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Cameras for mobile applications
Cameras for mobile applications
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Cameras for mobile applications
- Programmable to IEC 61131-3 with CODESYS
- Robust metal housing for surface or panel mounting
- High-performance CAN interface for various communication tasks
- E1 type approval by the Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (German Federal Motor Transport Authority)

Cameras for mobile applications and 3D sensors are used to monitor blind spots around mobile machines and commercial vehicles. They can be directly connected to graphic dialogue modules with colour display or to control systems. The cameras are enclosed in a sturdy metal housing rated IP 69K so that they can be mounted outside of the vehicle or machine. The units offer increased EMC levels and hold an e1 type approval. Applications include rear area and blind spot monitoring on construction machines, agricultural machinery and municipal vehicles.
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3D cameras
3D cameras
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3D cameras
- Visual assessment of distance, level or volume
- Reliable function due to time-of-flight measurement
- Illumination, measurement and evaluation in one unit
- Output of distance and grey values
- Integration by means of intuitive parameter setting software

The 3D camera detects scenes and objects in their spatial dimensions at a glance. In contrast to laser scanners it does not require moving components and so is robust and wear-free. It measures the distance between the sensor and the nearest surface point by point using the time-of-flight principle. The sensor illuminates the scene with an internal infrared light source and calculates the distance by means of the light reflected from the surface.
Applications can be found in such areas as packaging, storage and materials handling, airport logistics, collision avoidance, robotics, monitoring of space and persons.
If the camera is integrated into a machine, the measured data can be evaluated with common image processing libraries. A software development kit with code samples is available in different programming languages.
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Programmiersoftware
Programmiersoftware
Other software for product development
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Other software for product development
Programmiersoftware
- Can be used on common Windows PCs
- Easy networking via CAN bus
- User-friendly configuration of AS-i masters and slaves
- Intuitive, user-friendly handling

In machines, installations and mobile machinery software is indispensable. Therefore it is necessary for the user to have compatible and easy-to-use programs for software creation, parameter setting and remote maintenance.
The programming tools to IEC 61131-3 provide the programmer with a variety of programming languages for fast project implementation and management. A powerful visualisation module for graphic visualisation of machine and installation functions completes the package.
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Software for machines

Apps
Apps
Software for programmable logic controllers (PLC)
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Software for programmable logic controllers (PLC)
Apps
- Fast and easy integration of intelligent sensors into the PLC world
- Straightforward web configuration instead of time-consuming and costly programming
- No special PC software required
- PLC connection via fieldbus protocols PROFINET, PROFIBUS, EtherNet/IP and others
- Tailored smart additional functions

App are used for parameter setting and set-up of IO-Link sensors, 1D/2D code readers, 3D cameras and RFID read/write heads.
ifm also offers apps for logging and saving process data of AS-i IO-Link modules and for managing AS-i configurations.
The single user licence for CODESYS is already included. The apps are loaded into the AS-i gateways. They establish the connection between AS-i and common fieldbus systems such as EtherNet/IP, PROFIBUS, PROFINET or EtherCAT. They control the data exchange to the sensor/actuator level and communicate rapidly with the superior control level.
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IO-Link software
IO-Link software
Software for programmable logic controllers (PLC)
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Software for programmable logic controllers (PLC)
IO-Link software
- Fast and easy integration of intelligent sensors into the PLC world
- Easy, fast and intuitive start-up of 1D/2D code readers, 3D cameras and RFID readers
- Apps for operation on AS-Interface gateways with fieldbus interface
- Simple, clear representation of the process values
- Shortened set-up time during commissioning

The LINERECORDER SENSOR is a software for clearly structured online and offline parameter setting of ifm IO-Link sensors via a USB adapter. It allows consistent parameter setting and visualisation of all sensors and actuators with IO-Link interface.
App are used for parameter setting and set-up of IO-Link sensors, 1D/2D code readers, 3D cameras and RFID read/write heads. ifm also offers apps for logging and saving process data of AS-i IO-Link modules and for managing AS-i configurations.
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Diagnostic and service units
Diagnostic and service units
Diagnostic systems and software
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Diagnostic systems and software
Diagnostic and service units
- Allows local or remote diagnostics
- GSM modem quad-band for worldwide use
- High-performance CAN interface for various communication tasks
- Communication in real time and via the internet portal
- Data logging directly on the mobile vehicle

