Smart Inductive Sensors Maintain Optimized Cycle Times In Pneumatic Cylinder Systems Without Increasing Complexity Or Cost


Industrial equipment designers continually seek ways to reduce cycle times without compromising safety or increasing cost. Engineers require a monitoring capability for pneumatic cylinders that identifies deviations from the optimal deceleration profile without increasing complexity or cost. Rugged, multi-mode Smart Sensors from Contrinex, embedded in each cylinder, identify adverse trends in the deceleration profile, providing a cost-effective, unobtrusive fit-and-forget solution.

Customer Values

  • Embeddable inductive Smart Sensors offer multiple sensing modes in a single device, eliminating increased complexity and cost

  • The Smart Sensor’s one-shot timer feature allows process engineers to identify deviations from the optimal deceleration profile, minimizing maintenance expense

  • The Smart Sensor’s dual-channel capability enables a local alarm to be triggered by an event-based exception, avoiding a plant-wide shut-down

  • Industry-standard IO-Link connectivity provides a single interface to the machine control system

  • Cumulative operating data for predictive maintenance, including temperature and operating-cycle count, is recorded in on-board data storage

  • Sensor configurations are stored locally, allowing plug-and-play replacement of sensors when needed

  • Proven technology ensures highly reliable fit-and-forget operation with no manual intervention

Specific Product Advantages

  • Robust, metal-cased inductive Smart Sensors are ideal for easy integration
  • Multi-channel monitoring circuitry allows users to define up to nn customized output thresholds
  • Sophisticated sensing electronics deliver high-precision multi-mode measurements
  • High-speed device-to-device communication enables decentralized data-processing and decision making
  • Smart Sensors are individually shielded and EMC immune, eliminating interference when multiple devices operate in close proximity
  • Dedicated service-data blocks hold device-specific data including product ID, location and serial number
  • Visible LED indicators enable sensors to self-identify on demand, simplifying commissioning and trouble-shooting routines
  • Industry-standard -25°C to +70°C operating range