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Versatile inductive proximity sensor

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OBJECT detection with large sensing distances of up to 50mm, and a variety of type-reducing mounting opportunities, a high level of robustness, and considerably easier device connection, characterise the new IQ 80 inductive proximity sensor from SICK .

The device is not only used for querying position and monitoring transport in the automobile industry and conveyor technology - a major automobile manufacturer also uses the IQ 80 as a muting sensor for safety systems at several plants.

The IQ 80 has a plastic housing with drilled mounting holes and, for the first time, an integrated bracket for snap-in mounting. As a result the sensor can quickly and easily be directly snapped into DIN rails, for example on a conveyor system.

Furthermore, the IQ 80 offers alternative possibilities for non-flush, flush or sunken mounting and is thus suitable for numerous tasks.

The IQ 80's flexible installation and mounting reduce the number of types to be maintained and thus makes a considerable contribution towards cutting storage and purchasing costs.

Thanks to its robust plastic housing, with an enclosure rating of IP67, and sealed-in electronics, the IQ 80 can withstand mechanical loads and environmental effects. The flexible M12 device plug (that can be rotated through 360°) simplifies electrical connection of the sensor during installation.

Antivalent switching outputs allow the N.C. and N.O. function to be individually selected. The operating and switching state of the IQ 80 is indicated by an LED visible from two object levels.

One of the world's leading automobile manufacturers uses the IQ 80 as a muting sensor on safety equipment, in addition to its general position-querying and transport-monitoring tasks.

During automatic material insertion such safety systems distinguish between a person and, for example, a transport skid on the basis of the switching signals of several IQ sensors and their logical sequencing.

If a "non-metallic" person enters the muting field, the inductive proximity sensors naturally do not respond: the safety system remains activated and automatically stops the hazardous movement of the plant when the light curtain is interrupted by a person stepping into it.

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