What Is A Festo Proximity Sensor?

What Is A Festo Proximity Sensor

Festo proximity sensors are some of the best on the market. As Festo Technical Distributors we offer their complete catalogue through our online store. A proximity sensor detects the location and distance of adjacent objects. They are used in many applications, including car parking sensors, computer circuit boards and smart phones – but in our context they also play an important role in hydraulic and pneumatic systems.

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There are upwards of 15 types of proximity sensor and many subdivisions of each type, the difference being the component’s sensing mechanism. Each sensor generates an electromagnetic field and then senses changes in that field to extrapolate the position, distance and relative movement of an object. The field itself may be magnetic – in the case of magnetic proximity fuses – or the result of infrared radiation, ultrasound or sonar. Photoelectric and laser beams are used by some models. Each sensor operates over a nominal range, which varies by model and application.

Types Of Festo Sensor

Pneumatic proximity sensors are cylindrical closed valves that are used to detect stroke positions on pneumatic pistons. The Festo range includes SME, SMT and SMBR cylinder sensors suitable for a variety of pneumatic systems.

The sensors are electrically powered and are available with a variety of cord lengths, electrical connections and insulation voltages from 50 to 250 V. Connector exits can be lateral or vertical. Different sensors are compatible with C slot and T slot systems, as well as semi-rotary drive technologies.

Please request a catalogue for further details. Our stock of more than 50,000 industrial products includes the complete Festo range of cylinder sensors, mountings, tubes, fittings and pneumatic cylinders.

Advantages Of Buying Festo Sensors

Using Festo sensors and mountings provides a greater level of automation and efficiency for pneumatic systems. Festo are market leaders because of their reputation for reliability and innovation. Some of the advantages of using Festo components are:

  • Faster cycle times
  • Increased process control
  • Less downtime
  • Compatibility with all Festo drive units
  • Secure fittings and mountings
  • Good shock and vibration resistance – no risk of loosening, which can lead to switch errors

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For more information on our products and how Festo technology can help improve the accuracy, productivity and positional feedback in pneumatic systems, please get in touch with one of our team today. You can also download our free e-book: How To Minimise Downtime & Maintenance in the Pneumatic Systems by clicking here.