HANNOVER MESSE 2018, 23 - 27 April

ifm electronic

ifm electronic - close to you!

Logo ifm electronic
Exhibition stand
Hall 9, Stand D36

Company Data

ifm electronic gmbh

Friedrichstr. 1
45128 Essen
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Fax: +49 201 2422 1200


Type of company

Year founded

No. of employees
1.001-10.000 (Status: 2018)

Annual turnover
between 100M and 1 billion EUR (Status: 2017)

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Company profile

Measuring and controlling - When it comes to pioneering automation technology, the ifm group is the ideal partner. Since the foundation in 1969 ifm has developed, produced and sold sensors, controllers and systems for industrial automation worldwide. Today the ifm group family-run in the second generation with more than 6,5000 employees in 70 countries is one of the worldwide industry leaders. ifm combines the internationality and innovative strength of a growing group of companies with the flexibility and close customer contact of a medium-sized company.
On this basis, the ifm group achieved a turnover of 880 Million Euro in 2017.

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Position sensors

Position sensors are nowadays indispensable in industrial applications to reliably detect positions on machines. As compared to mechanical switches, inductive, capacitive and magnetic sensors offer almost ideal conditions: operation without contact and wear as well as high switching frequencies and accuracy. more

Sensors for motion control

In many industrial applications it is necessary to monitor drives for rotational speed or standstill, measure speeds, frequencies, distances, angles or positions and display, process and transmit current process values. In the automotive, food, steel and mining industries, speed sensors are used to more

Industrial imaging

In automation technology visions sensors are an integral part of assembly and manufacturing tasks as well as quality control. In a robust, industrially compatible housing, the vision sensors combine lighting, lens, camera chip, evaluation and process connections for the integration in the higher-level more

Safety technology

The Machinery Directive stipulates machinery should not present a risk. Since there is no zero risk, the aim is to achieve an acceptable residual risk. If safety is dependent on control systems, these must be designed so as to minimise malfunction. Safety technology in automation minimises the risk more

Process sensors

In industrial processes where liquids, air or gases are used, process sensors serve to measure and detect pressure, temperature, flow and levels. Pressure sensors are used to detect the system pressure of oil in hydraulic systems or to measure the hydrostatic pressure in tanks and vessels in the food more

Industrial communication

The actuator-sensor interface (AS-i) is a manufacturer-independent standard for the connection of actuators and sensors of the first field level. AS-Interface has become established as an economic wiring system in industrial automation. A two-wire flat cable transmits data and energy. This considerably more


IO-Link is a manufacturer-independent point-to-point communication system used to connect sensors and actuators to an automation system. An IO-Link system consists of an IO-Link master and several IO-Link devices. The IO-Link master represents the interface to the controller or fieldbus level and communicates more

Identification systems

In production, intralogistics and conveying, automated identification based on 1D/2D codes or RFID labels has become a standard. Such automated identification systems enable the requirements-driven distribution of goods or assembly components as well as their traceability in real time. As a result, manufacturing more

Condition monitoring systems

Condition monitoring systems are used for condition-based maintenance of machines and installations. They help to detect machine damage in good time and prevent costly consequential damage. The ifm product range comprises systems for monitoring vibration, oil quality, compressed air and water consumption. more

Systems for mobile machines

The extensive ecomatmobile control system includes a range of products to meet the special requirements of mobile applications. Even in extreme conditions such as heat, cold, moisture, dust and vibration maximum reliability is required. The product range includes controllers, displays and I/O modules. more

Connection technology

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Power supplies

ifm power supplies for control cabinet installation provide power to the connected controllers, modules, sensors and actuators. They provide high noise immunity and sufficient power reserves to reliably handle short current spikes. The compact housing takes up very little space in the control cabinet. more


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Product categories

CAN modules and systems for programmable logic controls (PLCs) Capacitive proximity switches Clips Complete plug systems for automation Complex programmable logic controls PLCs/high-power PLCs DIN plug-in connectors Equipment and systems for condition-oriented maintenance, condition monitoring Equipment, sensors, communication technology for Industry 4.0 and industrial internet Failsafe PLCs Fault-tolerant controllers Filling level measuring devices Flow measuring devices High-resolution cameras for image processing Identification systems and coding systems by means of radio frequency (high-frequency signals) and transponders (RFID) Image processing systems for optical 3D measuring Image processing systems for positioning Incremental rotary position encoders Inductive proximity switches Industrial networks and serial bus systems in automation technology Magnetic proximity switches Magnetic shaft encoders Mini programmable logic controls (miniature PLCs/mini PLCs) Mounting parts, mounting clips, fasteners, mounting parts plastics and metals Non-contact sensors for temperature, infrared radiation Oil test devices Optical/optoelectrical identification systems Optoelectronic proximity switches Other basic systems for mobile automation Other components and accessories for image processing Other components for industrial networks Other fuses for low voltages Other parts and accessories for controls Other plug connectors Other sensor/actuator bus systems Other software and solutions for procurement, materials management and logistics Other software and solutions for production planning and control, PPC Photoelectric barriers (photoelectric security barriers) Plug connectors with integrated electronics Pressure gauges Profibus modules and systems for programmable logic controls (PLCs) RFID transponders and transponder readers for mobile automation Safe sensors Safety relays Sensors for angle, inclination, orientation Sensors for recognising object presence, object absence Sensors for revolution speed Software and solutions for material flow control and material flow optimization Software as a Service, SaaS, for industrial applications Tracking & tracing systems for workpieces and products Vision lighting systems

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