Diagnostic and service units are used for CAN system analysis, for remote maintenance and for position and route detection of mobile machines such as construction equipment, agricultural and forestry machinery, municipal vehicles and vehicles for transport and logistics.
Wireless systems - CANremote as a radio modem with integrated gateway, for example - help enable remote maintenance.
CAN bus diagnostic units can be used to detect the number of messages or error frames or display the current bus load.
Handheld terminals allow the user to monitor and enter data messages.
CANfox is an interface for the connection of a CAN system to a USB interface.
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Computers and peripherals

Accessories for AS-Interface
Accessories for AS-Interface
Data processing systems
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Data processing systems
Accessories for AS-Interface
- Accessories for set-up, diagnosis and electrical installation
- Flat cable insulation displacement connectors as low-cost connection

The extensive range of accessories for set-up, diagnosis and electrical installation ensures reliable operation of AS-Interface networks.
A great variety of module sub-parts makes it possible to connect AS-i flat cables, screened or unscreened round cables and field modules. Flat cable insulation displacement connectors are available for cost-saving network extension as well as fast connection of units with round cable or M12 connector. Software, literature and the AS-i tester for detection and documentation of corrupted data messages complete the range.
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Apps
Apps
Data processing systems
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Data processing systems
Apps
- Fast and easy integration of intelligent sensors into the PLC world
- Straightforward web configuration instead of time-consuming and costly programming
- No special PC software required
- PLC connection via fieldbus protocols PROFINET, PROFIBUS, EtherNet/IP and others
- Tailored smart additional functions

App are used for parameter setting and set-up of IO-Link sensors, 1D/2D code readers, 3D cameras and RFID read/write heads.
ifm also offers apps for logging and saving process data of AS-i IO-Link modules and for managing AS-i configurations.
The single user licence for CODESYS is already included. The apps are loaded into the AS-i gateways. They establish the connection between AS-i and common fieldbus systems such as EtherNet/IP, PROFIBUS, PROFINET or EtherCAT. They control the data exchange to the sensor/actuator level and communicate rapidly with the superior control level.
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AS-Interface for hazardous areas
AS-Interface for hazardous areas
Data processing systems
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Data processing systems
AS-Interface for hazardous areas
- I/O modules for field applications with quick mounting technology
- AirBoxes - the clever combination of AS-i input module and pneumatic valve
- Feedback systems for valve actuators with direct triggering of the solenoid valve
- For use in silos
- Approval for zone 22, category II 3D

The decentralised AS-Interface I/O modules of the ClassicLine series with quick mounting technology connect binary and analogue sensors and actuators to the gateway or PLC via AS-Interface. The AS-i AirBox is a combination of an I/O module and a solenoid valve. In pneumatic applications, it is used for decentralised control of cylinders or valves, flaps and slides actuated by valve actuators. The dual inductive sensors with AS-Interface provide reliable feedback of the valve positions on pneumatic valve actuators and valves.
In conjunction with an impact protection housing these units can be used in hazardous areas.
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AS-Interface I/O modules
AS-Interface I/O modules
Data processing systems
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Data processing systems
AS-Interface I/O modules
- ClassicLine: Modules for field applications with quick mounting technology, also for hazardous areas
- CompactLine: Modules for a secure connection in a harsh environment
- SmartLine: Modules for installation in control cabinets
- ProcessLine: Stainless steel modules with protection rating IP 69K for use in the food and beverage
industry
- Compact illuminated pushbutton modules with high luminosity

The decentralised AS-Interface I/O modules connect binary and analogue sensors and actuators to the gateway or PLC via AS-Interface. For field applications, modules with quick or screw mounting technology are available. Connection of the two-wire flat cable by means of insulation displacement technology ensures reverse polarity protection. Sensors and actuators are connected via proven, robust connectors.
AS-i ProcessLine modules have been specifically developed for use in wet areas in the food and beverage industry. With a full stainless steel housing and protection rating IP 69K, the units are built to meet the hygienic requirements of high-pressure cleaning cycles.
AS-i SmartLine modules are designed for use in control cabinets. Thanks to their slim, compact design, they also fit into control panels.
AS-i PCBs are offered for use in small housings, control cabinets and panels.
The ifm product range features modules with digital and analogue inputs and outputs.
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AS-Interface masters
AS-Interface masters
Data processing systems
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Data processing systems
AS-Interface masters
- Easy two-wire wiring system
- High-performance controllers and gateways
- Graphic display for convenient configuration and diagnosis
- For use with different fieldbuses

