Sensor specialist 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. Their new ultra-flat and far-sighted IF250 Inductive Sensor is a perfect example, measuring just 6mm in height, yet will detect objects of up to 12mm. This sensor is the flattest of its type and Baumer claim 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 maximum 24mm switching distance. The combination of metal sleeves and a mounting kit ensure easy pipe attachment along with a secure and robust sensor mounting.
An important benefit of the flat design is maximised safety reserves because it allows for long-distant 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 retro-fitted 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 IO-Link interface. Digital transmission eliminates the need for shielded cables and a high-resolution A/D converter card – without affecting the sensors ability to provide precise distance measurements. Furthermore, the IO-Link interface ensures the benefits of easy parameterisation, comprehensive diagnostic data, such as histograms, temperature or switching cycles, which are additional benefits.