The requirements for sensors used in the food industry are high. Hygienic design, high protection rating and robustness are just some of them. The new pressure sensors of the ifm PI1xxx series fulfil these requirements Among other things, they are certified according to EHEDG and FDA and meet protection rating IP69K, so that daily cleaning with a high-pressure cleaner is no problem. The sensors use a capacitive ceramic measuring element and are therefore extremely robust. Neither abrasive or corrosive media nor vacuum or pressure peaks can harm the sensor element. In addition, the sensor permanently withstands 150°C media temperatures and is thus suitable for many high-temperature applications in the food industry. The media temperature can also be read via IO-Link. The PTFE seal, which is permanently maintenance-free, also contributes to the robustness.
Higher resolution, improved design
The new pressure sensors, which are available with different measuring ranges from vacuum to 100 bar, now communicate via IO-Link 1.1 and offer a resolution of about 32 bits. This is especially important for applications where differential pressures are measured and thus only a small part of the measuring range can be used. Temperature compensation has also been improved in the new series. In food industry plants, the CIP process in which the installations are cleaned with hot liquids is the standard. If production is to be resumed at low temperatures afterwards, it is important that the sensor functions reliably again as quickly as possible. This has been significantly improved in the new PI1xxx, so that production can restart much faster after cleaning – in many applications this leads to a significant increase in efficiency.
The pressure sensors of the new PI1xxx series are ideally suited for applications in the food industry – for example in dairies, breweries and many other applications where liquids are used. Pressure measurements in these applications are carried out in tanks as well as in pipes. The numerous improvements of the sensors offer important advantages to the user.