Photoelectric sensor with IO-Link: BOS 18M

Added value for the standard sensor

Factory automation requires reliable and precise detection of objects in various applications with photoelectrics. Balluff has incorporated IO-Link functionality of remote teaching, diagnostics, and parametrization into the widely used 18 mm tubular housing. IO-Link functionality includes multiple switching modes for reliable detection and multiple teaching options for easier integration and better stability.

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The added diagnostics provide faster troubleshooting which translates into more up time and productivity. Sensing modes include diffuse, retroreflective and through-beam. These sensors incorporate a bright red light for easy alignment. In addition, the sensors can be taught with the integral pushbutton enabling quick and easy integration.

Applications: part presence, general automation, error proofing, and assembly.

Industries: automotive, material handling, machine tool, packaging, and assembly robotics.


  • Convenient configuration via IO-Link and teach-in

  • Easy alignment thanks to bright light spot

  • Active monitoring of the emitter LED

  • Extensive configuration options