The actuator-sensor interface (AS-i) is a manufacturer-independent standard for the connection of actuators and sensors of the first field level. AS-Interface has become established as an economic wiring system in industrial automation.
A two-wire flat cable transmits data and energy. This considerably reduces wiring complexity since conventional parallel wiring of each sensor or actuator to the controller is no longer necessary. It also saves the user a great number of terminals, splitter boxes, input/output cards and cable lines.
AS-i gateways with integrated PLC function control the data exchange to the sensor/actuator level and communicate rapidly with the superior control level. They can be used as independent, decentralised controllers or as gateways to all common fieldbus systems. The range includes interfaces with EtherNet/IP, Profibus, Profinet, EtherCAT or CANopen.
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AS-Interface power supplies and monitors
AS-Interface power supplies and monitors
Data processing systems
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Data processing systems
- High noise immunity and electromagnetic compatibility
- Wide input voltage range
- Excellent short-circuit and overload protection
- Excellent power reserve
- Robust metal housing for secure mounting

AS-i power supplies provide power to the connected modules, sensors and actuators. They provide high noise immunity and sufficient power reserves.
Earth fault and insulation fault monitors are used for earth fault and insulation fault monitoring in unearthed AS-i and 24 V DC systems.
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AS-Interface Safety at Work
AS-Interface Safety at Work
Data processing systems
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Data processing systems
AS-Interface Safety at Work
- Various logic functions
- Monitoring of up to 31 safe AS-i slaves
- Areas of application: door monitoring, light curtains, e-stop, two-hand control
- Two OSSDs which can be switched off separately from each other
- TÜV approval to EN 954-1 and IEC 61508

AS-Interface is a simple and economic wiring system for the first level of industrial communication. An AS-Interface network consists of a control unit, the so-called master, the modules for signal processing, and the associated sensors and actuators.
Safety components can easily be incorporated into an AS-i network via AS-Interface Safety at Work. Signals from standard units and safe components are transmitted via a common cable.
The fail-safe AS-i PLC is certified for use in safety-related applications up to SIL 3, PL e.
AS-i safety monitors are used to monitor safety components in AS-i systems. They monitor the code sequences to be transmitted in the AS-i network. In the case of message deviations or timeouts the monitor ensures the safe state of the system.
Safe AS-i modules detect safety-related switching states of 1- or 2-channel E-stops, position switches or door contacts. Using the safe input module safety-related components without integrated AS-i interface can be connected to the AS-i system.
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AS-Interface systems and sensors
AS-Interface systems and sensors
Data processing systems
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Data processing systems
AS-Interface systems and sensors
- AirBoxes - the clever combination of AS-i input module and pneumatic valve
- Inductive dual sensors for position detection on quarter-turn actuators
- Position feedback for single and double seat valve and for diaphragm valves
- Inductive sensors for use in machine tools
- RFID for mounting, feeding and handling technology

In addition to PLCs, gateways, modules and connection technology, the ifm AS-Interface range includes a number of intelligent sensors and systems.
The AS-i AirBox is a combination of an I/O module and a solenoid valve. In pneumatic applications, it is used for decentralised control of cylinders or valves, flaps and slides actuated by valve actuators.
The RF identification system DTS125 enables non-contact reading from and/or writing to RFID transponders (ID tags). The compact read/write heads include, in addition to the antenna, the complete evaluation and the interface to AS-Interface. So the units can be operated directly in the AS-i network.
The range also includes inductive sensors, temperature sensors, valve sensors for rising stem valves and dual sensors for valve actuators with integrated AS-Interface.
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AS-Interface wiring technology
AS-Interface wiring technology
Data processing systems
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Data processing systems
AS-Interface wiring technology
- Reverse polarity protection due to special shape of the AS-i flat cable
- Connection of components by means of insulation displacement technology
- Connection technology with high protection rating
- Shock and vibration resistant jumpers
- Achievable overall cable length up to 600 m by using bus termination and repeaters

