How Inductive Sensors Help Vehicle Manufacturers

Sensors continue to make a dynamic impact on the world around us, as they’re used in a variety of ways. For instance, a manufacturer of utility vehicles uses inductive sensing to identify the model of each chassis as it’s received in their local body shop.

A utility vehicle is lifted onto the line using pulleys and clamps. Its metal chassis is clamped into the lift at the reception point. Inductive sensors with long operating distances are used to identify what kind of chassis it is. As expected with large metal parts, there are heavy impacts and mechanical shocks to the sensor. Therefore, the sensor has to be quite rugged in order to “take a beating.” With all-metal, stainless steel housing– including the sensing face– this new generation of sensors can handle the stresses of its job better than conventional sensors.

Sure, they could do the work the old-fashioned way– hiring a person to check vehicles to visually inspect each part. Sensors can accomplish the same screening with greater speed and efficiency, and less chance for error.

In the case of identifying utility vehicles by their chassis, the inductive sensors are able to detect the presence or absence of a metal part that identifies the particular chassis. If and when the wrong chassis is found in a certain stack an alarm occurs to notify the operator. This is a convenient way of using technology in order to streamline and quicken industrial, automotive, and/or manufacturing processes.

If you would like to discuss your particular inductive sensor needs, please do not hesitate to contact Locon Sensor Systems today.