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The Future Belongs to IO-Link: An Introduction

Posted by John Appleson on Tue, Jun 04, 2013

Welcome to the year 2023. Maybe there aren’t any flying cars and futuristic sci-fi cityscapes as foretold in the past, but there are other significant technological advancements. The smartphones of a decade ago have been replaced by far advanced technology that is worn like eyewear or clothing. Holographic conferences are more common as the new forum of face-to-face business meetings. Augmented reality has merged the virtual realm with the real world. And industry has turned from the older conventional sensing technology to IO-Link.

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Topics: Terminology, Photoelectric Sensors

Why Would I Use a NAMUR Output Sensor?

Posted by Robert Pasho on Thu, May 30, 2013

Proximity sensors and encoders can have NAMUR output

NAMUR is a type of sensor output that gives an on or off indication.  There are different reasons why you may need a NAMUR sensor.  I will go through some of them here.  

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Topics: Rotary Encoders, Terminology, Inductive Sensors, Capacitive Sensors, Photoelectric Sensors, Approvals/ Certifications, Magnetic Sensors

Understanding Model Number Nomenclature for Industrial Sensors

Posted by Tracy Molnar on Thu, Feb 14, 2013

Decoding inductive, capacitive, and ultrasonic sensor model numbers

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Topics: Terminology, Inductive Sensors, Capacitive Sensors, Ultrasonic Sensors

Listen and Learn…About AS-Interface

Posted by Helge Hornis on Mon, Feb 04, 2013

Tune into Pepperl+Fuchs’ TechTalk Podcasts on Actuator Sensor Interface

AS-Interface is the world’s most popular low-level I/O and safety network. According to AS-International there are currently over 24 million field devices in operation, making its popularity and success undisputed.  The reason for this can probably be best summarized by two words: simplicity and flexibility. 

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Topics: Terminology, AS-Interface, Ask an Expert

What Is an Aseptic HMI Workstation?

Posted by Kristen Barbour on Fri, Nov 16, 2012

An aseptic HMI workstation or cleanroom HMI is a visualization system specially designed for use in the pharmaceutical industry.

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Topics: Terminology, Industrial Monitors/ HMI

Speaking the Language of Laser Distance Measurement

Posted by Jeff Allison on Thu, Nov 08, 2012

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Topics: Terminology, Laser Sensors, Distance Sensors

Can Intrinsically Safe Equipment Be Worked on "Live"...

Posted by Devin Broadbent on Fri, Aug 03, 2012

...while located in the hazardous (explosive) atmosphere?

While maintenance/live-work on intrinsically safe field-wiring circuits is often confused with maintenance on intrinsically safe equipment, IEC/EN 60079-17 Electrical apparatus for explosive gas atmospheres – Part 17: Inspection and maintenance of electrical installations in hazardous areas (other than mines) provides some information on this topic that can be useful to the reader.

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Topics: Terminology, Ask an Expert, Hazardous Area Enclosures/ Equipment, Intrinsic Safety

Mounting Conditions for Inductive Proximity Sensors

Posted by David Rubinski on Thu, Jul 26, 2012

Part two of two:  How to mount the different sensor types (embeddable, non-embeddable, quasi-embeddable)

In our previous blog post on this topic, we took a look at the different sensor types and their definitions.  Now we'll deal with the preferred methods for mounting each type.

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Topics: Terminology, Inductive Sensors, Sensor Accessories

Defining an Inductive Sensor's Mounting Conditions

Posted by David Rubinski on Fri, Jul 13, 2012

Part One of Two:  Defining the ways sensors can be mounted (embeddable, non-embeddable, quasi-embeddable)

(Read part two of this post: Mounting Conditions for Inductive Proximity Sensors)

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Topics: Terminology, Inductive Sensors, Sensor Accessories

Hazardous Locations Wall Chart Dresses Up Your Office

Posted by Kristen Barbour on Tue, Jul 10, 2012

Protecting Your Process wall poster explains Zones and Divisions

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Topics: Terminology, Intrinsic Safety

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