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Posted: Thursday 30th July 2009

SICK UK has upgraded its successful 30mm ultrasonic sensors, launching the UM30-2 series to offer additional performance and usability, to meet an even wider range of applications in the water industries including level sensing in tanks, channels and basins and distance sensing for vehicles and cranes.

Launched at the same competitive cost as its current best-selling 30mm ultrasonic sensor range, the improved UM30-2 series includes a filter setting adjustment which enables the user to change between a high security mode, which protects against false signal switching but has a slower update, and a fast response mode for highly dynamic applications which do not require such a high level of false switching security. This gives the customer the facility to fine tune the performance of the sensor enabling the UM30-2 to be used in even more diverse application areas.

Another new feature is the Multiplex switching mode that enables up to 10 UM30-2 sensors to be connected to measure large areas, with integrated phase switching to prevent mutual interference and false switching. Targets of different colours or even transparent materials, water and film present no difficulty.

Despite now being 25% shorter than the original sensor (between 84 and 105mm long), the UM30-2’s 30mm to 8000 mm operating range is one of the widest available for this class of sensor, covering applications from level sensing and product detection to crane and vehicle collision control. The clear display indicates distance to target and larger buttons increase ease of set-up.

Comments Darren Pratt, Product Manger for SICK UK: “SICK listened carefully to what customers wanted from ultrasonic sensors and launched a sensor which meets today’s requirements, whilst at the same time retaining the features which have made it a best seller, like temperature compensation in the transducer head, which delivers the very best measurement results possible.”

“Set up and rapid programming via integrated push buttons has always been important for SICK sensors,” points out Darren. “Teach devices like special programming keys, used by some other manufacturers, risk being mislaid or even dropped during use. If it’s into a chemical hopper or to the bottom of a tank of liquid, that’s bad news.”

Digital or analogue output variants of the UM30-2 are available, with the analogue variants capable of producing 4-20mA or 0-10V at their output. Selection of analogue output type is either automatic – the sensor detects the impedance of the load at power up, or manual - via the intuitive menu structure. Such flexibility reduces the number of different models required to meet installation needs, and therefore reduces inventory costs.

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