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Reflectors are used in various applications in industry, but are especially indispensable for the correct operation of photoelectric sensors in automation technology. Principally, these parts do not differ from light reflectors as they appear in everyday life, for example on bicycles. Light hitting the reflector surface is refracted so that it is reflected back in the direction from where it came - the effect is similar to that of a mirror, only much more precise.
Applications of reflectors
As already mentioned, in automation technology, reflectors are primarily required for photoelectric sensors. The reflection surface must reflect the light beam absolutely precisely to allow reliable function of the photoelectric sensor, which is key in production processes or conveyors that are controlled to the exact millimeter and second.
Reflectors are not only used with retro-reflective sensors, they are widely used in many industries, and can be found in almost any producing or processing company.
You can find a reflector suitable for every photoelectric sensor at Automation24. We carry reflectors such as the circular reflector ifm E20005, as well as full mounting kits like the reflector set ifm E20997 including a free-standing M10 rod and clamp set, for solutions perfectly adapted to the respective situation.
At Automation24, we offer a large selection of reflectors and reflective tapes at very favorable prices. Select the reflector suitable for your application today!