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Banner Engineering: D-Cell Photoelectric Q45 Sensor Delivers Four Years Battery Life to Self-Contained, Wireless Sensor Family


August 9, 2021

The Q45 line of photoelectric sensors is now available in a D-cell battery version, extending its maintenance-free service interval to four years. This doubles the battery life of existing versions with smaller batteries. The Q45 sensor line is a family of wireless, self-contained units for coordinating multiple machines in part-counting, and OEE applications. Each model combines a sensor, wireless node, and an internal battery in a single device, making it easier to handle challenging factory applications or add sensing to existing industrial systems. The devices allow facilities to easily add a scalable wireless-sensor network without adding cables.


  •    –   Part counting
  •    –   Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)
  •    –   Machine state monitoring
  •    –   Process/equipment troubleshooting
  •    –   Presence/object detection

Key Benefits


The Photoelectric Q45 family combines sensor, wireless node, and battery in a single, compact unit, which makes it easier and less expensive to install and maintain. And because sensors are so easy to deploy and move, the network can be quickly reconfigured, if desired.  


Sensors in the Q45 family pair with a DXM wireless controller and Banner Cloud Data Services (CDS) software to create an end-to-end IIoT system. For each production line, the solution can track metrics, such as line speeds, machine status, process performance, part counts per minute and part counts per day. The controller then sends this data to Banner’s Cloud Data Services platform, which provides facility managers with tools to analyze and visualize sensor data collected over time and make informed decisions about operations, equipment, and assets.   


To handle a variety of part-counting and OEE applications, D-cell Q45 Photoelectric Sensors are offered in retroreflective- and diffuse-sensing modes. Q45 retroreflective sensors are available with a polarized reflector, which ensures precise performance, even when shiny objects are present. These sensors are advantageous when electrical connections or mounting locations are available on only one side, and they also offer relatively long sensing ranges. Q45 Photoelectric Sensors using the diffuse mode don’t require a reflector, making them very convenient and effective when retroreflective-mode sensors aren’t practical. They also require fewer installation and maintenance steps, which reduces costs.



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