Fiber Optic Sensors and Amplifiers
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Fiber optic systems are used where mounting space for photoelectric standard sensors is restricted. The evaluation unit and the fiber optics are mounted separately. These systems can therefore be installed in places where access is difficult. Fiber optic systems are designed as through-beam or diffuse reflection sensors.
Acrylic fiber optic sensors are suited for standard applications if no particular demands such as heat or chemical resistance are made. They can be cut to length and are less expensive than glass fiber optic sensors.
Fiber optics made of silicate glass are more resistant to heat, ageing and chemicals than acrylic fiber optics. They do not change their optical response when they are bent. Glass fiber optic sensors cannot be cut to length by the user.
High-flex fiber optics allow extremely small bending radii.