Siko develops ‘Industry 4.0‘ ready sensor

Siko has developed an ultra compact, Industry 4.0 ultra compact LEC100 and LEC200 sensor for drive technology, handling systems and robotics. These magnetic motor feedback systems are proving themselves in numerous applications in linear drive technology, handling systems, circuit board assembly, robotics and in a wide range of automation solutions in the context of Industry 4.0.

In all of these areas, the speed and/or position of a drive must be communicated to a main controller in real time. A sensor system with high resolution and repetitive accuracy is extremely important for communicating position and speed data. The aim is to ensure that the motors run as smoothly as possible.

Moreover, the space for sensors is extremely limited in many applications and they therefore have to be designed to be as small as possible. The trend towards miniaturization in the sensor sector is particularly noticeable at the moment.

The sensor head of the LEC range is very small and compact at 40x10x10 mm. The height of the sensors has been reduced by more than half in comparison to previous models. The sensor is now about as flat as a smartphone, but all of the electronics are accommodated in the sensor housing.

The sensors also impress with their thin, cable track-compatible high-flex cable with an external diameter of 4.3 mm (maximum). Despite the small design, two LEDs are integrated for visual function and status monitoring and a reference option.

The LEC100 sensors for 1 mm systems are combined with the MB100/1 magnetic band, while the LEC200 sensors (2 mm systems) work with the MB200/1 magnetic band. Both sensors are equipped internally with an additional sensor chip for reading a reference point on the band side.

Precise and reliable location of home position is therefore always possible. With the LEC200 variant, the reference point can be set on the scale by the customer. The LEC100 and LEC200 sensors are extremely robust and resilient and can be used in extreme conditions.



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