Discrete and analog sensors are critical for automating any machine or process. A wide range of reliable, low-cost sensors detects position, speed, proximity, pressure, temperature, level, flow, current and voltage.
A common function of a control system is detecting the presence of an object, or measuring a process variable. Sensors and sensing technologies are available to satisfy a wide range of usages, environments and accuracies needed in industrial and commercial applications.
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For your motion control applications, use these optical and capacitive encoders with our PLC high-speed input modules, servos, or Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) that accept encoder feedback.
Inductive sensors detect metallic objects. IP69K sensors are rated for harsh duty (food grade) applications; new metal face and rectangular proximity sensors offer more options.
Magnetic proximity sensors are used for non-contact object detection. They offer very long sensing ranges in a small package, and can detect magnetic objects through walls of non-ferrous metal, stainless steel, aluminum, plastic or wood.
Capacitive sensors detect both metal and non-metal objects, and can sense through insulating materials such as wood or plastic. They are often used to detect fill levels of liquids, pellets, and powders through container walls.
Photoelectric, laser, fiber optic and fork sensors allow non-contact detection of objects using red or infrared light, or lasers. Color and contrast sensors are also available.
Ultrasonic proximity sensors are ideal for applications in which the sensed object is made of clear, transparent or varying surface color materials.
Linear position sensors attach to an object or piece of machinery and translate the linear position to an electrical signal proportional to the linear displacement of the object. Available linear position sensors include:
Gefran inclination sensors use MEMS technology to provide reliable tilt angle measurement with respect to gravity. These encapsulated IP67/69K rated sensors are shock and vibration resistant, suitable for use in the harshest environments.
Limit switches are one of the most common presence sensing devices used in industrial controls, activated when an object makes physical contact with the actuator.
Our limit switches feature the most popular actuator styles:
Specialty switches include:
Area sensors are multi-beam arrays of photoelectric sensors used to detect presence anywhere within the controlled height of the sensor array. These sensors are perfect for detecting various sized and shaped objects at random positions as they pass through the (2D) target area.
ProSense pressure switches and pressure sensors are designed to monitor system pressure in hydraulic and pneumatic applications and vacuum systems.
Temperature switches, sensors, transmitters, thermowells, and thermocouples provide accurate temperature monitoring and control.
Level sensors monitor the level of liquids, pellets, powders, and other similar products in tanks and process systems.
Flow switches, transmitters, flow meters, thermal flow sensors and vortex flow sensors monitor liquid media and provide reliable flow detection.
Vibration sensors help avoid unplanned downtime by providing vibration monitoring of typical industrial machinery for implementing predictive maintenance strategies. ProSense vibration sensors measure the RMS vibration velocity of the device to which it is attached.
Current and voltage sensors, used for voltage and current monitoring, logging, or proof-of-operation applications, provide discrete or analog output signals compatible with most PLCs, data loggers, and SCADA systems.
Ground fault sensors help protect people, products, and processes from damage that can be caused by ground fault conditions.
Using discrete I/O, analog inputs and/or Modbus RTU communication, the STRIDE Pocket Portal connects industrial assets including sensors, meters, and Modbus RTU-capable devices to the cloud for data monitoring and control.
STRIDE® Pocket Portal IoT Bridge offers an end-to-end solution for small-count remote data collection.