Protect Your Sensors – Implement the 3-Step Process

When installing sensors into a harsh environment, for example a weld cell application, protecting the sensor is a crucial step in the installation process.  These sensors are exposed to extreme heat, weld slag and sometimes impact.  In order to reduce sensor usage, the sensor needs to be protected from the harsh area of exposure.  This can be achieved by using a complete sensor protection method that includes proper sensor selection such as sensors that have a weld slag resistant coating, proper mounting and cable protection.  If you follow these steps the end result will be longer sensor life.

  • Step 1
    • Identify form factor (size of sensor)
    • Output polarity (DC 3wire PNP, NPN etc.)
    • Identify special sensor characteristics (Slag resistant coating, SteelFace, F1 etc.)
  • Step 2
    • Select your mechanical protection system (ProxMount etc.)
  • Step 3
    • TPE cable
    • WeldRepel tubing and wrap

So, by simply implementing the three step total solution into your harsh or extreme application you can protect and lengthen the life of the sensors and cables providing less downtime. For more information on the total solution, check out this whitepaper on Increasing Sensor Life and Production Productivity.

Protect your sensors

Total Solution

About Shawn Day

Balluff Inc. Market Manager ~ Object Detection
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3 Responses to Protect Your Sensors – Implement the 3-Step Process

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  2. Pete Marin says:

    Mounting block shown is a nice and simple solution to a common sensor malfunction problem that decreases plant production. Failures caused by damaged sensors cannot protect expensive tooling, send any type of part present signal or detect open / closed positions.
    The cost of the above sensor mount shouldn’t even be a factor.

    • Shawn Day says:

      Hello Pete,

      Thanks for your reply!

      You are absolutely correct. At the end of day it’s all about protecting the tooling and parts. If the sensor is protected from damage it can perform its intended function time after time.

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