High-Stability Photoelectric Sensors Identify Size of Shipping Containers

At busy container seaports, purpose-designed container-handling vehicles operate around the clock, loading, unloading and stacking containers. Space utilization is increasingly important and correctly identifying the size of container picked for each lift is essential. Fitting vehicles with sensors that detect the container size eliminates the need for drivers to carry out identification checks, saving time…

Rugged Inductive Sensor with Analog Output Measures Wear in Plain Bearings

Straddle carriers, purpose-designed container-handling vehicles, operate in highly aggressive seaport environments, necessitating frequent preventative maintenance. To measure wear in components with a high risk of premature failure, European port operators use rugged, analog-output inductive sensors. Monitoring the condition and wear rate of each component enables predictive maintenance to be undertaken only when necessary, maximizing vehicle…

Inductive Sensors Detect Presence of Multiple Components During Pressure-Hose Testing

Stainless-steel-braided hydraulic hoses for water heaters undergo over-pressure testing at the final stage of manufacture. Before pressure is applied, a multi-sensor system checks each hose assembly to ensure that the correct mechanical parts have been fitted. Applying high pressure to an incomplete assembly could result in catastrophic failure, damaging test equipment and putting operators at…

In-Process Position Sensing Delivers Reduced Cost of Quality

A German manufacturer of industrial timing belts uses inductive sensors with analog outputs to measure the position of steel reinforcing bands during continuous production. Two long-range, high-resolution sensors, mounted above the extruded belt profile, give real-time positional data. The customer’s process-control system monitors the analog voltage outputs, alerting the operator and halting production if the…