Touch sensitive sensors
The KT Series sensors by ifm are designed to be used in the automation industry as machine start/stop buttons. They are IP69K rated.
ifm’s KT Series Capacitive Touch Sensitive Sensors are designed to be used as machine start/stop buttons in the industrial automation, mobile and building automation industries. The sensor’s ergonomic design allows the sensor to be actuated with a hand or single finger. Optical feedback is provided by switching status LEDs. The robust polycarbonate housing is durable, oil resistant, impact and scratch resistant and carries an IP69K NEMA rating. The sensors provide an alternative to mechanical switches that may have a high rate of wear and tear.
ifm’s KT Series touch sensors use capacitive technology for start and stop actuation. The KT Series sensors are available with one of two sensing principles: dynamic and static.
Static touch sensors detect hands and objects for as long as the sensing face is damped. This is particularly useful in two-hand control or anti tie-down applications. Static touch sensors also work through glass. Compared to mechanical switches, the sensors operate without wear, and because they react to light contact, no pressure is required for actuation.
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