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Configuring EXTA2 Keyboards for Hazardous-Area HMI

Posted by Pepperl+Fuchs on Tue, Jun 30, 2020

Industrial monitors and operator workstations are installed in process plants and hazardous areas to safely monitor processes. To support and simplify input, a selection of keyboards is available. The EXTA2 industrial keyboards from Pepperl+Fuchs are specially designed for use in hazardous areas. They are ATEX and IECEx certified for Zone 1/21 and have UL Class I/II, Division 2 approval for use in the USA and Canada.

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Topics: Industrial Monitors/ HMI, Explosion Protection

Three Misconceptions about Safety Integrity Level

Posted by Pepperl+Fuchs on Wed, Mar 18, 2020

The safety integrity level, or SIL for short, is an indicator that makes risk reduction quantifiable. Plant and machinery can pose risks that are so dangerous that people and the environment should not be exposed to them under any circumstances. If such a hazard exists, the associated risks must be mitigated to meet the need for safety.

SIL is a core element of functional safety and simultaneously the object of many misconceptions. Pepperl+Fuchs clarifies three of the most common misunderstandings.

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Topics: Explosion Protection, Functional Safety

4 Ways to Digitalize Your Factory This Year

Posted by Pepperl+Fuchs on Fri, Jan 24, 2020

Digitalization can be daunting. But with the right technologies, you can take the following steps to prepare your factory for Industry 4.0:

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Topics: industry 4.0, iiot

3 Factors that Influence Double Sheet Detection

Posted by Pepperl+Fuchs on Fri, Jan 17, 2020

Double sheet sensors are used to monitor layers of materials as they are fed into machines. While the default settings for Pepperl+Fuchs’ double sheet sensors are suitable for over 90% of all usable materials, it is important to consider the following factors before choosing which settings to use: environmental conditions, material characteristics, and alignment accuracy. Each of these can affect measurement accuracy in double sheet detection and must be accounted for.

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Topics: Ultrasonic Sensors, double sheet detection

Durability Tests for Pepperl+Fuchs Connectors

Posted by Pepperl+Fuchs on Fri, Dec 13, 2019

Pepperl+Fuchs mobile equipment connectivity products must withstand the world’s toughest environments. In many applications, extreme temperatures, heavy contamination, aggressive substances, and mechanical stress play a major role. Connectors have to be sufficiently rugged and resistant and are tested above and beyond these requirements. But how can Pepperl+Fuchs maintain the promised quality of its products? In this blog post, we explain which tests our mobile equipment connectivity products go through to meet our high quality standards.

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Topics: Cables/ Cordsets, connectivity, connectors

Four Scenarios for Using IO-Link Masters with OPC UA Interface

Posted by Pepperl+Fuchs on Fri, Dec 06, 2019

Networking different systems from diverse manufacturers—all of which feature different interfaces, profiles, and communication mechanisms—is the challenge of Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). This is where OPC UA comes in. It creates a uniform basis for continuous information exchange from the field to the cloud.

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Topics: industry 4.0, iiot, opc ua

What is Industry 4.0?

Posted by Pepperl+Fuchs on Fri, Oct 25, 2019

Industry 4.0 is generally understood as the comprehensive digitalization of industrial production. In Industry 4.0, entire production processes are interconnected with people, machines, products, factory facilities, and logistics processes. Production speed is increased significantly. In this blog post, we give an overview of the past Industrial Revolutions that have brought us to this point and outline how Pepperl+Fuchs is involved in Industry 4.0.

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Topics: IO-Link, industry 4.0, iiot

6 Cables for 5 Industrial Applications

Posted by Pepperl+Fuchs on Wed, Sep 25, 2019

We’ve all been there: You are sitting on the plane and want to relax with music. You plug in your headphones and play your favorite song. You reposition your head to get comfortable and the music stops. This is caused by a break in the headphone cord. While a break in connectivity is simply annoying in this scenario, it is a real problem in industrial environments where downtime can be costly. In this blog post, we discuss five industrial applications and the Pepperl+Fuchs cables best suited to provide reliable connectivity for each one.

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Topics: connectivity

Guiding the Future of Autonomous Commercial Cleaning

Posted by Pepperl+Fuchs on Thu, Aug 01, 2019

Discovery Robotics has a corporate mission “to increase human productivity, safety, and quality of life by creating robotic solutions that deliver value to [their] customers.” The Pittsburgh, PA-based robotics manufacturer created the FX250, an autonomous commercial floor cleaning robot, to accomplish this mission in the janitorial services industry.

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Topics: Ultrasonic Sensors, Photoelectric Sensors, AGV, R2000

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