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John Appleson

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Ask an Expert Industrial Sensors - Episode 3

Posted by John Appleson on Wed, Jul 16, 2014

This episode of Ask an Expert for industrial sensors examines and provides answers to interesting sensing questions we've received from customers just like you. We explore and answer these questions:

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Topics: Ultrasonic Sensors, Photoelectric Sensors, Ask an Expert

Ask an Expert Industrial Sensors - Episode 2

Posted by John Appleson on Thu, May 08, 2014

This episode of Ask an Expert for industrial sensors examines and provides answers to interesting sensing questions we've received from customers just like you. We explore and answer these questions:

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Topics: Inductive Sensors, Ultrasonic Sensors, Photoelectric Sensors, Ask an Expert

Ask an Expert Industrial Sensors - Episode 1

Posted by John Appleson on Tue, Apr 22, 2014

Are you an engineer? Technical support person? Responsible for plant maintenance? Then you know that there are thousands of possible sensing solutions available. How do you choose? What's your decision process when you think you should be using a photoelectric sensor, but then again, perhaps an ultrasonic sensor might be a better option? What are the advantages of using either a Light On vs. Dark On mode on a photoelectric sensor?
When confronted with all these possibilities, you can always rely on our product experts to help you. Welcome to our first episode of Ask an Expert, the weekly series where questions from customers just like you are answered! Feel free to ask us your sensing questions, and we'll do our best to reply with the whys and hows of a particular solution.

In this week's episode, we cover questions on photoelectric sensors and ultrasonic sensors...

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Topics: Ultrasonic Sensors, Photoelectric Sensors, Ask an Expert

The Future Belongs to IO-Link: An Introduction

Posted by John Appleson on Tue, Jun 04, 2013

Welcome to the year 2023. Maybe there aren’t any flying cars and futuristic sci-fi cityscapes as foretold in the past, but there are other significant technological advancements. The smartphones of a decade ago have been replaced by far advanced technology that is worn like eyewear or clothing. Holographic conferences are more common as the new forum of face-to-face business meetings. Augmented reality has merged the virtual realm with the real world. And industry has turned from the older conventional sensing technology to IO-Link.

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Topics: Terminology, Photoelectric Sensors

Know Your Sensing Utensils: Using Slot Sensors

Posted by John Appleson on Thu, May 09, 2013

Fork-type. U-shaped. Slotted. Vane-style. Slot housing. Whatever you call it, the housing is distinct among all other photoelectric sensor housings. And just as a fork is better suited for certain eating tasks than a spoon or knife, the fork sensor, or as it is more commonly called, the slot sensor, is a utensil that has its own strengths.

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Topics: Applications, Photoelectric Sensors

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