The “Eyes” Behind the Power of a Popular V-twin Motorcycle Engine

Written by: Andrew Bollinger

Check out this video from the popular show “How its Made”.  If you look carefully, you’ll see an example of background sensing technology, using photoelectric sensors, in the manufacturing of a popular V-twin motorcycle engine.

Pay attention to when the rod and bearings are assembled onto the crankshaft (00:43) and you’ll see a familiar red light; a measurement confirmation photoelectric sensor ensures proper assembly.   Also, look again as the operator installs the tubing that houses the push rods (01:49), do you notice anything familiar?  These are common examples of how photoelectric sensors help manufactures error-proof their assembly processes.

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