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Why Would I Use a NAMUR Output Sensor?

Posted by Robert Pasho on Thu, May 30, 2013

Proximity sensors and encoders can have NAMUR output

NAMUR is a type of sensor output that gives an on or off indication. There are different reasons why you may need a NAMUR sensor. I will go through some of them here.

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Topics: Rotary Encoders, Terminology, Inductive Sensors, Capacitive Sensors, Photoelectric Sensors, Approvals/ Certifications, Magnetic Sensors

Sensing Alternative Materials in the Automotive Industry

Posted by Tom Miller on Thu, Apr 25, 2013

Years ago it was easy. Cars were made out of steel, inductive sensors sensed the presence of steel, case closed. Today there are several alternative materials used in the manufacturing of vehicles above and beyond steel. Today’s vehicles are made out of different materials such as aluminum, plastic, and fiberglass.

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Topics: Inductive Sensors, Capacitive Sensors, Photoelectric Sensors

Selecting the Best Inductive or Capacitive Sensor for Your Application

Posted by Sean Miller on Wed, Mar 13, 2013

Hundreds of different proximity sensors are available for use in automation applications. There are several points to consider when you look for a sensor, as your choices could affect your application later down the road. Let's take a look at why you would use an inductive or a capacitive sensor.

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Topics: Inductive Sensors, Capacitive Sensors

Understanding Model Number Nomenclature for Industrial Sensors

Posted by Tracy Molnar on Thu, Feb 14, 2013

Decoding inductive, capacitive, and ultrasonic sensor model numbers


Model numbers like those shown above can appear to be a meaningless mixture of letters, numbers, dots, dashes, and other characters, but they are, in reality, quite descriptive, once you get to know them. In this post, you’ll find enough information to crack the code for most inductive, capacitive, and ultrasonic proximity sensor model numbers, and be able to tell the basic features of each sensor listed above.

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Topics: Terminology, Inductive Sensors, Capacitive Sensors, Ultrasonic Sensors

How Are Mobile Equipment Sensors Different Than Industrial Sensors?

Posted by Joe Fye on Wed, Jan 02, 2013

Reliable mobile equipment vehicles demand industrial sensors that are tough enough to survive abuse day after day.

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Topics: Inductive Sensors, Capacitive Sensors, Ultrasonic Sensors, Photoelectric Sensors

Mounting Brackets for Cylindrical Inductive or Capacitive Sensors

Posted by Keith Church on Thu, Dec 13, 2012

If you're using cylindrical inductive or capacitive sensors it's highly likely you're going to need mounting brackets for these sensors. A lot of times there may be more than one mounting bracket solution that could work for a particular setup. Selecting the correct bracket for your application is an important step, but knowing which one to select can sometimes be difficult. This breakdown of the different types of mounting brackets will help you decide which one is right for your setup.

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Topics: Inductive Sensors, Capacitive Sensors, Sensor Accessories

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