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Pepperl+Fuchs Blog

Simplifying Thin Client Management with VisuNet Control Center

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

2020 has brought many changes to the way we operate and perform our day-to-day tasks. In the automation world, facilities are limiting the number of people they have on-site to essential personnel only. All other employees are working remotely. In some roles, this is unproblematic and easy to manage, but in others it is tedious and many responsibilities cannot be performed.

For automation sites that have implemented a Pepperl+Fuchs VisuNet RM Shell thin-client-based architecture for their HMI systems, VisuNet Control Center can be used to make life more manageable inside and outside of the facility. The software allows users to easily communicate, manage, and interface with their entire RM Shell-based thin client installation—whether it consists of desktop thin clients in non-hazardous areas or workstation thin clients in Division 1 areas.

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Topics: thin client, VCC, VisuNet

IO-Link as a Retrofit Solution for Legacy Systems

Posted by Pepperl+Fuchs on Fri, Feb 12, 2021

The internationally standardized IO-Link technology offers many new features and benefits that help modernize existing systems for Industry 4.0. And with the massive shift to smart manufacturing in modern production environments, many companies are beginning to consider implementing IO-Link in their existing manufacturing systems. In this article, you will learn more about the advantages of intelligent communication technology and how you can modernize existing systems with IO-Link masters from Pepperl+Fuchs.

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Topics: IO-Link, industrial communication

Sinking and Sourcing with Smart Transmitter Power Supply for Analog Input Applications

Posted by Pepperl+Fuchs on Tue, Jan 26, 2021

When selecting an intrinsic safety barrier for an analog input application, one of the biggest issues customers face is differentiating between sinking and sourcing. These terms are used to refer to where the power of the current signal is coming from. Not sure what they mean? Keep reading.

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Topics: Power Supplies, k-system

Easy Configuration and Device Management with Pepperl+Fuchs Software PortVision® DX

Posted by Pepperl+Fuchs on Mon, Dec 21, 2020

PortVision® DX is a Pepperl+Fuchs management software included with all DeviceMaster® serial gateways, ICE2 and ICE 3 series IO-Link Masters, and managed RocketLinx® Ethernet switches. This free software allows you to configure network settings, upload firmware, manage, and monitor Ethernet-attached devices within one application. PortVision DX detects Pepperl+Fuchs Ethernet-attached devices, eliminating the complicated patchwork of separate drivers, web interfaces, and proprietary software typically needed to deploy a network of industrial communication devices.

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Topics: iiot, industrial ethernet, industrial communication

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 automated 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

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