As one of the leading companies in the automation industry, Pepperl+Fuchs is known as a global pioneer in its markets due to its development of groundbreaking technologies. For conventional and future applications, the Mannheim-based company offers a comprehensive portfolio for factory automation and the process industry. At the same time, Pepperl+Fuchs continues to drive forward-looking technologies, thus paving the way for its customers to meet the upcoming challenges of Industry 4.0.
For decades, Pepperl+Fuchs has been developing and distributing industrial sensors and sensor systems with the highest quality standards for use in automation technology. The diverse product portfolio offers sensors for standard applications as well as customized solutions. In close cooperation with our experts, you receive the ideal sensor system for your specific requirements!
Our product portfolio of industrial sensors for factory automation is characterized by a high degree of innovation. It consists of inductive, photoelectric, capacitive, magnetic, and ultrasonic sensors. Additionally, we offer you powerful components such as rotary encoders, positioning and identification systems (RFID, Data Matrix, Barcode), AS-Interface as well as suitable accessories. Industrial vision systems and vision sensors round off the comprehensive product range.
State-of-the-art technologies and a global sales and production network make Pepperl+Fuchs the ideal partner for a wide variety of industries in the global market. These include branches like mechanical engineering, automotive industry, material handling, packaging, print and paper industry, doors, gates and elevator construction, process equipment, mobile equipment, and renewable energy.
Inductive proximity sensors are the preferred choice for the majority of applications requiring accurate, non-contact detection of metallic objects in machinery or automation equipment. As a pioneer and market leader, Pepperl+Fuchs offers innovative, high quality inductive sensors to meet the needs of the worldwide automation and process control markets. Our experience, flexibility and customer focus continues to allow us to offer custom designed solutions for the most unique and demanding applications.
Capacitive sensors can be used to detect metal objects as well as nearly all other materials. These sensors are often used in applications including level, flow control for detection of liquids, grains and powders.
Our magnetic field sensor selection consists of the M12 housing style for traditional magnetic detection applications. Also offered is a non-contact, piston detection sensor for use with steel hydraulic cylinders. These magnetic sensors offer reliable piston magnet detection and are easily mounted, without the need for mounting slots or holes in the cylinder.
The emitter and receiver on thru-beam sensors are aligned opposite one another. The advantage of this is that the light reaches the receiver directly and long detection ranges and high excess gain can therefore be achieved. These sensors are capable of reliably detecting almost any object. The angle of incidence, surface characteristics, color of the object, etc., are irrelevant and do not influence the functional reliability of the sensor.
The emitter and receiver are aligned in a housing such that the retroreflective sensors are easy to install. Simply position a reflector on the opposite side and align the sensor with it. The standard version featuring a polarization filter combines the installation benefits offered by the retroreflective system with the reliable detection, even of reflective objects, at long detection ranges. The retroreflective sensors for clear object detection are ideal for reliably detecting transparent objects.
Diffuse mode sensors are particularly easy to install, since only one device has to be fitted and no reflector is required. These sensors operate primarily at close range, feature optimum switching accuracy, and can reliably detect even very small objects. The sensors with background suppression sense only a specific area in front of the sensor. The sensor ignores any objects that are outside of this area. Sensors with background suppression are also insensitive to interfering objects in the background and are still extremely precise. Sensors with background evaluation are always used in applications with a fixed background in the measuring range with which you can align the sensor.
Switching sensors with measurement core technology are based the Multi Pixel Technology (MPT) developed by Pepperl+Fuchs. Thus, multiple operating modes and switching points are easily set up in a single triangulation sensor. These photoelectric sensors can be configured as background suppression sensors, background evaluation sensors, and in window operation mode. Additionally, the sensors are equipped with a standard IO-Link interface which enables users to easily integrate them into versatile applications.
Fiber optic sensors and cables are the perfect solution for applications where the direct mounting of sensors is not possible due to space restrictions, temperature extremes, and so on. Small fiber optic beams are ideal for detecting tiny objects.
