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Pepperl+Fuchs Blog

4 Lesser-Known Features of IO-Link Photoelectric Sensors

Posted by Steve Busicnki on Mon, Jan 28, 2019

Pepperl+Fuchs IO-Link photoelectric sensors have many lesser-known features. In addition to operational parameters, sensor information, and other commonly used and viewed items, many of our IO-Link photoelectric sensors include features that are helpful in multiple applications. These features include locator indication, device control, trend charts, and data collection interval.

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Topics: Photoelectric Sensors

G20 ZPA Motor Control Module: Moving MDR Conveyor Systems in a Better Direction

Posted by Andre Clayton on Mon, Jan 21, 2019

Companies place more than product on their conveyor systems. They also rely on this technology to improve productivity and lower material handling costs. If conveyor technology remains outdated, however, the burden on maintenance staff increases as does energy consumption. The G20 ZPA motor control module from Pepperl+Fuchs provides the reliability and cost savings that companies depend on.

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Topics: AS-Interface, MDR convenyor

How Hygienic Can Ultrasonic Sensors Be?

Posted by Edwin Stoll on Tue, Jan 15, 2019

Hygienic Ultrasonic Sensors for the Food Industry

The food and beverage industry imposes extremely strict regulations on the design of machines and their components. According to EHEDG hygienic design principles, machines and their components must be:

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Topics: Ultrasonic Sensors

What is Pulse Ranging Technology?

Posted by Dylan Skraba on Mon, Dec 31, 2018

One of the biggest advancements in automation was the incorporation of time-of-flight technology into photoelectric sensors. Pepperl+Fuchs took that technology and improved on it, creating the advanced time-of-flight measurement known as Pulse Ranging Technology (PRT). PRT provides continuous measurement of a target’s distance by using the speed of light as a constant while sending out extremely short but very powerful pulses of light and calculating the duration between the time a pulse is sent and the time it is received.

Sensors with Pulse Ranging Technology have wider measuring ranges, higher detection ranges, and incredible precision, and neither external light nor variations in reflection characteristics affect sensor function. The sensors also offer a great deal of versatility. Whether an application is fast-paced, requires reliable detection of irregular surfaces, or ensures accurate positioning, sensors with PRT use the same measurement process to provide the precision you need.

Want to learn more? Check out how PRT is used in one of our photoelectric sensors in our blog post:

Photoelectric Sensors Use Time-of-Flight Measurement

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Topics: Photoelectric Sensors, pulse ranging technology

Intelligent Safety Relays Enhance Ship Safety

Posted by Andre Clayton on Mon, Dec 17, 2018

According to the global transport and logistics insurer TT Club, container ship fires happen every 60 days. Half of these fires start in the engine room, and most of them are caused by pressurized system leaks. However, fires can occur anywhere where there is air, fuel, and heat. When a fire does happen on a vessel, crew members’ lives depend on the speed and reliability of the ship’s alert system.

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Topics: safety relay, intelligent safety relay

4 Benefits of Industrial AGVs in Manufacturing

Posted by Andre Clayton on Mon, Dec 10, 2018

Industries from automotive to pharmaceuticals share the goal of increasing workflow efficiency on factory floors and in distribution centers. Many are turning to industrial automated guided vehicles (AGVs) to better their intralogistics. With the help of sensor technology from specialists like Pepperl+Fuchs, AGV systems benefit manufacturers in the following ways:

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Topics: PGV, Positioning Systems

Trash Day with Ultrasonic Sensors

Posted by Andre Clayton on Thu, Dec 06, 2018

In a typical day, a garbage truck visits over 800 homes and collects up to 14 tons of waste. These trucks usually operate up to 16 hours a day for six days a week and ultrasonic sensors are installed to enhance waste collection processes. Using high-frequency sound pulses, the sensors effectively detect fill level, distance, position, and presence while being unhindered by smoke, dust, light, and color. 

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Topics: Ultrasonic Sensors

What Makes a Thin Client Future-Proof?

Posted by Andre Clayton on Wed, Nov 21, 2018

A future-proof thin client should be a long-term virtualization solution that reduces costs, enhances system management, and improves productivity. That is why our BTC12 thin client is designed with technology that can be adapted to future industry demands.

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Topics: thin client, thin clients, BTC12

Why Use a Junction Block?

Posted by Andre Clayton on Wed, Nov 14, 2018

Junction blocks have become a standard in factory connectivity. While traditional parallel wiring methods are still used, they continue to be inflexible, time consuming, and prone to error. Junction blocks from Pepperl+Fuchs allow multiple devices to be connected to a central point, add flexibility, save time, and reduce wiring errors. 

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Topics: junction block, junction blocks, connectivity

Use Case: Refueling Gas Station Tanks

Posted by Andre Clayton on Tue, Oct 30, 2018

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An Italian oil company hired the Institute L‘Istituto di Vigilanza dell‘Urbe (IVU) to improve the procedures for refueling underground fuel tanks at gas stations without sacrificing worker safety. Previously, supervisors were required to accompany every refill truck driver so that someone could provide aide in case of an emergency. 

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Topics: ecom

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