The AS-i flat cable is an essential component of the quick connection concept, in which all components are connected via two poles by means of the insulation displacement technology. Connection cables, flat cable splitters, insulation displacement connectors, wirable plugs and sockets are used for the connection of sensors and actuators.
AS-i repeaters serve to extend the cable length of an AS-i network by another 100 metres.
The AS-i bus termination and further test and diagnostic units are used to detect and prevent communication problems in the network.
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Fieldbus components
Fieldbus components
Data processing systems
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Data processing systems
Fieldbus components
The range of fieldbus components offered by ifm includes gateways, IO-Link masters, RFID evaluation units and encoders. Gateways establish the connection between AS-i and common fieldbus systems such as EtherNet/IP, Profibus, Profinet or EtherCAT. They control the data exchange to the sensor/actuator level and communicate rapidly with the superior control level. Variants with PLC functionality or fail-safe PLC are available.
IO-Link masters are used for connecting IO-Link devices such as sensors, valves or binary input/output modules. They feature an integrated fieldbus interface. The range includes types for control cabinet installation and for field applications.
RFID evaluation units control the data exchange to the RFID antennas and communicate with the superior control level via fieldbus.
In many manufacturing and production processes, encoders have become established as reliable instruments to ensure precise positioning. They are available as singleturn or multiturn encoders with CAN or Profibus interface.
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I/O modules
I/O modules
Data processing systems
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Data processing systems
I/O modules
- Configurable input / output functions
- Direct connection of hydraulic valves or joysticks
- Modules with M12 connector or central plug
- High-performance CAN interface for various communication tasks
- E1 type approval by the Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (German Federal Motor Transport Authority)

Decentralised I/O modules connect binary and analogue sensors and actuators to the mobile controller. They enable decentralised evaluation of sensor signals and control of actuators or proportional valves.
Data output and setting of the device functions is handled via a CAN interface.
The modules are particularly suited for mobile machinery such as construction equipment, agricultural machines or municipal vehicles.
The ifm product range includes models with digital, analogue and frequency inputs combined with digital or PWM outputs.
Modules for field use offer high protection ratings as well as shock and vibration resistance. The units offer increased EMC levels and hold an e1 type approval. Modules to be installed in driver's cabs, control panels or control boxes serve to connect operating and display elements to the CAN bus.
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IO-Link accessories / connection technology
IO-Link accessories / connection technology
Data processing systems
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Data processing systems
- USB interface for connecting sensors with IO-Link capability to a PC
- Quick and easy parameter setting of IO-Link sensors using the memory plug
- Complete sets with power supply for the sensors
- Reading of the current measured values, process values and parameter settings
- Connection cable for connection to the Ethernet interface of the IO-Link master

The interface connects sensors with IO-Link capability to a PC and enables parameter setting of sensors, reading of the current parameter setting, of the current measured values and further process values. The LINERECORDER sensor operating software is used for set-up, parameter setting and process data exchange of the IO-Link devices. An EtherNet patch cable is used to connect the IO-Link master and the processor.
The memory plug is used where sensor data is to be copied or stored. This could for instance be the case when a defective unit needs to be replaced or several sensors with the same parameter settings are installed.
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IO-Link devices
IO-Link devices
Data processing systems
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Data processing systems
IO-Link devices
- Display for displaying up to four process values
- Electronic circuit breakers for the permanent monitoring of the 24 V secondary circuit
- Reliable switch-off in case of a fault
- Modular and selective protection of machinery and plant
- With IO-Link for transmission of signals and diagnostic data

ifm's range of IO-Link devices comprises displays and electronic circuit breakers.
The IO-Link display indicates process values, texts and messages provided by the connected IO-Link master. It displays up to four assigned process values, alarms and warnings. The optional colour change of text and background can be used to get a quick overview.
Electronic fuses permanently monitor the 24 V secondary circuit and reliably switch it off in the event of a failure. These electronic circuit breakers will also switch off circuits in cases where mechanical circuit breakers often do not trigger, e.g. in case of overload of a circuit with long cables. By means of a pushbutton, each channel of a fuse module can be activated, deactivated or reset individually. The module can also be operated and configured via IO-Link.
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IO-Link modules
IO-Link modules
Data processing systems
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IO-Link modules
- For the simple connection of binary sensors to any IO-Link master
- Data and energy transmission also possible with unscreened connection cable
- Clearly visible LEDs for displaying operation, switching status and error
- Robust design with full potting for use in harsh industrial environments
- Robust M12 connectors for connecting sensors and actuators

