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Rugged Full-Metal Inductive Proximity Sensors with IO-Link Communications

By Carlo Gavazzi (Canada) Inc.   

Feb. 14, 2023 – Buffalo Grove, IL – Carlo Gavazzi is excited to announce the launch of the new ICF Full-Metal Inductive Sensors. This new sensor family offers increased uptime due to their durable stainless steel housing and intelligent monitoring capabilities. Applications in harsh environments such as agriculture, food and beverage, and machining will benefit from the ICF Full-Metal Inductive Sensors.

As an industry leader of IO-Link offerings, Carlo Gavazzi is including IO-Link in every ICF inductive sensor for easy ordering, application flexibility, and reduced inventory. An IO-Link master or configurator (such as Carlo Gavazzi’s SCTL55 Handheld IO-Link Smart Configurator) is required to change sensor settings during initial installation. However, the sensors can be used as standard transistor output sensors without an IO-Link operating environment. Therefore, the ICF Full-Metal Inductive Sensors meet customer’s needs wherever they are on their IIoT journey and equips them for future automation advances.

Carlo Gavazzi is introducing new intelligent monitoring capabilities through IO-Link in this family of ICF Series sensors. Cyclic process data can monitor the quality of detection which allows predictive maintenance to be scheduled before downtime occurs. Additionally, alarms can be customized to signal if a target position is trending closer or further away from the sensing face or high/low internal sensor temperature.

Features and benefits of the ICF Full-Metal Inductive Sensors include:


  • Extended temperature range (-40 to 85˚C and even short exposures up to 15 minutes at 100˚C)
  • Washdown capabilities (IP68 and IP69K)
  • Impact resistant up to 1 J due to single piece stainless steel AISI304 housing
  • Increased shock (100 g) and vibration (25 g) resistance
  • Withstand pressure on sensing face (Up to 260 bar for M12, 200 bar for M18, and 100 bar for M30 housings)
  • ECOLAB approval


  • Avoid downtime due to early warning capabilities and schedule planned maintenance prior to failure
  • Proximity and low margin alarms for notification when the target is beyond the desired operating window
  • Alarm for over or under temperature monitoring
  • Ability to identify sensors quickly and easily using ‘find my sensor’ feature


  • Reduced inventory saves money and warehouse space
  • Higher accessibility on-hand (configurable from a single part number) decreases downtime
  • More accurate sensor performance from optimal setup
  • Less need for customization saves time and money

The new ICF Full-Metal Inductive Sensors were specifically designed to withstand extreme operating conditions such as exposure to a wide range of temperature variations, frequent high pressure, and high-temperature washdown cycles.

Designed to withstand extreme operating conditions, these sensors are ready for accurate and reliable detection of actuating parts in harsh environments, such as:

  • Skid conveyor positioning in food and beverage conveyor lines
  • Monitoring bucket positioning on agricultural equipment
  • Counting revolutions of an axle in CNC machinery

The ICF Full-Metal Inductive Sensors are the best choice for rugged and intelligent inductive sensing. They are available from Carlo Gavazzi’s network of sales offices and distributors in the Americas.


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