Miniature photoelectric sensor detects fill level during secondary packaging operations

During secondary packaging of bags of confectionery, manufacturers arrange bags in overlapping layers. Multi-axis pick-and-place packing robots align and pack layers of bags in preformed cardboard cartons. The filled cartons are conveyed to case-sealing stations. A highly reliable photoelectric sensor, mounted directly above the conveyor, senses the height of the top layer of bags in…

Smart inductive sensors maintain optimized cycle times in pneumatic cylinder systems without increasing complexity or cost

Industrial equipment designers continually seek ways to reduce cycle times without compromising safety or increasing cost. Engineers require a monitoring capability for pneumatic cylinders that identifies deviations from the optimal deceleration profile without increasing complexity or cost. Rugged, multi-mode Smart Sensors from Contrinex, embedded in each cylinder, identify adverse trends in the deceleration profile, providing…

Compact Dual-Mode Photoelectric Sensors Save Space and Cut Cost in Non-Contact Hand-Sanitization Equipment

Automated, non-contact operation has become the norm for hand sanitization, and dispenser manufacturers need robust, affordable sensors to detect the presence of an individual’s hands. Dispensing soap and water traditionally requires two different sensors for accurate delivery, but modern systems use identical sensors for either application, reducing spares inventory and cutting cost. Designers require compact,…

Factor 1 Weld-Immune Sensors Offer Outstanding Protection at Exceptional Prices during MF Resistance Welding of Aluminum Assemblies

The strong magnetic fields generated by industrial spot welders cause unprotected sensors to malfunction or fail. To prevent misalignment during assembly, a valve manufacturer requires inductive proximity sensors that withstand the exceptionally high currents needed to weld aluminum parts. Contrinex S600 Weld-Immune inductive sensors are immune to electromagnetic interference and sense targets in steel and…

Spatter-Resistant Weld-Immune Sensors Deliver Exceptional Reliability and Extended Service Life on Automotive Chassis-Welding Lines

Automated chassis welding in the automotive sector requires synchronized operation of multiple robots, in complete safety and with minimal human intervention. A misaligned assembly results in damage to the workpiece and potentially one or more robots, but position sensors typically suffer from build-up of welding spatter, causing rapid sensor degradation. Contrinex Weld-Immune inductive sensors with…

Multi-Mode Smart Sensors Deliver Cost-Effective Condition-Based Monitoring in Rotating Equipment

When implementing condition-based monitoring in equipment with mission-critical rotating elements, maintenance engineers require large amounts of process data. Contrinex Smart Sensors monitor multiple parameters in real time, including unexpected levels of vibration, increased bearing temperature or irregular radial deflections of a shaft. These highly versatile sensors meet designers’ needs for a flexible, cost-effective solution that…

Smart inductive sensors help recycling companies benefit from fast accurate sorting of mixed-metal waste

The global recycling industry continually seeks to reduce the cost of sorting and separating mixed-metal scrap. With the introduction of induction sorting, designers require sensors that operate accurately and at high speed to identify and separate fast-moving streams of ferrous and non-ferrous material in a single pass. Rugged inductive Smart Sensors from Contrinex, embedded immediately…

RFID read-write modules with IO-Link connectivity simplify process control

A manufacturer of automated conveyor systems uses RFID technology to monitor the location of items and to route them to their chosen destinations. As an item, fitted with an RFID tag, travels through the warehouse, IO-Link-enabled high-frequency read-write modules (RWMs) monitor its position and read pre-set data stored in the tag. Local logic capability enables…

RFID technology with IO-Link connectivity eliminates hose-coupling errors in fluidized pneumatic-transport systems

Bulk-handling- and pneumatic-transport-system designers use RFID technology to eliminate connection errors at manual hose-coupling stations for fluidizable materials. Coupling stations, with IO-Link-enabled read/write modules (RWMs) mounted on each outlet pipe, use manual quick-release hoses to feed materials to multiple machines. RFID tags, mounted integrally within each hose coupling and blanking cap, identify the mating parts…