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  • Offer Profile
  • ifm products are used in many different industries. Here are some examples of industries and segments to give you an overview of possible applications:
    • Automotive industry
    • Conveying
    • Food industry
    • Level measurement and alarm indication
    • Machine tools
    • Mobile applications
    • Plastic industry
    • Robotic, assembly and material flow
Product Portfolio
  • Position sensors

    • Inductive sensors

    • Inductive sensors are nowadays indispensable for industrial usage. As compared to mechanical switches they offer almost ideal conditions: non-contact operation free from any wear and tear, high switching frequencies and accuracy. In addition, they are insensitive to vibration, dust and moisture. Inductive sensors detect all metals without contact.
    • Capacitive sensors

    • Capacitive sensors are used for the non-contact detection of any objects. In contrast to inductive sensors, which only detect metallic objects, capacitive sensors can also detect non-metallic materials. Typical applications are in the wood, paper, glass, plastic, food and chemical industries.
    • Magnetic sensors

    • Magnetic sensors are used for the detection of positions without contact or wear and tear in control technology. They are used where inductive proximity switches reach their limits. Since magnetic fields penetrate all non-magnetisable materials, the sensors can detect magnets through walls made of non-ferrous metal, stainless steel, aluminium, plastic or wood.
    • Cylinder sensors

    • Non-contact sensors virtually work without wear and often achieve a longer life than Reed switches. This saves expensive repair and downtimes.
    • Photoelectric sensors for general applications

    • Photoelectric sensors are used where safe and non-contact de-tection of the exact position of objects is required. The material of the objects to be detected is of no importance. Compared to proximity switches photoelectric sensors have a much higher sensing zone.
    • Photoelectric fork sensors / angle sensors

    • As is the case with through-beam sensors transmitter and receiver are arranged face to face. Both components are permanent parts of a fork or an angle, i.e. they do not have to be aligned towards each other.
      If an object enters the detection zone, the light beam is interrupted and a switching signal is generated. Optical fork and angle sensors use a particularly fine light beam and are thus suitable for the detection of tiny objects.
    • Laser sensors / distance measurement sensors

    • Laser systems are used where detection of small objects or precise positioning is required.
      Due to the small angle of divergence long ranges of up to 60 metres can be achieved.
    • Fibre optic sensors
       

    • Fibre optics are used where mounting space for photoelectric standard sensors is confined. Advantages of these systems: The evaluation electronics and the optoelectronic components are located separately from the sensing surface of the system.
      Fibre optic sensing heads can therefore be mounted in places where access is difficult.
    • Photoelectric sensors for specific applications

    • Special tasks require special solutions. In addition to the standard photoelectric sensors and fibre optic systems ifm electronic offers special sensors for certain applications.
    • Feedback systems for valves and valve actuators

    • ifm electronic offers two inductive sensors integrated into one housing for position feedback on quarter-turn actuators (type IND). A target puck with two targets offset by 90° which is installed on the actuator shaft damps the lower or upper sensor of the IND depending on the position of the actuator ("open" or "closed). For position feedback on rising stem valves efector valvis is used. Two or three optional switch points can be set via a pushbutton over a stroke of 80 mm. This measuring stroke is resolved into steps of 0.2 mm by means of a target mounted on the valve spindle. Using this inductive sensor enables the detection of even very short strokes.
    • Switching amplifiers
       

    • Switching amplifiers evaluate the sensor's signal and control the output. Variants with relay as well as active transistor and potential-free optocoupler outputs are available.
  • Sensors for motion control

    • Encoders

    • Encoders use the wear-free photoelectric detection. A pulse disc firmly attached to the shaft ensures this detection.
      By means of high pulse counts linear distances can be precisely resolved to just a few millimetres.
    • Speed sensors

    • Rotational speed sensors integrate rotational speed detection and monitoring in one unit. The sensor head operates to the principle of the inductive proximity sensor. The sensor detects metal actuating surfaces on a rotating machine. The integrated evaluation converts this information into rotational speed. If the set min/max rotational speed is higher or lower, the electronic output switches.
    • Inclination sensors

    • The 2-axis inclination sensors with a built-in CANopen interface are used for levelling and angular position detection of mobile machines. Typical applications are for example position detection of platforms or levelling of mobile cranes. Moreover there are inclination sensors with binary or analogue output stages which are connected directly to controllers or I/O modules.
    • Pulse evaluation systems

