- July 03, 2017
July 3, 2017 - The color sensor FT 55-CM from SensoPart is designed for diverse color detection and sorting applications.
The operating range and color detection function – the sensor can distinguish up to twelve colors – enables a multitude of applications. This combination of characteristics makes SensoPart’s new color sensor suited for challenging color detection and sorting tasks in all sectors of industry, e.g. differentiation of differences in color on automotive fuses or the identification and assignment of bottle tops or color labels in the packaging and beverage industry.
The FT 55-CM is available in three different operating ranges (12-32 mm, 18-22 mm or 30- 150 mm). The first two versions (FT 55-CM1 and -CM3) are specially designed for the close- up range: thanks to effective glare suppression, the CM1 version enables color detection on reflective surfaces; the CM3 version with a light spot (1 x 4 mm) and double the switching frequency (6 kHz) is equipped for the detection of small targets and high-speed applications, and can be used e.g. as a contrast sensor in color-critical applications with registrations marks in the printing industry. The long-distance version FT 55 CM-4 offers a maximum scanning range of 30 to 150 mm with a high depth of focus. The operating range combined with the sensor’s ability to detect color regardless of distance enables versatile applications.
FT 55-CM was designed from the beginning to meet the demands of digitised industries. It includes an IO-Link interface for remote configuration, data output and monitoring. The sensor’s switching behaviour can also be adapted to suit the application. The version with a 5-pin connector offers three freely configurable switching outputs, which can be assigned up to seven colors using binary coding; the 8-pin version even has five outputs for up to twelve colors. Thanks to factory-installed smart functions, the user can also configure each switching output individually – without the need for additional programming work in PLC. It is possible, for example, to select light or dark switching (NO/NC), define a switch-on or switch-off delay or set a target counter – e.g. so that only every fifth signal is output. Even the sensor’s display screen and indicator LEDs can be individually configured to show only relevant or required information.
The FT 55- CM is equipped with a hermetically-sealed metal housing (IP 67/69/Ecolab) of dimensions (50 x 50 x 25 mm) and 270° rotating metal connectors. The sensor design is enhanced with accessories such as the SensoClip mounting component for mounting and fine adjustment.