Safety Light Curtain Alignment in 5 Simple Steps

SICK-Safety-light-curtainsSafety light curtains are a reliable and cost-effective method to protect against access into hazardous points and areas. They range from small and compact types to extremely rugged and resistant variants that withstand special ambient conditions up to the highest safety level. Aligning SICK’s safety light curtains is simple – use the following steps.

Step 1:  Using a tape measure, mount the sender and receiver at the same height from the reference plane.

2Step 2:  Using a level, adjust mounting hardware to ensure both light curtains are ‘plumb’.

3Step 3a:  If using a light curtain with the integrated laser alignment aid, turn the laser ‘on’ and rotate the sender until the laser hits the target of the receiver.

Step 3b:  For light curtains without the integrated tool, clip on the AR60 laser accessory and rotate the sender until the laser hits the center of the receiver.

4Step 4a:  Rotate the receiver until the systems goes ‘green’.

Step 4b:  Clip the AR60 laser accessory to the receiver and rotate the receiver until the laser hits the center of sender.

5Step 5:  Turn off the laser and remove the AR60 (if applicable), and run your machine! Safety-light-curtains-group

Joe Gelzhiser

Joe Gelzhiser is a Safety Application Specialist with SICK, Inc. and has been in the safety business for over 10 years. He started his career with Northrop Grumman, where he worked on biohazard detection systems used to protect the public from biohazards being delivered through the United States Postal Service.

Six years ago, Joe transitioned into the machine safety sector of factory automation. Since joining SICK, Joe has contributed to the safety division as an application engineer and product specialist. In his current role as a safety application specialist, he performs risk assessments, validations, inspections, and develops machine safeguarding concepts. He also conducts seminars focused on standards, the risk assessment process, Sistema, and safeguard selection.

Joe has helped solve difficult safety applications in a range of industries, including automotive, electronics, solar, packaging, consumer goods, and food and beverage. He enjoys addressing the challenges within each industry to help customers improve safety and efficiency.


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