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The Swiss Army Knife of Photoelectric Sensors

Posted by Hunter Cain on Fri, Jun 24, 2016

When automation applications call for noncontact object detection, photoelectric sensors offer many solutions.

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Topics: Photoelectric Sensors

What Are the Differences Between the 3 Vents for the 5500 Type Z Purge and Pressurization System?

Posted by Brent Dean on Fri, Jun 17, 2016

When using the 5500 Type Z purge and pressurization system, you are given 3 vent options to choose from.  This gives you the option to choose a vent based on the needs of your application. The 3 models are:

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Topics: Purge/ Pressurization Systems

Ask an Expert Industrial Sensors - Episode 18

Posted by John Appleson on Fri, Jun 10, 2016

This episode of Ask an Expert for industrial sensors examines and provides answers to interesting sensing questions we've received from customers just like you. We explore and answer these questions:

1. Can NJ40+U4+W inductive proximity switches be run in series?
2. Does the NBB4-F1-E0 inductive sensor come in a different Hz to eliminate mutual interference?
3. Do you have beam benders for photoelectric sensors?
4. Looking for a Class I, Div.1 inductive sensor that does not need an IS barrier...
5. Do you have a wire-draw displacement sensor?

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Topics: Rotary Encoders, Inductive Sensors, Photoelectric Sensors, Ask an Expert

5 Things to Look for When Comparing LIDAR Scanners

Posted by Patricia Stafford on Tue, May 31, 2016

This LIDAR image was recorded with the Pepperl+Fuchs R2000 LIDAR scanner. The R2000 was mounted vertically on a rail car. From there, the sensor recorded slices of its surroundings and translated the information into distance and reflectivity values. The 3-D point cloud was then processed by a powerful computer program that put together the image based on the distance and reflectivity data. Since the R2000 has a 360° field of view, it created a full view of the street.

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Topics: Laser Sensors

Licensed AS-Interface Software for Programing, Troubleshooting, and Testing

Posted by Tim Cicerchi on Fri, May 13, 2016

AS-Interface software for troubleshooting and testing has been around for years, but new licensed versions are now available.  This licensing is primarily due to additional software, which is included and added to the suite, and easily pushes new software fixes directly to the consumer.  All new software licenses come with free lifetime software upgrades.  The old software can still be used and is still supported, but the software revision is frozen.  Any new gateway produced will be supported only with the new software.

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Topics: Troubleshooting, AS-Interface, Software

Ask an Expert Industrial Sensors - Episode 17

Posted by John Appleson on Fri, May 06, 2016

This episode of Ask an Expert for industrial sensors examines and provides answers to interesting sensing questions we've received from customers just like you. We explore and answer these questions:

1. Motion detection sensor RMS-M-NA. Could this sensor be used to detect people in an area of a museum?
2. Can the capacitive sensor CJ40-FP-A2-P1 survive in a vacuumized vessel?
3. What is the Teach-in cable for the ultrasonic sensor UB100-F77-E2-V31, and how is it used?
4. Can you use an incremental rotary encoder with a higher PPR to replace one with a lower PPR?
5. What is the life expectancy of an inductive sensor in an outdoor, humid environment?

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Topics: Rotary Encoders, Inductive Sensors, Capacitive Sensors, Ultrasonic Sensors, Photoelectric Sensors, Ask an Expert

How to Calculate Purge Time with the 5500 Type Z Purge and Pressurization System

Posted by Brent Dean on Fri, Apr 29, 2016

To calculate the purging time on our 5500 series Type Z purge system, there are four variables that you need to know:

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Topics: Purge/ Pressurization Systems

Webinar on Rotary Encoders: Meeting Today’s Needs with Precise Position and Motion Data

Posted by Patricia Stafford on Thu, Apr 21, 2016

Are you interested in seeing what’s new and exciting in the world of rotary encoders?

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Topics: Rotary Encoders

What’s the Big Deal about Discrete Outputs on a 2-D Laser Scanner?

Posted by Colton Rentsch on Fri, Apr 15, 2016

What is a 2-D laser scanner?

A 2-D laser scanner consists of a light beam that’s rotated or fanned around a circular path in order to detect anything that is in the plane of the light beam. The light beam emitted will measure both the distance and the angle to the given object in the plane of view.

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Topics: Laser Sensors, Distance Sensors

Combustible Dust Hazards Are Far More Common Than You May Think

Posted by Kimberly Stover on Fri, Apr 01, 2016

Most people are amazed that the dust from a number of everyday materials can become explosive under the right conditions: grains, sugar, metals, plastics, coal, coffee creamer, corn – just to name a few.

Because of this potential for explosion, dust hazards exist in many different industries:

  • Food processing
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Automotive
  • Textiles
  • Cosmetics
  • Refining
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Topics: Purge/ Pressurization Systems

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