Top 5 Inductive Proximity Sensors

Inductive Proximity Sensors are an essential addition to countless process automation and control installations in all manner of industries. Designed to ensure that your process, whatever it may be, from a heavy industrial robotic welding installation to managing warehouse conveyor systems performs the best it can at all times. Whatever your flavour of Inductive Proximity Sensor, from the toughest to the economical Kempston Controls has just what you need. Here, we get up-close and personal with our Top 5 Inductive Proximity Sensors.

The perfect distance and end position inductive sensing partner

Standard non-flush inductive proximity sensor


Perfect for distance measurement and end position detection, with great shock resistance, this M18 non-flush, NPN switching output, IP67 rated, nickel-plated brass inductive proximity sensor is the perfect cylindrical detecting solution. With a sensing range of 12 mm, NO output function, DC 3 wiring, M12-4 pin connectivity it’s the ideal cost-effective industrial inductive proximity sensor solution, perfect for a whole host of applications where performance and cost are key.

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When you need chemical resistant and food safe inductive proximity sensors

Chemically resistant non-flush inductive proximity sensor

When you are working in the food and beverage industry you need to be resistant to a whole host of cleaning chemicals and regular washdowns. Plus, if you can communicate via the IO-Link protocol and feedback vital data to enhance production performance, that’s the icing on the cake! With a stainless steel M30 thread, PNP switching output, NO output function, 20 mm sensing range provided by the food-safe LCP plastic sensing face and IP68 and IP69K ratings. This non-flush inductive proximity sensor can withstand all the food and chemical abuse you can throw at it.

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Proximity detection in-between the Welders and Robots with Reduction Factor 1

Reduction factor 1 inductive proximity sensor

When you are spending your days detecting the proximity of mixed metal processing devices or manufactured parts in a harsh environment with lots of welding and associated spatter you need to be tough, durable and capable and have Reduction Factor 1 abilities. Designed to last, this ultra-tough flush sensing face inductive proximity sensor features a PTFE coated brass body with an M12 thread, PNP switching output, NO output function, M12 4 pin – DC-3 wire connection and a sensing range of 4 mm. Ideal for when you need to make the issue of sensing multiple metals in a vicious welding environment – no issue at all.

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Machine cooling lubrication with IO-Link? Durable proximity detection at its best

Machine coolant resistant sensor

Industrial machining can be demanding work, metal components and tools moving at incredible speeds ultimately leads to things getting a little hotter than most of us would care to touch. Making sure all components and tools are in place and ensuring your proximity sensors don’t fail due to the corrosive effects of machine cooling lubricants is this M12 non-flush PNP inductive proximity sensor. With an 8 mm sensing range, M12 4 pin – DC-3 wire connection, IP68 and IP69K protection and the ability to communicate effectively using IO-Link, when it’s machine cooling lubricants you need to deal with, this M12 inductive proximity sensor is a perfect choice.

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When rugged all-metal Inductive Proximity Sensors are the only solution


All metal proximity sensors

When the situation calls for a proximity sensor that has been built to take the knocks then this is the sensor of choice. With a cylindrical M12 closed housing made entirely of stainless steel, including the flush sensor face, this inductive proximity sensor can withstand shock, rapid temperature changes and resist harsh cleaning chemicals and machine cooling lubricants. With a PNP switching output, NO output function and the usual M12-4 pin, DC 3-wire, plus IO-Link communication a 6 mm sensing range and very long service life mean that this durable detector is the perfect choice for food and beverage use and all manner of heavy industry applications.

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Kempston Controls stocks a huge range of inductive proximity sensors from a wide selection of market-leading brands including Baumer, Turck Banner, Pepperl + Fuchs, Omron, SICK and many more available in a variety of styles to suit a wide range of industrial proximity sensing applications. If you need a different inductive proximity sensor than any one of our Top 5 – Contact us on +44(0) 1933 411411 or via email at to discuss your industrial process sensor requirements.

Further Reading:

Our Top 5 Panel Meters

Reduction Factor 1 Inductive Proximity Sensors


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Santon FCS

Switching Superiority with the S-Type FCS From Santon

Introducing the S-Type Fused Combination Switch from Santon, a modular built AC/DC switch with sideways decks. The S-Type FCS is suitable for a wide range of applications and is perfect for shallow enclosures. The FCS-Type Switch has superior performance with AC22 and AC23 ratings and can be used for fused or non-fused switching.

When it comes to safety the S-Type FCS Switch can be used for either fused or non-fused switching and includes a safety handle which ensures it has been safely turned off when opening the enclosure.

