A welding cell will press the limits of any sensor placed in its proximity. Avoiding weld spatter, magnetic fields, extreme temperatures, and impact damage are common challenges in a harsh welding environment. And when sensors fail in these conditions, it can significantly disrupt production uptime. To prevent such disruptions, manufacturers explore more robust sensor mounting solutions, such as proximity mounts, bunker blocks, and other protective devices to shield sensors from these harsh conditions. The self-bunkering inductive proximity sensor plays a key role in alleviating the issues, especially in situations where other accessories are not an option due to limited space.
Weld spatter and magnetic field resistant
In many welding applications, the substantial currents involved can generate heightened magnetic fields, making a welding cell vulnerable to interference. This interference can lead a basic proximity sensor to trigger, even though a part may not be present. The self-bunkering proximity sensor is designed to resist magnetic fields, allowing it to work much closer to the welding surface than a typical inductive sensor. Additionally, the sensor comes with a polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) weld coating, allowing for easy removal of the spatter buildup with abrasive tools like a wire brush.
Guard against heavy impacts
Again, the self-bunkering inductive proximity sensor is built for rugged environments. It features a thick, strong one-piece connector body and super thick brass housing to buffer the internal electronics from external impacts and conductive heat. It also includes a deflection ring and a non-brittle, ferrite-free coil carrier to protect the sensor face from direct impacts, disperse shock, and safeguard internal sensing components. The wide-radius corners offer stress relief at the major junction points of the connector body and housing.
Withstand extreme temperatures
With a ceramic PTFE-coated face plate, the sensor can resist up to 2200°F weld spatter burn through from the front. The rest of the body, coated with PTFE and paired with an extra-thick brass housing, provides protection for the sensor up to 300°F. This means that if the sensor is properly maintained, its lifetime should be quite a bit longer than a standard inductive sensor.
Don’t replace, defend
The core components of the proximity sensor can be destroyed if any of the three critical failures – conducted heat, impact, or spatter – occur in combination. To prevent this, the product incorporates a collection of design measures intended to create a virtually impenetrable shield around the internal critical components.
In summary, the self-bunkering inductive proximity sensor is a key solution to combat the challenges sensors face in harsh welding environments that will ultimately disrupt production. Its resistance to magnetic fields and ability to withstand heavy impacts and extreme temperatures, especially in situations with limited space, ensures the protection of the critical sensor components and extended sensor lifespan.