Sensors for Forklift and Mobile Equipment

Sensors for forkliftsMobile machines such as forklifts, elevating work platforms, or container stackers, require precise positioning of heavy loads and effective control of rapid movements for transporting materials. Heavy-duty, resilient sensors guarantee precision and reliability both in warehouses and in outdoor applications.

Fork Inclination Monitoring – Inclination Sensor

  • Detects the horizontal angle of the fork while the truck is in motion
  • Prevents the truck tipping when transporting heavy loads

Nonmechanical Hand Detection – Capacitive Grip Sensor

  • If the hand is removed from the joystick, the engine is stopped and hydraulic pressure is lowered
  • Inadvertent joystick actuation is virtually impossible

Fork Height Monitoring – Laser Distance Sensor

  • Height monitoring for safe fork movement
  • Forklift speed can be adjusted according to fork height

Fork Extension Monitoring – Positioning System

  • Monitors the fork positions for controlled fork extension

Tri-Phase Automation is a distributor of Pepperl +Fuchs in Wisconsin.

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High Efficiency Liquid Nitrogen Dosing

High Efficiency Liquid Nitrogen Dosing

Product Used: SMAC LCA31 series linear

Problem: Traditionally the pneumatic cylinder is used to control a valve for liquid nitrogen dosing. The pneumatic cylinder gave an impact on the valve when closing. The liquid nitrogen is cooling the valve seal to temperatures that metal seals are like glass and become brittle. Impact damages the closing seal so that they need replacement every half year. This shuts down the line for quite a long time.

High Efficiency Liquid Nitrogen Dosing with SMAC actuators
Liquid Nitrogen Dosing Diagram

Solution: SMAC actuators’ highly repeatable & positioning coupled with high speed allows the user to more precisely & repeatedly control the dosing amount. SMAC actuators also allow for easy change over for different dosing requirements. Another advantage is the life of the SMAC actuators as well as the extended life of the dosing valve, as SMAC’s unique Soft-Land function prevents damage to the valve when closing. This will result in increasing valve’s life time. These features will increase uptime and increase profitability for end user.

SMAC Advantages

  • Better force control of liquid nitrogen dose for cost savings on the amount of liquid nitrogen used. (Soft-Land)
  • SMAC actuator is fully programmable in force, speed, and position.
  • SMAC actuator can be easily set-up and make quick change via GUI to run a different motion profile for the liquid nitrogen valve. No mechanical adjustments required.
  • Programmable motion profile dosing valve.
  • Dosing valve stroke verification.
  • SMAC actuator’s exceptional long-life over 100,000,000 cycles increasing uptime and lowering replacement cost.

Wind Power – Lightning Protection For Wind Turbines

Lightning Protection

Wind power is a form of solar energy. The uneven heating of the atmosphere by the sun, the irregularities of the earth’s surface, and rotation of the earth cause winds. Wind flow patterns are modified by the earth’s terrain, bodies of water, and vegetation. We use this wind flow to generate electricity.

The terms wind energy or wind power describes the process by which wind is used to generate mechanical power or electricity. Wind turbines convert the kinetic energy in the wind into mechanical power. This mechanical power can be used for specific tasks (such as grinding grain or pumping water) or a generator can convert this mechanical power into electricity.

So how do wind turbines make electricity? Simply stated, a wind turbine works in the opposite way of a fan. Instead of using electricity to make wind, like a fan, wind turbines use wind to make electricity. The wind turns the blades, which spin a shaft, which connects to a generator and makes electricity.

Since most wind turbines are 60-150 meters high they are very susceptible to lightning strikes and power surges. IEC 61400-24  (VDE 0127 part 24) is the basis for the design of the lightning protection concept.

Pepperl+Fuchs offers a complete line of products designed to protect industrial equipment like wind turbines from the hazards of lightning strike. Products offering surge protection, lightning protection, signal isolation, and safe grounding paths are available.

Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Sewage Treatment

Tri-Phase Automation is a distributor of Pepperl+Fuchs’ products for waste water treatment facilities. You have at your disposal a wide range of I/O isolators and intrinsically safe barriers for nearly all measurement technology applications, e.g. pressure, differential pressure, temperature, flow, level, positioner, Remote I/O, and much more.

Challenge

The demands on technical equipment and water quality regulations continue to evolve. In addition, the volume of water treatment has grown.  With these changes and growth, important supplemental measuring points need to be set up, particularly in decentralized parts of the sewage treatment plant. A sewage treatment plant can cover hundreds of acres and include multiple buildings. Greater amounts of data need to be recorded centrally, and the effort involved in commissioning and maintenance has to be reduced to service all field devices and drives centrally from the control room over a fieldbus system in network segments.

Application Solution

The field instruments and control is truly distributed throughout the sewage treatment plant. FOUNDATION fieldbus, PROFIBUS, and in many cases Hart technology have solved the problem of centralized control. It is likely that upgrades and retrofitting of drinking water and waste water treatment plants will include fieldbus solutions.

Benefits

Field instruments and control is distributed throughout the sewage treatment plant.

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eWon Success Story: A new generation of pools

To ensure the water quality in swimming pools is correct, there are complex technical processes going on in the background. Thanks to eWON, service technicians can now react quickly, even at weekends, before problems strike.

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ewon-a-new-generation-of-pools

Solution: Remote Data

Benefits

  • Fast and efficient remote support
  • More than 100.00 km saved each year
  • New monitoring services based on eWON technology

Tri-Phase Automation is a HMS/Anybus/eWon distributor in Wisconsin.
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Inspecting Candy-Roll Orientation With Cognex Vision Systems

Cognex vision has been implemented in a system to maximize the speed and automation of processing PEZ candy blister packs. Randomly placed candy rolls are deposited onto a conveyor belt. As these rolls move past, an In-Sight® vision system determines whether or not they are facing the appropriate direction by viewing the orientation of the print on the roll. If in fact, the roll is incorrectly placed, it is then redirected to a turning station. Here, the roll is pivoted to face the correct direction and then sent back onto the conveyor belt to be inspected again. This production line upgrade that Cognex has been a part of has since enabled PEZ to increase blister-packing speeds to a rate of 16-18 per minute.

 

Bottle Rejecting, Diverting, and Multi-Lane Sorting

SMAC electric actuators can reject or divert a single container only, at line speeds over 1200 containers/minute. Movement of container is smooth, fast, and gentle with unique Soft-Land™ feature. Container will not tip over because of force and velocity control. First the actuator must slowly make contact and start the bottle moving then do the high speed push after 10mm or so of movement. Total out and back is 50ms, 1200/min.

Multi-Lane Rejection and Sorting Systems

SMAC is capable of sorting and rejecting containers into different lanes. For example: Lane #1 is used for bottles with missing caps, Lane #2 is used for unlabeled bottles. The sorting capabilities of SMAC can be individually programmed and tailored to your application.

Multi-Lane Rejection and Sorting Systems on a Conveyor line
Multi-Lane Rejection and Sorting Systems