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…