Pepperl+Fuchs says it has extended its portfolio to include reduction factor 1 sensors with IO-Link. The company says that standard inductive sensors can only detect non-ferrous metal targets at reduced switching distances. This is because reduction factors can vary from one metal to another. It’s claimed the reduction factor 1 sensors unify switching distances for all types of metals.
These sensors with IO-Link can be configured via a PLC while data control functions can ensure automated reconfiguration through an IO-Link master in case a device needs to be replaced, claims the company. Applications include serving as a temperature indicator that shows whether the unit is operating within the specified temperature range, or whether it is being exposed to a critically high temperature also harsh industrial environments such as weld cell applications in the automotive industry.