When it comes to specifying a cable to use with your recent sensor purchase, you may notice a handful of options in regards to the cable quality and jacket material. You will see model numbers containing letter combinations, such as PUR, PVC, POC, PUR H/S, and even STOOW. What do these letters mean? How do I know which one to select for my application?
Pepperl+Fuchs offers a variety of cables for our quick disconnect sensors, and most of the time, any cable with the appropriate connection will do. But depending on the application, a specific cable type might be needed.
Factories that use sensors for general-purpose applications such as bottle counting and part detection will likely be fine using a standard PVC or polyurethane cable, as these are the most readily stocked and easily affordable cables for use with quick disconnect sensors.
Different sensor connection types
Electronic sensors require connection in order to receive their power and transmit their output. A connection diagram, included on the sensor’s datasheet and often printed on the device if room allows, labels each available connection point.
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.
Part two of two: How to mount the different sensor types (embeddable, non-embeddable, quasi-embeddable)
In our previous blog post on this topic, we took a look at the different sensor types and their definitions. Now we'll deal with the preferred methods for mounting each type.
Part One of Two: Defining the ways sensors can be mounted (embeddable, non-embeddable, quasi-embeddable)
(Read part two of this post: Mounting Conditions for Inductive Proximity Sensors)