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A safety controller is the backbone of any safety system, so it is an important element to get right. Read the article to learn how to choose a safety controller that makes machine safety simpler and that has the flexibility to accomodate changing requirements.
Manufacturers use many terms to describe sensor performance: accuracy, resolution, repeatability or reproducibility, linearity, etc. Not all manufacturers use the same specifications, which can make it challenging to compare different models of sensors.
IIoT is transforming the way manufacturers identify problems on the plant floor as the latest wireless solutions address integration challenges. Read the article to learn more about how wireless technologies are making machine maintenance easier and more effective.
Understanding what excess gain is - and how much your application requires - is an important part of choosing the right sensor technology. This article explains what excess gain is, how it is measured, and general guidelines for how much excess gain is needed for sensing applications in various industrial environments.
From the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to IO-Link communication, many trends in industrial automation have gained traction in the past few years and have become more than just industry buzzwords. Keep reading to catch up on some of the most popular topics of the year.
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This article describes a key technology - IO-Link communication - that provides users with remote monitoring capabilities on the field device level. This article also explains how the remote data made accessible by this technology can help increase machine uptime, productivity, and throughput - all of which have an impact on a business' bottom line.
Fiber optics are used to transmit light energy over long distances. Optical fibers are thin, transparent strands of optical quality glass or plastic that can be as thin as a strand of hair. This article explains the differences between glass and plastic fiber optics and how to choose the right fiber optic technology for your application.
This article explains what fiber optics are and how they work for photoelectric sensing in industrial applications. Keep reading to learn important terminology and the basics of fiber optic systems and assemblies.
In some sensing situations, space is too restricted or the environment is too hostile for most sensors. Fiber optics, transparent strands of glass or plastic, are used to conduct light energy into and out of such areas. This article describes advantages, considerations, and common applications for fiber optic sensors.
This article explains common challenges for lighting in industrial environments, the standards that industrial users should keep in mind, and considerations for extreme environmental conditions to help you choose the right lighting for your facility.
Saving money is an important consideration for most industrial users. Even if lighting does not account for a large share of the operating budget, every bit of savings can help the bottom line.
Providing the right amount of light for a task can have a significant impact on efficiency, productivity, and safety. The amount of light needed to properly illuminate a task or process can vary by application.
In our series on vehicle detection, we've been looking at various vehicle detection technologies, their advantages, and important things to take into consideration when implementing a solution. The ability to reliably detect vehicles offers significant advantages for asset management, resource allocation, site safety and traffic control.
The ability to reliably detect vehicles offers significant advantages for asset management, resource allocation, site safety and traffic control.
Semiconductor wafers can be transparent or reflective, both of which can be challenging for sensors to detect. Because of this, it is important to use a technology that can detect both types of wafers reliably. Sensor mounting can also be a challenge when detecting wafers in a vacuum chamber.
One of the most difficult photoelectric applications involves sensing the presence or absence of clear fluids in clear bottles. Online weighing systems, low-contrast sensors and ultrasonic sensors are some methods used to detect water fill level but these methods are expensive, or not always very reliable.
Registration marks identify packaging material and are used for position control and to coordinate the separation and cutting of webs of packaging material.
Luminescence sensors use UV light, invisible to the human eye, to cause the target material to glow in the visible spectrum. Luminescence sensors are much more sensitive than a regular photoelectric and are especially useful in difficult applications.
Tablet counting and sensing technologies are used in a variety of pharmaceutical applications including bottle filling in pharmaceutical packaging, count verification in clinical trials, and even automated prescription fulfillment machines in retail pharmacies and hospitals.
A risk assessment is used in machine safety to identify, document, eliminate or reduce hazards in a particular machine or process. While it is always best to refer to the standards when planning a risk assessment, here are a few answers to some commonly asked questions.
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) has significantly impacted food manufacturers with new regulations meant to ensure a safe food chain. As these changes have taken effect, manufacturers are reevaluating their sensor solutions.
Product recall is costly not only in terms of lost revenue, wasted materials, and production time but also in terms of brand reputation and brand loyalty. The sooner food safety issues can be addressed and mitigated, the lower the risk of a large-scale recall.
IO-Link has received increasing attention of late, but there are many misconceptions about what it is and its impact on industrial applications. This article explains what IO-Link is (and is not) and the advantages IO-Link offers to a wide variety of applications.
Lean manufacturing seeks to reduce wasted time and resources throughout the factory. This article describes several ways in which the right kind of industrial lighting can help increase efficiency and reduce material waste while ensuring product quality and compliance with FDA regulations in the pharmaceutical industry.
IIoT is perhaps the biggest buzzword in factory automation today, and IIoT technologies already impact the way factories operate. Therefore, it is essential to understand the terms being used, recognize how IIoT technologies are already being implemented in smart factories, and prepare your business for the future.
Ultrasonic sensors use electrical energy and a ceramic transducer to emit and receive mechanical energy in the form of sound waves. Sound waves are essentially pressure waves that travel through solids, liquids and gases and can be used in industrial applications to measure distance or detect the presence or absence of targets.
Clear objects can be challenging to detect because they allow light to pass through them. Some sensing technologies may work better in certain conditions or may be more effective with certain materials.
Photoelectric sensors used to detect clear, translucent, and transparent objects must be sensitive to slight variations in light, which can make them susceptible to false detection from errant and reflected light. Sensors utilizing a polarizing filter and coaxial optical design restrict the amount of light that enters a sensor's receiver.