MINNEAPOLIS, May 19, 2010 — Sick Inc. has launched the V180-2 cylindrical photoelectric sensors that provide an economical solution for universal applications such as product detection and machine positioning in packaging, general manufacturing automation, materials handling and warehousing systems. The sensors are easily aligned and installed using the bright red sender LED. They also feature indication LEDs that are highly visible due to the translucent housing material, enabling 360° visibility. The indication LEDs provide continuous signal strength information, offering quick and simple troubleshooting and providing cost savings during installation and maintenance. With a short response time of 0.5 ms, the sensors can handle fast processes where objects must be detected at high speeds, increasing throughput. They include complementary selectable light- and dark-operate outputs, and the LEDs indicate which the sensor is wired for. The flat, smooth lens reduces the collection of dust and dirt for safe operation with minimized maintenance and cost. The V180-2 proximity version is designed to provide a long sensing range, available as 100, 400 or 800 mm. The reflex version has a polarization filter, offering high-quality results at 4 m in IP 67 environmental conditions. The through-beam version has a range of 20 m, making it suitable for use at longer distances. The sensors are offered in positive-negative-positive and negative-positive-negative versions with industry-standard 2-m cable and M12 connectivity.