Highlights of the S-Type FCS:Santon FCS S-Type

  • TP, TPN, TPSN pole configurations
  • Accommodate BS88 HRC fuse-links
  • Comply with BS EN 60947-3
  • Operating handles provide IP54 protection
  • Clear ON / OFF indication
  • Door interlocking is also provided for by the handle
  • Padlocks may be fitted in the OFF position
  • Moulded handles up to 400A, cast metal has a higher rating
  • Fuse links not fitted but available from Kempston Controls separately
  • 32A up to 800A
  • ASTA certified
  • 6 different frame sizes suitable for various amperage ranges and modular deck assembly

Specifications of the S-Type FCS:FCS Type Specs

  • Polycarbonate inter-phase shields
  • Fixed contacts
  • 100A-800A terminations are provided with bolts for easy attachment of cable lugs or solid copper connections
  • Polycarbonate snap-fastening connection barriers
  • Manually independent over centre spring switching mechanism
  • Contact system provides four breaks in series per phase
  • Moving contacts
  • Fully interlocked rotary action operating the handle
  • Choice of switched or solid neutrals
  • Positive contact indicator shows the contact position with the door open


The Santon FCS-Type Brochure can be found here.

Who are Santon?
Originally formed in 1900, Santon started building electrical water heaters but found themselves without electrical switches. After researching possible solutions, the company found they had to use the concept of a rotary switch and opted for a packet switch which is now known to be a superior concept to switch off DC Current. After various takeovers and changes to the business, the company moved to Holland with a UK subsidiary in Newport.

Santon is the only UK supplier of tinned contacts for Fused Combination Switches.

As a member of the Rail Alliance, Santon collaborates with customers and suppliers to improve and innovate products within the rail supply chain.

Kempston Controls, as a supplier partner for Santon, is the place to come to for all of your fuse combination switch requirements, we can supply you with any fuse combination switch you need for your next installation. Please give our dedicated sales team a call on +44 (0) 1933 411411 to discuss your fuse combination switch requirements.


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Legrand Synergy Range

Function in Perfect harmony – Synergy Range from Legrand

The Synergy range from Legrand offers consumers countless features that are stylish and functional while maintaining ease of use and installation. Suitable for any application, residential or commercial the Synergy range, as Legrand describes it, is “form and function in perfect harmony”.

The high-quality finish expected from Legrand is reflected in the Synergy range. From the components and design through to its ease of installation including a range of surface mounting boxes, compact mechanisms that maximise wiring space, large angled terminal entries with backed off screws and clear laser marking.

Styles and Finishes

The Synergy range includes 5 styles and finishes and here we’ll take a look at three:

  • Synergy White: an all-purpose, all-time classic
  • Synergy Authentic: full metal finish with proven technical quality
  • Synergy Sleek: a slim profile, clean lines and no visible screws

Also available are Synergy Metalclad, known for its durability and reliability, and Synergy Grid, total flexibility with a multitude of functions and finishes.

Synergy White: All-purpose and all-time classic white finish.Synergy White

Key Features:

  • Conform to BS 1363 – Part 2: 1995
  • White thermoset front plates
  • Terminal screws captive and backed off ready for cabling
  • Supplied with optional faceplate screw caps

Synergy White Socket Brochure

Synergy White Full Brochure

Synergy Authentic: Full metal finish with proven technical quality.Synergy Authentic

Key Features:

  • Three colour options: Brushed Stainless Steel, Polished Stainless Steel & Gold.
  • Terminal screws captive and backed off ready for cabling – large angled terminal entries
  • Compact mechanism for maximum wiring space
  • Residual-current device option

Synergy Authentic Socket Brochure

Synergy Authentic Full Brochure

Synergy Sleek: Slim profile, clean lines and no visible screws.Synergy Sleek

Key Features:

  • Three colour options: Brushed Stainless Steel, Polished Stainless Steel & Gold.
  • Terminal screws captive and backed off ready for cabling – large angled terminal entries
  • Compact mechanism for maximum wiring space
  • No visible screws

Synergy Sleek Socket Brochure

Synergy Sleek Full Brochure

Legrand Type C USB Synergy Plug

The All-New Synergy USB Charging Socket

Combining the power of USB Type-A and Type-C with the British Standard 13 amp plug socket, this new offering in the Synergy range meets the requirements of today and tomorrow. All new and available now with high-speed charging and in three of the Synergy ranges: Authentic, Sleek and White.

In recent years USB Type-C devices have increased in popularity among consumer electronics manufacturers due to the size, flexibility and power – USB-C is reversibility and the Synergy USB socket requires no additional connections and is installed in the exact same way as a standard socket. This means that it’s suitable for both new-build projects and retrofit installations. While the two-gang variant features both a standard USB Type-A and Type-C sockets and lets users charge a wide range of devices from just one socket; it also provides a solution that is both convenient for immediate use and able to accommodate the continued rise of Type-C devices, such as the latest smartphone releases from Samsung and Google.

Extend Your Harmony – Legrand doesn’t stop there

Combine the style of the Synergy range and the functionality of the Arteor family to create an enhanced range of matching wiring accessories. With a wide range of modular Arteor accessory products (including international sockets, USB chargers, dimmers, wide rockers and thermostats) installations can be designed and tailored into any requirement and future trends. Find out more here on the Legrand website.

Modular Grid solutions are ideal for any environment from hotels and offices to residential applications. The Synergy Grid extends the appeal of the Synergy range even further, providing the flexibility you need to create multi-function, 1 to 24 gang plates which seamlessly integrate with the style and needs of your installation. The Synergy Grid range combines a complete selection of switch modules with specialist ones for TV, audio and networking connections.

