FESTO FACTORY AUTOMATION - SENSORS
Proximity sensors are used for binary feedback of the piston position of pneumatic drives. They are sensors that detect the magnetic field of the piston magnet via a magnetic field or reed contact. They are mounted in the required switching position in the cylinder's T-slot or C-slot and output a standardised 24 V switching signal when the magnetic field of the piston is detected. The range of switches covers all standard applications and also provides solutions for specific industry segments. The strength of the piston's magnetic field and the sensor slot geometry are not standardised in the market. Any cylinder manufacturer can freely select both.
Festo develops both cylinders and cylinder sensors and can therefore safely and reliably design the proximity switches for its own drives.
Position sensors are position transmitters that are used universally. In addition, complex or programmable solutions are available as position sensors and can only be used for the drives for which they have been optimised. Another product segment is encoders. They are required predominantly for servo-pneumatics and are used with certain servo-pneumatic closed-loop controllers.
Pressure and vacuum sensors
Festo pressure and vacuum sensors are designed for sensing all pressure values: programmable or as a modular product. For example, pressure sensor SPAN is optimally priced and in a modular system. The pressure and vacuum switch SPAN is the low-cost alternative for simple and fast pressure control. It offers impressive compressed air, control points and vacuum detection, and object detection via backpressure.
The signal converter converts analogue signals into digital switching signals. A connection to the higher-level system is established via switching outputs or an IO-Link® interface. The switching outputs can be configured to monitor a threshold value, signal range or signal change.
Air gap sensors
The control module provides a compressed air preparation that is adapted to the supply pressure of the sensor module, as well as the functionality for switching. Features include a control module (optional), sensor module (max. 4 modules permitted in combination with control module), plug for electrical connection and fastening slides.