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The Future Belongs to IO-Link: An Introduction

Posted by John Appleson on Tue, Jun 04, 2013

Welcome to the year 2023. Maybe there aren’t any flying cars and futuristic sci-fi cityscapes as foretold in the past, but there are other significant technological advancements. The smartphones of a decade ago have been replaced by far advanced technology that is worn like eyewear or clothing. Holographic conferences are more common as the new forum of face-to-face business meetings. Augmented reality has merged the virtual realm with the real world. And industry has turned from the older conventional sensing technology to IO-Link.

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Topics: Terminology, Photoelectric Sensors

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

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

Listen and Learn…About AS-Interface

Posted by Helge Hornis on Mon, Feb 04, 2013

Tune into Pepperl+Fuchs’ TechTalk Podcasts on Actuator Sensor Interface

AS-Interface is the world’s most popular low-level I/O and safety network. According to AS-International there are currently over 24 million field devices in operation, making its popularity and success undisputed.  The reason for this can probably be best summarized by two words: simplicity and flexibility. 

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Topics: Terminology, AS-Interface, Ask an Expert

What Is an Aseptic HMI Workstation?

Posted by Kristen Barbour on Fri, Nov 16, 2012

An aseptic HMI workstation or cleanroom HMI is a visualization system specially designed for use in the pharmaceutical industry.

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Topics: Terminology, Industrial Monitors/ HMI

Speaking the Language of Laser Distance Measurement

Posted by Jeff Allison on Thu, Nov 08, 2012

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Topics: Terminology, Laser Sensors, Distance Sensors

Can Intrinsically Safe Equipment Be Worked on "Live"...

Posted by Devin Broadbent on Fri, Aug 03, 2012

...while located in the hazardous (explosive) atmosphere?

While maintenance/live-work on intrinsically safe field-wiring circuits is often confused with maintenance on intrinsically safe equipment, IEC/EN 60079-17 Electrical apparatus for explosive gas atmospheres – Part 17: Inspection and maintenance of electrical installations in hazardous areas (other than mines) provides some information on this topic that can be useful to the reader.

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Topics: Terminology, Ask an Expert, Hazardous Area Enclosures/ Equipment, Intrinsic Safety

Mounting Conditions for Inductive Proximity Sensors

Posted by David Rubinski on Thu, Jul 26, 2012

Part two of two:  How to mount the different sensor types (embeddable, non-embeddable, quasi-embeddable)

In our previous blog post on this topic, we took a look at the different sensor types and their definitions.  Now we'll deal with the preferred methods for mounting each type.

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Topics: Terminology, Inductive Sensors, Sensor Accessories

Defining an Inductive Sensor's Mounting Conditions

Posted by David Rubinski on Fri, Jul 13, 2012

Part One of Two:  Defining the ways sensors can be mounted (embeddable, non-embeddable, quasi-embeddable)

(Read part two of this post: Mounting Conditions for Inductive Proximity Sensors)

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Topics: Terminology, Inductive Sensors, Sensor Accessories

Hazardous Locations Wall Chart Dresses Up Your Office

Posted by Kristen Barbour on Tue, Jul 10, 2012

Protecting Your Process wall poster explains Zones and Divisions

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Topics: Terminology, Intrinsic Safety

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