When Do You Specify An Inductive Sensor?

Many times when you look at an application you ask yourself, what is the best type of   sensor for my application? Let’s assume that we have an application that calls for a metal target. In this case an Inductive Sensor is going to be our first choice if the operating range is relatively short (Typically less than two inches). Inductive sensors are great for applications that require a rugged sensor that can withstand vibration.

Main Applications for Inductive Sensors

  • Machine Position Verification…
    • Are the machine components in the proper position?
  • Part Position Verification…
    • Is the part itself in the correct location?
  • Part Feature Verification…
    • Did a process happen that should have?

Now that you have identified how the Inductive sensor will be applied in the application, it is also a good idea to have criteria for your sensor selection; this will help with applying the correct sensor for the application requirements.  Below is a quick reference that you can review before selecting the correct sensor.

Selection Review

  • Operating Distance Required
  • Housing Size/Type
  • Target Material
  • Size Of Target
  • Environmental Conditions
  • Supply Voltage Required
  • Output Polarity Needed (PNP –NPN)

So if you have an application where an Inductive sensor is needed, Balluff has you covered. For more information on inductive sensors you can visit www.balluff.us/

Shawn Day has experience and knowledge of the industrial automation industry with Balluff. With his product and industry knowledge, he is sharing his passion for automation with Automation Insights.

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