Sockets - System description

  • Complete product range: sockets, plugs, jumper cables, splitter boxes.
  • Various cable materials for different applications.
  • High-quality materials for high reliability.
  • Cable lengths of up to 10 meters.
  • Integrated LEDs for easy diagnosis.

With a wide variety of different sensor designs ifm electronic offers a wide range of high quality connectors. The choice of types covers common M8, M12, M18 types through to valve plugs. To be able to meet the different application requirements three product series have been developed with the following application focus:

M12 series with cable connection for factory automation
The ifm standard series for industrial use. Halogen-free PUR cable with high resistance to alternate bending stress, PUR housing material, gold-plated contacts and protection rating IP 68 guarantee long life in an oily and greasy environment. The international UL and CSA approval means these units are accepted anywhere in the world market.

M12 series with cable connection for the food industry
This series is specially designed for hygienic and food applications. High-quality PVC cables and housing materials, high-grade stainless steel (316L/1.4404) coupling nuts as well as gold-plated contacts are ideal for applications in wet areas. The high protection ratings IP 68 and IP 69K withstand high-pressure steam cleaning. The sensors are chemically resistant to most common cleaning agents. Of course, these units are UL/CSA approved.

M12 series with cable connection for welding
Specially for use in automated welding systems, several product reliability features must be met. This includes a long-term resistance to weld slag to which the connectors are continuously exposed. Irradiated, halogen-free PUR cables provide an especially efficient protection. They prevent that weld spatter burns into the cable material thus damaging it. Teflon coated coupling nuts prevent the connector from being welded to the sensor. A special polyester fleece strip foil in the cable ensures a long life even in case of high torsional stress, for example in robot arms. It goes without saying that this series is also UL and CSA listed.

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