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Zach Steck

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5 Ultrasonic Sensing Types that Raise the Bar in Difficult Applications

Posted by Zach Steck on Thu, Dec 11, 2014

Sometimes in life, you just can’t go with the crowd. You need to adapt to new realities, stand out, and become an expert at meeting the unique conditions that you’re facing. When there’s a particular problem to solve, you’re ‘the specialist’ who gets it done right!

If you need an ultrasonic sensor for a particular application, I’d like to introduce you to five sensing types in our ultrasonic sensor family. These problem-solving sensors are designed for specific conditions where an ordinary ultrasonic sensor just won’t do!

Ultrasonic sensors for hazardous locations

In order to be installed in hazardous areas, ultrasonic sensors have to meet specific safety requirements. They must be designed with hazardous locations in mind.

Our HazLoc ultrasonic sensors are UL and CSA certified for use in environments up to Class I, Div. 2.  The Class I, Div. 2 approved models are represented by –HA in the model number.  UC500-30GM-IU-V1-HA is an example.  There is also an –HB model that is usable in all Division 2 areas as well as Class II, Div. 1 and Class III, Div. 1 environments.  The example model number for this type is UC2000-30GM-IU-V1-HB.  All of the hazardous location ultrasonic sensors only have an analog output.  This is selectable for current (4 mA … 20 mA) or voltage (0 V … 10 V).  These sensors also include an M30 to 1/2” NPT adapter for connection through conduit.

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Topics: Ultrasonic Sensors

10 Obstacles You Can Overcome with the Right Inductive Sensor

Posted by Zach Steck on Wed, Aug 27, 2014

Let’s take a look at ten scenarios below and determine what would be the best inductive sensing solution.

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Topics: Inductive Sensors, Applications, Ask an Expert

Double Sheet Sensors… They’re Not Only for Paper

Posted by Zach Steck on Wed, Jul 02, 2014

Double sheet sensors originated in the printing industry to quickly and reliably detect the appearance of a double sheet or a splice in the paper.

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Topics: Ultrasonic Sensors

6 Steps to Selecting a Fiber Optic Cable

Posted by Zach Steck on Wed, Mar 19, 2014

When selecting a fiber-optic cable, it is not as simple as “What fiber cable goes with this sensor?”  There are multiple factors that contribute to selecting the appropriate fiber-optic cable for your application. 

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Topics: Cables/ Cordsets, Photoelectric Sensors

Which Cordset or Cable Material Should I Select for My Application?

Posted by Zach Steck on Fri, Feb 07, 2014

When it comes to specifying a cable to use with your recent sensor purchase, you may notice a handful of options in regards to the cable quality and jacket material. You will see model numbers containing letter combinations, such as PUR, PVC, POC, PUR H/S, and even STOOW. What do these letters mean?  How do I know which one to select for my application?

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Topics: Cables/ Cordsets, Sensor Accessories

30GM-IO Series Ultrasonic Sensors: Pushbutton Programming

Posted by Zach Steck on Tue, Jan 14, 2014

The 30GM-IO Series is the newest addition to the Pepperl+Fuchs ultrasonic sensor family.  One main feature of this series is the pushbutton programming that allows quick and easy on-site parameterization without requiring software.  The 30GM-IO pushbuttons can be used to configure trip points, output function, output behavior, and even the shape of the sound cone.  In this article, we will look at how to program the sensor using these pushbuttons.

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Topics: Ultrasonic Sensors

What Makes an Inductive Sensor Weld-Immune?

Posted by Zach Steck on Tue, Nov 12, 2013

Weld-immune inductive sensors are designed for use in weld-sensing applications. Inductive sensors installed in harsh welding environments are exposed to strong magnetic fields as well as sparks and weld slag. So what exactly is a weld-immune inductive sensor?

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Topics: Inductive Sensors

Industrial Sensors - Understanding the Push-Pull Output

Posted by Zach Steck on Thu, Oct 03, 2013

When you are browsing through various industrial sensors in a catalog or online, you may encounter a signal output listed as push-pull. A push-pull output is a 4-in-1, meaning that one sensor can be wired to provide four different output signals.

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Topics: Rotary Encoders, Ultrasonic Sensors, Photoelectric Sensors

6 Industrial Sensors for High-Temperature Applications

Posted by Zach Steck on Tue, Sep 17, 2013

Many industrial applications require a sensor that can withstand exposure to high temperatures without becoming damaged. We offer a variety of sensing options for harsh environment installations. In this post, we will take a look at the different industrial sensor options available for high-temperature applications.

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Topics: Inductive Sensors, Applications, Ultrasonic Sensors, Photoelectric Sensors

Ultrasonic Sensors - Which Mode is Best for My Application?

Posted by Zach Steck on Tue, Sep 10, 2013

Many of our ultrasonic sensor models can function in various operation modes. The modes available are determined by the model and output type of the sensor. Let’s take a look at some applications and determine which mode is best suited for that process:

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Topics: Applications, Ultrasonic Sensors

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