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ipf electronic presents IO-Link enabled sensors


At the Hanover fair, ipf electronic will present for the first time IO-Link enabled inductive sensors with standard and increased switching distances.


The series of inductive sensors with standard switching distances (1.5 … 10 mm) is available for flush mounting in sizes M8, M12, M18, and M30. The active sensor surface is made of plastic. A special characteristic of these sensors is the electronics, which is compound-filled and thus perfectly shockproof, and enclosed in a solid metal housing with degree of protection IP67. The contactless IO-Link enabled devices are designed for ambient temperatures up to +70°C and are suitable for example for integration into machine parts in the automation technology, for presence monitoring of metal parts with various dimensions, for detecting object heights (e.g. metal parts on conveyor belts), or for object detection through non-metallic container and pipe walls. The sensors are connected via M8- or M12-connectors.


ipf electronic offers IO-Link enabled inductive sensors with stainless steel housing for use in extreme environments (such as oil, dirt, pressure), and at very high requirements concerning reliability and lon-gevity of sensors. The device series for flush mounting features particularly long switching distances that can be achieved even with non-ferrous metals. Thanks to the housing, which is made entirely of stainless steel, the sensors are perfectly sealed against liquids and gases also on the active surface. Furthermore, they are much more resistant to mechanical stress than conventional proximity switches. The devices with increased switching distances are also available in sizes M8, M12, M18, and M30, with a connection via M8- or M12-connectors.


IO-Link, as a globally standardized technology, allows communication with sensors and also with actuators, and thus provides additional information, such as a potential sensor fault, switching frequency and ambient temperature. It also allows setting of sensor parameters such as switching behavior, timer functions, etc.

“The near future belongs to the IO-Link enabled sensors”, according to Christian Fiebach, the Managing Director of ipf electronic. "The new devices do not require special wiring or installation, and can therefore be used in principle in the same way as conventional proximity switches. There is, however, one crucial exception: the IO-Link capability offers the user a definite plus in terms of sensor intelligence, with a variety of benefits, above all, with regard to the indispensable high system availability in highly automated production processes. The effort to integrate IO-Link enabled devices, including the installation of an IO-Link master on the controller side, is relatively small, but it offers plenty of potential for the future, especially in relation to the implementation of cost-effective condition-based maintenance strategies."