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IME series of inductive sensors from Sick

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The IME series of inductive sensors from Sick feature precision, maximum availability and durability. These inductive sensors are part of a product family encompassing all sizes and are designed to provide switching accuracy and global availability.

Sick inductive sensors conceal high-tech features within their compact housing. Their integrated electronic switch, an application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) based on compact platform tech-nology, offers an improved manufacturing tolerance whatever the device in question. Each sensor is 100% identical to the next. In practice, this means a 10% higher assured switching distance. This provides a significantly greater useful switching distance compared to conventional proximity switches. As well as simplifying the mechanical design of the machines and the configuration of the sensors, this also makes it possible, if ever needed, to rapidly replace a device with its 1:1 equivalent.

The improved manufacturing tolerance enables inductive sensors containing the Sick ASIC to oper-ate precisely than the usual type of device composed of discrete components. Inductive sensors from Sick are calibrated digitally at the end of the manufacturing process. A precise switching point and highly reproducible characteristics are obtained by programming the relevant parameters in the ASIC settings that remain stable and can be assured from one production lot to another. The advantage for the user is that the sensors operate reliably and provide high positioning accuracy when incorporated in the machine.

The use of hotmelt adhesive inside the housing ensures a high resistance to impact and vibration. A hotmelt compound is employed to cast the IME platform, a long-established technique in the automobile industry. The robust cylindrical housing with a tightening torque of up to 100Nm is an additional feature of these sensors, providing maximum availability and a long service life.

A new addition to the Sick portfolio is a line of inductive sensors designed specifically to meet the requirements of the food and beverage industry. These stainless-steel sensors provide IP69K pro-tection and high temperature resistance. Customers can find the ideal answer to their specific needs among the Sick portfolio of inductive proximity switches. It is the intelligent, reliable route to implementing industry-specific and customised solutions to any task involving automation.

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