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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

Ask an Expert Industrial Sensors: Episode 16

Posted by John Appleson on Fri, Mar 18, 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. Replacing a diffuse mode photoelectric sensor that is tied to an AS-Interface module.
2. Do you have MTTF data for the NMB1.5-8GM35-E0-FE inductive sensor?
3. Can diffuse mode sensors be used to detect metal drums in a hazardous area?
4. How to choose the correct power supply for RFID control interface unit IC-KP-B17-AIDA1?
5. Where on your website can I download AS-Interface system wiring guidelines and connection diagrams?

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Topics: Inductive Sensors, Cables/ Cordsets, AS-Interface, Photoelectric Sensors, Ask an Expert, RFID

10 of Our Favorite Applications for Industrial RFID

Posted by Klaus Schmitt on Thu, Mar 10, 2016

There are few industrial automation technologies that are as versatile as RFID. Think of all the different kinds of industries—RFID is at work everywhere. We compiled ten of our favorite RFID applications that give you ideas for possible use cases and what benefits you can expect to gain by using industrial RFID.

1. RFID enhances Kanban systems
The modern “push” -based manufacturing concept with a Kanban system simplifies demand forecasting, as all necessary parts are refilled automatically. Small, flexible assembly units are formed. Parts bins are identified automatically and reliably using an RFID tag.

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Topics: RFID

Once Again, Pepperl+Fuchs is Voted Best Provider of Intrinsic Safety and Purge Systems by Control Magazine

Posted by Kimberly Stover on Wed, Mar 02, 2016

The award marks the 13th consecutive year for the top purge award

In the categories of Purge and Intrinsic Safety, Pepperl+Fuchs has steadfastly dominated opinion polls by readers of two of the industry’s leading publications. This year, Pepperl+Fuchs once again was voted best provider of intrinsic safety and industrial enclosure purge systems by Control magazine in its 2016 Readers’ Choice survey.

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Topics: Purge/ Pressurization Systems, Intrinsic Safety

Frequently Asked Questions on RFID (Part 4)

Posted by Klaus Schmitt on Fri, Feb 26, 2016

General questions about RFID tags

1. What is an RFID tag?

RFID tags carry information on a certain object or transport container. The size of an RFID tag can vary from the dimensions of a match head to a brick. While some tags are used simply as an attachable ID for an object, others carry a variety of different attributes relating to the object. These "identifiers” can be individualized according to the requirements of the specific process they are used in. Typically, an RFID tag (also called an “RFID transponder”) consists of an application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) and either a small coil of wires or printed conductive paths that function as an antenna. These components are usually mounted to different kinds of protective packaging like plastic or silicon.

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Topics: RFID

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