Pepperl+Fuchs Inc. - 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 percent 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 metal-forming and welding applications.

The 100% stainless steel housings deliver durability more than 20 times that of the competition's brass and plastic housings, and Black Armor™ coated weld-immune models are available to repel even the hottest slag particles. Pigtail-connect versions feature integral high-visibility power supply and target presence LEDs. X-Series Pile Driver extended range inductive 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.

"An inductive proximity sensor's detection range is a function of its size. Larger styles inherently offer longer sensing ranges than smaller, less powerful models. When selecting a proximity sensor , smaller versions aren't typically chosen due to their limited sensing range," says Marcel Ulrich, Product Manager, Pepperl+Fuchs. "Instead, restricted mounting space often forces machine designers to reluctantly accommodate the limited distance. The drawback to short sensing distances is clear; a closely mounted, loose-tolerance target is more likely to impact and damage the sensor, causing downtime. Additionally, loose or irregularly-shaped targets can also generate erroneous part counts as they enter and exit the sensing field."

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Rotational Measurement Sensors Deliver Flexible Rotational and Angular Measurement PMI360DV series sensors can be user-configured to provide zero to 360 degree sensing to satisfy a wide range of rotational position and angular measurement needs.

The PMI360DV are rotational measurement sensors with analog output. Available in three models to satisfy varied application requirements, PMI360DV are multi-function, inductive-based sensors that provide highly flexible operation and a user-settable, minimum range of zero to 90 degrees, and a maximum range of zero to 360 degrees to satisfy a wide variety of rotational or angular measurement sensing needs. Material handling machinery applications include feeders, conveyors, turning tables, and web handling.

PMI360DV angular measurement sensors enable users to set the measurement range and rotation direction, PNP output signal width, and zero position with dedicated buttons for each configurable function to simplify setup. Users will benefit from voltage or current output with repeatable accuracy to 0.5 degrees and resolution to 0.2 degrees. LED indicators provide visual status for power, lost target and configuration lock variables. Models with up to three independent PNP outputs are available, enabling a single sensor to replace non-configurable multiple-sensor mounting arrangements.

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