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| May 9, 2012
Turck: TURCK Q42 Inductive Sensor Rated IP68/69K for Harsh Washdown Applications
The TURCK Q42—available in a top-facing model and front-facing model—is an addition to the uprox+ family of factor one sensors that require no correction factor to detect any metal type. The new long-range inductive proximity sensor uses FDA-rated materials for washdown applications.
The Q42 is designed to deliver optimal performance in applications that require frequent cleaning with chemicals found in food and beverage applications or where the sensor is exposed to wet environments, such as car washes or outdoor applications.
The Q42 features an improved design with a durable stainless steel connector and PA12 thermoplastic housing that delivers resistance to chemicals and caustic cleaning agents, as well as shock from impact. Additionally, the upgraded housing materials are food-safe and meet FDA Regulation 21CFR 177, 1500(9) for the U.S. and FDA/EGVO 1935/2004 for the E.U. The Q42 features integrated predamping that gives the designer flexibility to partially recess the sensor into their design.
“Although many of our existing sensors in the uprox+ family are inherently rated IP68, they are not optimally suited for high-pressure or extended exposure washdown applications,” said John Murphy, Product Manager for TURCK . “The new Q42 allows our customers to achieve accurate sensing results, while providing peak performance and flexibility for applications that present even the harshest of conditions.”
The existing uprox+ washdown family is comprised of 12, 18 and 30mm diameter barrels with sensing ranges between 4 and 30mm. The Q42 offers a sensing range of 50mm to all types of metals. This not only eliminates the need to change the position of the sensors for different metal applications, but also reduces the number of sensor types needed for plant operations. In addition to an extended sensing distance, the Q42 delivers reliable operation in temperatures ranging from -40 to 100 degrees Celsius.