3 Tips for Reducing Downtime

Guest contributor:  Janet Czubek, Balluff:  Whether it’s through preventative maintenance or during planned machine downtime, reducing downtime is a common goal for manufacturers. Difficult environments create challenges for not just machines, but also the components like sensors or cables. Below are three tips to help protect these components and reduce your downtime. Cables don’t last forever.

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The pros and cons of soft starters vs. VFDs by application

Guest contributor: Eaton Motors often require large amounts of energy when quickly accelerating to full speed. Soft starters and variable frequency drives can both be used to reduce inrush currents and limit torque— protecting your valuable equipment and extending the life of your motor by reducing motor heating caused by frequent starts and stops. Choosing

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Demand the best from your RFID partner

Guest contributor, Wolfgang Kratzenberg, Balluff That seems like a no-brainer statement, but often I find myself talking to customers who are frustrated with their current vendor for a myriad of reasons. An RFID project can require a pretty decent chunk of capital investment so when something doesn’t go as planned people start looking for answers immediately. This

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Best Practices: Inconsequential Volume

Guest Contributor: SMC The advent of manifold mounted, plug-in pneumatic valves has been a boon for machine builders. It allows them to mount complete valve packages in a safe and secure location on a machine. Using a D-sub connector, serial interface module, or similar single-point wiring system, all of the electrical control outputs can feed

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5 Common IIoT Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Guest contributor: Pat Millott, Balluff IIoT is the perfect solution for all your data accessibility needs, right? If you check out my previous blogs, I discussed the many benefits of using the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to remotely access data. However, if not used properly, IIoT can get you into some trouble. Let’s review 5 common

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Improving Arc Flash Prevention and Safety

Sometimes components must be accessed from inside the enclosure. Rittal’s arc flash solution is designed to keep high and low voltage equipment within the confines of their own respective enclosures. Low voltage enclosures house equipment that is used for programming, data acquisition and system adjustment.

Three Things to Know About IO-Link

Guest contributor: Pat Millott, Balluff IO-Link has become synonymous with the term “distributed modular I/O”. We know it is universal, smart, and easy, but what exactly is IO-Link? In a nutshell, by utilizing a standard sensor cable, the IO-Link slave device speaks point to point with an IO-Link master. The IO-Link master then combines the

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A Simple Out Feed Solution for Progressive Stamping

Guest contributor: Dave Bird, Balluff Applications where sensor contact is unavoidable are some of the most challenging to solve. Metal forming processes involving over travel can also damage or even destroy a sensor causing failure and expensive unplanned downtime. Manufacturers often try to remedy this with in-house manufactured spring loaded out-feed mechanisms but those are

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To avoid trouble later, consider your application conditions upfront

Guest contributor: Henry Menke, Balluff Hardly a day passes by where we are not contacted by a desperate end-user or equipment manufacturer seeking assistance with a situation of sensors failing at an unacceptably high rate.  Once we get down to the root cause of the failures, in almost every case it’s a situation where the specific sensors are being applied

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