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Leuze has again demonstrated why it is at the heart of global innovation with the launch of the new GSX combined forked sensor
The device combines the advantages of light and ultrasonic sensors, which makes it especially suitable for labelling machines used in the packaging industry.
With a long tradition as an innovator, Leuze invented the first label fork with the GS05, but also developed the first ultrasonic forked sensor with the GSU14. With the company's latest innovation, the GSX (various models available), Leuze is rounding off its forked sensor product range by adding a combined model that can do both: light and ultrasonics.
The GSX fork sensor is the World’s first sensor of its kind and combines the two detection methods of ultrasonics and light in a single housing. It brings together the advantages of both principles and can be used very flexibly. It reliably, quickly, and precisely detects a wide range of labels, regardless of their material and surface characteristics. This increases the machine throughput and avoids downtime. Even labels made of inhomogeneous cavitated BOPP (biaxially-oriented polypropylene) material can be reliably detected through the optical operating principle.
The forked sensor is especially well suited for applications in which various types of labels need to be detected. Until now, this often required several different forked sensors. The user saves not only space, but also additional time and costs of installation. The new forked sensor can be quickly and easily set up via the teach button to teach the label-carrier combination. Only one universal mounting position is required for all objects.
The new GSX forked sensor features an IO-Link interface. This serves to configure the sensor easily, quickly, and economically. The interface can be used to enable remote teaching, or to lock the buttons, among other things.
In addition, recipe management facilitates easy format changeovers when replacing rolls. This means that re-teaching is not necessary when changing rolls to a different label format. The format is changed quickly by selecting the appropriate parameter set for the corresponding label format. This parameter selection is directly carried out on the labelling machine via the HMI. It saves setup time, but it also increases the production volume and makes the system more economical.
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