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BASIC UNDERSTANDING OF PROXIMITY SENSORS

Name Course Group Field Instructed by

: R.A.S.C. Ranathunga : IESL :G4 : Electrical : Mr. Mallawarachchi

Date of performance: 17/03/2012

TABULATION :
Magnetic Sensor Pn (mm) Xn(mm) -20 5.5 -15 6.7 -10 6.9 -5 6.9 0 6.9 5 6.8 10 6.6 15 6.4 20 6.1

Magnetic Sensor
7.2

Xn (mm)
7

6.8

6.6

6.4

6.2

5.8

5.6

Pn (mm)
5.4 -25 -20 -15 -10 -5 0 5 10 15 20 25

Capacitive Sensor
Pn ( mm) -20 -15 -10 -5 0 5 10 15 20 Xn(mm) 0.3 0.4 0.4 0.3 0.2 -

Capacitive Sensor
0.5

Xn (mm)

0.4

0.3

0.2

0.1

Pn (mm)
0 -25 -20 -15 -10 -5 0 5 10 15 20 25

-0.1

-0.2

Inductive Sensor
Pn (mm) -20 -15 -10 -5 0 5 10 15 20 Xn(mm)

0.1 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.1

Xn (mm)

Inductive Sensor
0.3

0.2

0.1

0 -25 -20 -15 -10 -5 0 5 10

Pn (mm)
15 20 25

-0.1

-0.2

-0.3

DISCUSSION:
A Proximity sensor can detect objects without physical contact. A proximity sensor often emits an electromagnetic field or beam and look for changes in the field. The object being sensed is often referred to as the proximity sensor's target. Different proximity sensor targets demand different sensors. For example, a capacitive or photoelectric sensor might be suitable for a plastic target; an inductive proximity sensor requires a metal target .Proximity sensors detect the presence of objects without physical contact. Proximity Sensors are available in models using high-frequency oscillation to detect ferrous and nonferrous metal objects and in capacitive models to detect non-metal objects. Models are available with environment resistance, heat resistance, resistance to chemicals, and resistance to water. Typical applications include the detection, position, inspection and counting on automated machines and manufacturing systems. They are also used in the following machinery: packaging, production, printing, plastic molding, metal working, food processing, etc. Basically there are four types of proximity sensors according there operating principal. Inductive Proximity Sensors Capacitive Proximity Sensors Magnetic Proximity Sensors Photoelectric Proximity Sensors

Inductive proximity sensors are used for non-contact detection of metallic objects. Their operating principle is based on a coil and oscillator that creates an electromagnetic field in the close surroundings of the sensing surface. The presence of a metallic object (actuator) in the operating area causes a dampening of the oscillation amplitude. The rise or fall of such oscillation is identified by a threshold circuit that changes the output of the sensor. The operating distance of the sensor depends on the actuator's shape and size and is strictly linked to the nature of the material Capacitive proximity sensors are used for non-contact detection of metallic objects & nonmetallic objects (liquid, plastic, wooden materials and so on). Capacitive proximity sensors use the variation of capacitance between the sensor and the object being detected. When the object is at a preset distance from the sensitive side of the sensor, an electronic circuit inside the sensor begins to oscillate. The rise or the fall of such oscillation is identified by a threshold circuit that drives an amplifier for the operation of an external load. A screw placed on the backside of the sensor allows regulation of the operating distance. This sensitivity regulation is useful in applications, such as detection of full containers and non-detection of empty containers. The operating distance of the sensor depends on the actuator shape and size and is strictly linked to the nature of the material Magnetic proximity sensors are actuated by the presence of a permanent magnet. Their operating principle is based on the use of reed contacts, whose thin plates are hermetically sealed in a glass bulb with inert gas. The presences of a magnetic field makes the thin plates flex and touch each other causing an electrical contact. The plate's surface has been treated with a special material particularly suitable for low current or high inductive circuits. Magnetic sensors compared to traditional mechanical switches have the following advantage:

Contacts are well protected against dust, oxidization and corrosion due to the hermetic glass bulb and inert gas; contacts are activated by means of a magnetic field rather than mechanical parts

Special surface treatment of contacts assures long contact life Maintenance free Easy operation Reduced size

Photoelectric proximity sensors use light sensitive elements to detect objects and are made up of an emitter (light source) and a receiver. Four types of photoelectric sensors are available. a. b. c. d. Direct Reflection (Diffused) Reflection with Reflector (Retro reflective) Polarized Reflection with Reflector. Thru Beam

Direct Reflection(Diffused) - emitter and receiver are housed together and use the light reflected directly off the object for detection. In the use of these photocells, it is important to bear in mind the color and the type of surface of the object. With opaque surfaces, the sensing distance is affected by the color of the object. Light colors correspond to the maximum distances and vice versa. In the case of shiny objects, the effect of the surface is more important than the color. The sensing distance in the technical data is related to matte white paper. Reflection with Reflector (Retro reflective) - emitter and receiver are housed together and requires a reflector. An object is detected when it interrupts the light beam between the sensor and reflector. These photocells allow longer sensing distances, as the rays emitted are almost totally reflected towards the receiver. Polarized Reflection with Reflector - similar to Reflection with Reflector, these photocells use an antireflex device. The use of such a device, which bases its functioning on a polarized band of light, offers considerable advantages and secure readings even when the object to be sensed has a very shiny surface. They are not in the technical data affected by random reflections. Thru Beam - emitter and receiver are housed separately and detect an object when it interrupts the light beam between the emitter and receiver. These photocells allow for the longest distances.