Photoelectric Sensors

Photoelectric sensors detect and measure physical objects or quantities by emitting a field or beam of electromagnetic radiation, an object is detected by measuring alterations in the return signal. There are 3 main types of photoelectric sensors which provide reliable detection, these are through-beam, retro-reflective and diffuse. The basic function of each is to detect the presence or absence of objects or measure the distance to the object.RS Components offer an extensive selection of photoelectric sensors for use various industrial applications. Our high-quality products are supplied from leading brands including Omron, Sick, Pepperl + Fuchs Telemecanique Sensors Baumer, Banner and of course RS PRO.

Through-beam Sensors

Through-beam sensors (aka thru-beam) rely on two separate housings, one for the transmitter and one for the receiver, with the transmitter providing a continuous beam of light to the receiver. Each time an object passes through the beam this interrupts the signal between the transmitter and receiver, which in turn causes the receiver to send an electrical signal to the output. Through-beam sensors are suited to long-distance sensing and can detect almost any object, irrespective of colour or angular motion.

Retro-reflective Sensors

Retro-reflective photoelectric sensors (retroreflective) have both the transmitter and receiver contained within the same housing but require a reflector opposite to the sensor. The reflector bounces the light beam back to the transmitter until an object breaks the beam. Objects which are highly reflective such as aluminium require sensors with polarising filters. The filter allows the sensor to acknowledge that the reflected light from reflecting materials is different from the reflector.

Diffuse Sensors

Diffuse sensors (proximity sensor) are easier to install as only one device must be mounted. This is because the transmitter and receiver are contained within one housing. Diffuse sensors use the reflection from the target object within a predetermined sensing range. The transmitter sends out a continuous beam of light, once this hits the target it is diffused in all directions, a part of this light is reflected and recognised by the receiver, the receiver then sends an electrical signal to the output.A special type of diffused mode is background suppression which enables the user to precisely control the sensing range.


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Description Price Sensor Style Detection Type Detection Range Output Type Electrical Connection Switching Mode Maximum AC Voltage Communication Protocol Maximum DC Voltage Terminal Type Light Source IP Rating Maximum Current Interface
RS Stock No. 729-5117
BrandRS PRO
MYR356.29
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Barrel Retro-Reflective 0.05 → 7 m PNP Cable - - - 30V - LED IP67 100 mA -
RS Stock No. 903-3939
BrandRS PRO
MYR330.35
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Fork Through Beam (Fork) 30 mm NPN N/O 4-Wire Cable 2m - - - 30V Pre-Wired Infrared IP67 15 mA -
RS Stock No. 256-405
BrandRS PRO
MYR475.32
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Barrel Diffuse 200 mm PNP M12 Connector - - - 30V - Infrared IP67 100 mA -
RS Stock No. 729-5198
BrandRS PRO
MYR340.46
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Block Retroreflective 7.2 m NPN 4-Pin M8 Connector - - - 24V - LED IP67 100 mA -
RS Stock No. 729-5182
BrandRS PRO
MYR575.63
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Block Background Suppression 10 → 140 mm NPN 2-Wire Cable 2m - - - 24V - LED IP67 100 mA -
RS Stock No. 440-5639
BrandRS PRO
MYR417.41
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Barrel Diffuse 100 mm PNP M12 Connector - - - 30V - Infrared IP67 100 mA -
RS Stock No. 729-5110
BrandRS PRO
MYR335.04
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Barrel Retroreflective 0.05 → 7 m NPN 4-Wire Cable 2m - - - 30V - LED IP67 100 mA -
New
RS Stock No. 202-5459
BrandRS PRO
MYR430.85
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Block Polarised Retro Reflection 12 m Relay NO/NC Terminal Block - 240V - 240V Terminal Red LED IP67 - -
RS Stock No. 729-5113
BrandRS PRO
MYR407.53
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Barrel Retro-Reflective 0.05 → 7 m PNP 4-Pin M12 Connector - - - 30V - LED IP67 100 mA -
New
RS Stock No. 202-5460
BrandRS PRO
MYR181.42
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Block Through Beam (Emitter) 30 m Relay Terminal Block - 240V - 240V Terminal Infrared LED IP67 - -
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RS Stock No. 204-3994
BrandRS PRO
MYR83.92
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Barrel Through Beam (Emitter) 10 m NPN NO+NC 2m PVC Cable - - - 30V 2 m cable LED IP67 - -
New
RS Stock No. 202-5458
BrandRS PRO
MYR396.64
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Block Polarised Retro Reflection 12 m PNP NO/NC Terminal Block - - - 30V Terminal Red LED IP67 - -
RS Stock No. 729-5107
BrandRS PRO
MYR340.69
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Barrel Background Suppression 1 → 140 mm PNP Cable - - - 30V - LED IP67 100 mA -
RS Stock No. 729-5141
BrandRS PRO
MYR405.05
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Block Diffuse 40 → 1000 mm PNP Cable - - - 30V - LED IP67 100 mA -
New
RS Stock No. 202-4426
BrandRS PRO
MYR248.47
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Block Diffuse Reflection 1 m PNP 2m PVC cable - - - - 2 m cable - - - -
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RS Stock No. 204-3995
BrandRS PRO
MYR137.02
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Barrel Through Beam (Receiver) 10 m NPN NO/NC 2m PVC Cable - - - 30V 2 m cable LED IP67 - -
RS Stock No. 729-5214
BrandRS PRO
MYR588.59
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Block Through Beam (Emitter) 15 m PNP Cable - - - 24V - LED IP67 500 mA -
RS Stock No. 729-5126
BrandRS PRO
MYR453.44
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Barrel Through Beam (Emitter) 28 m NPN 4-Pin M12 Connector - - - 30V - LED IP67 100 mA -
New
RS Stock No. 204-4004
BrandRS PRO
MYR91.37
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Barrel Through Beam (Emitter) 20 m NPN NO+NC 2m PVC Cable - - - 30V 2 m cable LED IP67 - -
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RS Stock No. 204-3999
BrandRS PRO
MYR147.93
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Barrel Through Beam (Emitter) 20 m PNP NO/NC 2m PVC Cable - - - 30V 2 m cable LED IP67 - -