ifm electronic gmbh, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the development, manufacture, and sale of sensors, controllers, and systems for industrial automation to machine construction and other industries worldwide. Its products include position sensors, sensors for motion control, industrial imaging systems, safety technology systems, process sensors, industrial communication systems, identification systems, condition monitoring systems, systems for mobile machines, connection components, and power supplies and accessories. The company also offers telephone support, on-site technical support, and product presentation and training services; consulting, engineering, and software solutions; and calibration and project services. Its products are used in automotive industry, food and beverages, mobile machines, steel and metal industry, machine tools, wind energy, and hydraulics applications. The company markets its products through a network of suppliers. ifm electronic gmbh was founded in 1969 and is based in Essen, Germany with locations worldwide.