Stop the Scrap

steelmanufacturingIn the current era of steel production, steel manufacturers employ a continuous process during the casting phase of production. The molten steel is solidified during this process by a continuous casting machine. The processes include feeding the liquid steel through a series of rollers to cool the material and slowly form into the next shape of production (e.g. slabs, round, etc…). In this process, the rollers are positioned using hydraulic cylinders that include linear position sensors as closed loop feedback devices. The outputs of these sensors are closely monitored and are critical to the steel quality. Because of the harsh environment of the continuous casting process, the life span of these sensors can be cut short. If the sensor’s output becomes unstable and begins to fail, the continuous casting process cannot simply stop quickly. The steel quality during this sensor failure mode will most likely become scrap, costing the steel mill tens of thousands of dollars.

btl7-t-redundant-seriesFor maximum reliability, a linear position sensor with 2 or 3 times redundancy can be utilized to provide position feedback of hydraulic systems. Such sensors employ 2 or 3 independently-operating sensing elements and processing circuitry . The extra feedback signals can be monitored through an automation system. When the outputs are compared, a failure could be identified early and the automation system could switch over to the reliable output maintaining the quality of steel. No scrap! During the next possible scheduled stoppage in the manufacturing process, the sensor could be replaced.

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I am responsible for growing the BTL Micropulse Linear Position Sensor portfolio across various customer industry segments across the United States. These specific products have a greater focus in applications involving hydraulic cylinders, plastic and/or metal extrusion machines, stamping presses, and many more. Based on specific industries and/or applications, I will identify key customers, cultivate my relationship at the accounts, and grow our BTL sales within them. Additionally, I'll be increasing our brand recognition by joining and participating in industry societies and organizations. Balluff is a leader in Object Detection, Identification, Connectivity, and Measurement. For more information, please visit our website at

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