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Housing Characteristics Food and hygienic applications Machine tool Steel and automotive ATEX approval Versions with IO-Link Versions for limited space
IxT Operating temperature up to 100°C      
IxC Resistant to coolants and lubricants        
IxR Non-stick coating          
Ix5xxA Impact resistance 4 joules          

Food industry

Hygienic housing design with high ingress and temperature resistance
In the food industry, not only fast temperature changes, but also aggressive media used for daily cleaning will stress the housing material.
The robust material of the full-metal sensors is corrosion-resistant and allows to use the sensors in extreme applications. The high-quality stainless steel housing with protection rating IP65 to IP 69K is perfect for permanent use with cleaning products and humidity. With the I*T series, temperature changes or temperatures up to 100 °C will not compromise reliable detection of end positions.

Short housing without minimum distance for limited space

Extract from the product portfolio
Housing
Thread
Total length [mm] Sensing range [mm]
/ installation
Order no.
M12 x 1 45 5 qf IFT259
M12 x 1 45 6 nf IFT260
M18 x 1 45 10 qf IGT261
M18 x 1 45 12 nf IGT262
M30 x 1.5 50 18 qf IIT245
M30 x 1.5 65 25 nf IIT246

Note on installation
qf = quasi flush
nf = non flush

Machine tools

Specially designed sealing concept for reliable use in coolants and lubricants
Oils and coolants heavily impact the components installed in machine tools. Standard sensors are insufficient in many applications. The I*C series has been specially developed for this industry. Both the threaded tube and the front surface are made of high-grade stainless steel (316L). This sealing concept of the sensors, combined with the matching ecolink connector, guarantees maintenance-free use e.g. in machine tools or systems where coolants and lubricants have a permanent impact.

Extract from the product portfolio
Housing
Thread
Electrical
connection
Total length [mm] Sensing range [mm]
flush mountable
Order no.
M12 x 1 M12 connector 60 4 IFC277
M12 x 1 2 m cable  40 4 IFC278
M18 x 1 M12 connector 60 7 IGC260
M18 x 1 2 m cable 40 8 IGC261
M30 x 1.5 M12 connector 45 12 IIC236
M30 x 1.5 2 m cable 65 15 IIC237

Steel and automotive industry

Ideal for welding applications
In the steel and in the automotive industries, weld spatter is not only a strain on the sensing face, but also on the threaded sleeve. The full-metal design with non-stick coating and the robust sensing face are the ideal solution to ensure reliable operation.
Moreover, the robust stainless steel design offers maximum protection against abrasive parts during machining. Thanks to the new sensor technology, the powerful heavy-duty models are also insensitive to magnetic fields. They operate with absolute reliability even right next to electric brakes.

Extract from the product portfolio
Housing
Thread
Electrical
connection
Total length [mm] Sensing range [mm]
flush mountable
Order no.
M12 x 1 M12 connector 45 4 IFR207
M12 x 1 2 m cable  40 4 IFR212
M18 x 1 M12 connector 45 8 IGR207
M18 x 1 2 m cable 40 8 IGR212
M30 x 1.5 M12 connector 50 15 IIR207
M30 x 1.5 2 m cable 45 15 IIR212

Use in hazardous areas

Many international approvals allow use in dust or hazardous gas areas. Sensors belonging to the categories 3G/3D or 2D can be connected directly to the system control. The housings and housing parts of these devices and the matching connectors of the EVCxxA series have been tested with an impact energy of 4 J.

Housing
Thread
Total length [mm] Sensing range[mm]
/ installation
order no.
M12 x 1 60 3 f IF503A
M12 x 1 60 3 f IF504A
M12 x 1 70 6 nf IF505A
M18 x 1 70 5 f IG510A
M18 x 1 70 12 nf IG511A
M18 x 1 70 5 f IG512A
M30 x 1.5 70 10 f II502A
M30 x 1.5 70 25 nf II503A

Note on installation
f = flush
nf = non flush

Versions with IO-Link

Reliable distance measurement accurate to the millimetre with IO-Link
Thanks to the measuring sensor technology, the distance to the target can be permanently monitored. A change in the mechanical distances will be immediately detected, allowing for preventive readjustment so as to reduce possible standstill times. The smart sensor profile provides various setting options. Switch points and output functions can be configured. Stock-keeping of different sensor types is no longer necessary as any required setting can be obtained by means of the IO-Link interface.

All full-metal sensors at a glance

Full-metal sensors are used wherever an application requires a special mechanical design. Whether shocks, vibrations or impacts up to 1 joule in the standard version or 4 joules in the ATEX version, ifm full-metal sensors defy any challenge for a maintenance-free application - according to the motto: install and forget.