ifm electronic to show smart sensors for digitalisation

Sensor and controls specialist ifm electronic will be showcasing the edgeGateway – a reliable connection between sensors and IT – at this year’s Smart Industry Expo at Drives and Controls. Visitors to ifm’s stand J64 will be able to see the edgeGateway technology in action as well as automation solutions for making products safely, error-proofing the production process and sending data analytics securely to the cloud.

edgeGateway provides an easy and convenient way to send sensor data to the cloud. The system does this by first translating the sensor data into readable information and then sends it to the IT infrastructure. It’s easy to integrate into your existing systems as it supports Miscrosoft Azure, Google, AWS and Cumulocity.

Designed with ease of use in mind, edgeGateway benefits from intuitive on-device set-up thanks to its 12’’ multitouch display. Alternatively, users can opt for quick set up via the web front-end. Robust and reliable, edgeGateway enables safe mounting even in harsh environments with high ingress protection to IP 65 and can withstand extended temperature ranges.

Visitors to Smart Industry Expo will also be able to see ifm’s specially developed tank demonstration with the new LW2720 radar level sensor. Accurately measuring the level of liquid media in deep tanks and vessels is no longer a problem; this innovative sensor has a measuring accuracy of ± 2 mm at ranges up to 10 m. In addition, it is fully certified for use in hygienic areas, making it an ideal choice for food and pharmaceutical applications, including those that involve CIP and SIP operations.

For processes where precise temperature control is essential and deviations could have costly implications, TCC self-checking temperature sensors provide an invaluable added level of assurance. The sensor continually monitors its own performance and, if an internal failure occurs or excessive drift is detected in measurement accuracy, it gives a visual warning and sends an alert message to the plant control system so that immediate action can then be taken to minimise the impact of the problem.

The ifm team will be on hand to discuss how sensors, such as position sensors, process sensors, control systems and connection technology, can support digitalisation and achieve maximum uptime.

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