Reliable object detection

25. September 2015

PowerProx: The new home of sensing range

The new standard for reliable detection with an extended sensing range cannot be measured with a conventional yardstick. After all, with sensing ranges from 5 cm to 3.8 m, no object goes undetected by the PowerProx MultiTask photoelectric sensor. To achieve this, not only has SICK packed all the advantages of time-of-flight technology into the world’s smallest housing, we have also increased detection speed. PowerProx set standards, including when it comes to choice and commissioning – not only do they offer the best solution, they always provide the right solution. The four versions “Distance”, “Speed”, “Precision”, and “Small” are designed for different detection tasks.



Thanks to PowerProx, now even objects being conveyed at high speed, small and flat objects, and jet black and shiny objects can be reliably detected over a high sensing range. The photoelectric sensor also provides stable detection results over a large detection angle and is immune to ambient light. Not only does the PowerProx pack time-of-flight technology into the world’s smallest housing for the first time, its improved optics and electronics, high level of ruggedness, and smart sensor functions also offer a range of advantages, including outstanding detection properties over extended sensing ranges, high switching frequencies, and a low minimum distance between object and background.


Four versions in one product family

Depending on the application, there are also specific requirements placed on the sensors. PowerProx offers tailor-made solutions for all requirements:



PowerProx_DistancePowerProx Distance for reliable detection with unrivaled range: Thanks to its extended sensing range of up to 3.8 m and two separately adjustable switching points, the PowerProx Distance is the ideal solution for occupied bay and clearance detection, pallet handling, and collision protection in storage and conveyor technology.





PowerProx_SpeedPowerProx Speed for high speed detection: Quick response times, high switching frequencies, and reliable object detection at extended sensing ranges of up to 2.5 m make the PowerProx Speed variant ideal for use in the packaging industry or in any application that relies on detection at top speed, such as high-speed counting. Accurate edge detection for wooden boards is one of many other applications made possible by the quick response time, high switching frequency and high-precision laser beam.





PowerProx_PrecisionPowerProx Precision for detection of the smallest of objects and object properties: With a sensing range of up to 1.8 m, PowerProx Precision detects even the smallest of objects, cutouts and recesses from a considerable distance. It handles changing materials and surfaces with ease, even in front of shiny or reflective backgrounds, which is ideal for quality control within the automobile and components industry, or for checking the pick-up point on a robot within handling and assembly.




PowerProx_SmallPowerProx Small for a great sensing range in a small package: The PowerProx Small combines time-of-flight technology, sensing ranges of up to 2.5 m, and high switching frequencies of up to 1,000 Hz in the world’s smallest housing. The laser technology is classified as laser class 1, ensuring that there is no danger to eyes during operation.






Every member of the PowerProx product family is also available with two adjustable switching points. This means that control tasks, such as slack control in the printing industry, the tire industry, or during sheet steel processing, can be carried out efficiently and easily. Depending on additional requirements relating to speed, precision, sensing range, or size, all four PowerProx photoelectric sensor variants are ideal for this.



Overview PowerProx versions. Click to enlarge.

Overview PowerProx versions. Click to enlarge.



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