Sensors for the Food and Beverage Industry
AutomationDirect’s new line of food and beverage sensor products includes AC and DC proximity and photoelectric sensors and quick-disconnect sensor cables. Compliant with the IP69K standard, the sensors withstand washdown conditions up to 212°F and are constructed of FDA certified materials.
The PFM 12 mm and PFK 18mm proximity series are sensors with shielded or unshielded stainless steel housings and M12 quick-disconnect plug with gold-plated pins. Providing complete overload protection, each series has 10 models available. The PFM series has a standard sensing distance of up to four millimeters and extended distance of up to eight millimeters. The PFK series has a standard sensing distance of up to eight millimeters and extended distance of up to 12 mm. Models are available in a choice of 10-30 VDC PNP or NPN transistor outputs and normally-open or complementary output configurations. PFM and PFK series sensor prices start at $35.
The PFT 30 mm series of proximity sensors are available in four models with sensing ranges up to 22 mm. Models are available with shielded or unshielded housings and normally-open outputs. PFT series prices start at $45.
The VFK 18 mm and VFT 30 mm series proximity sensors are available with shielded or unshielded stainless steel housings and half-inch micro AC quick-disconnect plugs with gold-plated pins. With complete overload protection, each series provides normally-open 20 to 140 VAC outputs. VFK series prices start at $55 and VFT series prices start at $59.
Magnetic proximity sensors are available in 12 mm and 18 mm diameters. The shielded 10-30 VDC sensors have a sensing range of up to 70 mm and a normally-open output. Prices for magnetic proximity sensors start at $44.
Two series of 18 mm food and beverage photoelectric sensors have also been added. The FF series photoelectric sensors are available in 30 models and four styles: diffuse, polarized reflective, through-beam, and retro-reflective (for transparent objects). Sensing distances range from 100 mm to 20 meters. The FFRS series diffuse photoelectric sensors with background suppression are available with adjustable maximum reading distances – 30 to 130 mm and 60 to 100 mm for shiny objects. Sensors are equipped with LED status indicators; yellow indicates output while green indicates teaching function. FF series prices start at $65; FFRS sensors start at $79.
IP69K-rated cables have also been added. Industry standard axial and right-angle M12 or half-inch micro connectors with open leads are available in five and 10-meter lengths. M12 screw-lock patch cables are also available in axial and right-angle models and 0.3m to five-meter cable lengths. Prices for cables start at $12.50.
- withstand washdown conditions up to 212°F
- constructed of FDA certified materials
- complete overload protection