State-of-the-art IIoT technologies for smart manufacturing

15th April 2021

State-of-the-art IIoT technologies for smart manufacturing

SICK inductive sensor from RS Components

RS Components (RS), a trading brand of Electrocomponents, a global omni-channel solutions partner for industrial customers and suppliers, has expanded its industrial control portfolio with a range of Industrial Internet of Things- (IIoT-) enabled technologies from SICK. As a result of the ongoing strategic partnership between the two companies, RS will now support SICK’s M12 and M18 inductive proximity sensors, IO-Link sensors and light curtains.

The M12 and M18 inductive proximity sensors for non-contact detection of metallic objects are available in cylindrical or rectangular formats or encapsulated in flat housing. The sensors are said to offer a long service life and extreme ruggedness. Typical applications include food and beverage industries, robotics, machine tools, packaging and materials handling.

Available in a variety of detection ranges, SICK’s IO-Link photoelectric sensors are designed to reliably detect objects of assorted colours and textures, as well as transparent items. The IO-Link communication protocol can be parametrised and monitored by means of field bus to enable full process control. It also allows machine builders to implement preventative maintenance and service measures, allowing for a significant reduction in changeover times for product or format adjustments.

The new SLG range of non-safety, through-beam light curtains feature a small, slim and sleek design. Using only 8 mm for the optics, the units are designed to fit discreetly inside machines, frames and doors to detect objects as they move through an area. Typical applications include overhang detection on conveyor belts, access control and part ejection detection. With a one-touch setup and effective alignment aid, the SLG light curtains are said to be easy to install.

SICK’s range of IIoT-enabled technologies is now available from RS South Africa and across sub-Saharan Africa.