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Securing Cargo on AMRs and AGVs

Posted by Aaron English on Mon, Nov 30, 2020

Picking up, securing, and safely transporting cargo is the most important task of any autonomous guided vehicle (AGV) or autonomous mobile robot (AMR). In order to successfully complete this task the proper sensors are required. This blog article shows which sensor solution may be suitable based on the cargo type.

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5 Reasons for the Industrial Use of LoRaWAN Technology

Posted by Pepperl+Fuchs on Fri, Oct 23, 2020

As Industry 4.0 grows, interest in radio-based sensors is also increasing. LoRaWAN (Long Range Wide Area Network) is one technology that is becoming more and more popular in this context and is attracting the attention of industrial companies. In this blog article, find out what advantages LoRaWAN technology offers and if it could benefit your application.

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Topics: Ultrasonic Sensors, industry 4.0, LoRaWAN Technology

AMR Glass Detection with Ultrasonic Sensors

Posted by Jordan Prindle on Tue, Oct 20, 2020

Autonomous mobile robots, AMRs, typically use LiDAR sensors for the detection of objects. These sensors emit light and rely on a reflection to measure the distance to a particular surface. This is a great method for detecting solid objects but can create challenges when surrounded by transparent materials like glass. In these cases, the emitted light can pass through the material and cause collisions or false readings and loss of position. This type of false reading can result in product damage, downtime, or human injury.  

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Topics: Ultrasonic Sensors, AGV, AMR

Navigating Drop-Offs with the R2300 LiDAR Sensor

Posted by Aaron English on Thu, Sep 17, 2020

Mobile robots typically use some version of a LiDAR sensor for navigation. LiDAR, which stands for light detection and ranging, is a remote sensing method that measures variable distances using light in the form of a pulsed laser. LiDAR helps localize, navigate, and avoid obstacles so the robot can perceive surroundings and select a collision-free path. As new industries continue to adopt mobile robots, they must be able to navigate new, dynamic environments. One of the challenges in these environments is navigating around drop-offs or cliffs, also known as negative obstacles.

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Topics: Photoelectric Sensors, Laser Sensors, AGV, AMR, LiDAR

AMR Navigation Refined

Posted by Gerry Paci on Wed, Aug 19, 2020

Data Matrix codes pack a tremendous amount of digital information into a postage-stamp-sized footprint. Found in seemingly endless commercial and consumer areas, such as warehouses, distribution centers, automotive, and production facilities, their full potential in industrial automation applications is only now being tapped. Want to elevate your logistics? Read on to learn how this powerful technology enhances the control of autonomous mobile robots (AMR) and automated guided vehicles (AGV).

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Topics: PGV, AGV, Data Matrix Positioning Systems

Different Types of Positioning Systems in Automation

Posted by Robert Pasho on Tue, Aug 18, 2020

In the automation world, many different types of positioning systems are available. Whether mechanical, optical, magnetic, ultrasonic, inductive, camera-based systems, or a combination of technologies, determining which of these is effective for your positioning application is critical to the success of your automated processes.

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Topics: Rotary Encoders, Inductive Sensors, Applications, Inclination Sensors, Positioning Systems, PGV, AGV, cable pulls, magnetic encoders, acceleration sensors, Data Matrix Positioning Systems

Industrial Internet of Things with MQTT and IO-Link Technology

Posted by Jordan Prindle on Thu, Jul 23, 2020

There are many ways to achieve the kind of reliable machine-to-machine connectivity that powers the Industrial Internet of Things. Incorporating MQTT devices is one of them. Do you wonder if switching to MQTT-compliant devices could improve your application? Here is what you must know to build an IIoT-ready system.

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Topics: IO-Link, industry 4.0, iiot, opc ua, MQTT

Configuring EXTA2 Keyboards for Hazardous-Area HMI

Posted by Pepperl+Fuchs on Tue, Jun 30, 2020

Industrial monitors and operator workstations are installed in process plants and hazardous areas to safely monitor processes. To support and simplify input, a selection of keyboards is available. The EXTA2 industrial keyboards from Pepperl+Fuchs are specially designed for use in hazardous areas. They are ATEX and IECEx certified for Zone 1/21 and have UL Class I/II, Division 2 approval for use in the USA and Canada.

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Topics: Industrial Monitors/ HMI, Explosion Protection

PXV versus PCV—What's the Difference?

Posted by Zach Steck on Tue, Jun 09, 2020

In early 2011, Pepperl+Fuchs released its first Data Matrix positioning system, the PCV absolute positioning read head. This 2-D camera system uses multi-redundant Data Matrix code tape to provide position data with submillimeter resolution. Along with position, it provides information on the Y-offset (movement up or down) and speed. Since its debut, the PCV has become a sought-after solution for accurate and reliable positioning in a variety of applications.

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Topics: Positioning Systems

IO-Link Masters Make Factories Smarter

Posted by Jordan Prindle on Tue, Apr 28, 2020

Industry 4.0 applications require sensors that do more than just deliver process data to the PLC. Sensors must also be able to communicate with PLCs and higher-level SCADA or cloud systems. Pepperl+Fuchs IO-Link masters make this possible.

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Topics: PLC, IO-Link, industry 4.0, iiot, opc ua

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