QS18 Expert Sensors Available with IO-Link Communication

Banner’s QS18 Expert photoelectric sensors are now available with IO-Link—enabling powerful benefits in a compact, cost-effective, and versatile sensor family. Models are available in diffuse, polarized retro, convergent, and plastic fiber variants to solve common detection applications in automotive, material handling, and packaging industries. 

The new models join the QS18 Clear Object Detection and QS18 Background Suppression sensors already available with IO-Link to provide a complete solution for IO-link enabled photoelectric sensors. 


  • The Value of IO-Link in a Cost-Effective Sensor: There are many advantages of IO-Link including standardized and reduced wiring, increased data availability, remote configuration and monitoring, simple device replacement, and advanced diagnostics. Together these capabilities result in overall reduced costs, increased process efficiency, and improved machine availability. Now, these benefits are available in a compact, economical photoelectric sensor.
  • More Sensor Data to Solve More Challenges: IO-Link sensors provide process data that typically includes sensor output, health, marginal light, marginal dark, and signal strength. The new QS18 Expert sensors with IO-Link provide even more pre-defined process data including signal, counts, duration between events, and events per minute. This data can trigger real-time alerts or can be logged for long term analysis to improve efficiency and predict maintenance requirements.
  • Greater Control of Sensor Performance: QS18 Expert sensors with IO-Link also allow users to more specifically determine how the sensor will perform. For example, users can set hysteresis sensitivity, on and off delays, offset percentages from teach, and response speeds. In addition, users can set the sensor to Push Pull, PNP, or NPN so that one sensor can be used for any output type. Furthermore, users can control health thresholds to define when to trigger an alert for cleaning or maintenance or signal when a runtime threshold is reached.