What is IO-Link?

Industrial processes can always be more efficient, but is that possible low-cost? Industrial automation is an important topic in almost all industrial companies to save on costs and produce more efficiently. IO-Link makes it possible to be more efficient and save more on costs! What does IO-Link do? Sensors are a component within the totality…

What is a triangulation or triangle measurement?

1. The basics of a triangle measurement In sensors based on triangulation or triangular measurement the (laser) light source, the surface being measured and the line sensor form a triangle. We call these sensors triangulation lasers or laser displacement sensors. Triangulation sensors are used to measure distances to object very accurately and fast. 2. But,…

What is spray jet control?

In the use of spray systems the dimensions of the spray cone and spray volume has to match the area of application. The dimensions are also dependent on a variety of different factors: The used medium (primer, water or alcohol), The opening of The spray cone, The overpressure and The spray amount per spray. Especially…

What is a laser light curtain?

1. The basics of a laser light curtain The transmitter part of the laser curtain sends out a curtain of parallel laser beams. In the receiver part this curtain shines on a line sensor. An object will partially, or completely, obstruct the laser curtain for the receiver side. The amount of obstruction or the position…

The types of optical lenses for SPECTRO color sensors

SPECTRO color sensors from Sensor Instruments measure the color of the surface of an object and compare this with a configurable predefined reference value. Within a configurable tolerance the color is recognized and a digital output is activated. The SPECTRO sensors are available with a variety of optical lenses and integrated light sources. The choice…

Laser safety and laser classes

Bij het gebruiken van lasers, en met name in industriële toepassingen, zijn risico’s niet weg te denken. Risico’s die gepaard gaan met de aanwezigheid van mensen in de buurt van de lasers hebben betrekking op de beschadiging van de ogen. Met deze reden worden alle lasers voorzien van een laserklasse. De indeling van deze klassen…

Sensors for gloss measurement

With the help of a gloss factor it is possible to monitor the quality of a product. For example: the gloss factor of stainless steel, copper or aluminium but also that of laminate, veneer layers or sheets tells something about the roughness of the surface. This makes an after-processing of the materials unnecessary because the…

Sensors in overhead cranes

Overhead cranes are used for lifting and moving around heavy materials or objects in a warehouse or factory. To make this operation run without problems the overhead crane needs information about the environment. There is a number of situations in which an automated system, like a sensor, can provide a solution with the right functionalities.…

The properties of ultrasonic sensors

This article explains what an ultrasonic sensor is, how it works, which properties the sensor has and in which applications this sensor excels. What is an ultrasonic sensor? Humans perceive sounds with the sense of hearing. Sound is nothing but vibrations that move through the air with a certain frequency. When the word frequency is…

How does an ultrasonic doublesheet sensor work?

Doublesheet detection sensors are used in application in which sheets or plates are processed. This involves industries that process labels, use printing machines or work with folding machines. Creases, wrinkles and accumulation of sheets and plates can make a whole process come to a stop. Production errors can be detected early with the use of…

How do photoelectric sensors work?

Photoelectric sensors are sensors that detect changes in light intensity. This means a detection (or non-detection) of the light that has been sent out by the sensor. The detection method of the object varies per type of photoelectric sensor. A photoelectric sensor consists of a transmitter, this is the light source (LED). In addition, there…

Detection range of ultrasonic sensors

How does the detection range of an ultrasonic sensor work? Ultrasonic sensors are capable of performing a reliable non-contact measurement in a certain area based on ultrasonic sound waves. The frequency and amplitude with which these waves are sent out are a factor that define the range of the sensor. In addition, the surface of…

Configuration of microsonic esf- sensors

The esf- ultrasonic sensors of microsonic are used for the detection of stickers and/or seal seams but also splices. The esf- ultrasonic sensor is a fork sensor that can distinguish a label from its backing material. The backing material, also called the product or carrying material, is the material to which the label is attached.…

Color & color measurement

In this article we discuss the theory and practicalities of color sensors. We will dwell on what color actually is and what a color measurement consists of. After that we will present a few industrial applications that involve color measurement and end with the different solutions that we provide within this. Do you want to…

Comparison copy counters from Baumer & Sensor Partners

To make a clear comparison between the copy counters of Sensor Partners, the RED series, and that of a competitor Baumer, we have listed the specifications of both next to each other. It can be said that the sensors from the RED series are significantly better performing at the two most important operational specs. Feature…

Detection principles of ultrasonic sensors

Een ultrasoon sensor van microsonic is geen doorsnee benaderingsschakelaar of proximity switch. In veel gevallen kan een ultrasoon sensor de functie van een conventionele naderingschakelaar vervangen, andersom gaat dit niet altijd op. Ultrasoon sensoren van microsonic onderscheiden zich van andere sensoren door het gebruik van ultrasoon geluid en slimme technologieën zoals een intern temperatuurcompensatie algoritme.…

What is ATEX?

ATEX is the European guideline (2014/34/EU) for areas with a potential danger for explosions caused by the presence of an explosion dangerous atmosphere. Such area is called an ATEX (or EX) environment, ATEX (or EX) zone or ATEX (EX) area. The abbreviation ATEX is derived from the French ATmosphères EXplosibles. In Europe, explosion dangerous environments…