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General Purpose Sensors

Product Line Features

  • Measure distance, detect objects, measure & control water and benign liquid levels
  • Indoor and outdoor application
  • Operating Temperature: -40 to +70C
  • Ingress: IP68, NEMA-4X, NEMA-6P
  • User-adjustable with SenixVIEW software (included) for setup, testing and cloning sensors

Tough. Construction

These rugged, compact ultrasonic sensors inspired the “ToughSonic” name. They are our flagship products with heavy duty electronics epoxy potted into type 316 stainless steel housings, with permanently attached cables and ruggedized piezoelectric transducers. ToughSonic sensors are found on remote monitoring stations from the Australian outback to Alaskan oil fields. They are installed on heavy construction and farm equipment, and in some of the harshest factory environments.  When an ordinary sensor just won’t do, you need a ToughSonic.

CE Mark

ToughSonic 3 Logo

Maximum / Optimum Range
3 ft (0.9 m) / 2 ft (0.6 m)

Deadband
0-1.75 in (0-44 mm)

Transducer
Standard, beam width
12 +/-2 degrees

Mounting Threads
US: 1-in NPT
Metric: 30 x 1.5 mm

Dimensions
Length: 4.062 in (103.2 mm)
Diam: 1.32 in (33.3 mm) max

Selectable Outputs
2 plus serial data
Voltage, current, switch(es)

Adjustment
SenixVIEW & push-button “teachable”

Cable
6.5 ft (2 m) pigtail
4 or 6-wire, + drain

Serial Data-Only Models
Cable: 4-wire + drain
(Dual-twisted pair)

ToughSonic 12 Logo

Maximum / Optimum Range
12 ft (3.7 m) / 8 ft (2.4 m)

Deadband
0-3 in (0-76 mm)

Transducer
Kynar (PVDF), beam width
10 +/-2 degrees

Mounting Threads
US: 1-in NPT
Metric: 30 x 1.5 mm

Dimensions
Length: 4.062 in (103.2 mm)
Diam: 1.32 in (33.3 mm) max

Selectable Outputs
2 plus serial data
Voltage, current, switch(es)

Adjustment
SenixVIEW & push-button “teachable”

Cable
6.5 ft (2 m) pigtail
4 or 6-wire, + drain

Serial Data-Only Models
Cable: 4-wire + drain
(Dual-twisted pair)

ToughSonic 14 Logo

Maximum / Optimum Range
14 ft (4.3 m) / 10 ft (3 m)

Deadband
0-4 in (0-102 mm)

Transducer
Standard, beam width
12 +/-2 degrees

Mounting Threads
US: 1-in NPT
Metric: 30 x 1.5 mm

Dimensions
Length: 4.062 in (103.2 mm)
Diam: 1.32 in (33.3 mm) max

Selectable Outputs
2 plus serial data
Voltage, current, switch(es)

Adjustment
SenixVIEW & push-button “teachable”

Cable
6.5 ft (2 m) pigtail
4 or 6-wire, + drain

Serial Data-Only Models
Cable: 4-wire + drain
(Dual-twisted pair)

ToughSonic 30 Logo

Maximum / Optimum Range
30 ft (9.1 m) / 20 ft (6.1 m)

Deadband
0-10 in (0-254 mm)

Transducer
Standard, beam width
15 +/-2 degrees

Mounting Threads
US: 1-1/2 in NPT
Threaded both ends

Dimensions
Length: 4.30 in (109 mm)
Diam: 1.88 in (48 mm)

Simultaneous Outputs
5 plus serial data
1 voltage, 2 current, 2 switches

Adjustment
SenixVIEW & push-button “teachable”

Cable
6.5 ft (2 m) pigtail
4 or 9-wire, + drain

Serial Data-Only Models
Cable: 4-wire + drain
(Dual-twisted pair)

ToughSonic 50 Logo

Maximum / Optimum Range
50 ft (15.2 m) / 33 ft (10 m)

Deadband
0-12 in (0-303 mm)

Transducer
Standard, beam width
12 +/-2 degrees

Mounting Options
Clamp, or 1-1/2 in NPT rear, or PVC 2-1/2 in NPT front & rear

Dimensions (D x L)
Click photo to view dimensions by model

Simultaneous Outputs
5 plus serial data
1 voltage, 2 current, 2 switches

Adjustment
SenixVIEW adjustable only,
no push-button

Cable
6.5 ft (2 m) pigtail
4 or 9-wire, + drain

Serial Data-Only Models
Cable: 4-wire + drain
(Dual-twisted pair)

