Wireless technologies, ethernet and asset management systems - in recent years, a number of new technologies have entered the food production industry and substantially changed the world of process automation. Despite all that, one thing has remained the same: the central importance of sensors.
The ifm efector TP transmitter module with plug-and-play M12 connectors can be used to help overcome common installation and environmental problems associated with conventional terminal chamber head transmitters - error sources for screw terminals, wiring mistakes and fluid ingress are eliminated. An integrated LED gives local indication that the transmitter is powered and transmitting.
The Lutron WBGT-2010SD heat stress meter measures indoor and outdoor wet bulb globe temperature (WBGT) values, black globe temperature, humidity, air temperature, wet bulb temperature and dew point and is designed for objective assessment of working conditions in extreme weather.
Balluff’s BFS 33M true-colour sensor can discriminate all shades and colours with high accuracy regardless of the object type. Even the slightest shades, smallest grey level differences or minimal changes to the surface properties are detected without effort.
The PI27 series pressure sensors have a high-grade 100% stainless steel housing that resists liquid ingress and is suitable for hygienic applications.
Vision systems can be used to virtually eliminate rework by making sure products are labelled and filled correctly, compliant and in-spec - straight off the production line. ROI will improve and lean manufacturing will be enabled as vision systems ensure that products are ‘shelf-ready’ as they exit the production line.
Machine vision is a branch of engineering that uses cameras in the context of process control. Images are collected and analysed and the data extracted used for controlling an automated process or action. When we refer to machine visions systems we are typically referring to smart cameras or vision sensors - devices that possess image capture capability, are able to extract information from captured images and make decisions that are used in wider automation systems.
Sensorex pHASE pH Electrodes have been designed for variable temperature operation process testing and provide fast, accurate and stable pH measurements even with large temperature changes.
Balluff has released the BPS series of pressure sensors with IP67 protection for use in gaseous and liquid media. The rugged devices feature a high-quality, long-term stable ceramic load cell, simple installation, high operating comfort and high precision. A large, bright and easily visible display ensures immediate status overview. This shows not only the current system pressure in bar, mbar, PSI and MPa, but also features fast and simple configuration of the sensors according to the VDMA standard, using two keys and intuitive menu guidance.
The Optima Group is an internationally active, mid-sized family company headquartered in Schwäbisch Hall, Germany. It offers industry oriented packaging and filling machines for the foods, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, air and water filters, cosmetics and non-wovens sectors.
The GE Panametrics PT878 ultrasonic liquid flow meter has been added to TechRentals’ extensive test and measurement rental fleet.
The testo 175 series consists of four compact data loggers for the measurement of temperature and humidity. The testo 176 series contains seven data loggers which are especially suited to applications in demanding surroundings.
The Dwyer Instruments Series GWL guided wave radar transmitter for liquids is a level transmitter providing an analog and switching output (4 to 20 mA as well as a NC SPST switch output) to provide continuous level indication of liquids.
Fluke’s 750 Series documenting process calibrators offer advanced instrument calibration in rugged environments.
The Series GWB Guided Wave Radar Transmitter for Solids is a level transmitter providing an analog and switching output (4 to 20 mA as well as an NC SPST switch output) to provide continuous level indication of powder bulk material.