- April 05, 2019
April 5, 2019 - Pepperl+Fuchs has extended its portfolio to include reduction factor 1 sensors with IO-Link, providing users with flexibility, additional features, and diagnostic options. The expanded portfolio of reduction factor 1 sensors is designed for flexibility in welding areas, for standard use, and for applications that require cleaning operations-with or without IO-Link. Pepperl+Fuchs' inductive sensors with IO-Link offer both identical switching distances for all metals and new installation, diagnostics, and maintenance capabilities using the IO-Link device connectivity. Reduction factor 1 sensors with IO-Link are configured via the PLC while data control functions can ensure automated reconfiguration through an IO-Link master in case a device needs to be replaced. With the IO-Link sensors' stability alarm, the system can be triggered in the event that the activation target drifts outside the assured operating distance. If an activation target drifts from the assured operating distance due to mechanical influences-the intelligent sensor detects this condition, the integrated LED flashes, and the signal is automatically transferred to the control system. This is how intelligent sensing via IO-Link and the control system is used for smart automation and diagnostics in the modern application era. If necessary, a reduction factor 1 sensor can serve as a temperature indicator that shows whether it is operating within the specified temperature range, or whether it is being exposed to a critically high temperature. These indicators provide early detection of temperature increases before the sensor or other sensitive system components, like those found in paint shops or foundries, may be damaged. With the help of the stability alarm and the temperature indicator, pre-failure information is continuously communicated so maintenance can be carried out prior to sensor fault. Weld-immune sensors are used for especially harsh industrial environments such as weld cell applications in the automotive industry. They are resistant to interference from magnetic fields during electric welding, weld spatter, and other such influences. Stainless steel versions, in contrast, withstand aggressive cleaning agents and are ideal for demanding applications, i.e., in the food industry or in chemical and pharmaceutical plants. In window mode, the sensor activates between two switch points and checks whether the object is located inside the defined switching window or is too close to the sensor and could possibly cause damage.
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