Up to eight conventional sensors with switching outputs can be connected to the field modules with IO-Link. The signals are transmitted to any desired IO-Link master / PLC via one unscreened M12 connection cable. This considerably reduces wiring complexity since conventional parallel wiring of each sensor or actuator to the controller is no longer necessary. It also saves the user a great number of terminals, splitter boxes, input/output cards and cable lines. As opposed to bus systems IO-Link does not require any configuration or addressing. This simplifies the set-up. Excellent electromagnetic stability, a wide temperature range, a high protection rating and a robust housing qualify the device for use in harsh industrial environments.
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Systems for evaluation of standard signals
Systems for evaluation of standard signals
Input devices
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Input devices
- Reliable evaluation of analogue signals
- Displays for visualising actual values
- Switching output to reliably monitor limit values

In many industrial processes, the indication and detection of analogue standard signals is an important requirement for the reliable operation of plants and machinery.
Threshold relays and displays with analogue input indicate actual values. Switching outputs signal if limit values are reached or exceeded.
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Units for operation and monitoring
Units for operation and monitoring
Input devices
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Input devices
- Monochrome or colour displays with graphic capabilities with operating elements
- Programmable to IEC 61131-3 with CODESYS
- Robust housing for surface or panel mounting
- Units with interface for cameras for mobile applications
- High-performance CAN interface for various communication tasks

Dialogue modules are programmable graphic displays for controlling, parameter setting and operation of mobile machines and installations. They can be used in conjunction with a mobile controller or as a stand-alone solution.
Some types offer an analogue video input for direct connection to a mobile camera, for example in order to monitor the area behind a vehicle.
Data and device functions are safely transferred via CAN interfaces.
The displays feature many freely programmable backlit function keys. Some types are equipped with an additional navigation key, a potentiometer with pushbutton function or a touch screen.
The units offer increased EMC levels and hold an e1 type approval. Thanks to the high protection rating of the housing, the modules are suited for outside panel and surface mounting as well as for cabin installation in construction machines, agricultural machinery or municipal vehicles.
The displays are available in different sizes.
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1D/2D code readers
1D/2D code readers
Electrical and optical readers
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Electrical and optical readers
1D/2D code readers
- Orientation-independent reading of 1D and 2D codes
- Recognition of more than 20 different code types
- Integrated code comparator system in the sensor
- For adjusting and monitoring vision sensors
- Ultra-flat or circular illumination units

Application areas of the 1D/2D code reader range from product tracking and product control to product identification.
The sensor can read 1D and 2D codes regardless of their position. Even if up to 25% of the code information becomes damaged or soiled, it is still read correctly. The reader can also be used for optical character recognition (OCR), e.g. in order to identify products based on type labels or serial numbers.
Additional illumination generates a homogeneous light field - either for virtually shadow-free object illumination or for emphasising surface characteristics.
The operating software allows for easy configuration of the 1D/2D code reader. The OPC server software provides an interface for integration into a higher level system. The Touch Panel PC ensures configuration, set-up and monitoring of object recognition sensors, 3D sensors, code readers and RFID readers.
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Accessories for identification systems
Accessories for identification systems
Electrical and optical readers
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Electrical and optical readers
- ID tags for use in high temperatures up to 200 °C
- Large write/read distances up to 80 mm
- Flush installation of the ID tags in metal
- Easy, universal fixing
- For mounting on pallets and workpiece carriers

ID tags are the information carriers of the RF identification system. They consist of a robust, easy-to-mount housing with integrated transponder.
The tags are used for coding of workpiece carriers in guided material handling systems. ifm offers different types of ID tags for various applications. The range includes cylindrical, metric and special designs.
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