Author Archives: Shawn Day

About Shawn Day

Balluff Inc. Market Manager ~ Object Detection

Solve Difficult Sensing Applications with Ultrasonic Technology

When reviewing or approaching an application, we all know that the correct sensor technology plays a key role in reliable detection of production parts or even machine positioning. In many cases, application engineers choose photoelectric sensors as their go-to solution, as … Continue reading

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Precision Pneumatic Cylinder Sensing

When referring to pneumatic cylinders, we are seeing a need for reduced cylinder and sensor sizes. This is becoming a requirement in many medical, semiconductor, packaging, and machine tool applications due to space constraints and where low mass is needed … Continue reading

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Evolution of Magnetic Field Sensors

When I visit customers, within a few minutes into our conversation they indicate to me they “must decrease their manufacturing downtime.” We all know an assembly line or weld cell that is not running is not making any money or … Continue reading

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Project Uptime – Pay Me Now or Pay Me Later

Back when I worked in the tier 1 automotive industry we were always trying to find time to break into our production schedule to perform preventative maintenance. The idea for this task was to work on the assembly machines or … Continue reading

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Put Out the Fire

Every time I enter tier 1 and tier 2 suppliers, there seems to be a common theme of extreme sensor and cable abuse. It is not uncommon to see a box or bin of damaged sensors along with connection cables … Continue reading

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Angle Sensing & Tilt Detection Solutions

When an application calls for angle sensing or tilt detection there are a few choices including fluid based and MEMS technology Inclination sensors. For this blog entry we will focus on the MEMS technology. MEMS offerings have the option of … Continue reading

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Three Common Mistakes When Selecting a Sensor

In a previous post we addressed things to consider when selecting a sensor. Inductive sensors are solid performers when the correct options are selected. However, the best option to accommodate a given application condition are often overlooked. Here are three common mistakes … Continue reading

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Simplifying wiring with sensors and Multiple Interface Blocks

When machine builders build assembly machines for their customers they want to keep the wiring as clean and clear as possible for an attractive machine but more importantly the ease of troubleshooting in the event of a failure. Simplifying connections … Continue reading

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Reed Switches vs. Magnetoresistive Sensors (GMR)

In a previous post we took a look at magnetic field sensors vs inductive proximity sensors for robot grippers. In this post I am going to dive a little deeper into magnetic field sensors and compare two technologies: reed switches, … Continue reading

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Basic Sensors for Robot Grippers

Typically when we talk about end-of-arm tooling we are discussing how to make robot grippers smarter and more efficient. We addressed this topic in a previous blog post, 5 Tips on Making End-of-Arm Tooling Smarter. In this post, though, we … Continue reading

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