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Ultrasonic Thru-Beam Sensors: Cutting through the Haze

Posted by Patricia Stafford on Thu, Oct 30, 2014

What are ultrasonic thru-beam sensors?

Ultrasonic thru-beam sensors always come in pairs consisting of a dedicated emitter and a dedicated receiver. The evaluation and switching output electronics are located in the receiver. Using Teach-in or a potentiometer, you can adjust the receiver sensitivity for different distances between the emitter and receiver, or for different object sizes.

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Tags: Ultrasonic Sensors

5500 Series Ex pz Purge System with Optional Manifold

Posted by Chris Romano on Tue, Oct 21, 2014

Part 3- optional manifold systems and mounting kits

The 5500 series is a Z Purge System and an Ex pz Purge System. Part 3 focuses on optional manifold systems to provide you with purging and pressurization. A mounting kit is also available, to allow the manifold system to be mounted inside or outside of the enclosure.

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Tags: Purge/ Pressurization Systems

3 Myths About Industrial Sensors

Posted by Amanda Blakeman on Wed, Oct 15, 2014

Everyone has their own idea of what an industrial sensor is and what it does.  But you might be surprised at how many of these ideas are inaccurate.  Here are several misconceptions about industrial sensors:

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Tags: Rotary Encoders, Inductive Sensors, Applications, Ultrasonic Sensors, Photoelectric Sensors, Inclination Sensors

5500 Series Type Z Purge Control System with Pressure Relief Vent

Posted by Chris Romano on Thu, Oct 09, 2014

Part 2- The pressure relief vent

The 5500 series is a Z purge system and Ex pz purge system. Part 2 of this product introduction gives an overview of the pressure relief vent and associated components for the vent system.

These type Z purge units are certified for ATEX, IECex, NEC class/divisions - Class I, Division 2 and Class II, Division 2, groups A-D and E, F, G, Zone 2 and 22.

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Tags: Purge/ Pressurization Systems

Rotary Encoders are Everywhere!

Posted by Nick Ferguson on Wed, Oct 01, 2014

Have you ever entered an elevator and realized that the elevator cart was not level with the floor? Have you ever seen a conveyor system at the airport? What about measuring revolutions per minute or the actual CNC or robot position? What do all of these have in common? Rotary encoders!

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Tags: Rotary Encoders

5500 Series Type Z Purge Control System for Division 2 or Zone 2

Posted by Chris Romano on Thu, Sep 25, 2014

Part 1- The control system, mounting components, and hardware

The 5500 series is our new Z purge system and Ex pz purge system. Part 1 of this product introduction takes a close look at the type Z purge control system and its mounting components and hardware.

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Tags: Purge/ Pressurization Systems

Ask an Expert Industrial Sensors - Episode 5

Posted by John Appleson on Thu, Sep 18, 2014

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. What is the slope of the output characteristic, and what is the linearity error value for inductive analog sensor NBB5-18GM60-I3?

2. Are inductive analog sensors, such as the NBB5-18GM60-I3, capable of detecting aluminum at a reduced distance, and do you have a correction factor for this?  

3. Photoelectric sensor MD17/73 has a plastic retaining nut to secure it on a mounting bracket. Is it possible to order just the retaining nuts? Due to location, they get damaged or lost and we don't want to replace the entire switch.

4. Photoelectric sensor - I'm trying to sense clear fluid being shot out of a small 0.11 in. diameter hypodermic needle. What sensor, if any can detect fluid flow start and stop? The water stream is only approximately 0.09 in. in wide.

5. Thru-beam photoelectric sensor - I need to detect wire strands as they pass a sensor. The strands are less than 1 mm diameter, moving up to 5 in./s (~0.13 m/s). Is a thru-beam  photoelectric sensor the best option? Which model would be best for my application?

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Tags: Inductive Sensors, Photoelectric Sensors, Ask an Expert

Inclination Sensors Explained: My Slant on Things

Posted by Patricia Stafford on Thu, Sep 11, 2014

What is an inclination sensor?

Inclination sensors provide a simple way to measure and monitor the angles of stationary and moving objects. They are also called tilt sensors or inclinometers.


Different types of inclination sensors include “fixed range” and “programmable range.” An example of a fixed range sensor with fixed end points is one that has a range between ± 15°. Fixed range sensors are also known as fixed-point sensors. Programmable sensors may have an adjustable range of up to 360°. With a programmable sensor, you can adjust the range between different points by setting the endpoints for the output range. You can use 4 mA ... 20 mA for a 360° angle, a 180° angle, or some other finite angle of your choosing.

Inclination sensors can be single axis or dual axis. A single-axis sensor measures in only one axis, while a dual-axis sensor can measure in two axes of orientation.

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Tags: Inclination Sensors

Thinking Outside the Box with Intrinsic Safety

Posted by Robert Schosker on Thu, Sep 04, 2014

Have you or are you still thinking about taking that leap of faith to intrinsic safety? With current and voltage limited to levels below that which can cause an ignition, a 50% safety factor even under fault conditions, and the ability to wire in accordance with general purpose wiring methods, there shouldn’t be another thought. But wait. What about my field device?


In the article 'Choosing Your Intrinsic Safety Device',  by Aaron Hand, Executive Editor, Automation World, find out what you need to know about the other half of the intrinsic safety equation.

If, after reading this article, intrinsic safety sounds like something you would be interested in learning more about, we're here to help. What questions do you have?

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Tags: Intrinsic Safety

10 Obstacles You Can Overcome with the Right Inductive Sensor

Posted by Zach Steck on Wed, Aug 27, 2014

Let’s take a look at ten scenarios below and determine what would be the best inductive sensing solution.

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Tags: Inductive Sensors, Applications, Ask an Expert

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