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SICK has added a pressure switch to its industrial-instrumentation product offering.

The PBS combines the functionality of a pressure transducer, a pressure switch and display in a single cost-effective, easy-to-use package.

Darren Pratt, UK instrumentation product specialist, SICK, said: ‘The PBS pressure switch is very easy to install, making it a plug-and-play solution.

‘It also has the advanced functionality to integrate with modern plant supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) and network communications.’ He added: ‘The new PBS is exceptionally adaptable and lends itself to virtually any plant configuration, without compromising on cable position, visibility or leak integrity, making it ideal for retrofit, as well as new plant.

‘Suitable for general, non-hygienic applications, it complements our new PHT hygienic pressure sensor.’ The PBS is suitable for absolute, gauge and vacuum/compound pressure application requirements, with a choice of pressure ranges from 0 to 1 up to 0 to 600 bar.

The robust construction includes a hermetically sealed, welded stainless-steel membrane over the sensing element, eliminating the requirement for leakage-prone internal seals.

The PBS can be configured using three push buttons and an integral LED display, or remotely from higher-level fieldbus networks via IO link, available with some models.

Configuration is rapid and intuitive, and doesn’t require extensive menu searching.

The two digital switch NPN or PNP outputs are configurable for monitoring over or under pressure and 0-10V or 4-20mA analogue pressure monitoring is also available.

The PBS housing and display have been designed to be rotated and orientated up to 330deg to ensure easy reading and configuration in virtually any plant situation.

This allows installation without disturbing the cable loom and reduces errors in reading the display, or when entering instructions.

SICK’s PBS includes a choice of process connections, eliminating the need for adaptors.

Electrical connection is via an industry standard M12, four- or five-pin stainless-steel connector, providing sealing to IP67.


SICK is a global leader in sensors and sensing systems for factory automation, logistics automation and process control. SICK’s comprehensive product portfolio encompasses sensors, encoders, machinery safety, machine vision and auto-identification in use by customers all over the world. Established for over 70 years, SICK products range from simple optical devices through to embedded intelligent systems, ready to meet the needs of Industry 4.0.

SICK sensors: At the heart of automation

SICK is one of the world’s leaders in sensors and sensing technologies for factory automation, logistics automation and process control.

SICK’s comprehensive product portfolio encompasses sensors, encoders, machinery safety, machine vision and auto-identification. The company also provides process instrumentation for gas and fluid flow and for chemical and pollutant detection.

From simple optical sensors and barcode readers to complex safety systems; from machine vision to emissions monitoring, SICK’s intelligent sensor solutions facilitate advanced automation and process control.

SICK products are designed with simplicity of installation and operation in mind. They help customers to achieve greater reliability and productivity, increased production flexibility and more efficient use of resources.

Founded in Germany more than 70 years ago, SICK employs more than 7,400 employees worldwide. The company invests heavily in research and development and is leading the way in smart sensor development to support Industry 4.0 objectives.

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