Smart IO-Link sensor delivers flexible industrial condition monitoring

June 9, 2020
Baluff's new condition monitoring sensor processes data on vibration, temperature, relative humidity and ambient pressure.
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A new condition monitoring sensor from Balluff can measure vibration, temperature, relative humidity, and ambient pressure. The feature-packed sensor collects and processes these readings and outputs digital statistical data to a host system via IO-Link technology, known for its ease of connection and speed of integration.

In addition, the sensor can detect and communicate its condition, continuously reporting its temperature, number of operating hours, and start cycles. By automating cost-intensive manual inspections via its integrated processing circuitry with configurable data pre-processing capability, Baluff says the new sensor minimizes unscheduled stops and faults in industrial production processes.

The condition data yielded by this sensor is an essential component for implementing smart and flexible manufacturing, notes the company. The sensor is available in two versions, both in an extremely compact stainless-steel form factor suitable for restricted spaces.

The first version measures contact temperature and vibration in all three axes of motion and has IP67 and IP69K ratings, making it especially useful for harsh environments. The other adds the additional environmental variables of relative humidity and ambient pressure and has an IP67 rating.

Featuring configurable events and status indicators, the sensor’s standardized IO-Link protocol operation allows users to easily parameterize the sensors and match the processing in the sensors to their specific application. The sensor's process data structure permits users to configure five measured or preprocessed data types to be cyclically transmitted. It is also possible to perform an acyclical request for additional statistical processing variables.

Balluff Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of Balluff GmbH, Neuhausen, Germany. Learn more at

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