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Exceptional, Just Got Better !! – Contrinex M18PA🔦Photoelectrics Now Available in Robust🦾 Stainless Steel Housings

Tuesday 2 August 2022, 10:12 AM

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Exceptional, Just Got Better !! – Contrinex M18PA🔦Photoelectrics Now Available in Robust🦾 Stainless Steel Housings

Contrinex is expanding upon its successful M18PA plastic photoelectric sensor family, which offers exceptional performance in a tiny package, only 33mm long, to add stainless-steel versions.

The new M18M photoelectric sensors offer the same proven detection ranges, shatterproof PMMA optics and resistance to washdown and process fluids, as the original M18PA family, plus more robustness for environments where mechanical shock and excessive vibration are encountered.

Additionally, the technology is also offered in the new M12M photoelectric sensors, which feature chrome-plated brass M12 housings.

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 All of these new sensors utilise the ASIC technology of the existing diffuse, retro-reflective and through-beam of the M18PA photoelectrics. The technology of the exceptional background suppression sensor however cannot be fitted into the smaller M12 size and is therefore only available as an 18M. They all offer industry-leading sensing distances and extremely competitive pricing.

The sensing ranges of these 33mm long sensors are Reflex – 7 m, Diffuse – 1.2 m, Background Suppression – 250 mm. Through-beam –  30 m.

The Ecolab certification on the existing plastic M18PA sensors has made them popular in process and food and beverage applications and so the new metal housed M12M and M18M sensors are about to receive their Ecolab approval.

Expanding Contrinex’s position of offering the largest selection of sensors with IO-Link, the digital communication protocol is provided free of charge with the PNP versions of the sensor to enable real-time access to process data and functions such as user-configurable outputs, sensitivity adjustment, event flags, dual-channel operation and sensor temperature measurement.

The M18PA photoelectric sensor family is a real star within Contrinex’s vast portfolio of sensors, and the addition of the M18M and M12M metal housings will expand this success into many more applications, providing customers with improved reliability and lower prices.

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💪 Robust & reliable in harsh environments, 🛡️ Stainless steel (M18M) or Chrome-plated brass (M12M) metal housings, 💦 Resistant to washdown & process fluids, 🔎 Shatter-resistant PMMA optics, lighter & tougher than glass, 🔦 Focused beam,  🕵️♂️ Exceptionally reliable detection, 🔧 Preventative Maintenance alarm trigger, 📏 Long sensing ranges, 💰 Unrivalled price/performance ratio, 🌡️ -25°C to +65°C, 🎛️ IO-Link – Ideal for Industry 4 and offering Plug and Play swap-out.

Please click to download Contrinex’s Product Overview brochure to find out more.

PLUS Automation Ltd is the importer of Contrinex sensors into the UK and Ireland, and can help you #MakeSenseofSensors to improve your Automation and machine performance using Concentration🥛, Inductive🧲, Machine Safety👷, Photoelectric🔦, Pressure🗜️, Ultrasonic🦇 and RFID📻 sensors from Contrinex, ReeR & Satron.

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