Mobile 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Field instruments and control is distributed throughout the sewage treatment plant.
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.
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.
TGW is one of the world’s leading system providers of highly dynamic, automated and integrated materials handling solutions for warehousing, production, order picking and distribution. Together with its American subsidiary, the TGW headquarters in Wels, Austria, has developed a control engineering solution which enables direct handling of carton boxes. The solution comprises a pneumatic accumulation roller conveyor with low dynamic pressure and a corresponding logic module – the CRUZ-Control unit – which enables the user to remove boxes from the conveyor either individually or in a chain. In order to detect the boxes, TGW was looking for a sensor solution which could be integrated into the conveyor segment without taking up much space, required no setting work and could be connected directly to the logic module. By working closely with SICK, they were able to find a suitable solution.
Together with SICK developers, TGW created a miniature photoelectric sensor (Z sensor) for detecting the cartons that fulfilled all of the company’s requirements. Due to its miniature design, the sensor can be optimally installed in defined slots in the roller conveyor segments. The lack of complicated setting options, the minimal need for additional functions and the direct connection to the logic modules, make commissioning much easier, and the sensor much more economically attractive. In operation, the integrated ASIC technology guarantees high detection performance, due to features such as the reliable background suppression and safeguarding against the influence of neighboring sensors. The specific requirements demanded a special design that enabled the optics to turn steplessly in different directions, in a similar way to the human eye.
Close cooperation during project definition and development leads to optimum realization of the customer’s wishes
Miniature and special designs allow space-saving detection solutions to match specific applications
Focus on basic functions and direct connection to logic modules reduce procurement and commissioning costs.
The sensors from SICK play an important role in enhancing the performance of the TGW accumulation roller conveyors, as their miniature and special designs enable space-saving detection solutions to match specific applications. Their economical advantages are also impressive: by concentrating on the basic, essential sensor functions and the direct connection to the logic modules, SICK has reduced TGW’s procurement and commissioning costs. The close cooperation between TGW and SICK was also key to the successful solution of the task. Josef Reischl, Product Manager for Conveyor Systems at TGW Mechanics GmbH, confirmed this: “SICK offers an all-round package, from the quality of the products to the scope of services provided, e.g. for new products developed for a special customer or application.” The joint project definition and development meant that the full extent of the customer’s wishes could be fulfilled.