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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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Flexible Cables Don’t Flex For Long

Recently I read an article in Machine Design called “When Flexible Cables Doesn’t Flex for Long” by Leland Teschler which talks about different aspects of flexible cable terms, causes of breakage and testing. The article touches on different lingo between … Continue reading

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Stop Industrial Network Failures With One Simple Change

It’s the worst when a network goes down on a piece of equipment.  No diagnostics are available to help troubleshooting and all communication is dead.  The only way to find the problem is to physically and visually inspect the hardware … Continue reading

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Back to the Basics on Receptacles

From The Free dictionary by Farlex, a receptacle is defined as “A fitting connected to a power supply and equipped to receive a plug.”  I like this definition it describes both halves of the receptacle.  In the automotive industry, the … Continue reading

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Got a Question About Sensors or Connectivity? Ask the Experts!

Normally the sensor experts here at SensorTech blog chose topics that we think will interest our readers.  But this week we’re asking our readers to send us their top questions about sensors and connectivity.  Got a question about how sensors … Continue reading

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Distributed Modular I/O Demo on Demand!

Everyone likes things on demand right?  Movies, TV shows, chocolate, you name it.  My good friend, John Harmon, has prepared a YouTube video so that you have at your fingertips an on-demand presentation on Distributed Modular I/O.  It is a … Continue reading

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A 3-Step Plan to Improve Your Design of Pneumatic Systems

I’ve been talking pneumatic systems (valves, cylinders, actuators, etc.) recently with my customers and I’m finding among these engineers some common pains coming out of the system design.  It seems that many people are researching networked valve islands with I/O built-in.  These … Continue reading

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Machine Mount I/O: Get out of the Cabinet

In April, Jim Montague of Control Design wrote an interesting article on Machine Mount I/O entitled “Machine-Mount I/O Go Everywhere.” I think the article makes some very good points as to the value of why someone wants to move from inside an enclosure or controls cabinet to mounting I/O products directly on the machine.

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Valve Manifolds on Ethernet for Cheap!

Valve manifolds, or islands or banks, are used by many automation engineers in their machine design. They are a great way to easily implement a large number of pneumatic motion applications while keeping the air infrastructure minimal.  Recent demand in the … Continue reading

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Implement Hassle Free Tool Changes

From conversations with many of our customers, I have found that there are two key problems encountered when working with tool change-outs:

Tool Identification: “How do I know I have the right tool in there for the right job at the right time?”
Cables & Connectors: “How do I remember every time to disconnect them before the tooling is removed? We spend thousands each year repairing dies with the cordsets torn out.”
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