HBK launches smart mini forces sensors with IO-Link

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HBK’s newly developed digital, ready-to-go force sensors, the U9C and C9C, are ideal for measuring fast processes – and provide a standardized interface to any PLC with IO-Link. They’re typically applied, for example, in the joining or pressing processes during assembly or in the manufacture of automotive parts and sub-systems.

The compact, robust sensors enable planning and implementation of digitization carried out at a pace suitable for or convenient to the user. They have identical mechanical dimensions and threads to their analog counterparts, making it easy to upgrade existing setups with the new technology.

The miniature force sensors with IO-Link offer all the benefits of digital signal processing. The force sensors can detect and identify instances where technical limits (for example, maximum usage forces or peak-to-peak values) are exceeded, and issue appropriate warnings. Predictive maintenance helps to streamline and optimize machine maintenance schedules, reducing costs and decreasing disruption. Further cost savings are possible thanks to ease of installation and the use of standard cables, which eliminates the need for the special cables required with analog sensors.

In addition, the U9C and C9C are more resistant to EMC interferences than their analog predecessors. The sensors output only the data requested, reducing the volume of data that needs to be processed, and therefore improving efficiency of the entire data acquisition process.

Product manager Thomas Kleckers said, “Built with the high-quality technology and expertise of HBK, these intelligent miniature sensors not only enable successful digital transformation but also herald the start of a new chapter in force measurement technology.”

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