SICK has released an ultrasonic sensor for harsh industrial use. The device is accommodated in the compact housing of the W 12 series of photoelectric switches, and offers mechanical and electrical compatibility. It has a teachable switching point and a rotatable connection plug the UC 12 offers the well-known installation and user-friendliness expected of SICK sensors.
The UC 12 has a scanning distance of 20mm-250mm or 50mm-350mm, within which a switching point can be taught-in. Its physical operating principle and its IP67 metal housing allow it to be used in the presence of dust, dirt or coloured vapours. It can also detect transparent objects or liquids. It is suitable for level measurement, positioning tasks, checking presence, and monitoring heights and distances for collision prevention.
The sensor is intended for applications in which space is critical, for which ultrasonic sensors like the UM 18 or UM 30 would be too large.