Choosing the right temperature sensor in 3 steps

Heat is nothing more than infrared radiation. The temperature sensor measures this radiation to determine the surface temperature of an object within a measuring spot. Within the sensor the measured value of this radiation is converted into a useful unit: degrees Celsius or Fahrenheit. The suitability of a sensor depends on the application. In this…

Web guiding

In this article we discuss what web guiding actually is, in which applications it is used and which solutions we can provide you. What is web guiding? Web guiding, also known as web sensing or edge guiding is the positioning of the rollers in a web guiding system. The linear positioning of a material with…

Contrast measurements with contrast sensors

In this article we discuss contrast measurements. Questions that will be answered are: What is contrast? How does a contrast sensor work in a contrast measurement? In which applications is contrast measurement used? As a result you will have gathered a basic knowledge of contrast and its measurement by which you will have learned more…

Filter settings for ultrasonic sensors

In this article we discuss which filter settings can be used through software in ultrasonic sensors from microsonic. The uses and and workings of these filters will be explained in order to give an idea for the best choice! Every application requires a sensor with custom settings and in some cases it is even necessary…

The different industrial interfaces and protocols

In this article we will briefly discuss what interfaces and protocols are and highlight and describe the more prominent of each. What are interfaces and protocols?Interfaces A variety of devices and controls are connected to eachother in an industrial system. The whole of connections make it possible for every device to perform all the necessary…

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,…

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

When using lasers in industrial applications, risks are a constant presence. Risks of eye damage go hand in hand with humans working near lasers. Because of this, all lasers fall into a certain laser class after testing. The classes are according to potential risks and in descending order for eye safety, so: the higher the…

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

An ultrasonic sensor from microsonic is not a regular proximity switch. In many cases, an ultrasonic sensor can replace a proximity switch but this does not always work the other way around. Microsonics ultrasonic sensors set themselves apart from other sensors by the use of ultrasonic sounds and intelligent technologies like an internal temperature compensation…

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…