Inductive sensors with analogue output and IO-Link

17 January 2022

Inductive proximity sensors in the new IF60xx range from ifm electronic offer compatibility with existing installations and additional functionality that provides benefits in new applications.

To ensure backwards compatibility, the new sensors provide both analogue and switching outputs. They also include an IO-Link interface to ensure versatility and to allow parameterisation.

When used as standard devices the sensors can be used as drop-in replacements for conventional types. They can also be used for accurate distance sensing over a restricted operating range which can be set by the user via the IO-Link interface. This feature is particularly useful when monitoring machinery for early signs of wear that may lead to small positional changes.

In all applications, data from the sensors can be accessed via IO-Link, which ensures freedom from errors caused by conversion losses and electrical interference.

To ensure suitability for the widest possible range of applications, the new IF60xx inductive proximity sensors are available in 17 versions including threaded cylindrical types with diameters of M12 to M30 and rectangular units measuring 40 x 40 x 54mm. The range includes flush and non-flush types with 4 to 20 mA and 0 to 10 V analogue outputs. All models have a programmable switching output as well as an IO-Link interface. Sensing range is from 0.2mm for the smallest units to 35mm for the largest.

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