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Which Applications Can Be Solved with the VOS Vision Tool Set?

Posted by Pepperl+Fuchs on Mon, Aug 02, 2021

To meet the diverse and highly complex requirements of industrial applications, users rely on a range of photoelectric sensors. The camera-based 2-D universal vision sensors of the VOS series not only close the gap between simple vision sensors and complex vision systems—they offer flexible configuration and open up the possibility for users to solve particularly complex automation tasks as well as multiple tasks with just one vision sensor. In this blog post, we will show you which software features the VOS sensors offer and the applications for which they are suitable.

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Topics: Photoelectric Sensors, Industrial Vision, vision system

Circuit Fault Detection without Additional Wiring

Posted by Pepperl+Fuchs on Mon, Jul 19, 2021

From the recording of the process variable to the evaluation in the control system, many errors can occur that can lead to unwanted process states. These can result in plant shutdowns or quality problems, and even pose hazards to people and the environment. In addition to faults in the device itself, isolators also monitor the connecting lines between the isolator, the field device and the control system for lead breakage or lead short circuits, depending on the device variant. In this blog post you can find out how isolated barriers from Pepperl+Fuchs detect line faults in the signal circuit without additional wiring.

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Topics: Signal Conditioners, k-system, isolated barriers, line fault detection, power rail, isolator modules

Hardware and Software Features of the R2000 Series 2-D Laser Scanner

Posted by Pepperl+Fuchs on Mon, Jun 28, 2021

Whether used in warehouses, robotics, or dynamic applications for navigation of automated guided vehicles (AGV)―the 2-D LiDAR sensors of the R2000 series feature a gapless all-around visibility of 360°. The sophisticated laser scanners come with the innovative Pulse Ranging Technology (PRT) that helps providing reliable and extremely precise measuring results. In this blog post we’ll take a closer look at the R2000’s hardware and software features and how these can help solve your individual application.

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Topics: pulse ranging technology, Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs), 2-D Laser Scanner, 2-D LIDAR Sensor

Configuring the 7500 Series Purge and Pressurization System

Posted by Pepperl+Fuchs on Wed, Jun 16, 2021

The 7500 series is a type Z/Ex pzc purge and pressurization system that enables non-rated electrical equipment to be used in hazardous areas. The 7500 series is a certified system for UL Class I and II/Div. 2 as well as for Zone 2/22 hazardous locations. A complete 7500 purge and pressurization system requires a control unit, a manifold valve, and a vent. It can be configured as a manual or fully automatic system. This blog article shows you how to configure the 7500 system components, i.e. control unit, manifold valve, and vent.

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Topics: Purge/ Pressurization Systems, Hazardous Area Enclosures/ Equipment, Hazardous Locations

How to Prevent Dust Explosions Using Pressurization

Posted by Pepperl+Fuchs on Tue, May 25, 2021

Dust explosion disasters like the one at the Imperial Sugar Company refinery in Georgia, USA, resulted in several congressional hearings in the USA that cited the US Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) for not enforcing worker protection regulations. As a result, OSHA has since identified at least 30,000 plants in the USA as having potential problems from dust hazards. It is also estimated that around 2,200 dust explosions happen throughout Europe each year. As the industry continues to become aware of this potentially devastating problem, they will need solutions that protect their workers, plants, and the surrounding environments. Read in our blog article, where combustible dust atmospheres may occur and how these could be prevented.

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Topics: Purge/ Pressurization Systems, Hazardous Area Enclosures/ Equipment, Explosion Protection, Control System

Viator® USB HART Interface Troubleshooting with ViatorCheckBT

Posted by Pepperl+Fuchs on Wed, May 12, 2021

The Pepperl+Fuchs Viator® USB HART interface provides a flexible link between your PC or handheld and HART networks. It can be used to commission, service, calibrate, and acquire data from any HART field device or transmitter, making it a powerful tool for technicians. With our ViatorCheckBT software, you can troubleshoot the Viator modem from a PC or HART-capable device. In this blog article we guide you step by step through the troubleshooting process.

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Topics: HART, HART Interface Solutions, Interface Technology, ViatorCheckBT

RFID Meets AGV—Three Examples of Practical Applications

Posted by Pepperl+Fuchs on Thu, Apr 15, 2021

Whether as practical automated guided carts, rolling assembly platforms, or massive self-driving container tank transporters, automated guided vehicles (AGVs) in all possible designs have become indispensable elements in modern production processes that follow the Industry 4.0 principle. They help to make everyday work significantly easier, preserve existing resources, and speed up transport processes considerably. They differ widely in appearance, and the technologies that enable the vehicles to work automatically or autonomously are highly diverse. RFID is often used, and when applied intelligently, this radio-based identification method can perform numerous tasks on the AGV. This blog article presents three possible versions.

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Topics: RFID, AGV, iiot, AMR

Into the Future of 3-D Vision Technology with PXL+

Posted by Pepperl+Fuchs on Wed, Apr 07, 2021

In industrial vision applications, a conventional representation of 3-D point clouds in space is often no longer sufficient to precisely identify relevant object details. With the PXL+ technology developed by Pepperl+Fuchs subsidiary VMT, however, 3-D point cloud images can be enriched with any number of sensor data. Thanks to this valuable additional information, the gap between human and machine vision can be closed, allowing numerous (industrial) applications to be solved more efficiently and expanding the range of applications that can be automated.

In this blog article, we explain what stands behind the term PXL+, where the technology is already being used successfully, and the potential it offers.

 

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Topics: Industrial Vision, industry 4.0, vision system

Reliable Linear Distance Measuring Using Cable Pulls

Posted by Pepperl+Fuchs on Thu, Mar 25, 2021

Pepperl+Fuchs modular cable pulls meet a variety of challenges that other sensors simply cannot. Made from a combination of components, they are easily tailored to the exact needs of your application. Environmental resistance, form factor, and disregard for particulates in the air are all qualities that help cable pulls stand alone for tough applications.

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Topics: Cables/ Cordsets, cable pulls

Series 6000 Purge and Pressurization Systems replace Series 2000

Posted by Pepperl+Fuchs on Tue, Mar 16, 2021

Unlike containment or prevention, purge and pressurization separates general-purpose equipment from the surrounding potentially explosive atmosphere using a standard, lightweight enclosure. The enclosure is then purged with industrial-grade air or inert gas to eliminate all hazardous gas inside. Then, the flow is decreased to maintain a pressure higher than that of the dangerous external atmosphere. This prevents the flammable mixture from coming in contact with the components inside the enclosure.

Pepperl+Fuchs offers an array of purge systems. The 2000 series is a legacy system that is now obsolete, and its recommended replacement is the 6000 series—the latest Type X purge system from Pepperl+Fuchs.

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Topics: Purge/ Pressurization Systems, Explosion Protection Equipment, Explosion Protection

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