Miniature Proximity Sensors detect all metals from 3 mm away.

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Available in 8 mm dia models with barrel lengths as short as 35 mm, X-Series Pile Driver(TM) Extended Range Inductive Sensors have 100% stainless steel housings. Miniature sensors deliver 3 mm sensing range and feature single-piece machined barrel that is fully embeddable in steel. Black Armor(TM)-coated, weld-immune models are available to repel slag particles, and pig-tail connect versions feature integral high-visibility power supply and target presence LEDs.



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Get Unrivaled Sensing Range and Durability with New Miniature Extended Range Proximity Sensors from Pepperl+Fuchs



All-stainless steel 8mm X-Series Pile Driver(TM) extended range sensors deliver precise target control and highly reliable operation in harsh applications prone to target impact and abrasion

TWINSBURG, OH - Pepperl+Fuchs X-Series Pile Driver(TM) Extended Range Inductive Sensors are now available in 8mm diameter models. With barrel lengths as short as 35mm, these miniature sensors deliver a 3mm sensing range - 50 percent more range than is available from larger competitive 12mm diameter models. As a result, 8mm diameter extended range Pile Driver sensors eliminate the need to sacrifice sensing range or durability. Like all Pile Driver sensors, its robust, single-piece machined barrel is fully embeddable in steel making it an ideal sensing solution for the toughest metalforming and welding applications.

100% stainless steel housings deliver durability more than 20 times that of the competition's brass and plastic housings, and Black Armor(TM) coated weld-immune models are available to repel even the hottest slag particles. Pig-tail connect versions feature integral high visibility power supply and target presence LEDs. X-Series Pile Driver extended range sensors are also available in 12mm, 18mm and 30mm diameters to deliver sensing ranges of 5mm, 10mm or 15mm - up to 2.5 times longer range than traditional inductive sensors.

"An inductive proximity sensor's detection range is a function of its size. Larger styles inherently offer longer sensing ranges than smaller, less powerful models. When selecting a proximity sensor, smaller versions aren't typically chosen due to their limited sensing range," says Marcel Ulrich, Product Manager, Pepperl+Fuchs. "Instead, restricted mounting space often forces machine designers to reluctantly accommodate the limited distance. The drawback to short sensing distances is clear; a closely mounted, loose-tolerance target is more likely to impact and damage the sensor, causing downtime. Additionally, loose or irregularly-shaped targets can also generate erroneous part counts as they enter and exit the sensing field."

X-Series Pile Driver's extended sensing field is a big benefit in automotive manufacturing applications, as it enables reliable detection of irregularly shaped contours, and increased sensor-to-target distances help eliminate contact-related scuffing of "Class A" hood, door and trunk surfaces. Weld-immune models are uniquely capable of providing long range part detection with full immunity to both AC and DC weld fields, and repelling weld splatter.

"X-Series Pile Driver's have an up-front cost that is only 35-40% higher than a traditional plastic-faced sensor. So if a sensing application averages even one contact-related failure per year, the X-Series Pile Driver will more than pay for itself in reduced sensor replacement costs and inventory, and increased machine uptime and throughput," says Ulrich.

X-Series Pile Driver's can detect all metals. Advanced circuitry enables restriction-free mounting while delivering the highest available immunity to the effects of industrial noise and temperature extremes. Unlike traditional inductive sensors that are limited to IP67/68 protection, X-Series Pile Driver sensors are IP69k-rated to withstand high pressure washdown cleaning.

Pepperl+Fuchs is a world leader in the design, manufacture and application of high quality factory and process automation products and services. Pepperl+Fuchs pioneered the development of proximity sensors 50 years ago, and has set the standard for innovation and quality ever since.

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