Three Common Mistakes When Selecting a Sensor

Balluff Globalprox inductive proximity sensorsIn a previous post we addressed things to consider when selecting a sensor. Inductive sensors are solid performers when the correct options are selected. However, the best option to accommodate a given application condition are often overlooked. Here are three common mistakes I’ve seen time and time again:

  1. Choosing Flush instead of Non-Flush mounting specifications – or vice versa
    A flush offering can be embedded into a metal bracket or mounting block without false triggering and output. A Non-Flush offering will need a free zone at the sensing face so the sensor does not false trigger from the metal in the mounting block itself.
  2. Selecting an Inductive Sensor that is not the best choice for detecting your material
    For example if the target is aluminum selecting an all metal sensor (Factor 1) offering would be the best choice since there is no reduction in the sensing range on the non-ferrous material.
  3. Selecting a sensor that is not fit for your application conditions
    If the sensor is applied in a hostile application such as welding then a sensor with special coatings is required to combat the weld spatter that is present in this type of application.

The number of options available can be overwhelming but selecting the right sensor for your application can lead to reduced downtime by preventing sensor failure. You can learn more about Inductive Proximity Sensor technologies by visiting

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