Tag Archives: prox

Reliable Part Exit/Part-Out Detection

Walk into any die shop in the US and nine out of ten times, we discover diffuse reflective sensors being used to detect a large part or a small part exiting a die. Many people have success using this methodology, … Continue reading

Posted in All posts, Inductive Proximity Sensors, Object Detection Sensors | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Back to the Basics: How Do I Wire a DC 2-wire Sensor?

In one of my previous post we covered “How do I wire my 3-wire sensors“. This topic has had a lot of interest so I thought to myself, this would be a great opportunity to add to that subject and … Continue reading

Posted in Object Detection Sensors | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

When is a Weld Field Immune Sensor Needed?

When the topic of welding comes up we know that our application is going to be more challenging for sensor selection. Today’s weld cells typically found in tier 1 and tier 2 automotive plants are known to have hostile environments … Continue reading

Posted in All posts | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Do’s and Don’ts For Applying Inductive Prox Sensors

In my last post (We Don’t Make Axes Out of Bronze Anymore) we discussed the evolution of technologies which brought up the question, can a prox always replace a limit switch?  Not always.  Note that most proxes cannot directly switch … Continue reading

Posted in All posts, Inductive Proximity Sensors | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

We Don’t Make Axes Out of Bronze Anymore

Every technology commonly in use today exists for a reason.   Technologies have life cycles: they are invented out of necessity and are often widely used as the best available solution to a given technical problem.  For example, at one time … Continue reading

Posted in All posts, Inductive Proximity Sensors | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

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 , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

3 Production Problems Solved by Intelligent Sensors

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 , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

You can be doing MORE with Your Sensors!

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 , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Broken sensors that won’t stay fixed!

It’s another day at the plant, and the “Underside Clamp Retracted” sensor on Station 29, Op 30 is acting up again.  Seems to be intermittently functioning…the operator says that the line is stopping due to “Error: Underside Clamp Not Retracted”. … Continue reading

Posted in Cables and Connectors, Inductive Proximity Sensors | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sensors that won’t quit – one Balluff customer’s experience

We often hear companies talk about how great their products are or how well they hold up under adverse conditions, but many of us wonder just how much of that is hype.  While I cannot vouch for all the claims … Continue reading

Posted in Inductive Proximity Sensors | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment