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Ultra-flat inductive sensor delivers far-sighted detection

04 October 2023

BAUMER continues to expand its range of miniature sensors helping system designers and engineers to exploit the benefits of reliable object detection using the smallest possible components.

Its new ultra-flat and far-sighted IF250 inductive sensor is a perfect example, measuring just 6mm in height, yet detecting objects of up to 12mm. 
This sensor is the flattest of its type and Baumer claims that such performance is unrivalled in this class and opens up new application opportunities where standard cylindrical sensors will not fit due to limited installation space. 
The new IF250 complements the existing Baumer portfolio of high-performance inductive sensors in an ultra-compact design, from cylindrical sub-miniature sensors (3mm diameter) up to M30 designs with a maximum 24mm switching distance. 
The combination of metal sleeves and a mounting kit ensures easy pipe attachment along with secure and robust sensor mounting.
An important benefit of the flat design is maximised safety reserves because it allows for long-distance safety installation towards the object and is therefore optimally protected - even in critical sensing applications. 
Whilst ideally suited to new space-restricted applications it can also be retrofitted into existing systems where initially sensors had not been possible. 
The IF250 is available as a proximity switch with industry-standard PNP or NPN output, or as a measuring variant with an IO-Link interface. Digital transmission eliminates the need for shielded cables and a high-resolution A/D converter card – without affecting the sensor's ability to provide precise distance measurements. 
Furthermore, the IO-Link interface ensures the benefits of easy parameterisation, and comprehensive diagnostic data, such as histograms, temperature or switching cycles, which are additional benefits.
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