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Cable Pulls-7 Ways They Pull Their Weight for Rotary Encoders

Posted by Patricia Stafford on Fri, Aug 05, 2016

While many applications use rotary encoders with shafts to monitor rotational speed, some situations call for a different solution—the use of a cable pull.

What all cable pulls have in common is that they are devices that, when used together with rotary encoders, provide precise linear measurements. They are ideal tools for applications where you need information on linear displacement feedback. Cable pulls have a lot to offer when it comes to mobile equipment (including cranes and forklifts), conveyor systems in material handling, safety switches, wind turbines, elevators, and more. 

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Topics: Rotary Encoders

Anti-Swing Software and Inductive Sensors Raise Your Mobile Equipment to a Higher Level

Posted by Patricia Stafford on Thu, Jul 07, 2016

Controlling the motion of cranes, hoists, and other mobile equipment while avoiding accidents is a vital part of ensuring their safe and efficient operation. Vertical lift applications can be trickier and pose greater risks than working with horizontal conveyor belts, which tend to be more steady and predictable.

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Topics: Inductive Sensors, Applications, Inclination Sensors, Positioning Systems

Remote Access and Control for Industrial Workstations Using VNC

Posted by Patricia Stafford on Thu, Jun 30, 2016

Process challenges that lead to system integration

When industrial workstations are located in a hazardous area, you often need to invest in training for qualified personnel who must comply with safety guidelines as well as deal with the physical layout and restrictions of facilities that include hazardous areas. Investing in equipment that likewise meets the challenges of the hazardous area is a must.

It's rather time consuming to walk back and forth between the production area and the control room to access a local HMI system. It's much more efficient and convenient to monitor control room functions locally, right inside the process area, using properly certified equipment that is rugged enough to withstand the tough environments external to the control room. Being closer to the process empowers you with greater control and monitoring capabilities in real time.

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Topics: Industrial Monitors/ HMI

5 Things to Look for When Comparing LIDAR Scanners

Posted by Patricia Stafford on Tue, May 31, 2016

This LIDAR image was recorded with the Pepperl+Fuchs R2000 LIDAR scanner. The R2000 was mounted vertically on a rail car. From there, the sensor recorded slices of its surroundings and translated the information into distance and reflectivity values. The 3-D point cloud was then processed by a powerful computer program that put together the image based on the distance and reflectivity data. Since the R2000 has a 360° field of view, it created a full view of the street.

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Topics: Laser Sensors

Webinar on Rotary Encoders: Meeting Today’s Needs with Precise Position and Motion Data

Posted by Patricia Stafford on Thu, Apr 21, 2016

Are you interested in seeing what’s new and exciting in the world of rotary encoders?

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Topics: Rotary Encoders

Enclosures for Industrial Explosion Protection: Planning Makes Perfect

Posted by Patricia Stafford on Thu, Jan 21, 2016

From terminal and junction boxes to control stations, control and distribution panels, and purge and pressurization systems—with the right enclosures for hazardous areas, you’re ready for anything. It all starts with strategic planning. Proper preparation is the first step for safe, productive process automation.

There are three key considerations to keep in mind when installing an enclosure in an environment which requires industrial explosion protection.

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Topics: Explosion Protection Equipment

Easy Programming Features for Div. 2 / Zone 2 Purge Systems

Posted by Patricia Stafford on Fri, Jan 08, 2016

If you're considering a programmable purge unit, you may be wondering how easy it is to set up and configure it the way you want.

Before we take a look at the menu-driven features of our Bebco EPS 5500 series purge system for Div. 2 / Zone 2 applications, let’s go over some of the general aspects of purge protection.

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Topics: Purge/ Pressurization Systems

Intrinsic Safety: Isolated Barriers Bring out the Best in Protection

Posted by Patricia Stafford on Tue, Dec 22, 2015

What is intrinsic safety?

The best form of protection is prevention. So when it comes to electricity, low voltage and current flow is the way to go.

Keeping people and equipment safe is a top priority for anyone who works with electrical equipment in a hazardous area. Intrinsic safety is key. An intrinsically safe system is one in which the current and voltage are kept so low that there is not enough energy to produce arcs, sparks, flames, or explosions.

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Topics: Intrinsic Safety Barriers, Intrinsic Safety

Keeping Wireless Signal Transmission under Your Control

Posted by Patricia Stafford on Tue, Dec 08, 2015

Variable delays can be an issue in process automation applications where the need is for continuous operation. Improved wireless adaptors combined with a new HART command can help you maintain control. It’s all in the timing.

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Topics: HART

Tag, You’re It: 4 Ways to Choose an RFID Data Carrier

Posted by Patricia Stafford on Wed, Nov 25, 2015

How do you choose an RFID tag?  Below are four factors to consider.

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Topics: RFID

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