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Quality demands on manufacturers have been high for years, and the future will see those demands continue to rise. It is no longer good enough just to produce a high quality product. Expectations have climbed to a point where that high quality product also has to be delivered Just-in-Time (JIT), in the proper sequence (mainly for sub components), and provide a level of traceability that enables visibility to all stakeholders.There is no mistake - quality is an ongoing, fundamental part of any manufacturing process.
It means continuous improvement. It also means that quality is everyone’s responsibility, it’s not just one department or only done at the end of the process. Error proofing devices, referred to as Poka-Yoke devices, such as sensors, need to be integrated into the process with complete traceability throughout. Also, provisions have to be in place to quickly and easily add new Poka-Yoke devices and additional traceability as requirements evolve.
When working in automated food and beverage manufacturing segments like dairy, meat, filling and bottling, components that can survive in sanitary, hygienic and aseptic environments become necessary. Specifications for equipment look to reduce and remove areas for harboring bacteria. Poor survivability for automation components during washdown can become a major cause of downtime and lost production during changeovers and cleaning processes.
Balluff is utilized for manufacturing automation in four distinct applications inside a food and beverage facility: process automation, factory automation, flexible manufacturing and traceability.
When great forces and torque are to be generated, hydraulic systems are used. They enable compact design and, therefore, high power density. They are self-lubricating, robust and provide long-term stability.
With the suitable sensors, the hydraulic systems provide solutions for almost every application. From the super-fast control in flight simulators to the most heavy-duty applications underground or in tunnel construction.
Balluff sensors and position measurement systems are designed for this wide range of applications.
Whether individual applications or large-scale projects, durable and robust Balluff technology supports the maximum availability of systems and supports their long service life. Balluff sensors are optimized in our accredited in-house laboratory through Highly Accelerated Life Tests (HALT). While doing so, the products are already subject to extreme loads during development, possible weak points are removed and a robust product design is ensured. Through extremely durable products, Balluff offers first class quality for all areas of hydraulics:
Balluff works closely with suppliers of subsystems, plant engineers and research institutes to achieve this.
When looking for standard automation components, machine builders and manufacturers alike need them to be readily available at a competitive price. But as industry moves quickly and demands change, the time to buy can be short. When you need sensors for automation, you need them now. This collection of go-to products from our Global family ensures that you have quick access to innovative technology at a competitive price.
When the need is to increase productivity, network processes and conserve resources, efficient, intelligent and regulated drives with added or integrated sensors for feedback and position detection are the prerequisite.
Balluff offers a broad range of sensors and linear measurement systems using various technologies, all specially designed to meet the demands made on modern electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic drive systems. Users can choose from a wide spectrum for flexible use in any application. Custom tailored solutions can also be designed and assembled to meet your individual requirements.
Balluff technology has been designed in close cooperation with the manufacturers of electric drive technology. These products are precise, easy to install and simple to integrate in compact motors and actuators (electric drives). This in turn supports rapid startup and high power density.
The increasing miniaturization of assemblies demands the smallest possible yet still high-performance components. Balluff mini sensors meet these requirements. With small dimensions and top performance, they offer a great degree of freedom in design and make possible considerably more applications. With mini sensors, users have greater flexibility.
Miniature sensors are available from Balluff in all operating principles: as inductive, photoelectric, magnetic, capacitive and as ultrasonic sensors. Available for each sensor technology are compact inductive couplers, space-saving I/O modules and RFID in mini versions.
The extensive Balluff product line includes mini sensors and compact connection technology which are ideally suited for factory automation - especially for robotics, handling and production lines.
Particularly in robotics, on production lines or in handling applications, low weight is a key requirement for being able to achieve fast cycle times. Another advantage is the reduced space requirement, which increases flexibility in a tightly packed machine compartment. Balluff mini sensors guarantee high precision and reliability.
