Baumer Releases Super Slim Inductive Sensor with 12 mm Object Detection

August 04, 2023 by Stephanie Leonida

Baumer sets out to eliminate boundaries incurred by lack of installation space and improve application flexibility with its new, extremely thin inductive sensor.

Baumer announces the release of its super-slim inductive sensor. The new IF250 is posited to be the flattest sensor yet developed and comes with an object detection distance of up to 12 mm. Headquartered in Switzerland, Baumer is globally recognized as a developer and producer of high-performance sensors, motion control, and vision systems. Compared to its predecessors—comprised generally of cylindrical sensors—the IF250 is designed to save space for installation with a flat construction of 6 mm and unlock new application pathways.

Baumer IF250 sensor

The IF250 features a compact, highly slim form with the ability to detect objects at a distance of up to 12 mm. Image used courtesy of Baumer


Induction Sensors

In the context of industrial automation, induction sensors work as proximity sensors, identifying an object's presence or absence without making contact. In assembly lines and material handling systems, they are also used for monitoring, counting, and object detection. Additionally, the IF250 can be used for speed and rotation detection, as the device’s induction sensors give information on the rotational behavior of components. The IF250 also supports accurate position monitoring in robots and CNC machines and can act as metal detectors for quality assurance and security applications. These sensors are also employed for tank and container level measurement. Induction sensors allow precise process control, monitoring, and optimization.


Cylindrical vs. Flat Induction Sensors 

As opposed to a typical cylindrical sensor, there are several benefits to using a flat induction sensor. The device’s compact size makes it ideal for applications in confined places without the use of additional mounting hardware. The IF250’s flat structure and flexible mounting options provide users with innovative and adaptable installation solutions.

Targets can also be detected more accurately using flat induction sensors. This style of device can identify targets and objects with greater accuracy and precision than cylindrical sensors because they have a larger sensing surface. The broader sensing area reduces the likelihood of missed targets and increases the likelihood of successful detection. Flat induction sensors are frequently built with endurance in mind, making them resilient to impact vibrations, and mechanical forces. Suited for hazardous environments, flat induction sensors a durable and can withstand exposure to water, dust, and other impurities.


Inductive Sensor Apllication

An example application of an inductive sensor being used to detect the position and speed of a rotating gear. Image used courtesy of Baumer


Application Flexibility and Safety

The application flexibility of the IF250 induction sensor allows for a variety of installation options. Its small size makes it ideal for locations with limited space and is designed to provide more seamless integration into various systems. Concerning safety, customers can safely install the IF250 at a long distance from the target object, protecting mission-critical applications. 

Additionally, the use of metal casings increases the sensor's toughness and offers protection against any potential damage. This resilience is especially helpful in industrial environments where there may be mechanical strains, vibrations, or worse. Baumer provides a sensor mounting kit that offers a simplified, efficient, and secure mounting configuration.

Two variations of the IF250 induction sensor are offered: one with a digital input/output (IO)-Link interface for measuring and a proximity switch with positive-negative-positive (PNP) or negative-positive-negative (NPN) output. The IO-Link interface does away with the requirement for shielded wires and high-quality A/D converter cards. It offers detailed diagnostic data, including switching cycles, temperature, and histograms. Due to its extremely flat shape, the IF250 is ideal for installations with limited space, such as lifts, doors, and assembly and handling duties like metal carrier identification.


Flat Inductors Offer Great Utility and Space Savings

Flat induction sensors have several benefits including their compact design, increased flexibility, durability, greater target detecting capabilities, cost-effectiveness, as well as a wide range of application options.

The IF250 induction sensor has been designed to serve as a durable and adaptable option for both retrofit projects and new deployments across a variety of industrial applications thanks to its compact size, robust metal-sleeve construction, and accessible mounting kit.