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Pepperl+Fuchs Blog

6 Factors to Consider When Designing Fieldbus Infrastructure

Posted by Andreas Hennecke on Mon, May 06, 2019

Many of today’s process automation applications depend on fieldbus technology because of its efficiency in digital bilateral communication. Fieldbus devices can communicate standard process values to the plant operator and the DCS; however, they also have the ability to provide additional information such as operating hours, process temperature, and status bytes for condition monitoring. This wide range of measurements allows plant operators to perform preventative maintenance, recognize field device faults, and predict outages to reduce downtime and increase availability.

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Topics: Fieldbus

PGV Absolute Positioning System vs. Magnetic Tape Guidance Systems

Posted by Gerry Paci on Mon, Apr 29, 2019

Efficient intralogistics requires automated guided vehicles (AGVs) to move with speed and precision through warehouses or factory floors, avoiding obstacles and navigation errors. Navigation technology is essential to ensuring an AGV and the product it is carrying make it to their destination in one piece. One of the most popular types of AGV guidance technology is tape. The two types of AGV navigation tape are nonmagnetic tape, which can be comprised of Data Matrix codes or just solid color, and magnetic tape. 

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Topics: PGV, AGV

Why Use a Purge and Pressurization System?

Posted by ISC Sales on Mon, Apr 22, 2019

Specialized protective equipment has to be used in environments that contain gases, vapors, combustible dusts, and fibers to prevent these materials from catching fire or exploding. Purge and pressurization systems help control these explosion hazards by segregating the electrical equipment inside of an enclosure from the surrounding potentially explosive atmosphere. An economical alternative to heavy and expensive explosion-proof enclosures, purge and pressurization systems pressurize enclosures with clean, dry compressed air or inert gas so hazardous gas or dust cannot get in.

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Topics: Purge/ Pressurization Systems

Why Visit Booth 4261 at OTC 2019?

Posted by Andre Clayton on Wed, Apr 17, 2019

There are many great reasons to attend this year's Offshore Technology Conference (OTC). One is to experience the technology from Pepperl+Fuchs. From May 6 to 9 at OTC in Houston, Texas, Pepperl+Fuchs will be exhibiting its process automation solutions for the oil and gas industry. These leading sensing technologies, explosion protection products, and intrinsically safe mobile devices will be featured at booth 4261 in Hall A of the NRG Center. Conference attendees will have a chance to learn more about the following technologies:

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Topics: Cables/ Cordsets, RFID, Explosion Protection Equipment, Intrinsically Safe Mobile Devices, Valve Position Sensor

VisuNet Remote Monitors Streamline Pharmaceutical Cleaning Processes

Posted by Andre Clayton on Mon, Mar 25, 2019

The FDA requires drug manufacturers to follow strict cleaning guidelines. According to the FDA, any equipment a manufacturer uses during drug production must be “cleaned, maintained, and, as appropriate for the nature of the drug, sanitized and/or sterilized at appropriate intervals to prevent malfunctions or contamination …” This is why drug manufacturers clean their batch process tanks at regular intervals.

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Topics: Industrial Monitors/ HMI

Innovative Drug Manufacturing with WirelessHART

Posted by Andre Clayton on Tue, Mar 19, 2019

High-tech drug manufacturers are utilizing Industry 4.0 technology to enhance their automated processes. Portable mixing tanks used in drug processing, preparation, material buffering, and storage are sometimes fitted with multiple industrial sensors to ensure the highest standards in drug production are always met. The data generated during these processes can be transmitted wirelessly to the process control system with the help of Pepperl+Fuchs’ Bullet WirelessHART adapters.

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Topics: HART, wirelessHART

Intelligence with IO-Link: LGM Series Light Grid

Posted by Andre Clayton on Tue, Mar 12, 2019

The LGM series measuring light grid is an array of thru-beam photoelectric sensors housed in a single emitter and receiver pair designed to continuously communicate with a PLC through any IO-Link master. They are available in a variety of heights ranging from 100 mm up to 3200 mm, with the number of beams varying based on the height. The light grid can be remotely configured for easy setup and parameterization via PLC with the help of IO-Link technology; complex single beam calculations are not required to set up these sensors.

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Topics: Light Grids

What Makes the R20x Series a Smart Choice?

Posted by Sam Horn on Thu, Feb 28, 2019

Adaptability, versatility, and efficiency are three essential components of a forward-thinking business concept. In the world of industrial automation, these help keep pace with rapidly changing technologies by driving creation of the innovative, cost-effective, versatile tools users need to complete the job. Sensors are critical to this process because they provide accurate measurement—no matter how precise it must be.

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Topics: Photoelectric Sensors

5 Applications for Photoelectric Sensors

Posted by Anne Wagner on Thu, Feb 21, 2019

Photoelectric sensors use visible red light or infrared light detected by a receiver to determine the distance away an object is and the interruption in light emitted. Excellent for use in automation, photoelectric sensors provide fast, non-contact detection for multiple applications.

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Topics: Photoelectric Sensors

5 Applications for Reduction Factor 1 Inductive Sensors

Posted by Jacob Stefanko on Mon, Feb 11, 2019

Many industries need to use multiple metals during manufacturing and processing. However, complications can arise when different types of metals are used with standard inductive proximity sensors. If a metal is less ferrous (less magnetic), for example, a larger proximity sensor may have to be used or the sensor may have to be moved closer to the object being detected. Production must stop to exchange and/or move the proximity sensor, using up valuable time. Reduction factor 1 (R1) inductive sensors eliminate this problem and increase productivity. Here are a few of the ways they can be applied:

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Topics: Inductive Sensors

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