Kempston Controls, as a supply partner of Legrand, can supply you with any of the Synergy range you require. Even if we don’t have the items you need in stock, we can certainly source them for you. Give our dedicated sales team a call on +44 (0) 1933 411411 or email us at to discuss your needs.

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PRC Series Circular Connectors – A New Angle on Connectivity

When it comes to industrial connectors, the PRC Series of circular connectors from Phoenix Contact has been designed to enable robust, reliable and stable cable-to-cable connections that demand precision real estate management in a multitude of installations from industrial and outdoor to commercial buildings. Incorporating weatherproof materials in their construction and with an impressive IP69K rating, the PRC series of connectors are capable of high current transmission even in the most demanding environmental conditions.

PRC series circular connectors

The PRC series has grown recently, expanding the possibilities of this series of robust Phoenix Contact inverted circular connectors even further. These additional connector models come in a selectable angled format – the field connectors can be set at 45 & 90 degrees and device connectors set at 0, 45, and 90 degrees. Thanks to their clever modular design they can be installed with various contact inserts for 5 and 3-way socket or pin contacts depending on the desired application. The PRC series circular connectors can also be colour coded, which can help speed up the accuracy and speed of connections in the field.

These inverted circular connectors with contact inserts, available in 3 or 5 contact versions, have been designed for currents up to 35 A and voltages up to 690 V AC. Hard-wearing and versatile, these circular connectors are up to 75% more compact than rival industrial connectors that are in the marketplace. Their smaller dimension adds yet another string to the bow of the diligent engineer who is looking for a compact and robust circular connector solution for their next installation or retrofitting project.

PRC Connector Advantages

  • 75% smaller in size than industrial connectors with the same rating
  • Locking mechanism can be unlocked manually or using a tool
  • Suitable for applications in atmospheres containing salt with excellent UV resistance
  • Ideal for indoor and outdoor use – waterproof materials

PRC series circular connectors

PRC Series Circular Connector Features:

  • Conductor cross sections: 1.5 mm² to 6 mm²
  • 3 or 5 connector contact options
  • Single and three-phase power distribution
  • Rated voltage: 690 V AC
  • Rated current: 35 A
  • IP69K protection rating
  • Colour coding options


Angular PRC Series Circular Connector Features:

  • Available with 3/5 position connector inserts with pins or sockets
  • Field connectors can be set at 45° and 90° angles
  • Device connectors can be set at 0°, 45°, and 90° angles
  • Modular system

See what Phoenix Contact says about the PRC Series Connectors

Kempston Controls, as a supplier partner for Phoenix Contact, is the place to come to for all of your circular connector requirements, we can supply you with any PRC series circular connector you need for your next installation. Please give our dedicated sales team a call on +44 (0) 1933 411411 to discuss your circular connector requirements.


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Advanced Handheld Label Printing


Performance that matches your own

Electricians, data centre technicians and panel builders can rely on the BMP61 Label Printer to identify wires, cables and components quickly and efficiently. The BMP61 Label Printer will be your trusted identification companion of choice, all day, every day, for years to come.

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Rugged & reliable

• Drop-tested and equipped with moulded rubber bumpers
• Large material loading bay for fast label material swaps
• Smart-cell cartridge technology enables auto-calibration
• Large colour touchscreen with on-screen indicators: Quickly review your label on the display before printing to avoid mistakes
• 33.8 mm/second print speed: don’t wait on the label you need
• Rechargeable NiMH-battery for increased autonomy
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High-performance materials & excellent print quality

• 600 label materials + custom labels: don’t use a half-baked solution. Choose from 600 label material (sleeves, self-lams and more) and ink ribbon combinations, or ask Brady to develop custom labels to answer your needs!
• Handles die-cut, continuous and custom labels up to 50.80 mm – also in bulk format
• Intuitive typing thanks to the AZERTY/QWERTY/QWERTZ/CYRILLIC keyboards
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Data management versatility

• USB list feature: read spreadsheets directly from external USBmemory and integrate the data in your labels ready for printing
• Wifi-version available – compatible with mobile apps: create or load label  templates with your smartphone and send them to your printer
• USB 2.0 ports (Type A & B) to copy large lists of label designs
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Atex Zones

ATEX Zones – An Infographic

The ATEX directive breaks the risk levels into three zones: 0/22, 1/21 & 2/22. These zones, in turn, provide the basis for the markings on ATEX equipment.

Here at Kempston Controls, we’ve put together the following infographic which gives a basic understanding of which industries deal with ATEX, how ATEX zones are distinguished and what protection there is for Electrical Equipment.

Be sure to look at our recent post on the EX-Handy 10 from ecom an intrinsically safe ATEX Phone here.

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ATEX Zones

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For more information and support on ATEX Zones and the precautions you can take to protect yourself, Kempston Controls are the people to speak to. For more information call us on 01933 411 411 or email us here.

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