The latest additions to the Balluff BMP family of magnetic position sensors combine IO-Link, analog voltage and analog current in a singular device to overcome the limitations of discrete pneumatic cylinder switches. The newly released sensors provide continuous linear feedback — detecting and measuring the position of pneumatic or hydraulic cylinder rods and actuators through […]
Looking to the future of manufacturing, we need skilled and excited people for automation. This demands that we encourage and invest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs at schools to help develop the next generation of manufacturing, says Will Healy III, Strategic Marketing Manager for Balluff Inc. TECHFIT (Teaching Engineering Concepts to Harness […]
Typical resistive linear potentiometers are especially vulnerable to performance degradation caused by wear to the resistive element. Because the measurement principle relies on mechanical contact between the resistive element and conductive wiper, mechanical wear can lead to erratic output signals and, ultimately, unreliable process control.
Three areas where you can look to cut costs on pneumatic cylinder applications include installation time, cables, and the sensors used for detecting the piston’s position. For example, first consider the sensor in a standard cylinder. Most standard cylinders use proximity switches, either internal or external to the aluminum housing that detect special targets or […]