Miniaturization is a highly relevant trend in medical and lab technology. Increasing automation, constant object size reduction and increasing accuracy requirements lead to a higher integration degree. Driving applications are lab-on-a-chip, portable units or even invasive components like micropumps or catheters with sensor functionsRead more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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In the last post about the Basics of Automation, we discussed how humans act as a paradigm for automation. Now, let’s take a closer look at how objects can be detected, collected and positioned with the help of sensors.Read more
Digitizing the production world in the age of Industry 4.0 increases the need for information between the various levels of the automation pyramid from the sensor/actuator level up to the enterprise management level.Read more
Both washdown and hygienic design are common terms used in the food and beverage industry, and are increasingly being used in the packaging industry. These terms are used in different scenarios and easily confused with each other. What exactly are the differences between them, and in what applications are each used?Read more
In my last blog, Imagine the Perfect Photoelectric Sensor, I discussed the possibilities of a single part number that could be configured for any of the basic sensing modes: through-beam, retroreflective, background suppression and diffuse. This perfect sensor would also have the ability to change the sensing mode on the fly and download the required parameters for a changing process or format change.Read more