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Baumer Factor 1 inductive sensors provide precise material handling solutions

Baumer has developed a range of Factor 1 inductive sensors that are designed to boost the accuracy of material handling systems tasked with detecting a variety of metals with a high degree of accuracy. These material handling solutions not only deliver object positioning within one micron of accuracy but also detect imperfections with ferromagnetic and non-ferrous parts at the same time. PIF finds out more about Baumer’s cutting edge sensors.

Inductive sensors very often form the basis for the reliable control of machines and systems. In applications where non-ferrous metals such as aluminium need to be detected at the same working distance as steel, Factor 1 inductive sensors are the ideal material handling solutions.

Baumer offers a unique selection of Factor 1 inductive sensors in switching and measuring versions. The contactless proximity switches operate with a switching frequency of up to 3 kHz. Inductive distance sensors with an analogue output signal, enable the positioning of an object within one micron accuracy, as well as the detection of imbalance, wear, deformation or material expansion.

Factor 1 sensors for the ultimate material handling system

Factor 1 senses at a consistently high range of eight millimetres for the measuring version and as much as ten millimetres for the switching version – regardless of whether the object to be detected is ferromagnetic structural steel, stainless steel or aluminium.

This is practical and simplifies the design when parts made of different metals need to be processed on the same material handling system. Even when only one material is to be processed, especially with non-ferrous metals or non-ferromagnetic metals, a Factor 1 sensor is a reliable choice.

While the measuring or switching distance is reduced by up to 70 percent with conventional sensors, Factor 1 sensors with their larger measuring range can be mounted further away, reducing the risk of damage.

Ultra-precise material handling solutions

In the popular M18 size, Baumer offers a Factor 1 sensor with an analogue output which provides a voltage of 0 to 10 volts, depending on the measured distance. This enables the sensor to detect imbalances in rotating parts or deviations in the material thickness of metal parts, up to a distance of 8 mm.

No other inductive sensor on the market offers this precision in conjunction with the advantages of Factor 1 technology. Thanks to the comprehensive adjustment options through the teach input, the user can adapt the output curve to his requirements, for example by defining a rising or falling curve.

Baumer offers Factor 1 sensors in sizes from 6.5 mm to M18, with a maximum switching distance of 10 mm. The measuring version with a measuring range of 8 mm is currently available in size M18.

About Baumer

The Baumer Group is one of the worldwide leading manufacturers of sensors, encoders, measuring instruments and components for automated image-processing. As an owner-managed family business, Baumer employs around 2,700 workers worldwide in 38 subsidiaries and 19 countries.

Baumer’s customers include small, highly specialised plant and machine construction companies, large industrial enterprises and groups of companies operating at global level. Baumer claims has been a leader in their field, both In Europe and worldwide, for more than 60 years.

For more information on The Baumer Group and their products, visit their website https://www.baumer.com/gb/en/

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