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Carlton-Bates has over 60 years of expertise in sensors. We’ve built solid relationships with industry-leading suppliers such as Pepperl+Fuchs, Omron, Sensata BEI, Bourns, Molex and Turck. With over 10,000 sensors on our shelves ready to ship, we have what you need to meet the most demanding application needs.



The best-selling type of sensor at Carlton-Bates is photoelectric sensors (or photo-eyes), which are used extensively in industrial manufacturing. We have through-beam, retroreflective, infrared, and diffused sensors for your application needs.

This photoelectric sensor is known for its:

  • Non-contact detection that ensures long life and little maintenance
  • Highly reliable detection of minute objects
  • Detection of targets such as glass, wood, plastics, metal and liquid

Pepperl+Fuchs Photoelectric R10x 20x Series Brochure

Omron Oil-Resistant IP67G Sensors Brochure

Molex Contrinex Photoelectric Sensor Brochure

Omron Sensors for Manufacturers Whitepaper

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Proximity sensors detect objects without direct contact and require almost no maintenance. They convert movement or presence into an electrical signal. Some models are resistant to heat, impact, water and/or chemicals to meet your toughest industrial requirements.

The four basic categories of proximity are:

  • Inductive: senses metallic objects
  • Capacitive: senses non-metallic objects as well as resins, powders, glass and liquids
  • Ultrasonic: senses transparent objects
  • Special/Other: magnetic or hall-effect

Turck M08 Series Inductive Sensors Brochure

Omron Sensors for Machine Builders Whitepaper

Pepperl+Fuchs New IO-Link Reduction Factor 1 Inductive Sensors Brochure

Molex Contrinex Inductive Sensor Brochure

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Temperature and Pressure

Temperature sensors and pressure transducers cover a wide range of industries and applications. Whether you are building therapeutic hospital beds, railroad-crossing arms, chromatography units, refrigeration compressors, or irrigation pivot controls, we can find the right sensor for your application the first time.

Bourns Environmental Sensors Overview

Bourns Humidity Sensors Flyer

Sensata Position Sensors Fact Sheet

Turck PT2000 Pressure Transmitters for Hydraulic Systems

Pepperl+Fuchs IO Link Full Line of Sensors Brochure

Bourns Precision Pressure Sensors

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Sensor Accessories

All engineers and maintenance technicians need a cordset, reflector or mounting bracket from time to time. That’s why we keep a wide selection of sensor accessories in stock. Let us help you find exactly what you need to keep your sensors working smoothly.

BRADPOWER Modular Power Solutions

Omron Sensors for Extreme Wash-down Environments Brochure

Pepperl+Fuchs Connectivity Brochure

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