EGE-Elektronik Spezial-Sensoren GmbH - Special-Sensors for Automation

Level Sensors - Instructions for mounting

At the side installation of capacitive sensors we prefer to put the sensor tip on an angle of 20 degree to protect sedimation. The sensors should be protected against damages by side power effects for example by blungers.

For flush mounting, the sensor can be built into influencing material up to its active surface without changing its characteristics. For non-flush mounting, a metal-free zone around the sensor must be allowed for. A free zone to the material opposite the sensor must be maintained for all sensors.

The indicated free zones are in accordance with the standard EN 60947-5-2


When collocating the sensors, a minimum separation must be kept between the devices in order to avoid mutual influence. When in doubt, a test should be conducted under application conditions. For capacitive sensors, the lateral separation from one another must correspond to at least twice the diameter of the sensor. For separations greater than eight times the diameter no mutual influence is to be expected. For oppositely mounted sensors, a minimal separation of eight times the nominal switching separation should be allowed for.


The threads of the sensors in this prospectus are manufactured to DIN ISO 228-1, tolerance class B. They are designated with (") or (G).
If it is necessary to combine different threads, e.g. the sensor-thread made to DIN ISO 228-1 and an inner thread made to DIN ISO 229, such inner thread must be widened by a thread drill.


In order to prevent destruction of the threaded bushing during fitting, the following maximum torques must not be exceeded:

PTFE-sensors may only be tightened by hand


The sealings used for our sensors are made of PTFE, NBR, FPM or AFM. For water applications with water temperatures up to 150 °C and with pressures less than 5 bar, EDPM O-rings must be used. If the temperatures exeed 100 °C or the pressures are higher special sealings are necessary (2). When ordering sensors for such applications, such special sealings must be ordered too.

Instructions for operation

Serial connection
For the serial connection of two wire or three wire sensors the individual voltage drops are added together. Therefore there is a lesser operational voltage at the disposal of the load. The addition of the switch-on delay times should be noted.

Parallel connection
The parallel connection of two wire sensors can only be conditionally recommended since the residual currents are added together and flow through the load. For the parallel connection of three wire sensors, the current consumption of the individual devices is added together. Since this current does not flow through the load, the maximum number of parallel connectable three wire sensors depends only on the power supply.

Approval for safety applications

Sensors for personal security must have a qualification approval according to EN 61508 and must be labeled accordingly. Sensors that are not labeled must not to be used for applications of this kind.

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