Tag Archives: Error Proofing

What’s best for integrating Poka-yoke or Mistake Proofing sensors?

Teams considering poka-yoke or mistake proofing applications typically contact us with a problem in hand.  “Can you help us detect this problem?” We spend a lot of time: talking about the product and the mistakes being made identifying the error … Continue reading

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Eliminating Manufacturing Errors Begins with Identifying Trouble Spots

We have all gotten that dreaded phone call or email…the customer received their order, but there was a significant problem: Missing part Wrong color Leaking seal Improper assembly Too lose…or too tight Incomplete processing, e.g. missing threads Something is damaged … Continue reading

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When to use a Vision Sensor for Error-Proofing Applications

Vision sensors are powerful Poka-Yoke tools ideal for error proofing your process. However, traditional sensors still solve more applications at a much lower cost. So, how do you decide when to jump up to a vision sensor? There are three application … Continue reading

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Linear Position Sensor Case Study

When we talk to people about applications for continuous linear position sensors, we often point out the advantages that can be realized by “upgrading” a machine and/or a process by incorporating continuous position feedback. In this post, I’d like to … Continue reading

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”Well Jack Me Up!” – Error Proofing a Car Jack Kit

Picture this scenario.   You, your spouse, or one of your kids happens to be riding one night in the middle of nowhere when a tire blows on the car.  First, we can only hope that your loved one remembered the … Continue reading

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Heading to Fabtech? Read this first.

Balluff has the opportunity to share some of the company’s proven Error-Proofing Techniques in a Seminar at Fabtech on November 14, 2011 in McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois.  The session is segmented into two areas:   Automated/Robotic Weld Cell Process Improvement. We … Continue reading

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Sensor Based Error Proofing – As easy as 1, 2, 3

Error proofing your manufacturing processes can be as easy as 1, 2, 3. You should be able to freely deploy error proofing in all appropriate locations in your plants without concerns regarding costs and long-term support or stability. It all … Continue reading

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Visit Automation Tradeshows for Free!

I am experiencing the future of tradeshows; a networking & educational conference without the travel, the expense, and the suit! I can sit at my desk and make contact with future vendors and customers. Continue reading

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Reducing Planned/Unplanned Downtime with Vision Sensors; Part 3

Part 3 of a 3 part series on reducing downtime with vision sensors. In this last installment of this series, I will show some specific examples of how vision sensors have been used in packaging and show two case studies exemplifying the benefits customers achieved with the use of vision in their processes. Continue reading

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I Can Do Quick Recipe Changes on the Fly, Can You?

In my recent travels of the east coast from Boston to Tampa, customers have been looking for quality solutions to be able to run multiple products, and multiple sizes, and multiple form-factors, all on one production line. Two things about this seem to be in every application: 1) Change-over needs to be simple for the operators. 2) Management needs to see the cost/time savings, be it planned or unplanned downtime. But how can I do multiple recipes or multiple jobs on one machine? Continue reading

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