New Generation of Factor 1 Inductive Sensors

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Object Detection for Ferrous and Non-Ferrous metals

Balluff is pleased to release a new line of M18 Factor 1 inductive sensors for use in the automotive tier supplier market. This portfolio provides extended detection ranges to enhance survivability of sensors in part loading applications, and is available with optional long and short housing form factors.

With the addition of these new Factor 1 sensors, Balluff expands its broad product line of problem solving sensor solutions designed for harsh welding applications. This is extremely valuable to tier suppliers as the trend toward automotive light-weighting has increased the use of new metal varieties, aluminum structures and multi-metal assemblies.

"The new M18 Factor 1 sensors provide more flexibility in welding applications where longer sensing ranges are needed or when a customer is working with non-ferrous materials" says Shawn Day, Product Marketing Manager for Object Detection, "and a common application includes mig welding where ferrous or non-ferrous material is used." The new M18 Factor 1 sensors are available with weld spatter resistant coatings and weld-field immune circuitry for maximum protection in hostile welding environments.


The new generation of Factor 1 sensors offer the additional features below:

  • Extended ranges for ferrous and non-ferrous materials
  • IP68 for harsh application environments
  • Weld Spatter resistant coating
  • Expanded temperature rating (-40…+85°)