22 May 2024

Non-contact laser distance sensors

Precision sensor supplier Micro-Epsilon has announced it has extended its optoNCDT ILR2250-100 range of non-contact laser distance sensors to include a version with IO-Link, a widely used industrial communications networking standard (IEC61131-9) for connecting digital sensors and actuators to industrial fieldbus or Ethernet networks.

The new optoNCDT ILR2250-100-IO laser distance sensor enables simple integration and commissioning in industrial automation environments, as well as faster sensor replacement with automated re-parameterisation during operation.

Developed in-house by Micro-Epsilon, the optoNCDT ILR2250-100-IO measures distances up to 150m with an accuracy of < ± 1mm. The sensor measures accurately even on difficult surfaces such as dark, structured or weakly reflecting objects. Without any special adaptations to the target, the sensor has an impressive range of up to 100m. Adding a reflector to the target extends the range to 150m. The sensor even operates well in smoke, steam and fog. In addition, due to its compact footprint and configurable software, the sensor can also be adapted to meet individual OEM requirements.

Protected by an IP65 die-cast aluminium housing, the optoNCDT ILR2250-100-IO is suitable for a variety of applications, from transport, logistics and conveyor systems, to automation, metal processing and production monitoring. The sensor can also be used to monitor large coil diameters, silo filling levels and gantry cranes.

In terms of its technical performance, the sensor provides excellent repeatability (<300µm), resolution (0.1mm) and linearity (< ± 1mm), resulting in extremely stable measurements and excellent signal stability. The sensor’s small footprint and weight allow it to be easily installed in narrow or restricted spaces in production lines and machines. The scope of supply also includes a 0.3m adapter cable that converts the M16 connector to a 5-pin M12 connector for linking to an IO-Link master. The 24V DC supply comes from the IO-Link network and so no additional power is required for the sensor.