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Non-Contact Infrared Temperature Sensors with IO-Link – Enabler for Industry 4.0

Guest contributor: Manfred Munzl for Balluff Automation in Steel-Plants Modern production requires a very high level of automation. One big benefit of fully automated plants and processes is the reduction of faults and mishaps that may lead to highly expensive downtime. In large steel plants there are hundreds of red hot steel slabs moving around,

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The Spring Line is Here!

Guest contributor: Janet Czubek, Balluff In today’s industrial market, Ethernet cable is in high demand. With words like Ethernet, Ethernet/IP, solid, and stranded, making a decision from the different types of cable can be difficult. I want to make it easy for you to pick the right cable to go with the network of your choosing.  As a network, Ethernet

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Tool Identification in Metalworking

Guest contributor: Martin Kurzblog, Fan of Industrial Automation With the start of industry 3.0 (the computer based automation of production) the users of machine tools began to avoid routine work like manually entering tool data into the HMI.  Computerized Numerical Controlled CNC machine tools gained more and more market share in metalworking applications.  These machines are quite often equipped with

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How hot is hot? The basics of Infrared Temperature Sensors

Guest Contributor:  Jack Moermond, Balluff Detecting hot objects in industrial applications can be quite challenging. There are a number of technologies available for these applications depending on the temperatures involved and the accuracy required. In this blog we are going to focus on infrared temperature sensors. Every object with a temperature above absolute zero (-273.15°C or

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How to Calculate RMS Torque

Guest contributor: Hurley Gill, Kollmorgen Question: How do I calculate RMS (Root Mean Square) Torque for a given axis motion profile in my application? Answer:  Let’s take a look at the Root Mean Square (RMS) Torque and why it is important. Typically an axes’ motion profile is broken up into multiple segments, each segment is found to

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IO-Link Hydraulic Cylinder Position Feedback

Guest contributor: Scott Rosenberger, Balluff Ready for a better mousetrap?  Read on….. Some time ago on Sensortech, we discussed considerations for choosing the right in-cylinder position feedback sensor.  In that article, we said: “…….Analog 0-10 Vdc or 4-20 mA interfaces probably make up 70-80% of all in-cylinder feedback in use…..” And while that 70-80% analog figure

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Basic Color Sensor Overview

Guest contributor:  Jack Moermond, Balluff In the past, color sensors emitted light using red, green and blue LEDs. The sensors were then able to distinguish colors using the RGB components of the reflected light back to the sensor’s receiver. As technology has progressed true color sensors have been developed that not only can compare colors

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3 Smart Applications for Process Visualization

Guest contributor: Shishir Rege, Balluff Stack lights used in today’s industrial automation haven’t changed their form or purpose for ages: to visually show the state (not status) of the work-cell. Since the introduction of SmartLight, I have seen customers give new meaning to the term “process visualization”. Almost every month I hear about yet another

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Industrial Enclosures Protect Components in Harsh Environments

Guest contributor: Steve Sullivan, Rittal Training Manager Industrial enclosures face harsh conditions. From blazing to frigid temperatures, to dust, oil, dirt, airborne corrosives and liquids. Industrial engineers know that the manufacturing environment poses a multitude of challenges to the integrity of the control panel infrastructure.  Environmental protection of the control panel infrastructure is never simple.

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Reliable Part Exit/Part-Out Detection

Guest contributor: Dave Bird, Balluff Walk into any die shop in the US and nine out of ten times, we discover diffuse reflective sensors being used to detect a large part or a small part exiting a die. Many people have success using this methodology, but lubrication-covered tumbling parts can create challenges for diffuse-reflective photoelectric

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