Global packaging automation technology developer SMC has released its new PF3A8#H-L digital flow switch which features an easy-to-read 4-screen display and is designed to cover a large flow measurement range.

The new flow switch has a modular flow sensor which offers a 100:1 flow ratio, and can detect small leaks (10LPM or more), monitor main line air consumption (up to 2000LPM) and pressure, while simultaneously measuring air pressure and temperature. 

The accuracy of information sits at the heart of the PF3A8#H-L – the 3-colour and 2-line screen display can rotate in increments of 90-degrees, allowing operators to take notes and set the flow switch, while checking the measured value.

Guiomar Fernandez, product marketing manager at SMC Corporation ANZ, believes that the true benefit of this component lies in its ability to offer more detailed information, thanks to its IO-link compatibility, together with switchable NPN/PNP output.

“We are able to offer more extensive and permanent condition monitoring of an application’s performance to better enhance efficiencies and productivity,” Fernandez said. 

“We are always listening to our customers and seeking ways to enhance efficiency and reduce operating costs. 

“This next generation modular flow switch offers greater flexibility and functionality, while being very simple to set and operate. This, coupled with low air loss, makes the PF3A8#H-L the ideal product for those who want to digitise their processes and care about energy efficiency.”

Fernandez added that the PF3A8#H-L is incredibly durable, due to its bore type system made of aluminium alloy. 

“This modular design reduces the required installation space, piping and wiring work,” he explained.

“The brackets allow the flow switch to be retrofitted on steel pipes systems, and into legacy SMC’s air service units. 

“All the process data (flow, pressure, temperature), as well as identification and configuration data for the PF3A8#H-L is transmitted with a single M12 standard connector, and special IO-link cable is required.”

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