Whatever the logistics system, choosing the right sensors is crucial to achieving the six ‘rights’ of logistics: ensuring that the right goods, in the right quantities, in the right condition, are delivered to the right place, at the right time, for the right cost.
A manufacturer of forklift trucks uses a single type of inductive sensor for multiple operator queries regarding current operating data, in particular mast position.
A tannery uses Safetinex access control barriers to protect the entrance to its automated stock handling area. Safetinex access control barriers detect any operator entering the area and stop the leather stock moving at high speed in the automated handling system. Furthermore, damage to company vehicles and the stock handling installation itself is also avoided.
A German supplier of automated laboratory equipment for in-vitro diagnostics exploits the long operating distance and high resolution of analog Series 3#30 photoelectric sensors to detect the 1 mm signal bounces that indicate where the cap sits on the test-tube.
A leading producer of powered handling components for the automation industry supplies gripper systems to end-users throughout the world. To ensure maximum flexibility and reliability for end-users, particularly regarding space constraints when mounting the grippers, Series 300 miniature (3 mm diameter) inductive sensors are supplied as an accessory.
A Japanese manufacturer of canned products uses inductive sensors with analog outputs in the packaging department to check that closed cartons have the required number of cans inside. The sensor’s analog output enables it to process different can sizes and materials in a final pre-shipment quality check for a range of product types.