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Proximity Sensors Capacitive

Thermoplastic Polyester Housing LES
Types CA, M12, DC, Teach-in TR
• Featuring TRIPLESHIELD™ Sensor Protection
• Sensing distance: 0.5 - 8 mm
• Teach-in of sensing distance via push-button or
• Automatic detection of NPN or PNP load
• Selectable make or break switching by means of
Teach-in function
• Protection: Short-circuit, transients and reverse polarity
• Humidity compensation
• Alarm output
• 5 years of warranty

Product Description Ordering Key CA12CLC08BPM1

Capacitive proximity switch- Teach-in function. 3-wire DC Capacitive proximity switch
es with a sensing distance output with selectable make Housing diameter (mm)
of either 6 mm flush mount- (NO) or break (NC) switching Housing material
ed in metal or 8 mm non- and NPN Alarm. Grey Housing length
flush mounted. polyester housing with 2 m Detection principle
The switching points can be PVC cable or M12 plug. Rated operating dist. (mm)
altered by means of the Output type
Output configuration
Connection type

Type Selection
Housing diameter Rated operating distance Ordering no. Ordering no.
(Sn) Cable Plug

M12 8 mm CA12CLC08BP CA12CLC08BPM1

Sensing range (Sd) 0.5 - 8 mm Indication
factory set at 8 mm For output ON LED, yellow
Sensitivity Adjustable (Teach-in) For safe/unsafe LED, green
Effective operating dist. (Sr) 0.9 x Sn ≤ Sr ≤ 1.1 x Sn Environment
Degree of protection IP 68
Usable operating dist. (Su) 0.8 x Sr ≤ Su ≤ 1.2 x Sr Operating temperature -20 to +85°C ( -4 to +185°F)
Repeat accuracy (R) ≤ 5% Max. temperature on sensing face 120°C (248°F)
Hysteresis (H) Depending on Teach-in Storage temperature -40 to +85°C (-40 to +176°F)
Rated operational volt. (UB) 10 to 40 VDC (ripple incl.) Housing material
Ripple ≤ 10% Body Grey, thermoplastic polyester
Cable end Polyester, softened
Rated operational current (Ie) ≤ 250 mA (continuous) Nuts Black, PA12 Grilamid
No-load supply current (Io) ≤ 12 mA Connection
Voltage drop (Ud) ≤ 2.5 VDC @ max. load Cable Grey, 2 m, 4 x 0.25 mm2
Protection Short-circuit, reverse Oil proof, PVC
polarity, transients Plug (M1) M12 x 1
Cable for plug (M1) CON.1A-series
Electrostatic discharge 30 kV Weight
Burst 3 kV Cable version 110 g
Airborne HF > 15 V/m Plug version 30 g
Wire-conducted noise > 10 Vrms Approvals UL, CSA
Frequency of operating CE-marking Yes
cycles (f) 15 Hz

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CA, M12, DC, Teach-in

Adjustment Guide
The environments in which TRIPLESHIELD™ capacitive need for adjusting sensitivity if Note:
capacitive sensors are install- sensors a user-friendly sensi- temperature varies and high Sensors are factory set
ed can often be unstable re- tivity adjustment instead of immunity to electromagnetic (default) to nominal sensing
garding temperature, humidity, having a fixed sensing range, interference (EMI). range Sn.
object distance and industrial extended sensing range to
(noise) interference. Because accommodate mechanically
of this, Carlo Gavazzi offers demanding areas, temperature
as standard features in all stability to ensure minimum

Installation Hints
Capacitive sensors have the • Chemical Industry • Packaging Industry tive sensor is referenced to a
unique ability to detect al- Cleansers, fertilisers, liquid Package inspection for level grounded metal plate (ST37).
most all materials, either in li- soaps, corrosives and pe- or contents, dry goods, For additional information
quid or solid form. Capacitive trochemicals. fruits and vegetables, dairy regarding dielectric ratings
sensors can detect metallic products. of materials please refer to
as well as non-metallic ob- • Wood Industry Technical Information.
jects, however, their tradition- Saw dust, paper products, Materials are detected due to
al use is for non-metallic door and window frames. their dielectric constant. The
materials such as: bigger the size of an object,
• Ceramic & Glass the higher the density of ma-
• Plastics Industry Industry terial, the better or easier it is
Resins, regrinds or mould- Raw material, clay or to detect the object. Nominal
ed products. finished products, bottles. sensing distance for a capaci-

To avoid interference from inductive voltage/ Relief of cable strain Protection of the sensing face Switch mounted on mobile carrier
current peaks, separate the prox. switch pow-
er cables from any other power cables, e.g.
motor, contactor or solenoid cables
Not correct


The cable should not be pulled A proximity switch should not serve as Any repetitive flexing of the
mechanical stop cable should be avoided

Dimensions Accessories
• Plugs CON.1A.. series.
82.4 84.7
50 19.4 50 18.4 For further information please refer to “Accessories.

10.7 10.7
Delivery Contents
M12 x 1 LED M12 x 1 LED M12

• Capacitive switch: CA..CLC..BP..

Cable Plug • Packaging: Cardboard box
• Installation & Adjustment Guide (MAN CAP ENG/GER)

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CA, M12, DC, Teach-in

Teach-in Guide
Adjustment - Background
No target present
Press push-button >3 seconds until LED´s are flashing one time per second. The background will be calibrated when the
push-button is released during the following 3 seconds
LED - Green
LED - Yellow
Time (sec)
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13

Adjustment - Object
Target present
Press push-button >6 seconds until LED´s are flashing two times per second. The object will be calibrated when the push-
button is released during the following 3 seconds
LED - Green
LED - Yellow
Time (sec)
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13

Adjustment - NO - NC

Press push-button >9 sec. until LED´s are flashing three times per second. The status of NO-NC will toggle when the push-
button is released during the following 3 seconds

LED - Green
LED - Yellow
Time (sec)
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13

Releasing the push-button after 12 sec. returns the sensor to factory settings.

Wiring Diagram

The PNP- or NPN-load will automatically be

BN+ (1)
BK (4)
By means of the Teach-in wire, the functions
IALARM < 20mA described in the Teach-in Guide can be set-
ILOAD < 250mA

WH (2) It is possible to Teach-in more sensors at the

same time by connecting the WH-wires in
Teach-in parallel to the common ”-” supply.
BU- (3) (#): Plug connections

Important: If alarm output (WH-wire) is

unused, it has to be terminated to +supply

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