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Balluff Expands its SmartLight Product Family

The future of stack light and production visualization is here

Balluff is pleased to announce the expansion of its innovative SmartLight product family. SmartLight is the industry’s first, all LED tower light. It is a fully programmable multi-purpose light that offers up to 3 modes of operations: stack light, level indicator, and run light.

The SmartLight’s modes of operations can be switched on-demand based on programmed conditions to provide process feedback such as cell operation status, tank fill levels or operator progress along an assembly line, or even to alarm un-safe conditions. To further enhance the functionality, SmartLights have an option for a 95dB buzzer.

“The enhanced portfolio of the SmartLights shows Balluff’s ongoing commitment to focused innovation to solve our customer’s problems,” says Tom Rosenberg, Director of Marketing at Balluff, Inc. “We are seeing tremendous demand for SmartLights and impressive creative uses of it in areas of process feedback to error proofing to efficiency improvements. We are confident that with this expansion of multiple models we will see more and more unique uses of the SmartLight,” he added.

The SmartLight is available in 3 models; 1-, 3- and 5-segment with a buzzer option for each model type. Each segment of a SmartLight consists of multiple LEDs and can be programmed for user selectable colors and brightness levels — ensuring desired attention in the plant.

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“SmartLights are designed to reduce complexity and enhance ease of use on the plant floor”, says Shishir Rege, Marketing Manager at Balluff Inc. “As each segment of the SmartLight is programmable, a 1-segment SmartLight can be used instead of a 3 or 5 color generic stack light and you never have to worry about spares for individual color lights to power up the stack light.”

SmartLight utilizes IO-Link technology, making it adaptable to any major network or field-bus such as PROFINET and PROFIBUS. All configuration and programming for the SmartLight is done in the controller or the PLC. Balluff offers Add-On-Instructions or Function Blocks for ease of programming the SmartLight. It also uses a standard M12 sensor cable for connection.

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