    • The complete product family includes analogue and digital pulse evaluation systems for speed, slip and direction monitoring, frequency-to-current converters, counters and digital displays as well as threshold relays and displays for analogue standard signals.
  • Industrial imaging

    • Vision sensors

    • Stand-alone unit with integrated lighting and evaluation in a robust, industrially compatible housing. The electronic eye for monitoring presence, completeness, position, quality control as well as sorting tasks.
    • 3D sensors

    • efector pmd 3d is the first industrial 3D sensor that can assess objects in three dimensions at a glance. Each pixel of this chip matrix evaluates its distance to the object. The image of the object on the chip matrix and the respective distance values correspond to a 3D image. The integrated evaluation enables the detailed assessment of the object's or scene's conditions by means of volume, distance or level detection in three dimensions.
    • 3D cameras

    • The pmd 3d camera detects scenes and objects in their spatial dimensions at a glance. In contrast to laser scanners it does not require moving components and is thus robust and wear-free. The operating principle is the same as for the 3D sensor. Besides the 3D distance image the camera provides a grey image of the scene. The combination of these images offers the possibility to freely program application-specific tasks by means of a software development kit.
    • Illumination

    • Very slim backlights for generating a precise silhouette. Versions with red light or infrared light available. Continuous operation or pulse mode with 4-fold light intensity.
  • Safety technology

    • Fail-safe inductive sensors

    • Here you will find the first electronic fail-safe sensors approved up to TÜV category 4, SIL 3 and PL e, which do not require a special counterpart but switch directly on the door or a stainless steel or mild steel target. They are wear-free and largely independent from mounting tolerances after a longer use of the doors.
    • Safety light curtains

    • Wherever motion of machine parts presents a danger to people or goods, safety light curtains or safety light grids are used. The protective equipment ensures that the outputs are switched off which results in a machine halt.
    • Safety light grids

    • Wherever motion of machine parts presents a danger to people or goods, safety light curtains or safety light grids are used. The protective equipment ensures that the outputs are switched off which results in a machine halt.
    • Safety relays

    • Multifunctional with the advantage on your side: The safety relays provide various connection options for safety light curtains, fail-safe inductive sensors or other non-contact guards. They meet the highest requirement with SIL 3 (IEC 61508). "Monitored" or "automatic start" as well as external muting are only some of numerous functions.
    • Safety controllers

    • Controllers for safety-related applications up to safety category 3 (EN 954-1) are called "safety controllers". Special test routines for hardware and software monitoring are implemented in the devices. Due to the certification of the hardware, operating system software and programming tools it is easy for the project engineer to get the approval for the machine.
    • AS-Interface Safety at Work

    • The sophisticated AS-i technology and the extended diagnostic possibilities provide high reliability and machine uptime. "Safety at Work" is the extension of the AS-interface by safety-related components. Safety components up to the highest control category 4 to EN 954-1, SIL 3 to IEC 61508 and EN ISO 13849 - 1 / PL e can be connected to AS-i.
  • Process sensors

    • Pressure sensors

    • ifm offers a wide range of electronic pressure and vacuum sensors to meet the requirements of various industrial applications.
      Depending on the application, units with ceramic-capacitive measuring cells or units with stainless steel measuring cells with thick film DMS are available. Various output functions and housing designs adapted to the area of application ensure an optimum integration into different processes.
    • Vacuum sensors

    • ifm offers a wide range of electronic vacuum sensors to meet the requirements of various industrial applications.
      Various output functions and housing designs adapted to the area of application ensure an optimum integration into different processes.
    • Flow sensors / flow meters

    • Sensors operating to suitable measurement methods can be used to monitor gases and liquids.
      A wide range of designs adapted to applications and requirements is available. All systems are designed so that the signals such as flow and temperature can be directly transferred to the control system for further processing.
    • Level sensors

    • Level measurement distinguishes between direct measurement in the medium and the indirect detection from the outside (for example through the tank wall by means of capacitive sensors).
      Deposits and wear and tear often lead to failures in particular if mechanical switches are in contact with the medium.
      The electronic ifm sensors however can do without any mechanical component. This makes the sensors especially robust and reliable. Regular maintenance and cleaning are not necessary.
    • Temperature sensors
       

