Miniature extended range proximity sensors
X-Series Pile Driver Extended Range Inductive Series by Pepperl+Fuchs are now available in 8 mm diameter models that can be used in metal-forming and welding applications.
Pepperl+Fuchs X-Series Pile Driver Extended Range Inductive Sensors are now available in 8 mm diameter models. With barrel lengths as short as 35 mm, these miniature sensors deliver a 3 mm sensing range – 50% more range than is available from larger competitive 12 mm diameter models. As a result, 8 mm diameter extended range Pile Driver sensors eliminate the need to sacrifice sensing range or durability. Like all Pile Driver sensors, its robust, single-piece machined barrel is fully embeddable in steel making it an ideal sensing solution for the toughest metalforming and welding applications.
100% stainless steel housings deliver durability and Black Armor coated weld-immune models are available to repel even the hottest slag particles. Pig-tail connect versions feature integral high visibility power supply and target presence LEDs. X-Series Pile Driver extended range sensors are also available in 12 mm, 18 mm, and 30 mm diameters to deliver sensing ranges of 5 mm, 10 mm or 15 mm – up to 2.5 times longer range than traditional inductive sensors.
X-Series Pile Driver’s extended sensing field is useful in automotive manufacturing applications, as it enables reliable detection of irregularly shaped contours, and increased sensor-to-target distances help eliminate contact-related scuffing of “Class A” hood, door and trunk surfaces. Weld-immune models are uniquely capable of providing long range part detection with full immunity to both ac and dc weld fields, and repelling weld splatter.
X-Series Pile Driver’s can detect all metals. Advanced circuitry enables restriction-free mounting while delivering the highest available immunity to the effects of industrial noise and temperature extremes. X-Series Pile Driver sensors are IP69k-rated to withstand high pressure washdown cleaning.
- Edited by Chris Vavra, Control Engineering, www.controleng.com
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