One ifm Cylinder Sensor Does the Work of Two!

When used with short-stroke pneumatic cylinders, a single sensor from ifm electronic’s new MK59xx range can detect both cylinder end positions, whereas, in the past, two separate sensors would have been needed. This reduces both cost and installation time. Designed for T-slot mounting, the new sensors have a detection range of 50 mm and, as well as conventional switching outputs, they feature an IO-Link interface that allows continuous high resolution monitoring of cylinder position.

Image Credit: ifm Electronic

​​​​​​​If the IO-Link interface is used, MK59xx sensors also provide additional functionality, including a stroke counter which is invaluable for evaluating the service life of critical cylinders, a stroke timer which can provide a useful warning of mechanical or air pressure problems, and a temperature monitor. An additional benefit is that, thanks to a teach function and a Bluetooth adaptor, the sensors can be adjusted from outside the machine after installation.

MK59xx sensors are currently available in versions with either one or two switching outputs and with a range of connection options, including 2 m or 6 m cables or pigtails with either M8 or M12 connectors. All types provide two digital outputs accessible via IO-Link, and all have a maximum switching frequency of 200 Hz. The sensors have an IP67 ingress protection rating which allows them to be used in all normal industrial applications.



Please use one of the following formats to cite this article in your essay, paper or report:

  • APA

    ifm Electronic Ltd.. (2023, May 15). One ifm Cylinder Sensor Does the Work of Two!. AZoSensors. Retrieved on May 20, 2024 from

  • MLA

    ifm Electronic Ltd.. "One ifm Cylinder Sensor Does the Work of Two!". AZoSensors. 20 May 2024. <>.

  • Chicago

    ifm Electronic Ltd.. "One ifm Cylinder Sensor Does the Work of Two!". AZoSensors. (accessed May 20, 2024).

  • Harvard

    ifm Electronic Ltd.. 2023. One ifm Cylinder Sensor Does the Work of Two!. AZoSensors, viewed 20 May 2024,

Tell Us What You Think

Do you have a review, update or anything you would like to add to this news story?

Leave your feedback
Your comment type

While we only use edited and approved content for Azthena answers, it may on occasions provide incorrect responses. Please confirm any data provided with the related suppliers or authors. We do not provide medical advice, if you search for medical information you must always consult a medical professional before acting on any information provided.

Your questions, but not your email details will be shared with OpenAI and retained for 30 days in accordance with their privacy principles.

Please do not ask questions that use sensitive or confidential information.

Read the full Terms & Conditions.