With a fast response time, the devices are ideal for detecting tiny objects from long distances. They are frequently used to detect objects on vibrating and oscillating conveyors. Slot grid sensors handle challenging counting and monitoring tasks such as detecting non-guided objects in free fall.
In the automation of packaging and printing processes, the reliable detection of print and color marks plays a key role in coordinating the various processing steps. Photoelectric contrast sensors are specially designed for such detection tasks.
Light grids are ideal for applications where wider areas need to be monitored. Light grids are much easier to mount, install, and align and are therefore preferred to multiple individual photoelectric sensors. Application areas range from controlling the width, height, and profile of pallets in material handling facilities to detecting position-independent objects, controlling overlap on larger conveyed goods, and monitoring elevator doors.
Distance measurement is a fundamental sensing technology. Pepperl+Fuchs offers a complete sensor family based entirely on the superior Pulse Ranging Technology (PRT). Long range, accuracy, insensitivity to extraneous light, and attractive pricing combine to make an irresistible package. The Pepperl+Fuchs portfolio includes a variety of distance sensors with different ranges, resolutions, designs and interfaces to meet a broad range of industry requirements.
The optical data couplers were designed to establish wireless communication with stock feeders, industrial trucks, automated transportation systems, overhead conveyors and docking stations. Mechanical and problematic RF- and Wi-Fi-based transmissions are avoided as a result. Devices with a variety of operating ranges and transfer rates are available.
Pepperl+Fuchs developed a number of industry-specific special devices for applications that are functionally not covered by the standard program. The application-specific sensors offer completely new possibilities in optical sensor technology for the user searching for the “right" solution.
Personnel protection is becoming increasingly important in automated processes. Wherever machines perform high-risk movements, the relevant health and safety regulations must be observed. Even if the operator is momentarily distracted, shearing, crushing, and impact injuries must be prevented.
Nowadays, it is hard to imagine life without escalators, automatic doors, gates, barriers, and elevators. As if by magic, they open automatically, detect obstacles, and appear to react quite naturally to approaching people and objects.
Whether opening automatic doors, monitoring escalators, or detecting the approach of vehicles to overhead industrial doors: Pepperl+Fuchs offers a variety of application-specific sensors to ensure convenient and safe operation.
An extensive selection of accessories complements our photoelectric sensors product line, with application-specific fiber optic cables, mounting brackets, and a broad range of reflectors.
Industrial vision is one of the key sensor technologies of the future. The sensors and systems available from Pepperl+Fuchs range from vision sensors to system solutions that are customized according to the needs of your specific application. From the rack fine positioning of automated storage and retrieval systems to sheet verification in print post-processing, Pepperl+Fuchs offers vision sensors that are designed for your specific applications. Light section sensors based on unique SmartRunner technology enable rugged solutions for reliable presence, completeness, and position detection, even for low-contrast objects and in a wide range of lighting conditions.
The 3-D sensors of the SmartRunner Explorer 3-D series are made for goods inspection on conveyor belts or for pick-and-place applications in robotics. The 3-D vision sensor delivers high-precision 3-D point cloud images in addition to 2-D images, and is available with stereo vision technology or time-of-flight (ToF) technology. Commissioning is performed with the intuitively operable ViSolution software—regardless of what technology or sensor version you choose.
Pepperl+Fuchs offers application-specific vision sensor solutions for different fields of application. The sensors are ideal for a wide range of applications such as positioning, tracking, feature recognition, quality control, camera-based identification and optical measurement. Due to their flexible applicability, the universal vision sensors close the gap between simple 2D vision sensors and costly vision systems.
Laser profile sensors from Pepperl+Fuchs feature optimal precision and reliability, regardless of surface structure, contrast, and color. Laser profile sensors are perfect for detecting, monitoring, and protecting even the smallest objects.
The event camera (IP65/- 30° to + 50°C) continuously records the last 60 seconds of the video stream. It provides a 24/7 live view of your application as well as an internal ring buffer to capture a video recording 60 seconds before and after a trigger event. Digital hardware input allows easy integration for event recording and improved error analysis. Full HMI integration is possible thanks to REST API.
