Swipe and set up touchscreen sensor is a world first 


SICK has unveiled what it believes to be the world’s first photoelectric sensor with a touchscreen display, heralding the future for universal and easy to set up sensing. The pioneering SICK W10 is a versatile all-in-one sensor that represents a major step forward in precise detection technology, adaptable for countless industrial automation applications.

The W10 photoelectric sensor’s swipe-up touchscreen technology and simple icons enable intuitive set up and teach in. The W10’s settings are pre-configured for rapid installation with common sensor functions, such as background or foreground suppression, available to select from a single device.

“It’s exciting to operate a sensor that feels as natural to use as a mobile phone,” explained David Hannaby, SICK’s UK Market Product Manager for Presence Detection.

“The touchscreen display is revolutionary. Just swipe up, select and configure. The W10 guides you effortlessly through the operating modes needed for any installation. With just four product variants, choosing the sensor you need for your application has never been more straightforward.”

The SICK W10 is a photoelectric proximity sensor that uses intelligent onboard algorithms developed from the experience of common industry applications to achieve high repeatability across the board.

With an IP69K-rated stainless steel housing and eye-safe Class One visible red laser, the W10 adapts effortlessly to widespread uses in factory and logistics automation with built-in modes for standard, high-speed or precision operation. The robust W10 is just as resilient to harsh washdown environments as it is on fast-moving production lines.

The W10 has a secure screen locking function and access restrictions can be set up to prevent unwanted changes to the sensor settings. The single-value teachin enables rapid configuration at a defined distance, while the two-value teach in enables objects of different heights to be detected without increasing the risk of errors.

The SICK W10 incorporates IO-Link connectivity so that sensor data can be shared with Industry 4.0 IoT systems, ideal for machine diagnostics and troubleshooting, as well as for edge configurations. IO-Link also provides the option of remote set-up and easy device replacement.



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