FAQs

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Control (10)

Which type of signal does the P2L sensor use?

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Activation signal – Ready to Pick

– Current must flow for the whole duration (from the PLC)

 

Teach Signal

– A current of 500 ms must flow (from the PLC)

 

Pick Signal

– The current flows as long as a hand is under the sensor (to the PLC)

 

Error Signal

– Current flows as long as the sensor finds something wrong and/or someone has made a false reach (to the PLC)

 

Which type of control is needed for the P2L sensor?

The digital P2L sensor connects to a PLC (I/Os).

The sensor works with all types of PLC that meet the following requirements:

  • Control voltage 24 V DC

What are the consequences of a grip from an incorrect compartment (where the red LED lights up)?

The consequences of a wrong step in the sequence are defined using the PLC software. Consequences such as audible or further visual signals could for example be possible.
Locking of the assembly apparatus to prevent the removal of the assembly after an incorrect pick of a part is also possible.
Part of the assembly handling system could be locked in order to pause the process and prevent any further production errors.

Can multiple sensors/compartments be activated at the same time (where the green LED lights up)?

Yes, depending on the input of the sequence in the PLC-program, there could also be multiple sensors lighting up simultaneously, for example for a two-handed assembly.

How is the activation sequence of the sensors set?

The sequence is inputted into the control (e.g. PLC) and from there can also be altered and saved under a new file name. Ideally, the program has “open menu navigation” so that no special programming skills are required for changes to the sequence or adding specific process parameters.

How can the assembly sequence be set to cater for different products or variations?

The sequence in which the Pick-to-Light system sensors are activated can be controlled by the PLC. The activation, monitoring and the consequences of taking from a false compartment (warning, lock) control the PLC program. If a product change is made, the corresponding program will be selected on the PLC. To be more user-friendly, there is an additional application program with which the containers and assembly instructions can be managed. A link to ERP systems through suitable interfaces is also possible in order to directly take on production orders.

Which types of control model are compatible?

Depending on the structure of the assembly system, the sensor is a central control / PLC or where appropriate a CAN-Bus interface is possible. For multiple, separately standing assembly workstations or for modular construction of the assembly line, we recommend the installation of remote control units (e.g. WAGO-I/O-Controller) with a central controller / PLC.

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Can the product also be retrofitted into existing assembly lines?

The P2L sensors are also able to be fitted into existing assembly systems. Where needed, the control of the light signals can also be integrated into an already existing SPS system.

General information (4)

How is P2L mounted?

The P2L sensor is equipped with two holed tabs with which it can be screwed into place. The diameter of the holes is 4 mm and designed for an M4 screw. The sensor can be attached directly to the shelving unit or to a separate bracket (not included).

You can find a dimensioned drawing in the technical datasheets.

Where can I buy P2L?

P2L is sold directly by InSystems and can also be bought online at the InSystems-Shop.

For larger quantities we also happily provide individual offers.

What variations of the P2L Sensor are there?

The P2L sensor is available in two models:

  • as digital version, controlled via I/Os of PLC
  • with CAN Bus

Can the product also be retrofitted into existing assembly lines?

The P2L sensors are also able to be fitted into existing assembly systems. Where needed, the control of the light signals can also be integrated into an already existing SPS system.

Functionality (4)

What are the consequences of a grip from an incorrect compartment (where the red LED lights up)?

The consequences of a wrong step in the sequence are defined using the PLC software. Consequences such as audible or further visual signals could for example be possible.
Locking of the assembly apparatus to prevent the removal of the assembly after an incorrect pick of a part is also possible.
Part of the assembly handling system could be locked in order to pause the process and prevent any further production errors.

How is the activation sequence of the sensors set?

The sequence is inputted into the control (e.g. PLC) and from there can also be altered and saved under a new file name. Ideally, the program has “open menu navigation” so that no special programming skills are required for changes to the sequence or adding specific process parameters.

How can the assembly sequence be set to cater for different products or variations?

The sequence in which the Pick-to-Light system sensors are activated can be controlled by the PLC. The activation, monitoring and the consequences of taking from a false compartment (warning, lock) control the PLC program. If a product change is made, the corresponding program will be selected on the PLC. To be more user-friendly, there is an additional application program with which the containers and assembly instructions can be managed. A link to ERP systems through suitable interfaces is also possible in order to directly take on production orders.

Can the product also be retrofitted into existing assembly lines?

The P2L sensors are also able to be fitted into existing assembly systems. Where needed, the control of the light signals can also be integrated into an already existing SPS system.

Connection (1)

Models/Variations (1)

What variations of the P2L Sensor are there?

The P2L sensor is available in two models:

  • as digital version, controlled via I/Os of PLC
  • with CAN Bus