Company milestones

  • The two founders of ifm, Robert Buck and Gerd Marhofer, introduce inductive sensors under the name efector in Germany.

  • Capacitive sensors now also allow the detection of non-metallic materials.

  • First electronic rotational speed monitor in a DIN rail housing, the basis for evaluation systems.

  • Photoelectric sensors and systems complement the inductive and capacitive sensors.

  • Incremental and absolute encoders are added to the product range.

  • ifm introduces the first flow sensors to the market – launch of fluid sensor range at ifm.

  • Presentation of ifm‘s first own control systems for industrial use and - later - for use in mobile machines.

  • Introduction of the fieldbus system AS-i (actuator sensor interface).

  • Market launch of ifm pressure and vacuum sensors.

  • Temperature sensors complement ifm‘s range of fluid sensors.

  • The new field of "safety technology" offers certified products for safety-related applications.

  • Introduction of the first level sensors with freely selectable switch points without any mechanically moved parts.

  • Première of the innovative vibration diagnosis system efector octavis. Creating new possibilities in condition- based maintenance.

  • Compact 2D sensor efector dualis: contour and position recognition for assembly and handling technology.

  • The first identification systems: optical (data matrix code reading) and by radio (RFID technology)..

  • Market launch of ifm magnetic and cylinder sensors.

  • ifm electronic gmbh wins HERMES AWARD with optical distance sensor „efector PMD“.

  • ifm electronic has launched its own connection technology onto the market for the first time. The revolutionary ecolink technology concept has caused a sensation in the industry.

  • For the first time ifm uses microwave technology for efector GWR for level measurement in compact tanks.

  • Another step towards condition-based monitoring: the compact sensor for pump diagnosis efector PIM.

  • Magnetic-inductive inline flow sensor. Compact and low-cost monitoring of conductive liquids with efector mid.

  • Multicode Reader for optical identification. Identification of bar codes and 2D codes.

  • Fusion of pressure sensor and analogue display. The first fully electronic contact manometer.

  • The third dimension at a glance. Visual assessment of distance, level or volume with the efector pmd3d 3D vision sensor.

  • Unique in the market - the ecomat mobileBasic controller concept for simple mobile vehicles. Its three modules - BasicRelay, BasicController, BasicDisplay - allow any combination.

  • Solves every identification task - the new flexible RFID evaluation unit DTE100 with integrated Profibus DP interface and web server for production and conveying.

  • Exact monitoring, display and recording of vibration values combined with easy handling - all this is provided by the newly developed vibration sensor VNB001. It is the first of a completely new series of vibration sensors. The compact sensor monitors online the overall vibration condition of machines and plants according to ISO 10816 and features an on-board time-stamped history function for data logging and trending – all this directly on the machine.

  • A quantum leap in flow rate measurement technology! ifm launches the flow meter efector mid for up to 600 l/min. Electronics and evaluation in the most compact housing.

  • Photoelectric sensors with time of flight measurement feature long ranges, the most reliable background suppression, visible red light and high excess gain at the price of a standard sensor. A sensational development!

  • Even when the units are used in extremely demanding environments such as vapour, smoke or highly reflective environments, the automatic sensitivity compensation of O6 wetline, the photoelectric sensor in a stainless steel housing, ensures reliable operation.

  • These innovative photoelectric sensors provide interference immune background suppression even in case of highly reflective backgrounds such as moving machine parts. A unique feature is the clearly defined consistent light spot that ensures precise object detection. There is no scattered light which could interfere with other photoelectric sensors in close vicinity.