Sensor specialist ifm electronic recognises the onward march of IO-Link technology and the important benefits it brings in helping to meet the growing demands for increasingly sophisticated control and automation applications. A good example of this is their innovative range of M30 ultrasonic position sensors, designed specifically for applications where continuous level measurement and object detection for bulk materials or liquids applications are required.

The ifm M30 range includes sensors such as the UIT501, one of 6 options for continuous level measurement and object detection which are distinguished by their ability to cover a sensing distance range of up to 8 metres. Among the key features is the ability to adjust the width of sound beam via IO-Link which also helps users to prepare for Industry 4.0.

They will be particularly appreciated in level measurement applications where  space is very limited and where unwanted reflections on the inside of the tank results in faulty measurements. Thanks to the IO-Link, the sound beam can be set individually depending on the application. Other features and benefits include a vibrating sound transducer which reduces the risk of dirt deposit, a robust stainless steel housing and options in the range which provide a sensing range of up to 8 metres.

Settings and control for the UIT501 is via pushbutton or IO-Link, with M12 connection, output is PNP+4 / 20mA and they have a protection rating of IP67.

Accessory options include stainless steel angle bracket, USB IO-Link master for parameter settings and analysis of units, along with supported communication protocols; IO-Link (4.8, 38.4 and 230 kBit/s).