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Ultrasonic position sensors with IO-Link

24 September 2019

ifm electronic's M30 range of ultrasonic position sensors with IO-Link are designed for applications where continuous level measurement and object detection for bulk materials or liquids applications are required.

The ifm M30 range includes sensors such as the UIT501, one of six options for continuous level measurement and object detection. These can cover a sensing distance to 8m. Among key features is the ability to adjust the width of sound beam via IO-Link which also helps users prepare for Industry 4.0. 

ifm believes the sensors will be particularly appreciated in level measurement applications where space is very limited and where unwanted reflections on the inside of the tank result in faulty measurements. Thanks to the IO-Link, the sound beam can be set individually, depending on the application. Other features and benefits include a vibrating sound transducer which reduces the risk of dirt deposit, and a robust stainless steel housing.

Settings and control for the UIT501 is via pushbutton or IO-Link, with M12 connection; output is PNP+4 / 20mA and they have a protection rating of IP67.

Accessory options include stainless steel angle bracket, USB IO-Link master for parameter settings and analysis of units, along with supported communication protocols; IO-Link (4.8, 38.4 and 230kBit/s).