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Combining Explosion Protection Techniques to Reach Success

Posted by Alex Dzatko on Fri, Jul 29, 2016

Integrating complex electrical systems and components into hazardous areas typically requires combining different methods of industrial explosion protection to achieve a safe and certified solution. Our Solution Engineering Centers have the ability and the experience as a system integrator for solutions going into Zone 1 and 21 or Zone 2 and 22 areas. Our ATEX and IECEx certificates offer great flexibility, allowing  unique solutions for the challenges of putting complex electrical equipment in hazardous locations around the world.

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Topics: Purge/ Pressurization Systems, Approvals/ Certifications, Explosion Protection Equipment

Ask an Expert Industrial Sensors - Episode 19

Posted by John Appleson on Fri, Jul 22, 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 the inductive sensor NJ6-F-N operate at -40 °C?
2. How far can a target reflector move sideways before a photoelectric sensor can't read it anymore?
3. Do you have distance sensors compatible with EtherNet/IP and ControlLogix Safety PLC?
4. What sensors could sense plastics and metals through a plastic tray?

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Topics: Inductive Sensors, Capacitive Sensors, Photoelectric Sensors, Ask an Expert, Laser Sensors, Distance Sensors, Positioning Systems

6 Reasons to Consider EV Ethernet AS-Interface Gateways

Posted by Danius Silgalis on Thu, Jul 14, 2016

when setting up AS-Interface networks

The heart of any AS-Interface network is the AS-Interface master. Below are 6 great features you should take advantage of in AS-Interface gateways.

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Topics: AS-Interface

Anti-Swing Software and Inductive Sensors Raise Your Mobile Equipment to a Higher Level

Posted by Patricia Stafford on Thu, Jul 07, 2016

Controlling the motion of cranes, hoists, and other mobile equipment while avoiding accidents is a vital part of ensuring their safe and efficient operation. Vertical lift applications can be trickier and pose greater risks than working with horizontal conveyor belts, which tend to be more steady and predictable.

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Topics: Inductive Sensors, Applications, Inclination Sensors, Positioning Systems

Remote Access and Control for Industrial Workstations Using VNC

Posted by Patricia Stafford on Thu, Jun 30, 2016

Process challenges that lead to system integration

When industrial workstations are located in a hazardous area, you often need to invest in training for qualified personnel who must comply with safety guidelines as well as deal with the physical layout and restrictions of facilities that include hazardous areas. Investing in equipment that likewise meets the challenges of the hazardous area is a must.

It's rather time consuming to walk back and forth between the production area and the control room to access a local HMI system. It's much more efficient and convenient to monitor control room functions locally, right inside the process area, using properly certified equipment that is rugged enough to withstand the tough environments external to the control room. Being closer to the process empowers you with greater control and monitoring capabilities in real time.

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Topics: Industrial Monitors/ HMI

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

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