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More Sensors features

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    Improving the efficiency and reliability of water systems(07/10/2019)

    Distributing water on a large scale is a particular challenge in high-rise buildings, and with a trend for designers to build up in urban areas, rather than out, it is an issue that has become a new focus for design engineers.

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    Five tips to get started with smart devices on the factory floor(07/10/2019)

    The discussion around implementing IIoT and Industry 4.0, from smart devices up to artificial intelligence in the factory is picking up speed, especially as a result of increased computing power and the availability of growing amounts of data, and further accelerated by the increased use of sensors with IoT features.

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    Non-contact colour sensor counts bogie wheel pulses in rail research project(07/10/2019)

    Micro-Epsilon has supplied a CFO200 non-contact colour recognition sensor to The Institute of Railway Research (IRR) at The University of Huddersfield. In conjunction with an encoder, the sensor is being used to monitor the rotational speed of a bogie wheelset in a train wheel simulation test rig (HAROLD).

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    MEMS sensors for smart infrastructures(07/10/2019)

    Tablets, smartphones, video game consoles, camcorders, and cameras have revolutionised the world of sensors. This includes MEMS accelerometers and gyroscopes. Their ability to measure movement has led to improved performance and increased the functionality in many of the devices in which they are used.

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    Wireless sensor essential for keeping drones going on long flights(01/07/2019)

    High performance drones that can stay aloft for extended periods need super-reliable controls or risk being lost mid-flight. A test rig for developing the next generation of long-mission drones uses a wireless torque sensor that allows rapid set up and rapid testing.

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    Innovative sensor technologies enable more complex robot inspection measurements(01/07/2019)

    Sensor technologies enable robot measurement tasks where there is a growing need for high precision measurements over wide surface areas and where there are requirements for increased flexibility, says Chris Jones, Managing Director of Micro-Epsilon UK.

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    Innovative sensor solutions help food manufacturers achieve process optimisation(01/07/2019)

    Achieving process optimisation while controlling (cutting) costs is a constant challenge for all manufacturers, especially in the food manufacturing sector. For example, frequently varying recipes, a huge diversity of ingredients, different textures and specific filling levels places high demands on process systems, in some cases pushing conventional instruments and components to their limits.

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    MEMS accelerometer performance comes of age(01/07/2019)

    In the June/July 2016 Uptime article, “Condition Monitoring and MEMS Accelerometers: What You Need to Know,” several attributes of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) accelerometers were presented that make the technology compelling for condition monitoring applications.

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    Joining the Industry 4.0 dots: The IO-Link encoder(03/05/2019)

    IO-Link is a breakthrough technology that has achieved rapid and widespread acceptance over the past five years and helped ‘join the dots’ for many industrial processes working towards Industry 4.0.

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    ToF sensor gesture recognition and distance measurement(01/04/2019)

    The competing proximity sensing technologies start with simple infrared and ultrasonic sensors, gradually working up to more complex sensor systems such as stereoscopic video cameras with neural networks.

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    Clever level switch helps the brewing process(01/04/2019)

    Whilst many people would probably be familiar with the Carlsberg advertising slogan from earlier days they may not appreciate the history and scale of today’s Carlsberg brewing operation.

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    Improved die casting performance with reduced costs(07/03/2019)

    Fairchild, a Rotork Instruments brand, manufactures precision pneumatic and electro-pneumatic industrial control components. In a recent application, the introduction of Fairchild electro-pneumatic transducers has improved the performance of die casting machinery and reduced overall costs.

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    Sensing the way forward to a mobile future(04/02/2019)

    Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) and their smaller cousins Automated Guided Carts (AGCs) promise to free more production environments from the slavery of fixed lines, conveyors and linear processes and make workflows more flexible.

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    On track for total RFID solutions(04/02/2019)

    Large global companies demand RFID-based solutions that can be provided by a single source worldwide, across multiple manufacturing or supplier sites. Conversely, there is a multitude of smaller companies that have not adopted RFID due to the complexities of dealing with numerous technology partners.

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    Laser line scanners: the eyes of your robot(04/02/2019)

    Robots are becoming increasingly independent and are able to tackle more complex tasks. Laser profile sensors play a crucial role in ensuring that robots move safely, as well as precisely guiding and locating their positions.