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Ask an Expert Industrial Sensors Episode 23

Posted by John Appleson on Mon, Mar 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. What load does a proximity switch need to sense for bench testing?
  2. Does the SJ5-N inductive slot sensor need an intrinsic safety barrier?
  3. Should I use a fiber optic sensor for injection molded parts detection?
  4. Are the components in an AS-Interface circuit board module epoxy encapsulated or sealed?
  5. Do you have a handheld solution to identify nonworking RFID tags?
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Topics: Ultrasonic Sensors, AS-Interface, Photoelectric Sensors, Ask an Expert, RFID

Position Guided Vision for Automatic Guided Vehicle (AGV) Control

Posted by Gerry Paci on Fri, Mar 10, 2017

Automated guided vehicles (AGVs) are used to move product throughout the factory or warehouse floor. Speed and precision are key when moving materials— if you've seen AGVs zipping around in a warehouse, you want to ensure that they stay on track and that they go exactly where they need to, with materials and AGV intact.

The video below discusses the key features and general applications for our PGV absolute positioning system for automatic guided vehicles. The PGV follows Data Matrix codes or colored lines with sub-millimeter precision and is ideal for guidance of AGVs.

From control codes to initiate starts, stops, and turns, to the user-friendly software Vision Configurator, the PGV is packed with the tools you need for any AGV application.

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Topics: Software, Positioning Systems

4 Key Attributes for Selecting Ultrasonic Sensors

Posted by Austin Phillips on Fri, Mar 03, 2017

Every sensing technology has its own set of unique capabilities that allow it to perform reliably in certain areas. In dirty environments, a photoelectric sensor’s light beam may fail to return to the receiver due to a covered lens or reflector. However, ultrasonic sensors thrive in dirty and dusty environments, since sound waves are unaffected by dust particles floating in the air or adhering to the sensing face. Industries that commonly use ultrasonic sensors include agriculture, food and beverage, and packaging. The following key attributes will help you select the right ultrasonic sensor for your application.

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Topics: Ultrasonic Sensors

How to Configure an Industrial Remote Monitor Using VisuNet Control Center Software

Posted by Aaron Severa on Mon, Feb 13, 2017

Process automation plants using industrial HMI often place the equipment in remote locations in the field, away from the process control room or maintenance stations. For busy plant personnel, it's much easier to be able to configure these remote monitors from a centralized location or even off-site remote location. In addition, maintenance and technical support for the daily HMI operators can now be done remotely without needing to physically stand in front of the screen, which is often difficult and time-consuming (pharmaceutical clean rooms, large refineries for example.)

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Topics: Industrial Monitors/ HMI, Software

3 Unique Advantages of EV Ethernet AS-Interface Gateways

Posted by Danius Silgalis on Fri, Feb 03, 2017

AS-Interface gateways are the core of the wiring system.  They serve as the link between the sensor/actuator level of AS-Interface and the upper-level bus systems where PLCs (programmable logic controllers), PCs or other field bus systems reside.

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Topics: AS-Interface

Communicating with Your HazLoc Control Panel

Posted by DJ Haney on Fri, Jan 27, 2017

When installing a purged control panel or industrial HMI in a hazardous location, power supplied to the control panel must be regulated so that components are not energized before the panel is protected by a purge cycle.

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Topics: Purge/ Pressurization Systems, Industrial Monitors/ HMI, Intrinsic Safety

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

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

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