Smart. Communications

All sensors include serial data communications to connect with SenixVIEW setup software or your equipment. Choose either the RS-232 or RS-485 model, with the following communications format:

  • Selectable Modbus (default) or ASCII streaming protocols
  • Baud rates from 9600 (default) to 115200 bps
  • Many other features, all adjustable using SenixVIEW software

We recommend the RS-485 Serial Data Interface unless connecting to an RS-232 device. The benefits of RS-485 over RS-232 include:

  • Multi-sensor Modbus-addressable RS-485 networks
  • Better noise immunity in industrial environments
  • Allows longer cable lengths at higher baud rates
  • Bottom line: more capability and high value

Energy is conserved in battery-powered applications since these sensors power-on and are ready to measure in under 1 second. If you only require a Serial Data interface all models are available without the additional analog and switch outputs at reduced cost and power consumption, and use a 4-wire dual twisted pair (plus drain) data cable instead of the standard 6 or 9-wire cable.

Smart. Interfaces

Multiple Outputs

  • Analog 0-10 VDC and 4-20 mA
  • Switches: Configurable as Sinking (NPN) or Sourcing (PNP)
  • SenixVIEW configurable
  • Push-button adjustments all models except ToughSonic 50
  • ToughSonic 3, 12, 14: Two concurrent outputs + serial data
  • ToughSonic 30, 50: Five concurrent outputs + serial data
  • Serial data communications (RS-232 or RS-485)

Ultimate Flexibility

All sensor outputs are SenixVIEW configurable by the user.

  • Analogs can be calibrated between any two distances, adjustable analog limits, positive or negative slope, and no-target time delay
  • Switches have both hysteresis and window modes, time delays (on, off & no target)
  • All analogs and switches all have response settings for power-on initialization, loss of target echo (delay and state) and SYNC lost

Smart. Teach Button

Sensors come with a default setup but many features are adjustable using the rear push-button (except ToughSonic 50). The default setup can also be reset using the push-button, or the button can be disabled.

Adjustment is easier and more powerful using SenixVIEW software (see below).

Smart. SenixVIEW PC Software

SenixVIEW is included at no charge, runs on a Windows PC and connects to sensors via a serial data port. Our Setup Kits provide everything needed to connect through a USB port, including power supply, sensor-PC interface and cables. SenixVIEW is not required but adds powerful configuration, test and management capability.

  • View sensor measurements graphically in several different ways
  • Over 60 user-adjustable parameters
  • Built-in data logging, graphing, exporting and statistics facilities
  • Save & retrieve setups for maintenance and sensor cloning

Sensor Adjustments Give You More Control 

  • Analogs: Slope, distance endpoints, analog value limits
  • Switches: Setpoints, hysteresis /window features, time delays
  • All Outputs: Power-on, loss of echo, loss of SYNC responses
  • Serial Data: Communications and SYNC modes and functions
  • Measurements: Temperature compensation, sensitivity, data filters, measure rate, gain settings and data processing filters
  • Adjustments: Stored in sensor memory even when power is off

Connected. Data

Wireless Connectivity…

  • RS-485 models connect with Senix LoRa Wireless Transmitters
  • Reduced power dissipation & lower cost

These are also our most versatile ultrasonic sensors. You can configure powerful extended features using SenixVIEW software (included with any sensor) or use the “Teach” button for in situ adjustments. Several fully configurable and simultaneous outputs are provided, including serial data (RS-232 or RS-485, by model), analog (0-10 VDC and 4-20 mA) and switches (configurable as sinking or sourcing). Groups of sensors can be synchronized to prevent mutual interference, or up to 32 RS-485 models can be used in a multi-drop addressable network using the Modbus protocol – all standard features. We call these sensors “general purpose” because they have the configurability and ruggedness to solve almost any non-contact sensing challenge.

Senix also offers ToughSonic ruggedness in a sealed, chemically-resistant housing.  Please compare our entire ultrasonic sensor product line to find the right sensor for your application.

Customization Options Available:

  • Pre-loaded parameter configuration and calibration for volume applications.
  • Alternative cables, lengths and connectors.

If you are not sure which ToughSonic ultrasonic sensor is right for you, please contact us to discuss your requirements. We’ve been helping customers with their automation challenges since 1990. We’ll be happy to help you. Phone +1 802 489 7300.

 

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