40 years ipf - Round birthday for the sensor specialist

ipf electronic can look back on 40 years of company history this year. The company from the Sauerland region has established itself as a leading supplier for various industries with a wide-ranging portfolio of sensors and has positioned itself in the market primarily through the development of customer-specific special solutions.


ipf electronic was founded in 1982 by Wolfgang Neuhaus (deceased 2016) and Reinhard Siringhaus in Luedenscheid (Sauerland). ''We started with an office in the attic of our house and a double garage converted into a warehouse,'' says Reinhard Siringhaus.


In 1987, the first production facility for fiber optic amplifiers was established. Subsequently, the company also grew internationally and the number of employees continuously from initially seven to now 140 employees.


About 31 years ago, ipf electronic introduced the first in-house manufactured magnetic sensor to the market with a sensor for the T-slot of pneumatic cylinders. In 1998, one
of the first logic modules for DIN rail mounting was developed, which is still in the portfolio. At the end of last year, ipf electronic presented logic modules as a novelty, which can be parameterized completely freely and thus flexibly due to the integrated IO-Link interface.


ipf electronic self-confidently calls itself the ''hidden champion'' in the field of inductive sensors with extended temperature range. The company has positioned itself here as one of the leading suppliers in the market with an extremely rich portfolio, with some of its own developments designed for very high ambient temperatures of up to +230° C.


By the way, ipf electronic was represented at a trade fair for the first time already in 1986 at the Interkarma in Dusseldorf, followed by the Hanover Trade Fair (1996), Motek (1999) and SPS IPC Drives (today sps) in Nuremberg (2003).


Since 2020, the company headquarters has been located in a new building of around 7,500 square meters in the Maerkischer Industrial Park Rosmart near Altena. In the same year, the three companies were merged to form ipf electronic gmbh, which now has four managing directors with different areas of responsibility: Dirk Neuhaus, Christian Fiebach, Detlef Roessel and Bodo Hano.