Uniformity in diversity: the Turck family of fluid sensors

The world of fluid sensors is bewilderingly wide and diverse. There are countless types, features and designs that make it hard to choose the most suitable component for the application. With its modularly designed family of fluid sensors, Turck creates transparency in this area that is so important to food, beverage and pharmaceutical production. The PS+ pressure sensor series is one of the most impressive products.

Using fluid sensors from different makes not only increases the cost of procurement, but they also take longer to install and require more effort for maintenance and for training operating staff. Standardising the control panel, the configuration menu, assembly and the cable feed would save time on every level and significantly increase efficiency. And that is exactly what Bachofen’s technology partner Turck realised. The renowned automation specialist is currently expanding its existing, completely modular fluid sensor platform and adding sensors for temperature and flow measurement. Since all the sensors are based on the same platform concept, they have a lot in common in terms of design and operation.

A new era for pressure sensors

The PS+ pressure sensor is already firmly established on the market, having won the iF Design Award soon after it was launched in 2019. With this series, Turck has rung in a new era for fluid sensors and set a first milestone in the development of the platform. Thanks to its impressive advantages, this robust and intuitively operated pressure sensor with a range of up to 600 bar has proven itself in production systems for the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries.

Flexible in every way

Commissioning the PS+ pressure sensors could not be easier. They can also be installed overhead without any problems. Their position can also be adapted to the conditions on site, with sensor head rotatable by up to 340°. Once connected, the sensor reacts automatically to the controller or bus module and immediately switches itself to the required signal. This can be a PNP or NPN signal, or a current or voltage signal. A compatibility mode for integration in IO-Link systems underlines the flexibility of this innovative pressure sensor.

Simple, intuitive operation

The settings can be made quickly and easily on the bi-colour display with capacitive touchpads in the plain text menu (based on the Turck or VDMA standard). A locking mechanism protects the device from tampering. The control unit is hermetically sealed to prevent liquid or dirt from penetrating. The PS+ pressure sensors thus meet the ISO protection classes IP6K6K, IP6K7 and IP6K9K.

The PS+ is available either with ceramic measuring cells (PS310) or metal measuring cells (PS510) which are resistant to up to seven times the nominal pressure. An upgrade with peak pressure resistors is also possible. The best way to find out which PS+ version is most suitable for a specific application is to ask the experts at Bachofen. The knowledgeable support from Bachofen will lead you directly to the right solution.

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Areas of application

  • Chemical processes

  • Monitoring hydraulic pressure

  • Monitoring coolant supply

Excellent in every way

  • Relative pressure up to 600 bar

  • Accurate to 0.25%

  • IO-Link 1.1

  • High protection class (IP6K6K, IP6K7, IP6K9K )

  • Multicolour display rotatable by 340°

  • Winner of iF Design Award 2019

Other focus topics in the area of food, pharmaceutical