New Festo Proximity Switch First with Auto Teach-In for Fast, Easy Commissioning
By Festo Canada
Mississauga, ON, April 25, 2022 – Festo’s pioneering SDBT-MSX is the first programmable proximity switch with automatic switching point setting that makes commissioning easier than ever. With an initial detection range of 20 mm, it’s easy and reliable to install, especially in applications where mounting is difficult. It’s ideal for all standard applications, especially in factory automation and the electronics industry/small parts handling.
This is how little time and effort is required for installing an SDBT-MSX. The user installs it in the approximate end stop position within the 20 mm detection range (which is marked on the sensor) and connects the cable to the controller (PLC). A power supply isn’t even needed during installation. During first operation, the proximity switch detects the end position of the piston stroke and automatically learns and remembers the switching point. This is an industry first for a solid state positioning switch.
Alternatively, the switching point of the SDBT-MSX can be taught manually using the capacitive control button. That also allows the user to select PNP, NPN or NO, NC, and the switching window can be set from 2 … 15 mm. This flexibility also can reduce the variety of sensor types needed to be kept in inventory.
SDBT-MSX fits in all drives with a T-slot. It best pairs with drives from Festo such as, the DSBC ISO cylinder, DFM guided drive, DSNU round cylinder, ADN and ADN-S compact cylinders, and DGST mini-slide. Such pairings enable users to access the full capabilities of the sensor.
Festo at a glance
Festo, the world’s leading supplier of automation technology and technical education, is deploying its products and services to meet the challenges of digitization and smart production. Founded in 1925, the family-owned company based in Esslingen, Germany supports a wide range of needs for advanced solutions in factory and process automation. In Canada, Festo has been supporting Canadian industry for over 40 years, continuously elevating the state of manufacturing in this country with innovative products, optimized motion control solutions and unrivalled support. Globally, some 300,000 customers put their trust in the company’s pneumatic and electric drive products and technology. In addition, Festo Didactic provides state-of-the-art training equipment and educational programs for industrial companies and educational institutions – about 56,000 customers worldwide. The Festo Group registered sales of around €3.35 billion in the 2021 financial year and is represented worldwide at 250 locations with about 20,700 employees. About 7% of its annual turnover is invested in research and development.