Choosing Between Color and Monochrome Cameras for Machine Vision
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by Shawn Wright
1d ago
If you’re using machine vision cameras, you’re most likely looking at as much detailed information as quickly as possible from your captured images. While some cameras can detect wavelengths beyond what our eyes can see (UV and IR), many applications focus on the visible range. So, how do you decide whether to use color or monochrome cameras for your vision application? Sorting and grading by color Typical uses of a color sensor include simple color grading and sorting products by color. It’s handy for sorting pills, labels, textiles, and paints according to their colors. Color cameras use th ..read more
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Digitalizing Manufacturing: Work Instructions and Sensor Feedback
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by Mark Bakke
1w ago
Digital work instructions are becoming a game-changer in the increasingly fast-paced manufacturing world. They offer many benefits that enhance efficiency, reduce errors, and foster collaboration. The digital advantage Digital work instructions offer real-time updates, ensuring that all operators can access the latest version, even across various production facilities. This eliminates costly mistakes caused by outdated instructions or checklists. These instructions are often part of larger workflows or Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). Digital solutions can enable the seamless initiation ..read more
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Choosing the Right Code Reader: Laser Versus Vision
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by Rob Kline
2w ago
When choosing a barcode reader, the first step is to select between vision-based or laser-based reader options. Each option has its own pros and cons that are worth considering. Assuming that the goal of any code reader is to maximize read rate and minimize errors, it’s easy to evaluate each technology separately. Laser-based readers  Laser-based readers use a red laser diode and a rotating mirror to scan each barcode and create a raster image, like how old CRT TVs would display an image on the TV screen. You may remember this from older grocery store checkouts, where red laser lines pro ..read more
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Flush, Non-Flush, or Quasi-Flush: Choosing the Right Proximity Sensor for Optimal Object Detection
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by Logan Welch
3w ago
Proximity sensors are aptly named for their ability to detect objects in close proximity. They are not suitable for detecting objects across a room or on a conveyor belt. Their focus is on detecting objects up close and personal. Inductive proximity technology allows detection from physical contact with the sensor head to a few millimeters away. When choosing the right type of inductive proximity technology, several factors must be considered. Let’s start at the beginning. Inductive proximity sensors may seem magical, but they operate based on specific magical characteristics. To prove my poi ..read more
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Exploring RFID Frequencies: Understanding Variations and Applications
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by Aiden Dowers
1M ago
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is a great way to track all kinds of data throughout a plant—from the location of a part in the facility to the operations that have been performed on a specific part. When choosing an RFID solution, there are three classifications to consider, and the positives and negatives of each may determine the best solution for each individual application. Low, high, and ultra-high frequencies are the terms we use to talk about the different ranges of frequencies given in hertz. Low Frequency (LF) LF RFID is typically in the range of 70 KHz- 455 KHz. It is immune ..read more
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Using Ultrasonic Sensors in Microwell Environments
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by Jack Crider
1M ago
Ultrasonic sensors offer unique capabilities for lab environments. They rely on ultrasonic waves to detect part presence with precision. In this blog, I explore the workings of ultrasonic sensors, their applications, and considerations for optimal implementation, shedding light on their pivotal role in automating lab processes. Understanding the functionality Let’s first touch on how ultrasonic sensors function in different working environments. Ultrasonics refers to vibrations of frequencies greater than the upper limit of the audible range for humans, that is, greater than about 20 kilohert ..read more
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Unlocking Industrial Sensor Potential in the IIoT Era
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by Blake Gieseler
1M ago
  In the dynamic landscape of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), one cannot ignore the pivotal role of industrial sensors in revolutionizing manufacturing processes. As we navigate this era of unprecedented connectivity and data-driven decision-making, the true potential of industrial sensors becomes increasingly evident, offering a myriad of benefits to industries worldwide. Eyes and ears of smart factories At the heart of this technological renaissance, industrial sensors function as the eyes and ears of smart factories, creating a symphony of data that empowers manufacturers to ..read more
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Rotary Encoders: Precision Positioning One Rotation at a Time
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by Jonathan Esposito
1M ago
Often, some of the most important automation sensors are the ones people know the least about or may not even realize they need for their applications. One of those sensors is the rotary encoder, which every industry uses to provide mechanical values for rotation angles and convert them into electrical signals to help you position all critical machine parts with high precision. The robustness of rotary encoders enables many uses even under extreme conditions, such as in food processing, machining processes, automotive component assembly, conveyor systems, and packaging equipment. Many vision ..read more
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Automation, Networking and Sensors in Intralogistics
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by Tom Knauer
2M ago
The intralogistics industry has made significant investments in automation since 2020. The boom in ecommerce, accelerated by the pandemic, pressured online retailers to improve their warehouse operations through automation. Traditional manufacturers and non-ecommerce (B2B) firms have been slower in automating their intralogistics operations, and penetration is still relatively low. This is rapidly changing, driven by market factors such as labor issues, product individualization, supply chain challenges, higher efficiency/productivity/quality, faster delivery, and wider adoption of ecommerce ..read more
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Effective Condition Monitoring: A Practical Guide for Maintenance Technicians
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by Adis Halimic
2M ago
In my decade of experience supporting sales organizations as an application and product specialist across various industries, I’ve observed a common trend among customers: The majority tend to focus solely on vibration when it comes to condition monitoring for their assets. While vibration analysis is crucial for detecting mechanical component issues, it’s essential to recognize that it’s not the only method available. In this blog. I present a straightforward four-step process to guide maintenance technicians in implementing effective condition monitoring beyond vibration analysis. Step 1: I ..read more
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