    • In automation and process technology, monitoring and control of temperatures is one of the most important measuring tasks. The correct temperature often influences quality and efficiency of the process. To avoid dangerous states, the temperature must be monitored in many applications.
      To do so, compact temperature switches and transmitters as well as cable and probe sensors are used that are connected to an external control monitor. In some industrial areas non-contact infrared (IR) measuring sensors are used.
    • Signal evaluation systems
       

    • Control monitors in DC and AC versions evaluate the signals of the flow sensors and provide them as a binary signal for further processing. They integrate wire break and temperature monitoring. Versions for hazardous areas are also available.
    • Feedback systems for valves and valve actuators

    • ifm electronic offers two inductive sensors integrated into one housing for position feedback on quarter-turn actuators (type IND). A target puck with two targets offset by 90° which is installed on the actuator shaft damps the lower or upper sensor of the IND depending on the position of the actuator ("open" or "closed). For position feedback on rising stem valves efector valvis is used. Two or three optional switch points can be set via a pushbutton over a stroke of 80 mm. This measuring stroke is resolved into steps of 0.2 mm by means of a target mounted on the valve spindle. Using this inductive sensor enables the detection of even very short strokes.
  • Industrial communication

    • AS-Interface controllers / gateways

    • AS-i controller and gateways have AS-i master functionality and are thus an elementary part of AS-i networks. These components are usually in a control cabinet and ensure data communication. A wide product range provides suitability for different applications. An integrated CoDeSys-programmable PLC allows that the AS-i controllers can also be used as supplementary or independent control system.
    • AS-Interface power supplies / earth fault monitors

    • AS-i needs special AS-i power supplies for the communication and the voltage supply of the AS-i modules and the connected inputs and outputs (partly). They supply an unearthed voltage that is in particular suitable for communication insensitive to interference, in particular in industrial environments. By means of earth fault monitors the installation can be monitored for earthing problems.
    • AS-Interface I/O modules
       

    • The I/O modules are decentralised input and output modules of the AS-i interface for the connection of your digital and analogue inputs and outputs. Different applications have various requirements on the I/O modules regarding protection rating, resistance and materials used. The product range covers PCB solutions, control cabinet modules and I/O modules with protection rating IP69K.
    • AS-Interface AirBoxes for pneumatics

    • The AS-i AirBoxes are compact pneumatic valves, complemented by digital feedback inputs. They are integrated in a ClassicLine housing and are compatible in terms of space and mounting. The AS-i connection is carried out via the common flat cable or round cable lower parts. 3/2-way, 4/2-way, 5/2-way and 5/3-way valves are available.
    • AS-Interface sensors
       

    • The bus connection is already integrated in the intelligent AS-i sensors. So they can be directly connected to the yellow cable. In addition to the pure sensor information, further diagnostic data are available via the AS-interface, which can be transmitted and evaluated at a low cost.
    • AS-Interface devices for valves and valve actuators

    • The valve controls for pneumatic quarter-turn actuators can be directly mounted to most quarter-turn actuators by means of the standardised mechanical interface. They contain two inductive sensors for position feedback, one or two outputs for the control of the pilot valve, and an AS-i slave.
    • AS-Interface expansion
       

    • There are different ways to extend the AS-i cable. The specified one hundred metres can be extended up to 1000 metres in extreme cases.
    • AS-Interface Safety at Work
       

    • The sophisticated AS-i technology and the extended diagnostic possibilities provide high reliability and machine uptime. "Safety at Work" is the extension of the AS-interface by safety-related components. Safety components up to the highest control category 4 to EN 954-1, SIL 3 to IEC 61508 and EN ISO 13849 - 1 / PL e can be connected to AS-i.
    • Fieldbus components

    • ifm electronic's AS-i gateways provide solutions for field buses such as Profibus, Profinet, Ethernet/ IP, DeviceNet, Ethercat and CANopen. The gateways function as fieldbus slave and use AS-Interface as an intelligent feeder for the information highway.
    • IO-Link components

    • IO-Link is a manufacturer and field-bus independent standard that makes exchange of I/O user data and parameter data between a control system and IO-Link compatible devices such as sensors and actuators with diagnostic capabilities possible.
      The AS-Interface / I/O-Link gateway allows the use of IO-Link functionality in AS-Interface.
  • Identification systems

    • RFID 125 kHz

    • RFID systems based on 125 kHz for production and conveying technology, identification of workpiece carriers and products.

      - System DTS 125 with AS-Interface
      - System DTE 100 with Profibus DP
      - System DTE 101 with Profinet
      - System DTE 102 with Ethernet/IP
    • RFID 13.56 MHz

    • Flexible system for production, assembly and handling technology. Ensures fast data transmission and supports the ISO 15693 standard.

