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    Here you will find further information about the sensors of different brands that we offer. Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions.

    What are sensors?

    Sensors are technical components that can detect physical or chemical properties such as: Temperature, brightness, humidity, pressure and the material composition of its environment can be qualitatively or quantitatively recorded. These quantities are detected by means of physical or chemical effects and converted into electrical signals. For measurement technology, DIN 1319-1 also uses the term measurand transducer. Sensors can be classified according to size and production technology as well as according to application and purpose. Sensors are divided into passive and active sensors according to their mode of action when transforming the variables.

    In technology, sensors play an important role in automated processes as signal transmitters. The values or states detected by them are processed, usually electrically and electronically amplified, in the associated control system, which triggers corresponding further steps. In recent years, this subsequent signal processing has also increasingly been carried out in the sensor. Such sensors contain a microprocessor or a microsystem and possess intelligence, which is why they are also referred to as smart sensors.

    Further information about Balluff sensors

    Balluff GmbH develops, produces and distributes an extensive range of sensors for manufacturing automation. Balluff sensors are used worldwide in mechanical engineering and automotive production. The Balluff GmbH product range includes electromechanical limit switches, inductive proximity sensors, electromechanical switching mechanisms, optoelectronic sensors, linear and rotary displacement transducers, inductive identification systems and bus-compatible sensors.


    Inductive sensors

    Balluff inductive sensors are used for controlling, regulating, automating, positioning and monitoring work processes. They are robust sensors that detect the presence of a metal part.

    They operate without contact and have an electronic output, i.e. they are wear-free.



    Balluff’s comprehensive range of optical sensors is used in a wide variety of applications in robotics, automation, assembly and handling. Each series has its focus and is an excellent specialist in its field of application.

    In addition to cylindrical designs from M12 to M30 made of metal, stainless steel and plastic, Balluff offers numerous versions in cubic housings made of plastic or metal in almost all sizes with different functions and performance data.

    Magnetic field sensors

    Magnetic field sensitive sensors react to an external magnetic field. Their main field of application is the sensing of piston positions in pneumatic cylinders. Depending on the design, the sensor has a housing made of polyamide, PBTP, GF-reinforced or, in the case of the weld-resistant versions, anodized aluminum.


    Capacitive sensors

    Capacitive sensors evaluate the change in capacitance caused by the penetration of an object into the electric field of a capacitor. It follows that the capacitive sensor detects not only metals but also non-conductors, provided that their dielectric constant is sufficiently large. Appropriately dimensioned, the capacitive sensor is also able to see through certain non-metallic materials.


    Mechanical sensors

    Electromechanical sensors are electromechanical position switches as well as switching mechanisms with electromechanical and inductive switching elements. They serve as non-contacting command transmitters of automatic controls for positioning and limit switching on machine tools, flexible manufacturing centers, robots, assembly and conveying equipment, in the automotive industry and in general mechanical and plant engineering.


    Micropulse displacement transducer

    Balluff Micropulse displacement transducers in profile housing are an alternative to linear displacement transducers, e.g. potentiometers, glass scales and LVDT, due to their constructive design, high protection class and easy mounting. The measuring section is protected in an extruded aluminum profile. The measuring point is marked on the measuring section by a passive position transducer without contact and without power supply.


    Identification systems (RFID)

    Balluff Identification Systems BIS are indispensable helpers in coping with the flood of information in modern manufacturing operations. The right data in the right place at the right time: this requirement is consistently met by the integration of BIS. The code carrier stores all information that is available on demand at any decision point.


    Remote systems

    The use of remote systems is a proven solution wherever hardwired sensors cannot be used, e.g. on rotary tables and replaceable punch heads. The sensors follow the movement of the machine parts on which they are mounted. The sensors are wired to the transmitter.



    In computer-controlled manufacturing, the flow of materials and information are inextricably linked. This consistent coupling is necessary today for flexibility and efficiency in automation. BUS systems guarantee a reliable exchange of information between material flow and data processing for all areas of production in which material is moved.



    Balluff offers an extensive range of accessories.

    • Clamp holder
    • Mounting bracket
    • Fixed stops
    • Connectors
    • Holding systems / Mounting systems
    • Mounting clamps
    • Clamping brackets
    • Accessories for Optosensors
    • Accessories for Micropulse displacement transducers
    • Electrical devices
    • Accessories for magnetic field sensors
    • Accessories for analog displacement sensors
    Further information about Bernstein sensors

    Inductive sensors

    Bernstein inductive sensors are used for controlling, regulating, automating, positioning and monitoring work processes. In principle, an inductive proximity switch consists of four functional groups: a coil, an oscillator, a threshold switch and a switching output stage with short-circuit protection.


