Latest IIoT sensors and machine safety systems added to portfolio

RS components has expanded its industrial control portfolio with a variety of IIoT-enabled technologies from SICK. With the ongoing strategic partnership between the two companies, RS now supports the company’s M12 and M18 inductive proximity sensors, IO-Link sensors, and light curtains.

The latest M12 and M18 inductive proximity sensors for non-contact detection of metallic objects are now available from the company. Available in cylindrical or rectangular formats or encapsulated in flat housing, these sensors are distinguished by an extended service life and extreme ruggedness. Typical applications for the devices include food and beverage, machine tools, robotics, packaging and materials handling.

Offered in a mixture of detection ranges, the company’s IO-Link photoelectric sensors reliably detect objects of varied colours and textures, as well as transparent items. The IO-Link communication protocol can be parametrised and monitored by field bus to facilitate full process control. It also enables machine builders to execute preventative maintenance and service measures. Changeover times for product or format adjustments can be decreased significantly.

The new SLG range of non-safety, through-beam light curtains provides a small, slim, and sleek design. Employing just 8mm for the optics, they fit discreetly inside machines, frames and doors to detect objects as they move within an area. Typical applications comprise overhang detection on conveyor belts, access control and part ejection detection. With a one-touch setup and effective alignment aid, the light curtains are simple to install.