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Pepperl+Fuchs Blog

Three Misconceptions about Safety Integrity Level

Posted by Pepperl+Fuchs on Wed, Mar 18, 2020

The safety integrity level, or SIL for short, is an indicator that makes risk reduction quantifiable. Plant and machinery can pose risks that are so dangerous that people and the environment should not be exposed to them under any circumstances. If such a hazard exists, the associated risks must be mitigated to meet the need for safety.

SIL is a core element of functional safety and simultaneously the object of many misconceptions. Pepperl+Fuchs clarifies three of the most common misunderstandings.

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Topics: Explosion Protection, Functional Safety

4 Ways to Digitalize Your Factory This Year

Posted by Pepperl+Fuchs on Fri, Jan 24, 2020

Digitalization can be daunting. But with the right technologies, you can take the following steps to prepare your factory for Industry 4.0:

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Topics: industry 4.0, iiot

3 Factors that Influence Double Sheet Detection

Posted by Pepperl+Fuchs on Fri, Jan 17, 2020

Double sheet sensors are used to monitor layers of materials as they are fed into machines. While the default settings for Pepperl+Fuchs’ double sheet sensors are suitable for over 90% of all usable materials, it is important to consider the following factors before choosing which settings to use: environmental conditions, material characteristics, and alignment accuracy. Each of these can affect measurement accuracy in double sheet detection and must be accounted for.

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Topics: Ultrasonic Sensors, double sheet detection

Making Sensor Data Accessible and Profitable Beyond the Production Floor

Posted by Jason Bean on Fri, Jan 10, 2020

What does it mean to have an OPC UA server combined with an IO-Link master with MultiLink™? And, more importantly, what can you DO with it?

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Topics: IO-Link, opc ua

Durability Tests for Pepperl+Fuchs Connectors

Posted by Pepperl+Fuchs on Fri, Dec 13, 2019

Pepperl+Fuchs mobile equipment connectivity products must withstand the world’s toughest environments. In many applications, extreme temperatures, heavy contamination, aggressive substances, and mechanical stress play a major role. Connectors have to be sufficiently rugged and resistant and are tested above and beyond these requirements. But how can Pepperl+Fuchs maintain the promised quality of its products? In this blog post, we explain which tests our mobile equipment connectivity products go through to meet our high quality standards.

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Topics: Cables/ Cordsets, connectivity, connectors

Four Scenarios for Using IO-Link Masters with OPC UA Interface

Posted by Pepperl+Fuchs on Fri, Dec 06, 2019

Networking different systems from diverse manufacturers—all of which feature different interfaces, profiles, and communication mechanisms—is the challenge of Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). This is where OPC UA comes in. It creates a uniform basis for continuous information exchange from the field to the cloud.

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Topics: industry 4.0, iiot, opc ua

The Benefits of Modules with Line Fault Transparency

Posted by Andreas Grimsehl on Tue, Nov 26, 2019

Safe Switch-On with Line Fault Transparency

Highly automated systems in sensitive areas of the process industry must ensure that pumps, valves, and active cooling systems are switched on safely at all times. All signal circuits must be monitored for possible line faults on the field side to ensure that all installed safety functions operate correctly if there is a fault. In this blog post, we explain the advantages plant operators have with using line fault transparency (LFT) modules from Pepperl+Fuchs ...

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Topics: Intrinsic Safety, k-system, isolated barriers

An Inductive Proximity Sensor for Every Application

Posted by David Rubinski on Mon, Nov 11, 2019

No matter the industry, application, or metal target, Pepperl+Fuchs has an inductive proximity sensor that can provide reliable object detection. Ranging from Basic Series sensors, which combine accuracy, durability, and cost effectiveness, to the ruggedized metal face Pile Driver and Mobile Equipment Series, choosing the best inductive sensor from our broad portfolio depends entirely on the needs of your application.

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Topics: Inductive Sensors, proximity sensors

Choosing the Right Ex-Rated Electrical Control Panel Protection

Posted by Alex Dzatko on Fri, Nov 01, 2019

There are many types of protection available for your electrical control panel. Increased Safety (Ex e) and flameproof (Ex d) are two common protection types for electrical control panel enclosures installed in hazardous locations. Choosing the correct type of enclosure can be difficult and depends on many factors, including:

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Topics: Explosion Protection Equipment, Explosion Protection

What is Industry 4.0?

Posted by Pepperl+Fuchs on Fri, Oct 25, 2019

Industry 4.0 is generally understood as the comprehensive digitalization of industrial production. In Industry 4.0, entire production processes are interconnected with people, machines, products, factory facilities, and logistics processes. Production speed is increased significantly. In this blog post, we give an overview of the past Industrial Revolutions that have brought us to this point and outline how Pepperl+Fuchs is involved in Industry 4.0.

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Topics: IO-Link, industry 4.0, iiot

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