German manufacturer, Wenglor Sensoric has released its latest generation of long-range laser distance sensors with Wintec to redefine the performance limits of photoelectronic sensors. These transit time sensors available in plastic or stainless steel 316L housing have not only been given a big increase in performance with the integrated “Dynamic Sensitivity” (DS) technology, but also combine all the features of the popular Wintec series which have been revolutionising the automotive industry since 2009.

A working range of up to 10,000 mm, maximum reproducibility of 3 mm, insensitive to ambient light up to 100,000 lux, are just some of the highlights of the new Wintec. In addition, with the latest IO-Link 1.1 standard with COM3, process data can be written, numerous status messages such as temperature or ambient light warnings can be called up. Even impact and shock loads can be recorded.

Dynamic Sensitivity

The result of intensive R&D in transit time sensors, the sensor emits very short light pulses in the nanosecond range, with signals that are statistically evaluated and then produce the distance to the object. Even with very weak signals the sensor generates precise measurements. This is the only way to achieve a working range of up to 10,000 mm while improving reproducibility to just three mms over the entire working range of the sensor. The sensor is also immune from interference from natural or artificial ambient light up to 100,000 lux. Added to this is that other sensors in the immediate vicinity of contamination in the working range do not influence the performance of the sensors due to the DS technology. Any object – black or shiny – can be taught in at any angle within 10 m at the touch of a button.

Transit Time Technology with High-performance Technology

Long-range laser distance sensors with Wintec detect objects based on the principle of transit time measurement, regardless of colour, gloss surface structure or inclination angle. The sensors can be installed next to each other, even opposite each without influencing each other. This capability has made Wintec one of the most popular photoelectronic sensors and is now an essential part of every automation process.

Other features include the teach-in key is illuminated, enabling optimal visibility, even in dark environments. The sensors also work reliably from temperatures of -40 °C, have a very short warm-up time and LEDs on the front for integrated installations in shuttle systems, for example. Simple operation and low power consumption compared to conventional transit time sensors enables significant time and cost savings for user.

Plastic or Stainless Steel Housing: Suitable for Any Industry

A version in corrosion-resistant stainless steel 316L housing with Ecolab approval is suitable for use in food industries. High-pressure cleaning up to 100 bar and water temperatures up to 80 °C in the wash down range are possible due to the laser-welded IP69K housing and chemical resistant plastic parts.


Anastas Schnippenkotter
ASSTech Process Electronics & Instrumentation CC
Tel. +27 11 708 9200

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