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Pepperl+Fuchs Blog

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.

According to the National Safety Council, ergonomic injuries and accidental falls are common health risks plaguing janitorial workers. Discovery Robotics built the FX250 to reduce these incidents. The company even co-founded the Work to Zero 2050 Movement with the goal of eliminating workplace injury and death by 2050. To help achieve this goal, Discovery Robotics needed an innovative industrial sensor manufacturer for AGV navigation. 

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Topics: Ultrasonic Sensors, Photoelectric Sensors, AGV, R2000

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

4 Lesser-Known Features of IO-Link Photoelectric Sensors

Posted by Steve Busicnki on Mon, Jan 28, 2019

Pepperl+Fuchs IO-Link photoelectric sensors have many lesser-known features. In addition to operational parameters, sensor information, and other commonly used and viewed items, many of our IO-Link photoelectric sensors include features that are helpful in multiple applications. These features include locator indication, device control, trend charts, and data collection interval.

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Topics: Photoelectric Sensors

What is Pulse Ranging Technology?

Posted by Dylan Skraba on Mon, Dec 31, 2018

One of the biggest advancements in automation was the incorporation of time-of-flight technology into photoelectric sensors. Pepperl+Fuchs took that technology and improved on it, creating the advanced time-of-flight measurement known as Pulse Ranging Technology (PRT). PRT provides continuous measurement of a target’s distance by using the speed of light as a constant while sending out extremely short but very powerful pulses of light and calculating the duration between the time a pulse is sent and the time it is received.

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Topics: Photoelectric Sensors, pulse ranging technology

IO-Link for Industrial Sensors: Be Proactive, Not Reactive

Posted by Mitch Phillians on Thu, Feb 08, 2018

Are unexpected issues often determining your schedule? Have you recently had to push back a project because of recurring problems? Having to respond to unplanned issues may seem like an inevitable cost of doing business, but it is becoming harder and harder to settle for a reactive approach to plant management and remain competitive at the same time.

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Topics: Inductive Sensors, Ultrasonic Sensors, Photoelectric Sensors, Software

Ask an Expert Industrial Sensors Episode 23

Posted by John Appleson on Mon, Mar 20, 2017

This episode of Ask an Expert for industrial sensors examines and provides answers to interesting sensing questions we've received from customers just like you. We explore and answer these questions:

  1. What load does a proximity switch need to sense for bench testing?
  2. Does the SJ5-N inductive slot sensor need an intrinsic safety barrier?
  3. Should I use a fiber optic sensor for injection molded parts detection?
  4. Are the components in an AS-Interface circuit board module epoxy encapsulated or sealed?
  5. Do you have a handheld solution to identify nonworking RFID tags?
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Topics: Ultrasonic Sensors, AS-Interface, Photoelectric Sensors, Ask an Expert, RFID

Ask an Expert Industrial Sensors Episode 22

Posted by John Appleson on Fri, Jan 20, 2017

This episode of Ask an Expert for industrial sensors examines and provides answers to interesting sensing questions we've received from customers just like you. We explore and answer these questions:

  1. Do you have non-incendive inductive proximity sensors?
  2. Diffuse mode photoelectric sensors - what are the adjustment ranges?
  3. Do you have a steel-sensing sensor that can withstand temperature extremes, shock, and vibration?
  4. Can the inductive sensor NJ8-18GK-SN be ordered with terminal connections instead of leads?
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Topics: Ultrasonic Sensors, AS-Interface, Photoelectric Sensors, Ask an Expert, RFID

Ask an Expert Industrial Sensors - Episode 21

Posted by John Appleson on Fri, Oct 07, 2016

This episode of Ask an Expert for industrial sensors examines and provides answers to interesting sensing questions we've received from customers just like you. We explore and answer these questions:

1. Where can I find the add-on instructions for an industrial RFID controller?
2. How do I set the time delay function on a background suppression photoelectric sensor?
3. Is there interface software to view an AS-Interface network via a laptop or PC?
4. Can I swap out a photoelectric sensor for an ultrasonic sensor in a dusty paper mill application?

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Topics: Ultrasonic Sensors, AS-Interface, Photoelectric Sensors, Ask an Expert, RFID

Ask an Expert Industrial Sensors - Episode 19

Posted by John Appleson on Fri, Jul 22, 2016

This episode of Ask an Expert for industrial sensors examines and provides answers to interesting sensing questions we've received from customers just like you. We explore and answer these questions:

1. Can the inductive sensor NJ6-F-N operate at -40 °C?
2. How far can a target reflector move sideways before a photoelectric sensor can't read it anymore?
3. Do you have distance sensors compatible with EtherNet/IP and ControlLogix Safety PLC?
4. What sensors could sense plastics and metals through a plastic tray?

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Topics: Inductive Sensors, Capacitive Sensors, Photoelectric Sensors, Ask an Expert, Laser Sensors, Distance Sensors, Positioning Systems

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