If you're using cylindrical inductive or capacitive sensors it's highly likely you're going to need mounting brackets for these sensors. A lot of times there may be more than one mounting bracket solution that could work for a particular setup. Selecting the correct bracket for your application is an important step, but knowing which one to select can sometimes be difficult. This breakdown of the different types of mounting brackets will help you decide which one is right for your setup.
Right angle bracket – AB Series brackets
Right angle brackets seem to be the most popular choice for customers to use. These stainless steel mounting brackets come in three different sizes: 12 mm, 18 mm, and 30 mm. Right angle brackets are versatile and easy to use in many applications. They provide the cheapest way to mount your cylindrical sensor. You use the locking nuts supplied with the sensor to secure and adjust it through the bracket opening.
Adjustable bracket – BF Series brackets
We offer adjustable mounting brackets for all diameter cylindrical sensors from 4 mm to 40 mm. These brackets are made up of tough Crastin, and offer more of a variety in sensor diameter options than the three right angle sizes. Some applications cannot use stainless steel brackets or require something closer to the surface than other options can provide. In those cases, the Crastin adjustable bracket is a great choice.
The BF5-30 mounting bracket can hold sensors from 5 mm up to 30 mm in diameter, and delivers 360 degrees rotation in 2 axes. This style of bracket is good for making quick adjustments at any angle. This bracket is a great choice for unique mounting applications, or if you need to change the setup periodically. This bracket offers more mounting options than the two more popular choices above.
Snap lever bracket – BF-F Series
Snap lever mounting brackets allow for quick installation or replacement of any cylindrical sensor. This is the quickest installation method that we offer for cylindrical type sensors. Snap the sensors into the bracket and let the stop shoulder position the switch perfectly each time. Two elongated mounting holes are used for modest range adjustments. Available in standard 8 mm, 12 mm, 18 mm, and 30 mm sizes.
Cushioned bracket – CM Series
Typically it’s best to use a cushioned mounting bracket when the sensor will be exposed to overtravel or contact with the target. A fiberglass reinforced nylon material protects the sensor’s face from contact with the target. It’s possible to have up to 10 mm of travel protection when using this setup. If there is a possibility of contact with the object and sensor in the application, this is the bracket you should be looking at using. Available in standard 8 mm, 12 mm, 18 mm, and 30mm sizes.
Exchanger bracket – EXG Series
Use this series when removing the sensor is a common practice. The locknut secures the sensor in place, eliminating the need for modification when the replacement sensor is installed. Available in standard 8 mm, 12 mm, 18 mm, and 30 mm sizes.
Mounting bracket options
Each type of bracket has its own different set of characteristics, but hopefully this will give you a better idea of some of the bracket options you can select.