Reliable sensing for industrial machinery in harsh environments
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Posted to News on 21st Jun 2024, 12:05

Reliable sensing for industrial machinery in harsh environments

SICK has unveiled the latest in its extensive product range with the IMG inductive sensor, designed specifically to provide stable detection in harsh environments. With machinery manufacturers and system integrators increasingly being called out to sites to carry out minor maintenance and repairs, the reliability, robustness and repeatability of components is crucial.

Reliable sensing for industrial machinery in harsh environments

As rising skills and labour shortages continue to affect the manufacturing industry, particularly among maintenance technicians, OEMs and equipment suppliers are receiving more requests for site visits from field service engineers. Ensuring parts are robust and reliable can reduce the burden on equipment suppliers, as well as enhancing their reputation by preventing costly stoppages.

SICK's IMG inductive proximity sensor for metal detection is designed specifically for industrial machines that require precise switching points and a high level of repeatability in harsh environments. For example, IMG sensors are perfect for the machine tooling industry, where they can be used for detection of tool turret position, tool detection on the turret or to determine the lock/unlock position of the turret.

Part of SICK's wide range of industrial sensors, the robust mechanical design of the IMG family of sensors delivers stable and repeatable detection at what SICK describes as a highly competitive price point. In addition, SICK sensors come with fast order times and can be customised to suit customers' specific design requirements.

The SICK IMG inductive sensor family operates in environments where many inductive sensors fail to perform. Suitable for end position and home position detection, as well as simple speed detection tasks, the robust device is impervious to shocks, vibration, oil, cooling lubricants, and weather effects such as rain, snow, mud and frost.

Machine manufacturers looking for the highest levels of consistency, longevity and reliability from their components can benefit from sensors across SICK's extensive range, which includes inductive, capacitive and magnetic sensors designed specifically for use in harsh environments.

SICK sensor technology experts are always on hand to work with design teams and engineers to ensure they identify the right sensor to meet customers' specific needs. Machinery manufacturers can also work with SICK sensor specialists to customise or modify sensors to suit their specific machine.

SICK UK Market Product Manager for Presence Detection, David Hannaby, says: "IMG combines robustness and stable detection in a great value product. We know that industrial machinery manufacturers are experiencing added pressures as a result of labour and skills shortages in manufacturing, including additional callouts. The tough IMG sensor family is designed for machines operating in harsh environments where reliability and stable detection is critical.

"IMG is already available in countless variations, but at SICK we want our customers to achieve the optimal performance from our products. That's why, rather than designing to fit our sensors, our experts can work with your engineering and design teams to provide you with samples and help you select and modify the best-possible sensors for your needs."


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