Tuesday, April 30, 2013

EZ-ARRAY With IO-Link Ideal For Process Monitoring and Inspection, Profiling, Web-Guiding Applications

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 are a cost-effective measuring sensor designed for quick and simple installations with the sophistication to handle the toughest sensing applications. They 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 an outstanding 4-meter range with 5-mm beam spacing. An excellent 5-mm minimum object detection or 2.5-mm edge resolution, depending on the scanning method, is a key component of Banner's EZ-ARRAY family as well. 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 freely available software package from Banner, to interact with the EZ-ARRAY, while IO-Link equipped models use "PACTware," a freely available IO-Link software package from Turck, to interact with the EZ-ARRAY.

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