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Sensors help make N95 masks in fight against COVID-19

Reliability is essential in automated production, and nowhere more than in the hard-pressed healthcare supply sector. At the time of the global COVID-19 crisis, OEM equipment builders rushed to increase capacity for producing personal protective equipment (PPE). Manufacturers of N95 face masks, a high-volume item of PPE, faced unprecedented demand …

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Contrinex inductives speed up robot assembly of PCBs

Highly reliable automation and machine-control systems are used to eliminate assembly faults and improve efficiency in an assembly operation. Whilst the repetitive assembly tasks are well-suited to being done by robots, these robots can be too slow at picking and placing the assembled parts and therefore a rotary indexing table …

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Photoelectric sensor detects tram pantograph

When a tram reaches a road junction, wire-switches, installed on the overhead conductor cables, control its direction of travel, with switches in either the default “straight-through” or “turnout” positions. As the tram passes a switch in the turnout position, Contrinex photoelectric sensors mounted on the overhead cables detect the presence …

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Analogue inductive preventative maintenance keeps Port open

Busy container seaports rely upon the ‘24/7’ operation of specialist container-handling vehicles called Straddle Carriers for loading, unloading and stacking containers. Often located at ports, being beside the sea can mean that they have to work in an aggressive and corrosive environment, requiring frequent maintenance. Because traditional, interval-based maintenance schedules …

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Sensors ensure labels are aligned on boxes of bagged sweets

During high-volume production of confectionery, sealed cartons of bagged candy travel by conveyor to a labelling station. Contrinex’s RGB light-based photoelectric contrast sensor checks the label’s alignment and confirms the presence of print registration markings. If a label is blank, illegible or wrongly positioned, the carton is diverted to a …

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Sensors keep Britain’s seaports running

Contrinex’s rugged Inductive sensors keep Britain’s seaports running smoothly around the clock by providing reliability switching on container-handling cranes. Britain’s busy seaports rely upon Container-handling cranes and hence Contrinex’s rugged inductive sensors to operate around the clock. The sensors which are fitted on each hoist carriage, verify its position with …

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IO-Link RFID provides simple conveyor control

A manufacturer of automated conveyor systems uses RFID technology to monitor the location of items and to route them to their chosen destinations. As a basket, fitted with an RFID transponder tag, travels through the warehouse, IO-Link-enabled high-frequency read-write modules (RWMs) monitor its position and read pre-set data stored in …

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Photoelectrics ensure cheese packaging is no joke

No matter how appealing ‘cheesy jokes’ are, the production of individually packaged cheese portions is no joke. Contrinex’s small, but powerful C23PA photoelectric sensors are trusted to ensure conveyors deliver cheese portions to packaging stations, with in-line buffering stations regulating their flow to match packaging throughput. The miniature Ecolab-certified sensors …

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