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Sensors/transducers

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Adding motion to the IO-Link mix

(24/04/2019)
Darren Pratt explains why adding IO-Link compatibility to an encoder is a vital breakthrough on the road to Industry 4.0.
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Sensors: your optimisation friend

(07/01/2019)
Getting the balance right between an optimised process and product safety is a fine line that engineers have to walk every day. We spoke to Thomas Hedemark, industry sector manager at BAUMER A/S for advice on how sensors can help get this balancing act right.
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Audit-proof self-calibrating thermometer

(30/10/2018)
Control Engineering Europe reports on the 2018 HERMES Award winning thermometer which is able to continuously calibrate itself in the ongoing process using IIoT technology. 


Archive

  1. 17/07/2018 Rethinking the optical sensor

    In response to feedback from industry customers SICK has recently upgraded its optical sensor technology to meet industry needs today and in the future.

  2. 07/01/2018 Challenge Gems with your most demanding applications

    Gems understand that standard products are not always the best solution. The company provides outsourced design and development services including custom components and feasibility studies. A Gems program manager structures each project to meet individual needs, timing and budget, making the company the ideal partner for your next development cycle.

  3. 12/12/2017 Measuring torque with angle sensors

    Dr Darran Kreit discusses a technique for measuring torque with angle sensors which was first used in the 1950s. Although it offers many advantages, the technique had fallen out of fashion but is now making a comeback due to new developments in inductive angle sensors.

  4. 15/05/2017 Self diagnostics: an enabler for predictive maintenance

    Control Engineering Europe reports on the use of level measurement devices which are able to monitor build up and automatically alert maintenance personnel when cleaning is required.

  5. 18/04/2017 Non-contact colour sensor considerations

    There are several things that need to be considered before purchasing or specifying a non-contact colour sensor, including accuracy, the type of surface or object being measured, environmental conditions and mechanical set up, says Stephen Smith.

  6. 03/04/2017 A sensor solution with Industry 4.0 capabilities

    The result of collaboration between Microsoft and Leuze electronic has been the creation of a sensor whose process data and metadata can be transferred directly to the Azure Cloud via OPC-UA without the need for an intermediate gateway.

  7. 19/12/2016 Industrial considerations for Pt 100 sensors

    To achieve the best accuracy and reliability, care is needed with installation of the probe, connections, and choice of the host instrumentation when using Pt100 sensors in industrial applications, says Labfacility.

  8. 19/12/2016 laser triangulation sensors - red or blue?

    Red laser triangulation displacement sensors have been around for some time, while blue laser versions are a newer addition. Before selecting which to use, it is important to understand which type performs best on which target materials, says Chris Jones.

  9. 27/06/2016 Solutions for intelligent motion systems

    Industry 4.0 will soon start to place greater demands on sensors, which have a increasingly important role to play. This is already starting to be seen in intralogistics applications.

  10. 31/05/2016 Taking the weight out of pressure regulation

    Suzanne Gill reports on the development of an innovative design for pressure regulation devices which results in a longer life, lightweight solution with a small footprint.

  11. 13/08/2015 Optical sensing improves dissolved oxygen control

    Developments in dissolved oxygen sensing technology are opening up new possibilities for accurate measurement and energy and maintenance costs savings in aeration processes. Jonathan Penn explains how. 

  12. 03/08/2015 Ceramic measurement benefits

    Pressure sensor manufacturers are now widely employing ceramic materials because it can offer some real advantages for a range of measurements.

  13. 17/03/2015 Pressure sensors, transducers and transmitters – what’s the difference

    American Sensor Technologies discusses the difference between pressure sensors, pressure transducer and transmitters.

  14. 04/11/2014 Sensors need to evolve to make Industry 4.0 workable

    The successful evolution of Industry 4.0, from a concept into a practical reality, will be heavily contingent upon the quality of data that can be acquired and shared between the component parts of a digital production system. This will require a new generation of sensor technology that is not yet available to engineers. Rahman Jamal, technology and marketing director for Europe at National Instruments, looks at the building blocks that will define the impact of Industry 4.0 on manufacturing.

  15. 16/09/2014 Easy proof testing of guided wave radar sensors

    The latest overfill protection standard API/ANSI 2350 states that device verification of most overfill prevention sensors should be carried out semi-annually. Carl-Johan Roos, functional safety officer at Emerson Process Management, explains how this can be achieved without having to raise the level in the tank above its maximum working level.

  16. 10/06/2014 Pervasive sensing is key to increased business visibility

    At the recent European Emerson User Exchange, Peter Zornio, chief strategic officer at Emerson Process Management, highlighted some of the key drivers for the process industries today and identified a new role for sensing technologies in business critical applications.

  17. 29/04/2014 Understanding vibration-induced pipework failure

    Vibration induced fatigue of process piping systems is an important and fundamental failure mechanism. Neil Parkinson, technical director at asset integrity specialist AV Technology, explains the six phases in understanding, correcting and preventing vibration-induced pipework failure.

  18. 28/10/2013 Raising the temperature in power plants

    Control Engineering Europe looks at the design requirements for valves used at high temperatures, which are needed to run power plants at increased efficiencies - currently the subject of a variety of research projects, including the European Commission's COMTES700.

  19. 08/10/2013 Making more of process and materials with sensors innovation

    Manufacturers are tapping into the benefits that more capable sensors and instrumentation can provide, says Jesse Bonfeld, Sherborne Sensors' VP business development. More capable sensors enable manufacturers to drive significant improvements in process and plant efficiency, product quality and safety.

  20. 17/09/2013 Taking measurement to a new level

    New level sensing technology is said to offer a cost-effective way to accurately measure liquid levels without the need for calibration across a large number of fluids. Suzanne Gill spoke to the principal engineer involved in its development by Cambridge Consultants.