    Capacitive sensors

    Capacitive proximity switches detect conductive and non-conductive materials that may be in a solid or liquid state. They are used for level measurement in containers, content checking on filling and packaging equipment, detection, positioning, monitoring and counting of objects, e.g. on sequential controls, conveyor and roller belts.


    Magnetic sensors

    As a further addition to the electromechanical magnetic switch program, Bernstein offers electronic variants based on the Hall and magnetoresistive principle. Electromechanical and electronic magnetic switches have special characteristics that ensure optimum use in the environmental conditions for which they are designed.

    The electronic variants are characterized by improved mechanical properties (extreme insensitivity to vibration, shock or impact) and are absolutely wear-free. The “classic” electromechanical magnetic switches are extremely reliable due to the use of a single “active” component (reed contact) and offer universal application possibilities due to their universal current capability and low acquisition costs.

    Inclination sensors

    Tilt switches and tilt sensors are increasingly being used in the construction machinery, agricultural engineering, commercial vehicle technology and industrial trucks sectors. With inclination sensors, position data such as inclination angles can be recorded and evaluated via an analog output.


    Optoelectric sensors

    The optoelectronic sensors from BERNSTEIN basically differ in the three different function or operating modes:

    • Through-beam sensors
    • Retro-reflective photoelectric sensors
    • Retro-reflective sensors.

    The sensors are designated as “Photoelectric Proximity Switches” in EN 60947-5-2 and are CE compliant. The use of the systems depends primarily on the application and all associated boundary conditions.


    Optoelectrical safety components

    Carelessness is human – all too human. That is why protective devices from Bernstein offer reliable protection for operating personnel against dangerous machines in production environments. The best examples are the non-contact safety light curtains and safety multi-beam light grids. These ensure barrier-free access, which is indispensable for efficient production processes.

    Further information about Contrinex sensors

    Contrinex is a leading manufacturer of inductive and photoelectric sensors. The Swiss company, headquartered in Givisiez, has a unique product range whose performance characteristics far exceed those of standard sensors.

    Since its foundation in 1972, Contrinex has grown from a one-man operation to a small multinational group of companies with over 500 employees worldwide. However, the company continues to focus exclusively on the development, manufacture and distribution of sensor technology for industrial applications.

    Contrinex is considered a specialist for:

    • Inductive sensors
    • Capacitive sensors
    • Photoelectric sensors
    • Ultrasonic sensors
    • RFID
    Further information about the sensors from Pepperl + Fuchs

    Inductive sensors

    For the safe, contactless detection of metallic objects up to a distance of 100 mm, the inductive sensors are the right technical and economical solution. Inductive sensors are used millions of times in all areas of automation technology. The combinations of designs and electrical performance characteristics are unlimited.


    Capacitive sensors

    • Capacitive sensors detect metallic objects as well as almost all other materials and are used in many applications, such as for direct level or flow monitoring
    • Capacitive sensors cylindrical in M12, M18, M30 in plastic or stainless steel cylinder design
    • Capacitive sensors square; with only 5 mm height or up to size (80 mmx 80 mm x 40 mm) and 40 mm switching distance
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    Magnet sensors

    The delivery program of magnetic sensors includes the M12 size for standard applications for the detection of magnets. Furthermore we offer a non-contact solution in IP67 protection for the position detection of pistons in steel cylinders, where no drilling in the cylinder is necessary.


    Ultrasonic sensors

    In all applications where environmental influences such as dust, smoke or steam affect the sensors, ultrasonic sensors are the best solution for non-contact position and distance measurement. Objects made of a wide variety of materials can be detected with millimeter accuracy, regardless of shape and color.

    The ultrasonic sensor uses very high-frequency sound pulses, inaudible to humans, as information carriers. The transit time of the sound between the ultrasonic sensor and the object is the measure of the distance or position. Ultrasonic sensors have proven their reliability and accuracy time and again, especially in the wood and furniture industry, the building materials industry, but also on agricultural machinery, construction machinery or in applications for level detection.

    Further information about TURCK sensors

    For factory automation, TURCK offers market-leading solutions for your requirements, from RFID systems to sensor and fieldbus technology to connection technology. In process automation, too, TURCK offers you a complete range with consistent asset management functionality in the areas of fieldbus technology, remote I/O and interface technology.

    • Inductive sensors
    • Capacitive sensors
    • Magnetic field sensors
    • Photoelectric sensors
    • Rotary displacement sensors
    • Temperature sensors
    • Inductive linear position sensors
    • Ultrasonic sensors
    • Flow sensors
    • Weld nut sensors
    • Magnetostrictive displacement sensors
    • Inductive angle sensors
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