Reliable detection of multipacks
The new dynamic reference diffuse sensor DRT25C.R from Leuze detects various film-wrapped bottles and cans fault-free. It uses the conveyor as a reference, and because the detection does not rely on objects, no adjustments are required when changing products. Leuze is expanding its range of dynamic reference diffuse sensors with the DRT 25C.R container sensor. These sensors are based on the innovative CAT technology (Contrast Adaptive Teach), which enables a new operating principle for binary switching sensors. These sensors from Leuze don’t reference the object itself, but rather the conveyor belt.
Multipacks are very convenient for the transport of beverage bottles or cans. But when it comes to packaging, the diversity of these multipacks can be a challenge for plant operators: The foil-wrapped containers may be metallic, colorful, or transparent. Or there may be holes in the film or cardboard somewhere. But the biggest difference between beverage containers is the shape and height. This makes reliable detection challenging. The innovative DRT25C.R dynamic reference diffuse sensor from Leuze is made exactly for these types of requirements. It is installed above the conveyor belt and uses the conveyor as a reference. The flexible sensor detects all objects that differ from the conveyor belt surface. This detection principle from above is object-independent and reliable. With its high operating range of 450 mm, the DRT25C.R detects multipacks, regardless of whether they are transparent or have printed film.
Only one sensor is needed per roller conveyor, regardless of the customer’s specific application. And plant operators can set it up in a matter of seconds: After pressing the teach button once, the conveyor surface is saved as a reference value. Two teach levels offer maximum flexibility. There is no need to change the settings after a product changeover, as the reference is still the same. That means there is no setup time. Unlike traditional diffuse reflection sensors, the container sensor is more reliable if vibrations and contamination occur on the conveyor belt. These are compensated for by the Contrast Adaptive Teach technology. Plant operators who need additional functions, such as warning messages, can easily integrate these via IO-Link.
With curiosity and determination, the Sensor People from Leuze have been innovators for technological milestones in industrial automation for more than 50 years. They are driven by the success of their customers. Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow. The Leuze product range includes switching and measuring sensors, identification systems, data transmission and image processing solutions, and machine safety components and systems. The focus of their work is in the areas of intralogistics, packaging, machine tools, automotive industry, and laboratory automation. Leuze was founded in 1963, headquartered in Owen/Teck in Southern Germany. Today, there are more than 1,200 Sensor People around the world working with a great deal of experience and dedication to ensure the lasting success of their customers in a changing industry – be it in the technological competence centers or in one of the 20 sales companies supported by more than 40 international distributors. www.leuze.com