Miniature Ecolab-certified photoelectric sensor detects presence of cheese portions in high-volume food processing

During high-volume production of individually packaged cheese portions, conveyors deliver product to packaging stations. In-line buffering stations regulate flow to match packaging throughput; miniature Ecolab-certified sensors detect the presence of each portion after buffering, triggering the packaging cycle. Sensitivity parameters for each portion size, stored on the sensor’s inbuilt memory, may be updated remotely without…

Rugged Washdown Inductive Sensors Monitor Position of Control Valves During Dairy-Product Processing

During manufacture of dairy products, raw milk travels between successive processes through stainless-steel pipework. Rotary-shaft control valves maintain process sequences correctly, ensuring that no cross-contamination occurs during CIP cleaning after each batch is completed. Robust washdown inductive sensors, mounted on existing rotary actuators, monitor control-valve status around the clock, providing real-time positional feedback to a…

RFID Tags Withstand Elevated Temperatures During Automotive Paint Curing

A manufacturer of automotive-suspension coil springs uses Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to identify parts and monitor process status in an automated paint shop. Parts travel on dedicated transport frames; each transport frame, suspended from an overhead conveyor, is fitted with a high-frequency, high-temperature RFID tag. During the paint-curing cycle, temperatures may rise to 250oC…