The inductive, intelligent, and, thanks to IO-Link 1.1, communication-enabled IMC proximity sensors offer a whole host of new options to make handling applications easier and more reliable in every industry. Up to four individual switching points or windows including the hysteresis can be set. Equipped with two freely programmable switching end stages, an IMC can therefore replace several conventional devices. Adjustable switch-on and switch-off delays help to reliably suppress unwanted switching pulses in harsh environments. The additional on-board functions, such as logic modules, temperature measurement, counters, or time measurement enable complex tasks to be completed with ease directly in the sensor.