • Thickness/height measurement
  • Part identification
  • Positioning
  • Part in place verification
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