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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

Ask an Expert! Purge Systems - Episode 2

Posted by Andy LaMar on Wed, Aug 20, 2014

Need help with an industrial purge system or purged enclosure? Ask an Expert! In this episode, Product Manager Brent Dean answers these questions:

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Tags: Purge/ Pressurization Systems, Ask an Expert

Ask an Expert Industrial Sensors - Episode 4

Posted by John Appleson on Wed, Aug 13, 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 on our BB10 Series photoelectric sensors:

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Tags: Photoelectric Sensors, Ask an Expert

VisuNet HMI Solutions and Applications for Hazardous Areas

Posted by Aaron Severa on Wed, Aug 06, 2014

I recently read "Creative Ways to Cut Costs in Hazardous Areas" by Dan Hebert, Senior Technical Editor at Control magazine. The article discusses some of the interesting applications where a hazardous-rated industrial HMI unit is required. Some of the solutions involve outdoor areas where they are exposed year round to high or low temperatures, rain, high winds, and bright sunlight. Other solutions involve long distances in between components and call for a way to communicate between these two points.


Because no two applications, solutions, or locations are exactly the same, the requirements of the end user can be drastically different. This means that manufacturers have to create standard products that cover the bulk of the applications, but also be flexible enough to create custom HMI solutions to cover the remaining applications that just cannot be satisfied by standard off-the-shelf solutions.

For more information on the industrial HMI products that Pepperl+Fuchs has to offer, please visit www.visunet.com. This website is our home base for all things HMI. It includes information on all of our standard and custom HMI solutions, as well as industry-specific information and a selection tool to assist in recommending a system that fits your exact application.

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Tags: Industrial Monitors/ HMI

Male and Female Connectors for Industrial Sensors — Field Attachables

Posted by Patricia Stafford on Wed, Jul 30, 2014

Find compatible solutions for your application

When it comes to making sensors work for you, it’s all about getting connected. And, knowing the right connections to make depending on your industrial needs makes all the difference.  

Field-attachable connectors allow you to put together the perfect fit. The power of these simple parts is in their adaptability to customer needs. Their tailored design provides individual solutions for existing wiring systems.

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Tags: Cables/ Cordsets

4 Key Elements of WirelessHART

Posted by Robert Schosker on Wed, Jul 23, 2014

What makes up WirelessHART? There are four key elements to be aware of:

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Tags: HART

Ask an Expert Industrial Sensors - Episode 3

Posted by John Appleson on Wed, Jul 16, 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:

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Tags: Ultrasonic Sensors, Photoelectric Sensors, Ask an Expert

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