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Ask an Expert Industrial Sensors Episode 22

Posted by John Appleson on Fri, Jan 20, 2017

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. Do you have non-incendive inductive proximity sensors?
  2. Diffuse mode photoelectric sensors - what are the adjustment ranges?
  3. Do you have a steel-sensing sensor that can withstand temperature extremes, shock, and vibration?
  4. Can the inductive sensor NJ8-18GK-SN be ordered with terminal connections instead of leads?
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Topics: Ultrasonic Sensors, AS-Interface, Photoelectric Sensors, Ask an Expert, RFID

What Is a Zone 1 Div. 1 Industrial Monitor?

Posted by Mark Lovell on Wed, Dec 14, 2016

What Is the Difference Between Zone 1 and Division 1?

A Zone 1 / Div. 1 industrial monitor must meet the requirements necessary for operating in the presence of ignitable concentrations of gases, vapors, or dusts that are likely to exist, either continuously or intermittently, under normal conditions.  That said, the certification requirements vary according to where you will be using your equipment.

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Topics: Industrial Monitors/ HMI

Hilmot and Pepperl+Fuchs Partner in Innovative Roller Conveyor Solution Using AS-Interface

Posted by Danius Silgalis on Thu, Dec 08, 2016

As an industry leader, Hilmot is constantly working to improve its innovative technologies in material handling applications. Hilmot turned to Pepperl+Fuchs, a pioneer in industrial sensors and factory automation systems. Leveraging the advantages of AS-Interface, Pepperl+Fuchs developed a motor control module compatible with Hilmot's motorized drive roller (MDR) applications—the H-20 line of MDR systems.

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Topics: AS-Interface

Schneider Electric ASI20 Series AS-Interface Modules

Posted by Danius Silgalis on Thu, Nov 17, 2016

Schneider Electric has announced that it is discontinuing manufacturing and production of the ASI20 series of AS-Interface modules. Effective December 31, 2016, ASI20 AS-Interface modules will be obsolete. Schneider Electric has advised that no replacement products for the ASI20 modules will be available.


Pepperl+Fuchs has been named by Schneider Electric as a provider of suitable replacement modules.
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Topics: AS-Interface

Did You Know That Most Sensors Are IO-Link Sensors?

Posted by Tim Cicerchi on Fri, Oct 21, 2016

Many of the sensors you use have IO-Link capability built in. But you might not know it, because they can still be used like standard sensors. For instance, all Pepperl+Fuchs IO-Link sensors boot up first in digital IO mode; they will only switch to IO-Link mode when an IO-Link master actively communicates with them. 

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Topics: Applications, Software

Efficient Control Cabinet Wiring with Daisy Chains

Posted by Sonja Armbruster on Fri, Oct 14, 2016

Conventional wiring of hardware components inside a control cabinet can be a complex task: Establishing separate connections of single modules eats up time and precious cabinet space. An effective way to minimize the effort is to interconnect multiple modules using a cable with pre-configured wiring links.

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Topics: Cables/ Cordsets, AS-Interface

Ask an Expert Industrial Sensors - Episode 21

Posted by John Appleson on Fri, Oct 07, 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. Where can I find the add-on instructions for an industrial RFID controller?
2. How do I set the time delay function on a background suppression photoelectric sensor?
3. Is there interface software to view an AS-Interface network via a laptop or PC?
4. Can I swap out a photoelectric sensor for an ultrasonic sensor in a dusty paper mill application?

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Topics: Ultrasonic Sensors, AS-Interface, Photoelectric Sensors, Ask an Expert, RFID

Do I Always Need an AS-Interface Power Supply for My AS-Interface Network?

Posted by Danius Silgalis on Tue, Sep 27, 2016

AS-Interface networks consist of three main categories:

  • Gateways or scanner cards (masters)
  • Power supplies and repeaters (infrastructure)
  • Modules and sensors (slaves)

AS-Interface power supplies supply 30.5 VDC power for nodes connected to the AS-Interface yellow cable.  The decoupling coils in an AS-Interface power supply enable communication and power to be transmitted over a single cable. 
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Topics: AS-Interface

4 Different Ways to Program Your Ultrasonic Sensor

Posted by Kamden Payton on Fri, Sep 16, 2016

When working with ultrasonic sensors, programming the sensor is a crucial part of any application. No matter the application, an ultrasonic sensor must be programmed to fit your specific need. Without doing this, you will not be able to use the sensor to its full potential or even set the distance at which it will work. Customers often inquire about how to set a switching distance, incorporate a blind zone, or even change the limits of their analog signal; when questions like this arise, programming is the answer and the cornerstone of any ultrasonic application.

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Topics: Ultrasonic Sensors, Software

How to Calculate the Maximum Enclosure Size for an Ex pz Purge and Pressurization System

Posted by Brent Dean on Fri, Sep 09, 2016

The maximum size of an Ex pz purge enclosure is determined by the pressure and flow that can be reached inside the enclosure. For this 'how to' post, I'll use our 5500 series purge system for the examples.

Depending on your application, there are three vent options that you can use with your system. The EPV-5500-…-01, EPV-5500-…-02, or EPV-5500-…-03. Each vent opens at a different back pressure and has different flow rates, which are listed below.

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Topics: Purge/ Pressurization Systems

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