Digitizing the production world in the age of Industry 4.0 increases the need for information between the various levels of the automation pyramid from the sensor/actuator level up to the enterprise management level. Sensors are the eyes and ears of … Continue reading
Posted in All posts, Industrial Internet of Things, Industrial Networking, IO-Link, Object Detection Sensors, Photoelectric Sensors
Tagged Background Suppression, diffuse, IIoT, Industry 4.0, IO-Link, photoelectric sensor, retroreflective, smart sensor, through-beam sensor
We have been talking about IO-Link for a long time. The benefits to manufacturers like “hot-swapping” a smart device. One of the benefits for machine builder is reducing commissioning time. So it was not surprising to me to find IO-Link on the exhibit floor … Continue reading
We are all efficiency-hungry. We want everything from service in restaurants to production on our plant done efficiently. Sometimes we use the term “speed” interchangeably with efficiency. Is that really a big deal? Of course it is. How many times … Continue reading
I’ve recently heard this comparison used a number of times and the parallels are quite interesting. USB was designed to help standardize a dizzying array of connectors and configurations of supplementary devices that developed during the age of the Compaq vs IBM. … Continue reading
Posted in Devicenet, EtherNet, IO-Link, ProfiBus, ProfiNet
Tagged ethernet, EtherNet/IP, i/o, Industrial Network, intelligent sensor, IO-Link, network, Networking, remote I/O, smart sensor, What is IO-Link
In typical sensors all you get is ON or OFF… we just hope and assume that the prox is working, until something doesn’t work properly. The part is seated but the sensor doesn’t fire or the operator can’t get their machine … Continue reading
Posted in Analog Position Sensors, Inductive Proximity Sensors, IO-Link, Photoelectric Sensors
Tagged adaptive feedback, analog, balluff, EtherNet/IP, i/o, intelligent sensor, IO-Link, measurement, network sensor, photoelectric, photoeye, prox, prox sensor, sensor basics, Sensors, smart sensor, Unplanned Downtime
Recently Hank Hogan published an article in Control Design titled “Sensor, Diagnose Thyself.” (To be honest, I really wanted to steal his title for my blog entry.) I think Hank did a great job dissecting the key benefits of smart sensors … Continue reading
Posted in Capacitive Sensors, Inductive Proximity Sensors, IO-Link, Photoelectric Sensors
Tagged balluff, bus sensor, Inductive Proximity Sensor, inductive sensor, Industrial Network, IO-Link, measurement, network, network sensor, Networking, photoeye, position sensor, prox, sensor, sensor configuration, sensor diagnostics, Sensors, smart sensor, smart sensor applications, Unplanned Downtime
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
Way back when (in the sensor world, “way back when” = about 10 years), linear position sensors had to do only one thing: provide linear position feedback. But these days, merely sensing linear position is not always enough. In order to meet the needs of increasingly sophisticated applications, linear position sensors sometimes need to be able to provide advanced functionality. Listed below are just a few of the advanced features that some of today’s linear position sensors offer. Continue reading