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Sep 04 2015

A Look at Simplifying Sensor Body Styles

Posted by Marty Klika in Sensors

In my 20 years of providing sensor expertise for Standard Electric Supply Co., I have come across many different photoelectric sensors. I am not talking about your typical variety such as thru-beam, retro reflective or proximity sensors. I am mainly referring to body styles. I have worked with many manufacturers throughout my career including Banner, Pepperl and Fuchs,Turck, Keyence and SICK to name a few. Still, I’ve never found a clear answer as to why such a vast range of body styles exist within the market place. I can address this dilemma in a couple of different ways. If company X has a certain body style then company Y will feel obligated to offer it as well. Take for example the Banner mini-beam sensor. Banner has sold thousands of these, and I know of several of manufacturers that tried to copy the style in its wake in an effort to takes sales away from Banner. Despite the improved efforts of other manufacturers, Banner’s first-to-market product remains a top seller regardless.

This body style competition is also a relatively new development in the marketplace. For much of the sensing industry’s history, the sensor’s body size was a reflection of its distance capacity, and because of this, the product’s price would increase congruently with its size. That’s changed as body styles become selling points in and of themselves. And since each manufacturer can have 10 or more body styles, mounting methods can become a pain point for many users. Even from a stocking perspective, maintaining a reliable bracket inventory while still attempting to keep costs as low as possible can be a taxing objective.  

Recently, Standard Electric has begun working more closely with a company that solves a majority of these problems, the Germany-based Sensopart. What I find intriguing is the fact that Sensopart offers three body styles (pictured above) to suit just about every application I can think of. What does this mean to you? Well, it means reduced stocking of product for both the sensor and its mounting hardware. It also means a lower price on the product itself since Sensopart’s lines aren’t unnecessarily specialized.  In that regard, their product specifications are still at the higher technical watermarks seen throughout the industry’s leading manufacturers. 

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