In industrial applications, ultrasonic sensors are characterized by their reliability and outstanding versatility. Ultrasonic sensors can be used to solve even the most complex tasks involving object detection or level measurement with millimetre precision, because their measuring method works reliably under almost all conditions.
No other measuring method can be successfully put to use on such a wide scale and in so many different applications. The devices are extremely robust, making them suitable for even the toughest conditions. The sensor surface cleans itself through vibration, and that is not the only reason why the sensor is insensitive to dirt. The physical principle—the propagation of sound—works, with a few exceptions, in practically any environment.
The measuring method employed by ultrasonic sensors has been viewed as an excessively complex technology, and only used as a “last resort” ... as a solution for particularly difficult applications. Those times have long since passed! Ultrasonic sensors have proven their reliability and endurance in virtually all industrial sectors.
Ultrasonic sensors are most commonly used in the diffuse mode. A single ultrasonic transducer is used as both emitter and receiver and is typically contained in the same housing as the evaluation electronics.
To reliably detect difficult objects, the majority of our diffuse mode sensors can be converted to retroreflective operation via software parameterization. Some ultrasonic sensors are supplied as retroreflective sensors from the outset.
Ultrasonic thru-beam sensors feature an extremely powerful acoustic beam. They offer a large detection range within compact housing dimensions. Unlike diffuse and retroreflective models, these sensors do not continuously switch between transmission and reception modes or wait for an echo signal to arrive. Thus, their response time is considerably faster, resulting in very high switching frequencies.
Double sheet sensors are ultrasonic thru-beam sensors that have been optimized specifically for sheet feed applications, including double sheet detection, label counting, and splice detection.
Double sheet and double material sensors distinguish between empty gaps, one, and two layers of material, including paper, metals, wooden boards, and glass panes.
When performing label detection tasks, the sensors can distinguish between the label backing and the base material.
Compatible accessories offer enormous potential for cost savings. Not only do you save a great deal of time and effort when installing the sensors, but also when servicing them. If products are used in harsh ambient conditions, appropriate Pepperl+Fuchs accessories can be used to extend the service life of the sensors.
Rotary encoders are required wherever physical quantities such as rotational speed, angle of rotation, velocity or acceleration are to be monitored. In combination with cable pulls, they can also measure linear movements and lengths.
Rotary encoders from Pepperl+Fuchs are used in a wide variety of industries—from mechanical and plant engineering to material handling and the renewable energy sector. Whether heavy-duty, offshore or hazardous areas: Pepperl+Fuchs offers the right incremental or absolute rotary encoder for all application requirements. The portfolio is built on several established basic technologies:
Absolute rotary encoders are used wherever precise control of motion sequences is required. Pepperl+Fuchs offers a comprehensive portfolio of absolute rotary encoders that provide information for complex control tasks.
Incremental rotary encoders from Pepperl+Fuchs have a very high resolution of up to 50,000 pulses per revolution. By detecting rotation angles and speeds, they enable precise control of rotary movements.
Cable-pull rotary encoders are used for linear position measurement. The modular portfolio from Pepperl+Fuchs offers a wide range of variants—for reliable processes in almost any application.
Only perfectly matched connection and mounting technology ensures optimal integration of rotary encoders. Pepperl+Fuchs offers the right accessories for every installation environment.
Whether high precision, ruggedness, or cost efficiency: the requirements for positioning systems are diverse. To meet these demands perfectly, Pepperl+Fuchs offers a number of solutions and combines the benefits of optical, camera-based, and inductive positioning systems in one portfolio.
With noncontact technology, the patented inductive positioning systems (PMI) are especially rugged. They reliably detect linear positions and angles, even in dusty or dirty environments and where there are extreme temperature fluctuations. With inductive technology, no special target is needed—only a simple, steel actuator element. The result is an unlimited range of applications, e.g., detection of crane boom position or metal part positioning in machine building. The PMI inductive positioning system is available in various designs and can be easily integrated into any application layout.
