In times of globalization and high labor costs it is a challenge to increase competitiveness in the fashion industry. Within a warehouse, an RFID system supports a high degree of automation as well as short transport distances. To supply dealers and … Continue reading
With the demands for flexible manufacturing, efficient production & visibility in our factories, smart manufacturing is driving the way we work today. Analytics and diagnostics are becoming critical to our ability to perform predictive maintenance, improve equipment effectiveness and monitor … Continue reading
Much has been written here on Sensortech about IO-Link, and the advantages that an IO-Link-based architecture offers. In this article, we’ll take a look at a specific application where those IO-Link advantages are clear. Tire manufacturing machinery in general, and … Continue reading
Many manufacturers I talk to are excited about the possibilities that our new Smart Light technology, used in level mode, brings to their production or machines. Here’s a video if you havent seen it yet: It works over virtually any … Continue reading
Posted in All posts, EtherNet, Industrial Networking, IO-Link
Tagged bar meter, CC-Link, ethernet, EtherNet/IP, i/o, IO-Link, KPI, line management, operator performance, production management, ProfiNet, remote I/O, Stack Light, Stacklight
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
Posted in All posts, Devicenet, EtherNet, Industrial Networking, IO-Link, ProfiBus, ProfiNet
Tagged connectivity, downtime, ethernet, EtherNet/IP, i/o, Industrial Network, IO-Link, Networking, networks, ProfiBus, ProfiNet, remote I/O, Unplanned Downtime, weld, welding
If you are a manager at any level of a manufacturing facility, I hope you are aware of the dangers of arc flash. For those who are not aware, “an arc flash, also called arc blast or arc fault is … Continue reading
Posted in EtherNet, Industrial Networking, ProfiNet
Tagged arc flash, balluff, EtherNet/IP, i/o, Industrial Network, IP67, network, Networking, ProfiNet, remote I/O, safety, Unplanned Downtime
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
Posted in IO-Link, Magnetic Field Sensors
Tagged 25pin dsub, connectivity, EtherNet/IP, i/o, Industrial Network, IO-Link, magnetic field, magnetostrictive, Networking, position sensor, ProfiNet, remote I/O, valve control, valve island, valve manifold
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.
He summarizes, with the help of a number of industry experts, the below points: Continue reading
Posted in Devicenet, EtherNet, IO-Link, ProfiBus, ProfiNet
Tagged balluff, CC-Link, connectivity, control design, control design magazine, ethernet, EtherNet/IP, i/o, Industrial Network, IO-Link, IP67, jim montague, Machine Mount I/O, network, Networking, ProfiBus, ProfiNet, remote I/O
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
Posted in Analog Position Sensors, Devicenet, EtherNet, Inductive Proximity Sensors, Industrial Identification, Industrial RFID Systems, IO-Link, Linear Position and Distance Measurement, Magnetic Field Sensors, Photoelectric Sensors, ProfiBus, ProfiNet, Sensor Accessories, Ultrasonic Sensors
Tagged analog, balluff, carl henning, ethernet, EtherNet/IP, i/o, Industrial Network, IO-Link, linear position, measurement, network, Networking, photoelectric, photoeye, position sensor, profiblog, ProfiBus, ProfiNet, prox, proximity sensor, remote I/O, rfid, sensor, Sensors, transducer
When I am discussing with customers the use smart sensors and smart devices in industrial automation, I always get posed with these questions:
How do the smart sensors interface with the controller?
How do you configure the device?
How do you get diagnostics out of it?
What other information can it provide? Continue reading
Posted in EtherNet, IO-Link, ProfiNet
Tagged bus sensor, EtherNet/IP, Industrial Network, IO-Link, measurement, network sensor, ProfiNet, sensor, sensor configuration, sensor diagnostics, smart sensor, smart sensor applications