SICK proximity, reflex and through-beam sensorsThe W16 and W26 proximity, reflex and through-beam sensors include Sick’s new BluePilot assistant, which the company says features five top-mounted LEDS for quick and accurate alignment of the sensor’s light spot. The BluePilot combines a potentiometer and teach-in button, which are claimed to simplify set up, range assessment and application mode selection, and provide real-time on-sensor status display.

A Bluetooth option allows monitoring and advanced commissioning from smart phones or tablets. In addition a smart IO-Link two-way communication is standard on all devices and it’s noted that this offers help with set up and parameter cloning of replacement sensors, addressability and diagnostic functions, as well as providing the opportunity to incorporate sensor-level smart tasks such as counting and time measurement.