Distance sensors from Pepperl+Fuchs are based on innovative Pulse Ranging Technology (PRT) and are used for accurately positioning stacker cranes and shuttles. They are an ideal solution for material handling applications that require many articles to be transferred in a short time and for other applications such as those in automotive manufacturing or electroplating. PRT enables the distance sensors to work with high precision. Distance sensors for positioning tasks include the VDM100 and VDM28.
In 1989, Pepperl+Fuchs introduced the WCS position encoding system—the world’s first optical positioning system—and has been continuously improving it ever since. Optical linear positioning systems are used for millimeter-precise detection of the position of shuttle cars and conveyor vehicles. Whether indoors or outdoors, the WCS is resistant to ambient light because of its u-shaped design, and its photoelectric scanning protects against wear.
The PCV, PXV, and safePXV Data Matrix positioning systems from Pepperl+Fuchs use Data Matrix codes for precise positioning. They consist of a 2-D camera system, a read head, and Data Matrix code tape. This unique combination ensures the highest precision and incredibly reliable positioning.
Colored tape for lane tracking, Data Matrix codes for positioning, and control codes for navigation: Position Guided Vision (PGV) is the first and only Data Matrix positioning system that combines these technologies in one device. It is the ideal solution for driverless transport systems. The PGV read head consists of a camera system with a built-in illumination unit and reliably navigates via colored route-tracking tape/paint—even on highly reflective surfaces or around sharp curves.
The optical PHA positioning system has been specially developed for precise positioning in high-bay warehouses. The PHA’s unique camera system uses existing drill holes in rack systems for positioning. This means no additional targets are necessary. With internal illumination and contrast compensation, PHA positions independently of interferences such as dirt, ambient light, or material fatigue. With a temperature range down to -30 °C, PHA can even be used in deep-freeze warehouses.
PAX is a non-contact electronic CAM-Switch Controller and is used with the PMI inductive angle sensor. Easily capture machine shaft position without expensive, time-consuming mechanical cams! Configure up to 14 switch outputs and 6 analog outputs via the intuitive, integrated software.
Whether leveling cranes, monitoring front-loader tilt, or controlling elevators—there are many applications for Pepperl+Fuchs’ inclination and acceleration sensors. They ensure precise measurements, even in harsh conditions. An innovative, two-piece mounting concept makes the F99 series extremely robust: a rugged metal mounting bracket provides the sensor module with impact protection and enables quick and easy replacement of the sensor module if needed. Once installed, the bracket can stay in place without need for new adjustment or calibration. With its corrosion-resistant aluminum housing, the one-piece F199 inclination sensor is just as robust and measures inclination from 0 to 360° with ±0.15° accuracy.
Pepperl+Fuchs’ inclination sensors reliably detect inclination angles in factory automation and mobile equipment applications. They are an ideal solution for leveling mobile work platforms, for instance. The sensor continuously monitors the platform’s incline and indicates when readjustment is necessary.
F99 series acceleration sensors monitor strong vibration and acceleration in plants. This makes them an ideal solution for monitoring a wind turbine installation. When a set mechanical vibration limit is exceeded, the system shuts off to avoid damage.
The IMU F99 inertial measurement unit has been specially developed for inclination and acceleration detection in dynamic applications. It provides 360° measurement along three axes. An intelligent Sensor Fusion Algorithm compensates for external acceleration and opens up new possibilities.
From milling machines to pumps to wind turbines—when condition monitoring of machines and plants is necessary, vibration monitoring products by Pepperl+Fuchs help to prevent unplanned downtimes and to ensure personnel and plant protection.
In any plant where vibrations occur, condition monitoring and predictive maintenance play a crucial role in ensuring personnel and plant protection. The vibration sensors by Pepperl+Fuchs feature a particularly large measuring range capable of measuring vibrations of up to 128 mm/second.
Discover helpful accessories that include a metal conduit and a protective rubber sleeve to protect the vibration sensors from extreme weather conditions.
It is hard to image a time without reliable data flow and transparent communication regarding all production processes. The main objective of industrial communication is to connect all sections of a plant in a single networked system, from the management level right down to the field level. After all, using end-to-end, high-performance data networks increases the availability and efficiency of machines and plants. Pepperl+Fuchs sensors and field devices can be flexibly integrated into existing systems and provide transparent communication and increased productivity.