From stack lights to solenoid valves to proxes to measurement devices, a variety of inputs and outputs are required to make a production line run and flexibly operate. IP20 slice style I/O solutions require a collection of other products like terminals, circuit breakers and controls cabinets. By utilizing IO-Link, a machine can have dramatically reduced wiring, smaller electrical cabinets and provide diagnostics that allow for quick troubleshooting of I/O problems.
Think of a remote “slice” I/O solution. In a typical application, the communication head and the power supply sit on the left hand side and are followed along the backplane by the individual I/O devices, such as discrete 24V input cards or 0-10V analog cards. Usually there are a limited number of slots available in the backplane and individual slices of control components can be inserted.
In a similar fashion, a Distributed Modular I/O system with IO-Link has a communications head that talks over the desired industrial network on the left side and the right side acts as the backplane. Then each device is connected to the backplane with a sensor cable. With the ability to be installed within a 20 meter radius from the master, I/O devices can be easily distributed across the machine.
Traceability is the act of documenting every step in a process chain. It will record the history, location, or use of an item by means of automated identification. Manufacturers are facing ever increasing competitive pressure and legal requirements. The desire for visibility in the process, customer satisfaction, profits, and compliance are pushing many manufacturers to look at traceability as a long-term strategy. Manufacturers have discovered that implementing a traceability program is a proven method to meet their strategic goals.
Provided is an overview of the four general areas where a traceability program will provide significant return on investments. Identifying your area(s) will help shape the type of hardware and software required, as well as process changes, to accomplish your goals.
Poor sensor selection costs welders in every industry increased downtime, unnecessary maintenance, delayed delivery, and lost profits. Balluff presents a complete package of welding solutions that extends sensor life and increases productivity in the harshest welding environments.
Mechanical plug connections are rendered obsolete compared to inductive couplers because they transfer these signals without contact.
These products have been tested in the harshest welding environments and provide significant process and part quality improvement.
In most tool rooms, tool and die makers are spending the majority of their time fighting fires and repairing damaged tooling, such as: sheared punches, snapped pilots, bent strippers, cracked sections, and smashed stop blocks. Management demands for faster repairs to meet manufacturing schedules and idle welders puts added pressure on the tool room’s limited resources. Damaged tooling coming into the tool room is routinely blamed on a variety of issues like misfeeds, part out detection, and wiring damage.
With Die Protection, the goal is to identify an issue with enough time to stop the press before tooling damage can occur. Sensors are used to detect issues like short feed, over feed, slug stacking, or part ejection failure. In order to utilize the solutions presented in this guide, a press controller capable of accepting sensor inputs is required. Balluff is an experienced die protection partner for this industry and provides a wide range of technologies for die protection applications.
Micropulse linear position sensors provide accurate, precise hydraulic cylinder position feedback in hazardous location. Available in multiple form factors, and with worldwide hazardous area approvals, Micropulse rod style linear position sensors are used in demanding applications around the globe.
Each RFID frequency has its own set of benefits. While low frequency (LF) performs better in and around metal, high frequency (HF) yields the benefits of longer read ranges and a higher memory capacity on the tags. The BIS V is the best of both worlds. In addition to multiple frequencies, the BIS V contains an IO-Link master port that will allow the connection of sensors, actuators, and SmartLights. Combining multiple frequencies on one processor, maximizing data throughput, and allowing for expanded sensor connections, Balluff is continuing to help customers innovate the way they automate.
On top of being able to address a myriad of applications with one processor, the BIS V can communicate through all major control networks.
High-quality, reliable sensors with a variety of effective detection principles open up wide-ranging applications. The extensive selection of products provides solutions for your specific requirements.
Balluff technology has proven its ability in level detection in a wide assortment of industries, including pharmaceuticals, food and beverage, semiconductor technology, hydraulic systems, and machine tools.
SmartLight is the first programmable LED signal tower light. With a rich color spectrum, adjustable light intensity and the ability to program individual configurable segments, the Balluff SmartLight can display process status information - instantaneously. The mode of operation can be switched based on programmed conditions so that the single SmartLight can be used as a multi-function tower indicator.