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Pepperl+Fuchs Blog

PS1000 Industrial Power Supplies in Redundant Architectures up to Zone 2/Div. 2

Posted by Pepperl+Fuchs on Tue, Oct 19, 2021

Industrial power supplies of the PS1000 series are used everywhere in automation technology where high system availability, redundancy and economic efficiency are required. In the control cabinet and in field boxes in all industrial applications and process systems, they ensure an efficient and reliable power supply from 5 Amps to 40 Amps, for 12 VDC, 24 VDC or 48 VDC output. The PS1000 devices have ATEX, IECEx, and EAC approvals and are also certified for the North American market, allowing them to be used up to Zone 2/Div.2.

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Topics: Power Supplies, Redundancy

Setup, Installation and Commissioning of the 5500-MAN Manifold Valve System for Fully Automatic Pressurized Enclosure Systems

Posted by Pepperl+Fuchs on Tue, Sep 14, 2021

In this two-part video series, Chris Romano, Product Manager for Purge and Pressurization, shows you the intended use, setup, installation and commissioning of the 5500-MAN-** manifold valve system for the fully automatic pressurized enclosure systems of the 5500 and 7500 control units from Pepperl+Fuchs in a live demo.

What is the 5500-MAN-** manifold valve system and how does it work with the 7500 or 5500 control unit? Also, see what is included with this manifold valve system.

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Topics: Purge/ Pressurization Systems, Explosion Protection

How RFID with IO-Link Eases Machine Access

Posted by Pepperl+Fuchs on Mon, Aug 30, 2021

The use of RFID for machine access control and operation is nothing new. Depending on the application, different frequency ranges are used, either LF, HF, or UHF. Recently, there has been a trend that HF read/write heads with IO-Link are increasingly being used for precisely these applications. As always, the goal is to ensure only authorized personnel operate machinery. Also valued is the ability to retrieve an operation log and how each worker parameterizes the machines.

Users who were previously of the opinion that RFID was somehow too complicated have quickly changed their view in practice. In this blog article we take a closer look at the topic and show you possible use cases.

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Topics: RFID, RFID head

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

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