How to Replace an Air Pressure Hose Switch with Non-contact Photoelectric Sensors

Businesses which use hoses attached to pressure sensors to detect vehicles would benefit from upgrading this system to an infrared photoelectric sensor system.

If you are old enough to remember full-service gas stations, you probably remember that when a car or truck drove up, the tires would run over a long hose and a bell would sound alerting the attendant that a customer had arrived. The same principle of using a hose and air pressure to activate a switch is still used by many companies in a number of ways.

Air hoses may be used to conduct a traffic count for demographic studies by stretching the hose across a lane of traffic. They are also used to open automatic doors and gates. The basic idea behind the operation of these devices is simple. When an object applies pressure to the hose, the air is forced to one end. The pressure of the moving air moves a switch. This switch may be used to control almost any electronic device.

The problem with the air hose is that over time, the hose and the mechanical switch wear out. Also, it is very easy for the hose to be moved out-of-place. An alternative to this system is to use an industrial grade infrared photoelectric sensor system. Using non-contact photoelectric sensors provides an installation that is both tidy and easy to maintain. Because there is no physical contact with the detected object, there are no moving parts to wear out.

Replacing an air hose system with an industrial grade infrared photoelectric sensor system is easy. The photoelectric controller (also referred to as an amplifier) replaces the air hose controller. Many photoelectric controllers have built-in relay switches, making the transition simple. The infrared photoelectric sensors may be placed in a through beam configuration or diffuse proximity (both sensors on the same side) configuration depending on space and wiring requirements. The transition from the old style air hoses to the new photoelectric sensors is easy, quick, and a wise investment.

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