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Ask an Expert! Purge Systems - Episode 2

Questions about purge units?

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

Ask an Expert Industrial Sensors - Episode 4

Ask an Expert Industrial Sensors - Episode 4

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:

VisuNet HMI Solutions and Applications for Hazardous Areas

Industrial HMI Solutions for Oil Tankers

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 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.

Male and Female Connectors for Industrial Sensors — Field Attachables

Field attachable connectors for industrial sensors

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.

Male and female connectors include 3-pin, 4-pin, and 5-pin connectors. Insulation displacement connectors provide electrical power to a sensor through a cable with multi-strand wires. Other styles include screw terminal connectors and solder connectors. Different sizes are available, such as the standard M8 and M12 as well as MINI styles.  

The same versatility that you find in cables, depending on your application, logically applies to field-attachable connectors.

The following types of male and female connectors let you adapt your industrial sensor connections to a wide variety of applications and environments.

4 Key Elements of WirelessHART

Wireless HART Mesh Network

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


Ask an Expert Industrial Sensors - Episode 3

Ask an Expert Industrial Sensors Episode 3

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:

Purged Industrial Displays for Division 1 Hazardous Areas

Purged Industrial Displays for Division 1 Hazardous Areas

What is the correct purge system to use for a Class I, Div. 1 industrial display?  It’s a common question asked of our technical support experts. Another variation: What choices do I have for HMI visualization and machine control in a Division 1 area and which purge system does it require?

The first two questions to answer are to what is the display connected and what is the HMI software.   This information tells us whether we are looking at an industrial monitor, a panel PC, or a networked monitor via thin client or KVM back to a host in a safe area.

Design criteria

There a few simple ways to get the desired monitor or HMI interface into the hazardous area. For Class I, Division 1, the display requires a hazardous-rated LCD monitor and potentially a small purged enclosure. Peripherals such as barcode scanners, keyboards, etc., also need to be rated for the area.

Double Sheet Sensors… They’re Not Only for Paper

Ultrasonic sensors for double sheet detection

Double sheet sensors originated in the printing industry to quickly and reliably detect the appearance of a double sheet or a splice in the paper.

Spiff Up Your Cubicle with our Hazardous Locations Wall Chart

Spiff up your cubicle with hazardous locations poster

Tired of so many different hazardous location wall charts lining your office walls? One for NEC, then one for ATEX, then another one for IECEx, and yet still another for SIL. Just like with most business, it helps when you can one-stop shop; find everything you need at a single supplier. Shouldn’t getting the information you want about hazardous locations be the same?

Can Cyber Physical Systems Simplify PLC Logic?

Can Cyber Physical Systems Simplify PLC Logic?

I should start by mentioning that Pepperl+Fuchs has the pleasure of working with automation engineers every day. They build incredible machines by reducing the most complex problems into a number of simpler tasks. Those tasks are automated, put in sequence, and at the end, they ship a machine that transforms raw material or small components into our everyday items. But, there is one aspect of such machines that is frequently overlooked: diagnostics.

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