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Tag, You’re It: 4 Ways to Choose an RFID Data Carrier

Posted by Patricia Stafford on Wed, Nov 25, 2015

How do you choose an RFID tag?  Below are four factors to consider.

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Topics: RFID

Why You Should Use Ultrasonic Sensors for Double Sheet Detection

Posted by Valeria Morales on Thu, Nov 19, 2015

Double sheet detection involves ultrasonic thru-beam sensors, consisting of an ultrasonic emitter and receiver with integrated evaluation algorithms optimized especially for these applications:

  • Misfeed detection
  • Label counting
  • Splice detection
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Topics: Ultrasonic Sensors

The 6 Key Attributes for Selecting Inductive Sensors

Posted by Eric Miller on Fri, Nov 13, 2015

Detecting the presence or absence of a metal may seem like a fairly simple concept, but narrowing your selection to a specific sensor can sometimes be a difficult project. These 6 key attributes can help get you moving in the right direction when it comes to selecting an inductive sensor.

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Topics: Inductive Sensors

Mission Fieldbus—25 years of PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI)

Posted by Nicolas Poellmann on Fri, Nov 06, 2015

Interview with Long-Standing Member of the PNO Advisory Board, Juergen George about the Past, Present, and Future of Fieldbus Technology

PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI) celebrates its 25th birthday in 2015—an organization in which Juergen George from Pepperl+Fuchs was involved from the outset. Over the decades, he has influenced the definition of standards in fieldbus technology through various bodies, committees, and working groups. In celebration of PI's anniversary and George's retirement, we invited him to an interview: What does the future hold for PI? What will he remember most from his eventful career in service of "Mission Fieldbus"?

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Topics: Ask an Expert, Fieldbus

Ask an Expert Industrial Sensors: Episode 13

Posted by John Appleson on Thu, Oct 29, 2015

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. Is the NJ15+U4+W inductive proximity sensor waterproof?
2. How do you power the LED on the sensor NBB4-12GM50-A2-V1?
3. Is the NJ4-12GK-SN the right sensor for use with valve actuators?
4. Does the NMB1.5-8GM50-E2-C-FE-V1 inductive sensor have a pigtail cable version?

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Topics: Inductive Sensors, Ask an Expert

Industrial UHF RFID Easily Integrates into Studio 5000 Logix Designer

Posted by Tim Cicerchi on Fri, Oct 23, 2015

Industrial RFID systems are not that difficult to use. If you use a UHF RFID system, however, the complexity is increased.  The reason is because of the overall large amount of possible data sets that can be retrieved and sent to the user.  Below is a video on how to integrate our UHF RFID systems into an Allen-Bradley PLC using Studio 5000®.

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Topics: RFID, Software

Ex d and Ex e: 2 Explosion Protection Types Cleverly Combined

Posted by Thomas Kasten on Fri, Oct 16, 2015

Ed. Note: In this video Thomas Kasten, Product Marketing Manager for Systems+Solutions, explains the features of the explosion protection type flameproof Ex d. With Ex d, potential ignition sources are contained inside a sturdy enclosure, so the surrounding environment is never in danger. Just about anything can be installed in this type of enclosure. However, the cost of medium to large Ex d enclosures can be very expensive. The solution: a combination of an Ex de enclosure with an Ex e termination and control unit. This helps eliminate the need for a large Ex d enclosure, which drastically cuts down the cost of the solution. It also saves time and money during maintenance, installation, and any future modifications to system. The other benefits of these Ex de solutions are demonstrated in the video.

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Topics: Explosion Protection Equipment

Not Sure Which Rotary Encoder to Use?

Posted by Valeria Morales on Fri, Oct 09, 2015

Magnetic encoders vs. optical encoders

What kind of technology does a rotary encoder use?  Your options include magnetoresistance, Hall-effect, Nonius, inductive, or optical for single-turn technology.

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Topics: Rotary Encoders

Finding the Model Number on Your Inductive Sensor

Posted by Eric Miller on Thu, Oct 01, 2015

One of the most important parts of integrating an inductive sensor into an application or ordering replacement parts is being able to identify the part and model number of the sensor. That is why knowing how to find the model number on your inductive sensor is so important. This is actually a fairly simple and straightforward process.

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Topics: Terminology, Inductive Sensors

Is Environmental Heat Getting the Better of Your Optical Sensors?

Posted by Tom Anderson on Thu, Sep 24, 2015

Ed. Note: This guest blog post is by Tom Anderson, General Manager of PSI Technics, LTD. and is cowritten with Ann Zecha of WordSpark, LLC.

Radiant heat from manufacturing processes in high-temperature environments can present a challenge for optical sensors used in automated production facilities. Excessive heat in melting, pouring, or similarly demanding industrial applications that exceeds a sensor’s temperature specifications can degrade the measurement quality, damage sensor diodes, and cause unwanted disruption to production. Usage statistics show that for every 18 °F (10 °C) increase in temperature, the diode lifespan of optical sensors is reduced by up to 50%.

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Topics: Applications, Distance Sensors

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