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
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.
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
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
Guest contributor, Henry Menke, Balluff In many types of metals production, pickling is a process that is essential to removing impurities and contaminants from the surface of the material prior to further processing, such as the application of anti-corrosion coatings. In steel production, two common pickling solutions or pickle liquors are hydrochloric acid (HCl) and sulfuric acid