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Smart Fluid Power: Easy integration in hydraulic and pneumatic systems

Oct 30, 2019

Fluid Power from SICK. These are intelligent sensors and applications in the field of hydraulic and pneumatic industrial drives. In many areas, they contribute to the optimization of processes and improved value creation - in part thanks to the easy integration and resulting flexibility during installation and application. Extremely clever and installed in next to no time. The intelligence of the sensors is shown by their flexible handling, among other things. Sensor integration across all common interfaces such as the IO-Link interface is no problem at all, and plug and play is already the standard for Fluid Power sensors from SICK.

Smart Fluid Power: Flexibility and easy integration in hydraulics and pneumatics
Smart Fluid Power: Flexibility and easy integration in hydraulics and pneumatics

This makes sensor replacement and maintenance very straightforward. And retrofitting intelligent sensors from SICK is therefore also very simple. This is of crucial importance for a wide range of applications. For example, when it comes to pneumatic actuator engineering, technical components such as grippers are becoming increasingly compact, which means there is less and less room for sensors with complicated integration. The need for reliable sensors with easy integration is correspondingly high.

 

Magnetic cylinder sensors equipped for all installation locations and conditions in pneumatic systems

SICK magnetic cylinder sensors are the perfect fit for all standard pneumatic actuators with C- and T-slot. They have been perfectly matched to the various slot tolerances. With a huge range of magnetic cylinder sensors to choose from, we can meet your every need. With drop-in mounting, a short, compact design with significant holding force, screw-and-washer assembly, safe detection of switching points, sensors with two adjustable switching points, and universal mounting options due to the use of adapters, there can be no doubt: SICK magnetic cylinder sensors are equipped for all installation locations and conditions.
Position sensors are also used in pneumatic actuators and detect the piston position directly and without making contact. They continuously supply data via analog outputs or IO-Link, enabling flexible machine concepts and making it possible to solve tasks in areas such as quality monitoring and process control. The sensors are mounted externally on the cylinder, ensuring they are fast to install – even in existing plants.
Magnetic cylinder sensors equipped for all installation locations and conditions in pneumatic systems
Magnetic cylinder sensors equipped for all installation locations and conditions in pneumatic systems

The IO-Link technology plays an important role in enabling simple integration into processes. With its help, it is possible to set switch-on or switch-off delays, read out the temperature or count the switching cycles. Its very ability to program via digital interfaces and IO-Link enables space-saving solutions in grippers or short stroke cylinders without having to change the sensor position again.

 

Maximum flexibility with pressure and temperature sensors

But IO-Link is also the basis for quick and easy integration for other Fluid Power sensors. SICK has a wide variety of sensors which do their work reliably in diverse mechanical engineering processes and provide additional functions for the machine controller via IO-Link. Basically, they measure the level, pressure and temperature, position and flow. The spectrum of their use ranges from machine tools - machining and non-cutting - such as CNC machining centers to hydraulic presses and much more. Good examples here are the PAC50, PBS and TBS pressure and temperature sensors. They offer maximum flexibility when it comes to evaluation and feature analog output signals as well as digital switching outputs.

Maximum flexibility with pressure sensor PBS
Maximum flexibility with pressure sensor PBS

For CNC machines, the list of parameters to be measured is long: The oil and cooling lubricant levels, the locking positions or forces of the workpiece clamps, and the permissible operating temperatures of the oils or cutting fluids. The TBS temperature sensor reliably monitors the operating temperatures here. The PBS pressure switch supplies digital and/or analog signals to the controller for monitoring pressure. Thanks to the IO-Link, sensors that are difficult to access can be configured easily via remote access and the pressure values displayed on the HMI. Limit levels in the chip conveyor are safely detected using an LFV200 vibrating level switch. And finally, the LFP Cubic offers four switching points in one sensor, thus reducing mechanical complexity and the costs of the individual sensors that would otherwise be required. All data from a single source - this makes all the difference.

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