As one of the leading manufacturers of components, systems and solutions for electrical engineering and automation, Eaton’s Electrical Sector today is launching a new iProx inductive sensor series that embodies both power and versatility in equal measure. Thanks to an integrated microprocessor and the unique Smart SenseTM technology, each iProx sensor has a large detection range and intelligence that can be adapted to each application. All iProx models are available with a larger detection range. Cylindrical devices with switching distances of up to 29 millimeters are available, twice the switching distance of other inductive sensors of the same size. In addition to this is a fully developed, high-end configuration facility. iProx sensors also offer a large number of additional functions that can be activated using optional programming tools. The ProxView software for Microsoft Windows and Windows Mobile devices can be used to program any sensor for a wide range of applications so that it is also possible to adapt and iProx sensors as 100 % replacements for other inductive sensors, thus considerably reducing stock-keeping requirements.
The iProx product range is extremely diversified and includes several models as 3-wire or 4-wire DC devices, different thread diameters from M12 to M30, and a wide range of connection options. All iProx sensors can detect metal targets reliably. Their high quality design with a stainless steel cylinder, a 300 ° visible dual-color LED (operational readiness and output status), as well as corrosion resistant front plates made from Ryton and a shock absorbent cast material ensure a rugged design and optimum suitability for industrial applications.
The connection configuration on DC-iProx models is automatic, so that it detects NPN and PNP terminals automatically and switches the sensor accordingly (NPN = sinking) or PNP = sourcing). Sensing range, band detection background object detection (metal), delay and speed detection can all be configured, thanks to the microprocessor-based Smart-SenseTM technology. iProx sensors are resistant to both high interference levels (up to 20V/m) as well as extreme temperatures (-40°C). Sensors of the iProx series are UL/CSA approved and carry the CE mark.
The iProx Series is designed for OEMs, machine and system builders, and is provided with a teach function that simplifies the programming of the sensor in the application environment. iProx sensors can also be set so that disturbing metallic objects can be ignored in the foreground or in the background. “Switch range” mode makes it possible to restrict the switching of iProx to a small range of its total detection range. Enhanced time control functions such as delays and speed detection can also be enabled without the use of external controllers.