      - DTE102 system with EtherNet/IP
      - DTE101 system with Profinet
      - DTE100 system with Profibus DP
    • RFID UHF

    • The system is optimised for applications in production control, asset management, material flow control, track & trace and supply chain management:

      - System DTE 800 for EU/ETSI
      - System DTE 810 with Ethernet/IP
      - System DTE 900 for US/FCC
      - System DTE 910 with Ethernet/IP
    • Tags

    • ID tags for ifm RFID systems. Different versions and designs for a wide range of identification tasks.
    • 1D/2D code readers 

    • Photoelectric multicode reader for 1D bar codes and 2D codes.Versions with infrared light and red light as well as different field of view sizes are available.
  • Condition monitoring systems

    • Vibration monitoring systems
       

    • efector octavis is a simple to implement vibration monitoring system which detects vibration data and automatically determines the machine diagnosis directly on the machine. The machine condition is forwarded to the PLC or to SCADA systems. It fulfils the main requirements for modern machine monitoring: compatibility, modularity, and transferable configuration.
    • Flow meters for compressed air

    • efector metris is used to measure the consumption of compressed air. The high measurement dynamics in conjunction with high measurement accuracy and a fast response time result in an application range from leakage detection to operational measurement of consumption. Many possibilities of supplying the values measured for current and temperature allow almost universal coupling to process or control systems.
    • Flow meters for water
       

    • Efforts to reduce water consumption presuppose knowledge of the current consumption. Measuring systems such as magnetic-inductive or ultrasound flow meters can also be used for applications in drinking water circuits due to their compact design. The use in drinking water supply is ensured by the use of approved materials. Many possibilities of supplying the values measured for current and temperature allow almost universal coupling to process or control systems.
    • Systems for oil quality monitoring

    • For an early detection of too high a water content in lubricants and oils it is useful to continuously monitor the relative moisture in the media using a sensor.
      The sensor measures the relative moisture in the oil in the range of 0...100 % by means of a capacitive measuring element. Besides the relative moisture the sensor also provides the medium temperature as an analogue signal.
  • Condition monitoring systems

    • Basic control systems

    • The ecomatmobile Basic control system has a modular design, is easy to install and to operate and is cost-optimised. Besides pure control functions it provides solutions for wiring and protection. In addition, a graphical visualisation module ensures the indication of system messages and simple display instruments.
    • Mobile controllers

    • The platform of the ecomatmobile control system: the powerful controller family.
      Free programmability and the variety of configuration options enable use in a wide range of different applications.
    • I/O modules

    • Decentralised I/O modules for use in CANopen bus systems. Considerably reduced wiring, they are mounted where the signals are generated.
      The flexible configuration of the inputs and outputs enables universal use and reduces the costs for stockholding.
    • Dialogue modules / displays

    • Displays with graphics capabilities, free programming to IEC 61131 and various interfaces are features of the dialogue modules.
      The convenient user interface for service and machine handling – the dialogue modules of the ecomatmobile control system.
    • Cameras

    • In almost all mobile machines, users today use displays for indicating machine information. At the same time camera systems monitor the operating areas. Here, the new camera system O2M is used. Designed for extreme operating conditions.
    • Diagnostic and service units

    • Detection of diagnostic data – the basis for a powerful and low-cost remote maintenance and monitoring concept.
      Reduced service costs and standstill times in cases of failure are essential advantages of this modern technology.
    • Signal converters

    • The solution provider for special applications. Signal converter to adapt sensor and actuator signals to the inputs and outputs of the controller or CANopen modules.
    • Sensors

    • From CAN-bus compatible or analogue inclination sensors to inductive proximity switches and pressure sensors for mobile applications.
      The sensors of the ecomatmobile system are reliable even under the extreme conditions of use in a mobile machine.
  • Connection technology

      • Sockets, Plugs, Connectors, Jumper cables, Splitter boxes, Adapter sockets, Adapter plugs, Y-splitters, COMBICON connectors

  • Accessories

      • Power supplies, Basic mounting accessories, Adjustable mounting systems, Accessories for photoelectric sensors, Accessories for magnetic sensors, Accessories for cylinder sensors, Accessories for valve feedback systems, Accessories for AS-Inferface, Accessories for control systems, Accessories for identification systems, Miscellaneous