Carlo Gavazzi sensors monitor machine conditions

May 3, 2023
The ICF sensors are capable of intelligent monitoring, can handle harsh environments and are appropriate for clean rooms.

ICF full-metal inductive sensors These Carlo Gavazzi sensors can monitor the movement of parts within plastics processing machines, such as injection molding machines (IMMs). On-board IO-Link communications can send and receive information to and from external devices. For example, the sensors can monitor the rotation of an IMM injection screw to make sure it doesn’t stop rotating and avoid material scrap or costly machine downtime.  They also can be used to detect mold position and assure that molds are fully closed. With them, users can set alarms to be notified when the target position is out of spec and gain information useful for predictive maintenance. The sensors can be installed on new machines, but users of IMMs, extrusion machines and blow molding machines also can retrofit their machines with them.  

What’s new? The sensors. 

Benefits Increased uptime. The sensors are capable of intelligent monitoring. Made of rugged stainless steel, they can handle harsh environments, including high-temperature environments, common to the plastics industry and are also appropriate for clean rooms. They monitor their own internal health continuously, so that in the event of an abnormality, they will alert the system of a potential failure via IO-Link, reducing machine downtime. 

 Carlo Gavazzi Inc., Buffalo Grove, Ill., 847-465-6100, 

Vital Statistics  

Temperature range 

Minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit to 185 degrees Fahrenheit (and up to 212 degrees Fahrenheit during exposures of 15 minutes or less) 

Washdown capabilities 

IP68 and IP69K 

Shock resistance 


Vibration resistance 


About the Author

Karen Hanna | Senior Staff Reporter

Senior Staff Reporter Karen Hanna covers injection molding, molds and tooling, processors, workforce and other topics, and writes features including In Other Words and Problem Solved for Plastics Machinery & Manufacturing, Plastics Recycling and The Journal of Blow Molding. She has more than 15 years of experience in daily and magazine journalism.

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