The newest additions to the powerful ML100 Series miniature rectangular photoelectric sensors include divergent beam, or wide beam, models. Divergent beam is a type of diffuse mode which has a large beam pattern or light spot. The divergent beam's light spot is over six times as large as that of the standard diffuse mode. The diameter of the light spot for these photoelectric sensors, which are denoted by ML100-8-W..., is 170 mm at a distance of just 200 mm. This compares to a standard diffuse mode version ML100, which has a light spot diameter of about 25 mm at the same distance.

Divergent beam sensing is an ideal way to detect transparent (clear) objects, such as a moving web of shrink wrap or PET bottles, without using a reflector. This is because some portion of the clear object is always perpendicular to the wide beam angles of the emitter and receiver. When detecting clear objects, the sensing range is usually within 50% of the rated maximum sensing distance. Divergent beam photoelectric sensors are also suited to detect small or glossy objects, from wires and yarns to shiny foil pouches.

The ML100 divergent beam photoelectric sensors should be used in lieu of the older ML20 divergent models, both of which have the same mounting pattern.

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