Data Acquisition & Telemetry


Banner enhances DF-G1 fibre amplifier

May 2014 Data Acquisition & Telemetry

Banner Engineering has announced that it has added IO-Link communication to its industry-recognised DF-G1 fibre amplifier. With IO-Link, the amplifier can achieve point to point communication, allowing for complete configuration and monitoring capabilities.

The DF-G1 features an intuitive interface, dual display, digital readouts and easy set-up and configuration. An updated mechanical design with an improved fibre clamp allows for ease of use and stable sensing performance. Enhanced with IO-Link communications, the DF-G1 increases sensing capabilities for diverse applications, including plastic and glass assemblies, electronics assembly machines, pill and caplet counting and high-speed detection for registration mark or product-leading edge detection.

Offering complete user control, the DF-G1 provides full manipulation of all operating parameters, including switch point threshold, Light Operate or Dark Operate, various output timing functions, electronic gain level and sensor response speed. Operators can also implement one of six Expert Teach and Set methods to ensure optimal gain and threshold selection for each application, particularly in low contrast environments, such as small part or clear object detection.

Featuring thermally stable electronics, the DF-G1 minimises warm-up drift and enables multiple amplifiers to be mounted side by side, with no reduction in the ambient temperature limit. Inherent thermal stability also provides cost saving advantages by reducing machine start-up time and eliminating production delays due to ambient temperature changes. For additional flexibility, a crosstalk avoidance algorithm allows two fibre optic assemblies to be mounted in close proximity, sensing different features of the same target.

The DF-G1 is powered by a high-performance 32-bit microprocessor with a 12-bit analogue to digital converter and provides response speeds of 200 µs for fast applications.

For more information contact Rodney Topham, RET Automation Controls, +27 (0)11 453 2468, rodneyt@retauto.co.za, www.retautomation.com



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