Month: June 2017

How do I make my analog sensor less complex?

Guest contributor: Shishir Rege, Balluff So, you have a (or many) analog sensor in your application or system and they could be 4-20mA signal or 0-10V or even -10- +10V signal strength. You probably know that installing these specialty sensors takes some effort. You need shielded cables for signal transmission, the sensor probably has some

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Solving Analog Integration Conundrum

Guest contributor: Shishir Rege, Balluff These days, there are several options to solve the integration problems with analog sensors such as measurement or temperature sensors. This blog explains the several options for analog integration and the “expected” benefits. Before we describe the options, let’s get a few things cleared up.  First, most controllers out there

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Decentralized Control Systems to the Rescue

Guest contributor,  Bob White, Kollmorgen Less Cabling, Smaller controls cabinet, Less heat…wow, that’s all great stuff.  I can achieve this all with a decentralized solution? Absolutely – and even more!  Decentralized Control Architecture means shifting the motion control drives from the crowded cabinets, and moving them near to the motors – out on the machine where

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What is a Capacitive Sensor

Guest contributor:  Jack Moermond, Balluff Capacitive proximity sensors are non-contact devices that can detect the presence or absence of virtually any object regardless of material.  They utilize the electrical property of capacitance and the change of capacitance based on a change in the electrical field around the active face of the sensor. Capacitive sensing technology

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