In the automation world, many different types of positioning systems are available. Whether mechanical, optical, magnetic, ultrasonic, inductive, camera-based systems, or a combination of technologies, determining which of these is effective for your positioning application is critical to the success of your automated processes.
According to the US Department of Energy, the sun sends 430 quintillion Joules of energy to earth every hour. This abundance of energy makes the sun a viable power source. Rapid technological advancements and improvements in industrial sensor precision have helped make solar power a practical alternative to fossil fuels.
Pepperl+Fuchs offers a broad portfolio of sensors for solar power plants, such as the F199 inclination sensor for precise measurement of position and incline angles. In this blog, you’ll learn more about concentrated solar power (CSP) plants and how Pepperl+Fuchs inclination sensors help optimize the way these plants produce energy.
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.
Everyone has their own idea of what an industrial sensor is and what it does. But you might be surprised at how many of these ideas are inaccurate. Here are several misconceptions about industrial sensors:
What is an inclination sensor?
Inclination sensors provide a simple way to measure and monitor the angles of stationary and moving objects. They are also called tilt sensors or inclinometers.
Different types of inclination sensors include “fixed range” and “programmable range.” An example of a fixed range sensor with fixed end points is one that has a range between ± 15°. Fixed range sensors are also known as fixed-point sensors. Programmable sensors may have an adjustable range of up to 360°. With a programmable sensor, you can adjust the range between different points by setting the endpoints for the output range. You can use 4 mA ... 20 mA for a 360° angle, a 180° angle, or some other finite angle of your choosing.
Inclination sensors can be single axis or dual axis. A single-axis sensor measures in only one axis, while a dual-axis sensor can measure in two axes of orientation.
Topics: Inclination Sensors
An inclination sensor measures the incline / tilt angle of the part on which the sensor is mounted. Standard models have both analog and switching output, the limits of which are configurable over a 360-degree range in either one or two axes of rotation. There are also specially optimized models that cover less than 360 degrees and have analog output with fixed limits.
Topics: Inclination Sensors
Single-axis and dual-axes solar trackers move PV panels to follow the sun
Solar PV panels operate at their greatest conversion efficiency when the incoming light rays strike the panel’s surface perpendicular to the plane of the panels. Considering that the sun is a constantly moving light source, this would occur only once per day with a stationary installation! However, a mechanical system, known as a solar tracker, can be used to constantly move the PV panel to directly face the sun. Solar trackers typically increase the power generated by a solar array from 20% to as much as 40%.
There are many variants of solar tracker designs, involving different approaches and technologies for moving the PV panels to follow the sun. Fundamentally, however, solar trackers can be divided into two basic types: single-axis and dual axis.