Pepperl+Fuchs, Twinsburg, OH, offers the VCS210 color sensors that enable users to program, evaluate, process, and display up to 255 distinct colors. With a 100μs optimal response time, the sensors offer a range of selectable settings, including seven different evaluation methods, six different color space modes, and six different output-trigger methods. Programming is achieved with Windows-based software. They are available in diffuse and thru-beam models. A range of fiber optic cables and tips is available.

The sensors are designed for packaging applications where multiple product types need to be identified and diverted to different packaging lines, as well as automotive applications where molded interior parts, carpeting, or upholstery must be sorted or verified by color. They are also suitable for pharmaceutical sorting applications, verifying the correct order of wires in connectors by color in electronics applications, checking fabric and leather colors in textile applications, and controlling the mixing process in paint applications.

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