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Industry 4.0
25 Sep 2017

Why Manufacturers Must Embrace Industry 4.0

Data-driven insights reduce manufacturing downtime.
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22 Sep 2017

Ready for takeoff to Industry 4.0

Tool coding using radio-frequency identification (RFID) has been used successfully since long before Industry 4.0. Premium AEROTEC, one of the world’s leading Tier 1 suppliers for...
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04 May 2017

Balluff manufacturing round table hosts Kentucky Governor, local manufacturers

Balluff hosted a manufacturing roundtable event at its Independence, Kentucky location. This event included more than 20 Kentucky manufacturers, government officials such as...
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07 Apr 2017

Balluff: Functional safety solution

Balluff Inc. announces the industry\'s first and unique functional safety solution that combines PROFIsafe, an industry standard safety communication protocol, with IO-Link, a...
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29 Mar 2017

Keeping error-proofing sensors working in harsh welding environments

Problems related to sensored error-proofing systems encountered during automated welding usually can be attributed to weld spatter, connectivity damage, heat, electrical noise, or...
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01 Mar 2017

In-Die Sensing: Do it Now!

Improper feeding of sheet or strip into press tooling, improper part ejection from the press, slugs gumming up the press and dies. Has this ever happened to you?
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24 Feb 2017

Balluff introduces safety solution combining PROFIsafe with IO-Link

When used in conjunction with a PROFIsafe controller, the PROFIsafe IO-Link safety I/O hub can achieve Safety Integrity Level (SIL) CL 3 according to EN/IEC 62061 or Safety...
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24 Jan 2017

Compact bidirectional data memory module

Balluff offers a compact, bidirectional data memory module for tight mounting spaces. The compact memory module with IP 67 protection is just 34 x 16 x 8 mm in size and can be used...
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24 Jan 2017

Machine Mount IO-Link Mini-Masters for Industrial Ethernet

Balluff’s new 4-port slim design IO-Link masters can connect a multitude of smart devices over IO-Link to build a truly distributed machine mount controls architecture for today’s...
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22 Dec 2016

Enabling CC-Link IE communication using general-purpose 100Mbps Ethernet

The CC-Link Partner Association, working to expand the adoption of the industrial open network CC-Link IE, has announced the launch of CC-Link IE Field Basic.
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12 Dec 2016

Washdown-ready distributed I/O

<p>With an IP69K rating, machine mount IO-Link master and I/O blocks are ready for food, dairy and beverage.</p>
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14 Nov 2016

Balluff: Explosion proof linear position sensor

Balluff\'s Micropulse TA12 hazardous area linear position sensor is now available with new features and improved performance, while maintaining 100% backward compatibility to the...
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14 Nov 2016

Balluff: Explosion proof linear position sensor

Balluff\'s Micropulse TA12 hazardous area linear position sensor is now available with new features and improved performance, while maintaining 100% backward compatibility to the...
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14 Nov 2016

Balluff certified for ISO 9001:2015

Florence, Ky.-based Balluff, a provider of sensors, machine vision, industrial RFID, and distributed I/O for such industries and stamping and welding, has announced its...
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07 Nov 2016

What’s New With Machine Vision Systems

New technology is making vision systems faster, more reliable and easier to use.
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12 Oct 2016

Balluff Open House a fun celebration

On October 12, 2016, Balluff Canada held an Open House at its Mississauga facility to celebrate 18 years as a subsidiary of Balluf Inc.
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11 Oct 2016

Balluff hosts Manufacturing Day Event with over 200 students and community members

Balluff hosted its second annual Manufacturing Day event on October 7. Over 200 students and local community members attended the event to learn more about modern manufacturing and...
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10 Oct 2016

The smart factory of the future

What will Industry 4.0 and Internet of Things actually do for metal fabricators?
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10 Oct 2016

Balluff hosts Manufacturing Day Event with over 200 students and community members

Balluff hosted its second annual Manufacturing Day event on October 7. Over 200 students and local community members attended the event to learn more about modern manufacturing and...
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01 Oct 2016

Bi-Directional Inductive Coupler Powered by IO-Link

Balluff announces the expansion of its IO-Link enabled inductive-coupling product family to include bi-directional IO-Link communication.
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30 Sep 2016

Partnering for Best-in-Class Sensing Solutions

To overcome the limitations, Balluff Inc. partnered with InformaTrac, Inc. Together, the two companies can provide a complete RFID and Asset Management Solution.
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29 Sep 2016

Balluff: Stainless steel fork sensors

Balluff\'s rugged self-contained through-beam sensors are designed for challenging environments in the food and beverage, packaging, metalworking, and pharmaceutical industries.
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01 Sep 2016

Fork sensor series for harsh environments

Balluff’s F series of fork sensors includes IP69K rated stainless steel self-contained through-beam sensors designed for the most challenging environments such as the food and...
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31 Aug 2016

