Turck introduces weld nut sensor for automotive metal detection | Automation.com

Turck introduces weld nut sensor for automotive metal detection

December 162016
Turck introduces weld nut sensor for automotive metal detection

December 16, 2016 – Metal detection in the automotive industry requires more compact sensor technology to manage constant change in metals and application variations as parts move through the line. Turck’s weld nut sensor is a solution for applications that require a reliable detection for the presence or absence of a nut welded to sheet metal on various vehicle components.

Turck’s design uses magnetic inductive technology and can be simply programmed to detect the presence of a metallic nut. An optional teach pendant can be used to program the sensor to differentiate between the sheet metal material and the weld nut. When the nut is properly placed, the sensor sends a signal to the PLC, which allows the robotic welder to weld the nut to the sheet metal.

Turck’s weld nut sensor measures 61 mm, with a probe tip diameter of 4 mm to accommodate down to a 5 mm weld nut. The sensor has a titanium nitride coated probe for greater strength and protection in harsh applications. The cable version includes a TPE-style jacket with a molded M12 connector for flexible mounting possibilities, and a four-way LED for visibility from multiple sides.

Other sensors in this series will sense nut diameters of 6-12 mm and 10-20 mm, respectively, and are available with integral M12 connectors. All Turck nut sensors are IP67 rated.

About Turck

Turck is a pioneer in industrial automation technology, providing customers with a comprehensive line of quality and advanced technology products in a fast, flexible and accurate manner. With more than 4,000 people working in 28 countries, Turck has built global partnerships with customers based on engineering expertise, flexibility and a willingness to take on engineering challenges that others won’t. 

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