Today, industrial network communication also allows all business units to be integrated, making it a central component for the availability of data in the Industrial Internet of Things. To enable the reliable and efficient transmission of large quantities of data across all levels, Pepperl+Fuchs offers high-performance, intelligent components—including a full range of AS-Interface system components, a large selection of industrial Ethernet devices, Ethernet IO modules, various IO-Link devices, IO-Link masters, and interfaces.
Industrial Ethernet creates a consistent network infrastructure across all business and production levels. It enables the collision-free and transparent transfer of both real-time and IT data. By using Industrial Ethernet protocols, large quantities of data can be made available reliably and in a predictable transmission time...
The actuator-sensor interface (AS-Interface) replaces conventional wiring technology on the sensor-actuator level. AS-Interface has firmly established itself as a worldwide standard for the cost-effective transfer of power and signals along a single cable. It is an open system and is compatible with all common fieldbus systems...
IO-Link enables seamless communication and digital data transfer from the control level right down to the sensor level. Intelligent devices can be used to their full potential with IO-Link, paving the way for Industry 4.0 in automation technology...
With many years of experience in industrial sensor technology and factory automation, Pepperl+Fuchs is your specialist for identification systems. Identification systems from Pepperl+Fuchs enable more cost-effective information capture in production and logistics, as well as enhanced information quality. You will always be up to date on complete inventories, and will benefit from comprehensive tracking and tracing features. In addition, you can improve controlling material flows. And since you have accurate process data, you can continuously improve processes, setting new standards in terms of delivery and inventory management.
Products from Pepperl+Fuchs allow you to use inductive RFID-systems with 125 kHz (LF) and 13.56 MHz (HF) in the near range. RFID radio systems are available with 865 MHz to 926 MHz (UHF) for larger ranges. These systems feature a broad spectrum of ranges, data transfer rates, and designs, enabling you to implement your requirements as necessary.
Object information is stored as a barcode or a two-dimensional Data Matrix code and is read via laser or digital imaging technology. Barcode and Data Matrix systems are a cost-effective alternative to RFID technology. Pepperl+Fuchs offers a wide range of 1-D and 2-D code readers. The OIT high-temperature IDENT system from Pepperl+Fuchs is a unique product: This system is designed for applications such as drying systems and painting lines. The OIT high-temperature IDENT system uses metal code plates with a hole pattern that are evaluated using industrial imaging technology.
Sensors used in the automation industry transmit a wide range of digital and analog signals. In many counting and control processes, these signals need to be clearly displayed, monitored, or processed. To help you find the perfect solution for such applications, we offer a wide range of counters, process displays, signal converters, and switch amplifiers that are all optimized for use with our sensors. The user-friendliness and durability of our products is always a priority at Pepperl+Fuchs.
Pulse counter units and displays count, measure, and visualize the number of items, produced quantities, and events. Positions, velocities, flow rates, and rotational speeds can also be displayed, controlled, and monitored.
Process displays are the right choice for displaying, controlling, and monitoring analog signals. With large LED displays and clear operating elements, our units are extremely user-friendly.
Signal converters from Pepperl+Fuchs convert sensor signals into the format needed for further process steps. The ability to convert signals increases flexibility within your plant.
Switch amplifiers with different output types are used for secure performance monitoring and evaluation of binary signals. They ensure signal quality, prevent signal noise, and protect against damage caused by overvoltage.
Automation is our world. However varied automation applications may be, requirements placed on connection technology are just as complex. With the connectivity product portfolio, Pepperl+Fuchs offers a fully integrated solution where sensors and connection technology form a perfect match.
This portfolio ranges from sensor cables to field connectors, junction blocks, sensor-actuator splitters, sensor-actuator receptacles, and data connectors. Whether you are at home in mechanical engineering, welding, material handling, mobile applications, or in process industry – by providing you with sensors and the corresponding connection components from a single source, we boost your productivity and increase the availability of your machines and plants.