Position-Sensing Options for Air Cylinders

Choosing a position feedback solution for air cylinders presents a challenge because the best solution should surpass the speed and life of the cylinder itself.
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26 Aug 2016

New IP69K Rated Stainless Steel Fork Sensors from Balluff

Balluff’s newest addition to the industry’s leading line of fork sensors now includes IP69K rated stainless steel self-contained through-beam sensors designed for the most...
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11 Aug 2016

NKY Chamber’s Eggs ‘N Issues ‘Made in Northern Kentucky’ focuses on sustainability, workforce

Environmental sustainability and workforce development were hot topics at the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Eggs ‘N Issues “Made in Northern Kentucky” panel discussion...
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07 Aug 2016

CC-Link IE Field Machine Mount I/O blocks

Balluff\'s CC-Link IE network portfolio consists of machine mount I/O devices and IO-Link masters.
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29 Jul 2016

Improving The Reliability of Hydraulic Cylinder Position Sensors

Today\'s highly demanding industrial applications for linear position sensors in hydraulic cylinders sometimes exceed the limits of survivability for standard product designs.
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12 Jul 2016

Balluff introduces industrys first CC-Link IE Field machine mount I/O blocks

Balluff is pleased to announce the new family of network solutions based on the Industry\'s newest and fastest industrial Ethernet network – CC-Link IE Field.
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02 Jul 2016

Network portfolio for industrial automation

Balluff\'s CC-Link IE field is a 1GBPS network designed for industrial automation applications and the network portfolio consists of IP67 protection rated machine mount I/O devices...
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30 Jun 2016

Sensor Choices for Pneumatic Cylinder Positioning

Pneumatic cylinders carry many advantages in terms of relatively low first cost, application simplicity, and durability. To integrate a pneumatic cylinder into an automated system,...
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15 Jun 2016

Balluff Receives 2016 Employee Development Award From Gateway Corporate College

Balluff was recently named a 2016 Corporate College Award Winner by Gateway Corporate College.
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03 Jun 2016

Balluff receives 2016 Employee Development Award

Balluff was recently named a 2016 Corporate College Award Winner by Gateway Corporate College.
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20 May 2016

Linear position sensors help cylinders control air and fuel in blast furnaces and power plants

A popular application for linear position sensors is hydraulic cylinder position feedback for valve actuators. The position sensor is installed into the back end of the cylinder.
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18 May 2016

Explosion-proof linear position sensor

Balluff\'s Micropulse TA12 hazardous area linear position sensor is designed for position feedback applications on hydraulically-actuated valves and in hydraulic cylinders located...
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15 May 2016

Hazardous area explosion proof linear position sensor

Balluff’s Micropulse TA12 hazardous area linear position sensor is now available with new features and improved performance, while maintaining 100% backward compatibility to the...
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13 May 2016

Hazardous Area Explosion Proof Linear Position Sensor from Balluff

Balluff\'s Micropulse TA12 hazardous area linear position sensor is now available with new features and improved performance, while maintaining 100% backward compatibility to the...
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12 May 2016

How distributed I/O can work on packaging lines

Alternatives to running servo power and feedback cables, as well as wiring to sensors and solenoids.
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02 May 2016

Background suppressing sensors

Background suppression sensors are becoming more popular because of their ability to ignore backgrounds, thus preventing false triggering.
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27 Apr 2016

Balluff ranked one of the best places to work in Kentucky

Balluff Inc. has been recognized as the thirteenth Best Place to Work in Kentucky by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management...
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22 Apr 2016

Automation-In-Action college tour

The Balluff Automation-In-Action demo van visited seven universities and colleges in five days during the week of April 11th 2016.
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19 Apr 2016

Balluff: Bi-directional inductive coupler

Balluff has expanded its IO-Link enabled Inductive coupling product family to include bi-directional IO-Link communication; the inductive coupling solution enables transfer of...
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12 Apr 2016

Balluff: 16 Port IO-Link Master with PROFINET

Scalable, distributed controls architecture for high I/O density applications.
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05 Apr 2016

Balluff: Capacitive sensors

The newest member of Balluff’s line of capacitive sensors is the Advanced Smartlevel, combining standard capacitive sensing technology and patented Smartlevel technology, and...
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23 Mar 2016

Network I/O Blocks

Balluff\'s network I/O Weldblocks are optimized for extremely noisy electrical environments, such as welding.
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15 Mar 2016

Balluff: Tube sensors for microbubble detection

The Balluff microbubble detection sensor is used in special cases where free-floating, microbubbles need to be detected within a tube.
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08 Mar 2016

How To Control Delicate Parts in Feeder Bowls

There are two main sensing applications for controlling delicate parts in feeder bowls: Accurate Bowl Level and Feed Track Detection.
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01 Mar 2016

