Object Detection Sensors Expand Portfolio


Wide area sensors for object detection have been added to the lineup of sensors for AutomationDirect. The sensors from Micro Detectors (MD) are multi-beam, through-beam sensors with emitter and receiver elements used for detecting the presence of any object by sensing the light beam intensity returning from the receiver.


These MD area sensors are available in basic and advanced versions. CX0 Series basic area sensors have a sensing distance of up to 6m and a detection height up to 320mm. CX2 Series advanced area sensors also have a sensing distance of up to 6m with detection height of up to 960mm and offer analog outputs and a blanking function.


Available Teach-in functions with two levels of adjustment are used for product setting, adjustment, and blanking. LEDs indicate the sensor status, alignment, optics condition, and faults. Fine Teach allows smallest object detection. Gross Teach avoids potential stability and repeatability of performance problems and is less sensitive to environmental conditions. The blanking function (CX2 series) allows the height of the active optic window to be adapted to the application by eliminating ("blanking") pairs of beams and can be useful in specific situations.


The Emitter emits near-infrared light at non-dangerous levels. The device is classified as RG0 (exempt) according to IEC 62471: 2008-09. 


  • Total crossbeam through all the optics
  • Pitch 5mm and 10mm
  • Sensing distance up to 3m (for 5mm pitch) and 6m (for 10mm pitch)
  • Detection height up to 160mm (5 pitch) and 320mm (10 pitch)
  • Digital PNP output
  • NO/NC configurable
  • 16.8 - 30 VDC input voltage
  • Adjustment by teach-in with 2 levels of adjustment
  • Three year warranty
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