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The new Machinery Directive is to reference the EN 13849 standard for safety-related parts of the control system, instead of the EN 954-1.

IFM Electronic is offering a range of inductive sensors that is fully compliant with the latest standards.

As well as being compliant with performance level D to ISO/EN 13849, the GF and GG series are certified to IEC 62061 SILcl2 and comply with IEC61508 to SIL2.

The GF and GG types, in M12 and M18 housings respectively, are standard inductive sensors but with full internal diversity, redundancy and monitoring circuitry.

Each has two solid-state outputs or OSSDs and will connect to a suitable safety input in the same way as other safety devices.

Functional safety is maintained even when the device is connected as a three-wire PNP sensor.

Diagnostics in the sensor will react to internal or external faults dropping the signal out.

Despite classed as a safety device, the GF and GG series inductive sensors are cabled using standard M12 sockets on three or four-core cable.

The monitoring removes the need for armoured cable.

The sensors provide sensing of moving parts on rotary indexing tables and machine tools; triggering of slow travel or shut off for end position on presses, gantries and actuator arms; and safe monitoring of robot movement.

Fully sealed to IP67, the units are suitable for harsh environments, with no danger of clogging or sticking, or an actuator breaking.

ifm electronic specialises in the application of advanced electronic technology to produce innovative and effective solutions for industrial control applications.

Products include flow sensors; pressure transmitters and switches; temperature switches and transmitters; capacitive, inductive and photoelectric proximity sensors; and a full range of AS-i I/O modules and masters.

Details of ifm electronic's products and services may be obtained from our website, which has been carefully designed to provide the fastest, easiest way of finding exactly the right sensor for almost any application. Better still, once the correct sensor has been identified, the site also allows the data sheet to be downloaded almost instantly and, for most sensors, it even provides an interactive animated guide to achieving optimum adjustment.

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