Smart actuation sensor

SMC launches the first sensor in its product portfolio that detects the stroke position of air cylinders at all times – with continuous feedback. It’s available in three types of outputs – analogue signal, IO-Link process data or flexible switching point. As the latest addition to its comprehensive range, the D-MP highlights the company’s commitment to seeking new ways to make customer’s lives easier and to optimising operating efficiencies.

The D-MP offers the reassurance of consistent and continuous accuracy and control; the analogue output of the actuator position has a voltage output range of 0 to 10 V and a current output of 4 to 20 mA.

Here, all three outputs benefit from four measurement modes within a range of 0 mm to 200 mm. The functionality of the D-MP means that multiple auto-switches can be replaced by one actuator position sensor, reducing the number of components needed.

Being IO-Link compatible, D-MP gives operators access to detailed data and flags up any issues with an internal error warning. Its plug & play design delivers further cost and labour efficiencies with less hardware required and a reduced risk of programming errors.

The switching point offers normal and reversed outputs and four measurement modes – single point, auto switch, window and 2-point – with an ON/OFF position function, so that it is possible to define multiple switching points in the smallest of spaces. Offering this level of functionality and control, the D-MP is suitable for a wide range of applications such as measuring various parameters including length and width discrimination or screw-in depth of machined holes.

This component is IP67 certified and can withstand hazardous environments.