New Ceramic Caps are Suitable for Welding Applications

Press Release Summary:

Baluff’s Ceramic Caps are designed to protect flush mount sensors from high temperatures, weld spatter, abrasives and impact. These caps can be installed with M8, M12, M18, and M30 sizes. The units increase the sensor life and minimize downtime by offering protection to the face of the sensor in harsh environments. Ceramic Caps are suitable for flush-mount and cylindrical-style inductive proximity sensors.

Original Press Release:

Ceramic Caps Provide Protection and Extend Sensor Life

Balluff presents simple solution to long-time problem

Florence, KY (July 27, 2018): Balluff's newest ceramic caps extend sensor life and minimize downtime by providing a layer of needed protection to the face of sensors in harsh conditions. The caps, which can be added easily before or after installation, protect flush mount sensors from high temperatures, weld spatter, abrasives, and impact.

Often made of aluminum and magnesium/aluminum alloys, which decreases weight but also reduces sensing capabilities, sensors are being placed in tight proximity to the parts being monitored — and right in harm's way. The face of the sensor is the most vulnerable area and when the face gets damaged, the sensor will start to misread or stop working entirely. The addition of a ceramic cap can help prevent this damage and, therefore, extend the life of the sensor and minimize downtime.

"These caps look simple but can go a long way in increasing machine uptime and productivity while reducing MRO consumption and, overall, improving that uptime picture in manufacturing," said Dave Bird, Balluff sales champion. "Flush mount sensors can take a beating and start to degrade, but the addition of a rugged ceramic cap can save a lot of heartburn on the manufacturing floor. It is an easy solution to a difficult problem."

The ceramic caps:

• Increase sensor life

• Withstand high temperatures, weld spatter and abrasives

• Are ideal for welding applications

• Install easily with M8, M12, M18, and M30 sizes available

The ceramic caps provide end protection for flush-mount and cylindrical-style inductive proximity sensors. The caps can simply be threaded in place to protect the most vulnerable area of a cylindrical bodied sensor — where the face meets the barrel. The caps are compatible with any brand of sensor.

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About Balluff Inc.: 

Balluff Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of Balluff GmbH, Neuhausen, Germany. Balluff is a leading supplier of networked IO-Link control system architectures that unlock the potential of the IIoT and Industry 4.0. Balluff offers a wide range of intelligent IO-Link and industrial Ethernet sensors in a variety of technologies including inductive, photoelectric, capacitive, and magnetic as well as magnetostrictive linear position sensors, magnetic tape linear encoders, industrial RFID systems, and industrial vision systems. Balluff provides cost-saving, process-enhancing solutions to machine builders and manufacturers to control, regulate, automate, assemble, position, and monitor manufacturing, assembly, and packaging sequences. Industries served include: automotive, packaging, food processing, beverages, tire, primary metals, conventional and alternative energy, semiconductor, plastics, and fluid power.

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