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Balluff has introduced the Smartlevel 500+ stainless steel M30 sensor, which provides the safe recognition of fill levels for liquids such as ketchup, mayonnaise and mustard.

These liquids impose a difficulty for level sensors as they have a tendency to be adhesive or create extensive amounts of material build-up on the sensors or container walls.

Other products such as milk can foam during processing.

Both of these effects can cause standard capacitive sensors to false trigger.

Balluff’s Smartlevel sensors are claimed to combat these problems.

The new Smartlevel 500+ features a non-flush Teflon sensing surface.

This sensor is specifically designed for products such as ketchup, mayonnaise and mustard, reliably detecting these difficult liquids through plastic or glass containers (up to 20mm thick) or by direct contact with the liquid.

The Smartlevel 500+ can also detect high-conductive acids such as sulphuric or hydrochloric and concentrated cleaning agents, even through container walls.

For products such as milk, fruit juices, cola or honey, Balluff’s existing Smartlevel 15 is ideal, and for saltwater use the company recommends its Smartlevel 50.

According to Balluff, setup is simple and the sensors automatically tune out plastic or other non-conductive wall materials; teach-in or other user interaction is not required.

In addition, where internal installation is required, the sensor has a reverse thread for hygiene applications.

Once installed, Smartlevel sensors automatically find the true liquid level for ‘mount and forget it’ convenience.

The sensors re-adjust themselves when confronted with changing container compositions.

Balluff has over 50 years of sensor experience and is a leading global sensor specialist with its own line of connectivity products for every area of factory automation and industrial control.

Everyday, all over the world, Balluff sensors are increasing production throughput and product quality for thousands of satisfied users striving to improve their manufacturing processes and lower their costs. No matter what the application, Balluff has the practical experience, expertise, and product range to make that improvement. Products include:

  • inductive, photoelectric, magnetic field, ultrasonic, capacitive, vision sensors 
  • linear transducers, linear encoders systems 
  • distance  measurement and level sensors
  • industrial RFID 
  • power supplies
  • connectivity and bus systems.

Our manufacturing, sales, and service offices are located around the world. That means the excellent service we provide in England, Germany, or Brazil is the same as we offer in the United States, Japan, or India.

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