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SICK has launched the IQB2S family of inductive safety switches to provide designers and operators with a unique, cuboid-shaped non-contact device – as small as a matchbox – that can be fitted easily into the smallest machine spaces.

The SICK IQB2S inductive safety switch uses non-contact activation by metallic machine parts to achieve reliable, safe position, presence and area monitoring in common production and logistics safety applications.

The SICK IQB2S is therefore ideal for many applications including, for example, checking the safe position of the axes of rotating tables to ensure safe conveying of the goods, or for the safe presence monitoring of a load on an Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV).

SICK has developed the IQB2S to measure just 12mm x 26mm x 40mm, with a sensing range of 4mm. Easy to align, it can be screwed directly into place, and does not need a separate actuator. With twin self-monitoring OSSD outputs, the SICK IQB 2S enables direct connection to safe control systems including SICK Flexi Soft and the SICK Flexi Loop cable-saving connection system, allowing for applications up to PLd /SIL2 (BS EN ISO 13849).

Says Dr Martin Kidman, safety specialist at SICK UK: “By using the inductive sensing principle to detect metal parts, the SICK IQB2S offers an opportunity to provide safe proximity or position sensing to a high safety rating where space is tight in either new or existing machines.

“The non-contact principle also means the sensors are not subject to wear and need little maintenance over a long service life, ensuring high reliability and machine availability, even in environments subject to high levels of dust or moisture.”

Setting up the SICK IQB 2S is quick and straightforward. Its precise switching point means there is no blind zone, allowing for rapid alignment and adjustment. The on-board 270° LED enables operators to monitor the sensor status and a display of diagnostic messages minimises unforeseen machine stoppages.

With a IP67-rated enclosure, and a wide temperature range from -25°C to 70°C, the SICK IQB2S ensures high machine availability in the toughest of industrial conditions.

For more information on the SICK range of products, please contact Andrea Hornby on 01727 831121 or email andrea.hornby@sick.co.uk.

SICK (UK) LTD

SICK is a global leader in sensors and sensing systems for factory automation, logistics automation and process control. SICK’s comprehensive product portfolio encompasses sensors, encoders, machinery safety, machine vision and auto-identification in use by customers all over the world. Established for over 70 years, SICK products range from simple optical devices through to embedded intelligent systems, ready to meet the needs of Industry 4.0.

SICK sensors: At the heart of automation

SICK is one of the world’s leaders in sensors and sensing technologies for factory automation, logistics automation and process control.

SICK’s comprehensive product portfolio encompasses sensors, encoders, machinery safety, machine vision and auto-identification. The company also provides process instrumentation for gas and fluid flow and for chemical and pollutant detection.

From simple optical sensors and barcode readers to complex safety systems; from machine vision to emissions monitoring, SICK’s intelligent sensor solutions facilitate advanced automation and process control.

SICK products are designed with simplicity of installation and operation in mind. They help customers to achieve greater reliability and productivity, increased production flexibility and more efficient use of resources.

Founded in Germany more than 70 years ago, SICK employs more than 7,400 employees worldwide. The company invests heavily in research and development and is leading the way in smart sensor development to support Industry 4.0 objectives.

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