How to Increase Sensitivity of Inductive Proximity Sensors

Introduction: How to Increase Sensitivity of Inductive Proximity Sensors

Some time ago my LJ18A3-8-Z/BX 8mm inductive sensor decided to decrease its sensitivity to 4 mm, don't ask me why, and I hadn't a new one to replace, so ,during various tries to revive it, I discovered something very interesting.

Step 1: Yes, We Can...

Placing a little magnet near its sensing head increase its sensitivity by several mms. You have to try different types of Neodimium magnets and discover experimentally which side makes the trick (the wrong side don't) and finally glue it in the correct place with cyan glue.

Step 2:

I then tried with the sensor of my 2nd printer, a different probe 8mm. I was in trouble because of the glass I use (5mm oven inside glass) and the aluminium bed, poorly magnetic, but the trick of magnet was effective this time too.

As you can see in the picture I tried with 2 magnets to increase more the sensitivity and it increases, but once fired and rised from bed 10-20mm the sensor remains in that state for a random time (5min or more) before switching down, so I still have to investigate deeply...

Step 3:

I hope this trick will help someone...

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    5 Comments

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    RikyAirborn.
    RikyAirborn.

    1 year ago

    I was desperate and I found your trick in a google search.. You just made my day man !!
    Thanks a lot ! I've purchased a 4 mm glass bed from Tronxy for my X5sa, of course the glass is to thick for the original sensor, was about to buy a capacitance device instead, but because of you I don't need to... Thanks again

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    ronald44181000
    ronald44181000

    1 year ago

    I'm going to give this a try on my CNC Router and my EZABL on my 3D printer. Great Idea, Thanks.

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    EderMartins
    EderMartins

    2 years ago

    I did it and works great over my 4mm glass on Troxy x5sa.
    Thank you a lot

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    RobertK196
    RobertK196

    2 years ago

    Oh, you have NO idea how grateful for this trick I am! Thanks!!! I used BLtouch with very inconsistent results (cheap chinese clone) as my inductive sensor was not capable to measure through glass bed.
    Wit this trick I have 1.5mm to spare!!!

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    Swansong
    Swansong

    3 years ago

    That's a neat trick :)