Category Archives: Sensor Accessories

An Easy Solution to Extend Sensor Life

Everyone is looking for quick tricks of the trade. Sensor failure can prove to be costly in any environment. One of the easiest ways to avoid unnecessary downtime would be to add a mounting bracket plus prox mount to the … 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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3 Tips for Reducing Downtime

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 … Continue reading

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Sensor Reliability in Steel Production

In any continuous manufacturing process such as steel production, increased throughput is the path to higher profits through maximum utilization of fixed capital investments. In order to achieve increased throughput, more sophisticated control systems are being deployed. These systems enable … Continue reading

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The iphone is for more than Angry Birds… Apps for Engineers

Recently I came across this link on control engineering’s website and I just had to share it.  They have created an app that organizes and summarizes all the available useful apps for an engineer on the go.  From Autocad/Solidworks reference tools … Continue reading

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Meeting the Challenges of Precision Sensing: High Acceleration Machinery

Challenge: High Acceleration Machine Movement Fundamental application problem: Anything mounted to the moving mechanism must be low mass Added mass reduces acceleration capability of a given motor & drive system Added mass increases motor and drive size requirements to meet … Continue reading

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GIZMOS

Plural of Giz-mo.  A noun.  Defined as a gadget, one whose name the speaker does not know.  Customers call us and ask for this or that “gizmo” all the time!  I think we should consider creating a product category simply … Continue reading

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Protect Your Sensors – Implement the 3-Step Process

When installing sensors into a harsh environment, for example a weld cell application, protecting the sensor is a crucial step in the installation process.  These sensors are exposed to extreme heat, weld slag and sometimes impact.  In order to reduce … Continue reading

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Intelligent Interfaces and IO-Link Innovation

I recently had the opportunity to attend Hannover Fair in Germany and was blown away by the experience… buildings upon buildings of automation companies doing amazing things and helping us build our products faster, smarter and cheaper.  One shining topic for … Continue reading

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Inductive Sensor Protection and Positioning Made Easy – Use a Prox Mount

“Downtime” is never a good word in any manufacturing facility. It means something has malfunctioned or broken, parts are not being made, production is reduced, and money is being lost. In some cases this downtime may be caused by a physically damaged inductive proximity sensor. If this failure mode is happening on a regular basis to the same location, it may be time to look at the advantages a prox mount can provide. Continue reading

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