Category Archives: Magnetic Field Sensors

Ensure Optimum Performance In Hostile Welding Cell Environments

Roughly four sensing-related processes occur in a welding cell with regards to parts that are to be joined by MIG, TIG and resistance welding by specialized robotic /automated equipment: Nesting…usually, inductive proximity sensors with special Weld Field Resistance properties and … 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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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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Magnetic Field Sensors – Not Just For Cylinder Applications

When thinking of magnetic field sensors the first form factors that come to mind are C or T slot style sensors designed to fit into specific cylinders. These popular types of magnetic field sensors are used to sense through the … Continue reading

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Liquid Level Sensing: Detect or Monitor?

Pages upon pages of information could be devoted to exploring the various products and technologies used for liquid level sensing and monitoring.  But we’re not going to do that in this article.  Instead, as a starting point, we’re going to … Continue reading

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5 Tips on Making End-of-Arm Tooling Smarter

Example of a Flexible EOA Tool with 8 sensors connected with an Inductive Coupling System. Over the years I’ve interviewed many customers regarding End-Of-Arm (EOA) tooling. Most of the improvements revolve around making the EOA tooling smarter. Smarter tools mean … Continue reading

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Are you taking a chance with low-cost sensors?

Don’t take chances with low-cost sensors. Some companies have been severely scaling back on sensor quality to meet price targets. Be on the lookout for these telltale signs of poorly engineered or manufactured sensors: Varying sensing distance: to drive out … Continue reading

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Reliable Sensors for Reliable Process Quality

Here’s a real-world application where the reliability of the sensors is directly related to the reliability of the process in producing quality results. Pictured below is a pneumatic actuator for a vacuum valve.  Inside the actuator, a magnetic ring is installed around the moving … Continue reading

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