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New Environmental and Industrial Light-Detection Sensors, from L-com

By Alex Passett
April 19, 2023

L-com, currently a brand under the umbrella of Infinite Electronics was founded in 1982 and is a manufacturer of wired and wireless connectivity solutions. These include (but certainly aren’t limited to) bulk cables, cable mounts and assemblies, connectors, adapters, RF amplifiers, RF splitters, Wi-Fi antennas, switch boxes, power cords, power strips and surge suppressors and – for the purposes of this news today – sensors for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

With a motto of “If it’s critical, it’s L-com.” it would stand to reason that L-com capably supports demanding applications and environments with rock-steady solutions.

And indeed, this is the case.

Specifically, L-com recently announced its newest expansion of IIoT sensors that can be utilized in environments ranging from greenhouses, solar farms and other agricultural settings, to labs, factory floors and in busy manufacturing scenarios. These products are part of its line of IIoT multifunctional light-detection environmental sensors; they gauge either ambient or ultraviolet light (while collecting data in the chosen environment) in order to, according to L-com, “make process control more efficient and to substantially lower building and process costs.”

A bit more on how this works:

As mentioned, the sensors measure either ambient or UV light. L-com’s wall-mounted light-detection models measure ambient light intensity up to 65,000 lux or 200,000 lux. (For any unfamiliar, lux is an illuminance measurement equal to one lumen per square foot or square meter within a space.) These IIoT sensors are designed with a waterproof housing, making them well-suited for the environments described. In the case of the UV light sensor, it mounts directly to a DIN rail or a panel and is highly useful with UV testers, UV index meters, germicidal lamps, flame detection, and other types of UV monitoring equipment. This sensor is sensitive to UV light in wavelengths of 200 nm to 370 nm, or nanometers.

To boot, L-com also has a 3-in-1 environmental integrated transmitter that measures not just illuminance, but also temperature and humidity.

Per Tim Houghton, L-com’s Senior Product Line Manager:

“Our new light-detection sensors have high sensitivities to detect very specific light levels,” Houghton said. “They transmit a signal to an I/O module or PLC that then reports the information to a PC or SCADA system. This allows system integrators, engineers and others to use IoT data collection to improve safety, make processes more efficient and lower relevant costs.”

To browse L-com’s sensor collection (and for more information), click here.

Edited by Greg Tavarez
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