Embedded miniature photoelectric distance sensors prevent damage to delicate electronic assemblies during automated production

During automated production of electronic equipment, compact multi-finger robot grippers transport printed circuit boards and moldings between operations. During picking, process engineers require reliable confirmation that parts are correctly positioned in the gripper jaws. Miniature distance sensors, embedded in the gripping surfaces of the jaw fingers, sense the position of parts as the jaws close,…

Ultraminiature inductive sensors prevent damage to fragile components during automated production of electronic equipment

During automated production of solar cells, compact two-finger robot edge-grippers transport trays of silicon wafers between operations. To avoid impacts on the wafers surfaces, process engineers require reliable confirmation that gripper jaws are fully open before the gripper descends to pick up a tray. Ultraminiature inductive proximity sensors, mounted directly above the top faces of…

Embedded miniature photoelectric distance sensors provide anti-collision protection during automated production

During automated production of electronic equipment, compact multi-finger robot grippers transport parts between operations. In the event of a malfunction or an unplanned human intervention, there’s an unacceptable collision hazard; designers insist on an overriding anti-collision system. Miniature distance sensors, embedded in the outward-facing surfaces of the gripper jaws, monitor the position of potential obstructions…