Manufacturers in the automotive industry are striving to make the most of the current trend towards electric vehicles and low fuel consumption by building lighter-weight vehicles and favoring aluminum over iron. As the prevalence of mixed production lines containing both iron and aluminum increases, the demand for same-sensing-distance proximity sensors with suitably long sensing ranges is also on the rise.
The new E2EW Series from end-to-end automation solutions provider Omron Automation Americas is designed to address this need. These highly durable, metal face proximity sensors have been optimized to withstand the harsh conditions of typical automotive welding processes with a fluororesin coating that provides increased spatter resistance.
The sensing range of the E2EW Series is approximately twice as long as previous models for ferrous metals and six times as long as previous models for aluminum, making them the ideal solution for mixed-metal production lines. As the sensing ranges for both metals are now equivalent, the sensors support a common design for position detection in such lines. They also reduce unexpected facility stoppages by minimizing false detection for unsteady objects.
E2EW Series features and benefits
The ultra-long sensing distance offered by the E2EW Series makes these sensors the ideal technology for stable and accurate detection.
The E2EW family of metal face proximity sensors feature 1x, 3x, and 4x sensing ranges for M18 and M30 barrel sizes, preventing impact-related downtime.
E2EW 3x and 4x sensors can detect non-ferrous metals at the same distance as iron, reducing errors when metals like aluminum are used in place of iron.
Our 3x and 4x sensors are weld-field immune and are able to maintain stable functionality even in the presence of magnetic fields generated by weld processes.
Omron’s proprietary coating reduces slag build-ups and lasts 60x longer than previous spatter-coated models.
Intelligence at the sensor
IO-Link facilitates easy configurability and enables preventive maintenance by monitoring sensor output over time.