Machine & Plant Engineering

11 posts

Level sensing and automated messaging

Level sensing and messaging to logistics partner

Production processes in milling centers typically use cooling liquids (in order to reduce friction, to cool tool as well as workpiece and to remove metal chips). This way cooling liquids assist to optimize the machining processes.       Level sensing For the creation of production equipment Balluff uses several

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Edgers using BTL for curve sawing

Why a sawmill needs automation

It is not a surprise that optimizing yield is one of the most important objectives in a sawmill (or lumber mill) as it is in any other industry. The big difference is that there is hardly any control over the quality of the logs that enter the sawill.

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Photoelectronic Sensors in harsh Environment

Optoelectrical sensors are widely used in industrial automation. Clean, dust-free and dry environment is usually essential for proper operation of photoeyes. In many applications in dirty and harsh environment, optical sensors are still the best choice. For instance in steel mills we find extreme heat in steel and metal production.

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Tool Identification in Metalworking

With start of industry 3.0 the users of machine tools began to avoid routine work like manually entering tool data. CNC machine tools gained more market share in metalworking applications. These machines are often equipped with automatic tool change systems.

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Power Supplies in decentralized installations

When we talk about automation our main focus is on controllers, sensors and actuators. But also power supplies and connectors are important componts for the efficient setup and success of automation solutions. Power supplies with condition monitoring functions can help you to improve the lifetime of your system

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Optimize Utilization and Increase Transparency with RFID

Unscheduled downtimes in production due to worn out or unserviced molds in machines can cause high costs and are a well-known problem for a lot of companies. In order to prevent these issues and optimize the use of their injection molds, a Swiss chocolate mold producer installed a predictive maintenance system via industrial RFID technology.

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Clamp Control of Tools and Workpieces

In Metalworking, the clamping status of tools and workpieces are monitored in many applications. Typically, inductive sensors are used to control this. Three positions are usually detected: Unclamped, clamped with object, and clamped without object. The sensor position is mechanically adjusted to the application so the correct clamping process and clamping status is detected with a proper switch point.

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Non-Contact Infrared Temperature Sensor with IO-Link – Enabler for Industry 4.0

This post is about a non-contact infrared temperature sensor. You will read about the benefits for modern production processes that involve objects with very high temperature. Typical applications for this kind of sensors are in metallurgy and glass production. Everywhere liquid or molten metals is present and being processed.

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