ifm's product range of flow sensors offer different measuring principles, materials, and displays to meet the requirements of different industrial manufacturing plant operations across the United States. Commonly, manufacturing facilities rely on flow sensors to monitor varied types of media, from water, oils, and coolants, to gases like compressed air, argon, nitrogen, or other aggressive media. Electronic flow sensors can prevent damage or downtime caused by wear and tear of mechanical moving parts, offering a longer lifecycle than traditional sensors that have critical failure points. Their application areas range from simple monitoring tasks as an on/off switch to precise digital flow rate measurements. Use the “Select By Application” tool to narrow your search for a flow sensor based on media type, and read more about the underlying measuring principles and technology of a sensor group by accessing the orange “Learn More” button on the product group level.
Almost all ifm flow sensors have come equipped with IO-Link technology for close to a decade, allowing you to increase the amount of process data available to you and to log that data over time for trend analysis. This technology is truly plug and play for whenever you want to harness its power. Simply plug your sensor into ifm’s IO-Link masters and send your sensor data directly to your SCADA, MES, ERP, or CMMS systems for analysis through the IoT port without interfering with your existing PLC infrastructure. IO-Link is the foundation of the fourth industrial revolution, commonly referred to as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), underlying concepts like predictive maintenance.