At the center of our sensor connection portfolio is the internationally established M8 and M12 connection technology, optimized by Pepperl+Fuchs. Different cable sheathings (e.g. PVC, PUR, PUR Automotive, POC for welding areas), lengths, additional connection types (M23, 1/2", 7/8”), UL approval, and optional LEDs and sheathing colors enable individualized sensor cables. These tailor-made solutions are ideally suited to withstand the mechanical and chemical strain of your industrial application.
Field connectors give you the flexibility you need to craft the ideal cable length directly on site. Consequently, the focus of our field connector portfolio is on quick installation while at the same time giving you long-term stability for challenging environments. Field connectors are made from metal or plastic and feature M8, M12, and several other common threading types. They are available in straight or angled housing design, with screw or IDC connection, shielded or unshielded.
M8 and M12 junction blocks combine robustness with reduced installation effort. They feature a sturdy, fully encapsulated housing in accordance with IP68, are 100% tested, and absolutely reliable in the field. As the trunk cable provides both power supply and signal transmission, our junction blocks drastically reduce the number of terminal blocks, cable glands, and terminal boxes needed in the field. You benefit from modular, flexible, pluggable solutions.
Sensor-actuator splitters are built in a fixed (Y- or T-piece) or flexible (Y-cable) housing. Combined with our junction blocks, these splitters make it possible to cost-effectively and easily wire a large number of sensors and actuators. Additionally, they offer an economical solution to loop-through bus signals with minimal cabling effort. Sensor-actuator splitters are built in robust, fully encapsulated IP68 housings and are cURus certified, allowing international use.
Valve connectors for industrial applications have to meet many demands regarding quality and flexibility. The operational temperature range, degree of protection, and resistance against oils and greases are as relevant as the right combination of housing design, pole number, noise suppression, and cable type. Our portfolio of DIN EN 175301-803 valve connectors gives you a diverse combination of options that can fill nearly every application requirement.
Pepperl+Fuchs offers a wide range of sensor-actuator receptacles with metal or plastic housing, different numbers of poles, and different mounting threads. They are in accordance with IP67/68 and available for three different mechanical installation conditions: front panel mounting, positionable front panel mounting, and rear panel mounting. This way, we can provide you with the right solution for every housing design.
Our broad portfolio of data connectors covers almost any type of industrial interface – from Ethernet, DeviceNet, PROFIBUS, CANopen, and INTERBUS, to USB and RS-232. For Industrial Ethernet, ready-made M12 and RJ45 components with highly durable PUR sheathings are available. For PROFIBUS, CANopen, and DeviceNet, ready-made M12 connectors are available, as well as T-pieces and Y-cables, which serve as passive connecting elements. To terminate the bus line, integrated terminators can be purchased in M12 and SUB-D housing designs.
Small form-factor pluggable (SFP) transceiver from Pepperl+Fuchs are ideally suited for use with managed Ethernet Switches. They are not affected by electromagnetic radiation and enable efficient data transfer at Faster Ethernet or Gigabit speeds across long distances up to 120 km.
Available in practical 100-meter rings as well as in small running lengths, Pepperl+Fuchs offers bulk raw cable of industrial quality from German and European cable production, which is ideally suited for use with field-assembled connectors. You can choose from different raw cables variants for use in both indoor and outdoor applications.
Pepperl+Fuchs offers many types of accessories for mounting and connecting all sensor types. These accessories not only save time during initial installation – they also save time and labor when sensors have to be serviced or replaced. And when demanding ambient conditions are present, the right accessory from Pepperl+Fuchs can also significantly increase the operating life of your sensor components.
Software packages facilitate configuration, parameterization and operation of several Pepperl+Fuchs products. PACTwareTM is a manufacturer and fieldbus-independent configuraton tool based on a standardized interface and device-specific Device Type Managers, or DTMs for short. Looking for DTMs for certain products? You will find them in our DTM Collections.
Microsoft .NET and other sofware utilities are located under Software Tools. They are also linked to the specific product on the individal product information pages on our website.