Network I/O Weldblocks

Balluff, Florence, KY has introduced a new family of network I/O blocks optimized for extremely noisy electrical environments, such as those created by welding.
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23 Feb 2016

New IO-Link Power Supplies From Balluff

Power supplies are key components in automation but can easily be overlooked or last on the agenda.
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22 Feb 2016

New advanced level sensor

Balluff’s newest member is the Advanced SMARTLEVEL. This sensor combines standard capacitive sensing technology and the patented SMARTLEVEL technology enabling the ability to sense...
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17 Feb 2016

New network I/O Weldblocks from Balluff

Balluff is pleased to announce an entire new family of network I/O blocks optimized for extremely noisy electrical environments, such as welding.
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13 Feb 2016

New Advanced Level Sensor from Balluff

Balluff’s state-of-the-art, industry leading line of capacitive sensors newest member is the Advanced SMARTLEVEL.
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01 Feb 2016

Networked LED tower lights indicate machine and process status

Balluff Inc., Florence, KY, has expanded its SmartLight line of LED tower lights, fully programmable multi-purpose lights that indicate the status of virtually any plant operation.
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15 Oct 2015

Students today, engineers tomorrow: Our future lies in their education

Davis’ quote applies to many industries besides fluid power. There needs to be a push toward hands-on project-based learning across all fields.
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06 Oct 2015

Balluff hosts Manufacturing Day event for students and community

In celebration of Manufacturing Day 2015, Balluff opened its doors on Oct. 2 to more than 100 students and community members as part of an effort to change perceptions about...
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19 Aug 2015

Why applications need a full spectrum of color sensors

How to choose microprocessor-equipped sensors, monochrome sensors, contrast sensors and fast color sensors.
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17 Jul 2015

Meeting the requirements of Industry 4.0

Achieving smarter factories and reaching the goals set by the Industry 4.0 initiative can be helped by what CC-Link IE has to offer, as Control Engineering Europe editor-in-chief...
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17 Jun 2015

The impact of wireless technology on presence sensors with robots

Has there been an impact? We posed the question to a panel of industry veterans.
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17 Jun 2015

The role of presence sensing in collaborative robot applications

What should we expect from presence sensing with the increase in collaborative robot applications—where humans and robots work in the same space?
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16 Jun 2015

FAQs on What type of cylinder stroke sensor do I need?

There are lots of products out there for sensing the stroke position of a hydraulic cylinder. How do I know which one to use? What’s the difference? Aren’t these the same thing?
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04 Jun 2015

Machine builder masters assembly line uptime, flexibility

Made by Balluff Inc., the distributor is fieldbus independent and vendor neutral. It carries a digital signal over pin 4 of a standard cable and provides 24-volt power to a...
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13 May 2015

Today’s Versatile Transducers Step Up Performance

Mechanical pressure gauges and switches still have their place in fluid power, but with more features and greater accuracy and life, transducers are being specified in a wide...
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11 May 2015

Balluff appoints new president/CEO

Sensor provider Balluff Inc., Florence, Ky., has appointed Tony Canonaco as president effective immediately and as CEO effective Aug 1st.
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04 May 2015

How sensors enable information-based decisions

Optimize production, eliminate manual intervention and incorporate quality checks.
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15 Apr 2015

Is wireless I/O up to the challenge?

Technology improvements create a valid alternative to hardwired connections.
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12 Apr 2015

The rise of robots and the enabling sensing technology

The increase in robotic integration may be due to affordability and easier programming, but sensors collect the information they need to be productive.
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20 Mar 2015

What does your sensing application require?

Because accuracy and precision come at a price, you need to understand just how accurate and how precise a system needs to be.
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20 Mar 2015

Machine-Mount I/O for Harsh Environments

Reducing the distance between I/O devices and the signals being monitored can eliminate the cost, inconvenience and possible error sources associated with long wire runs.
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08 Jan 2015

Push-pull IO modules with Profinet

Balluff\'s push-pull variants of its Profinet IO-Link master modules are available with a fiber-optic cable or copper cable connection and an integrated display for information and...
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01 Nov 2014

Balluff opens new customer support center, complete with green concepts

A new 48,000-sq.-ft. facility in Florence, KY, is now the home of the Balluff customer-support center, featuring green concepts and worker-friendly features such as collaborative...
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20 Aug 2014

Educational program to promote STEM and healthy lifestyle

The TECHFIT workshop is designed for increasing students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and is offered at Purdue University and the College of...
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01 Jul 2014

Advanced in Die Protection and In-Die Sensing

Let’s look at some new developments, and revisit some old ideas, for addressing the issues of increased productivity and protecting tooling in metalforming and fabrication.
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25 Apr 2014

Vision sensor

The BVS Universal Vision Sensor offers 360° part-position detection, defect finding, contour-based counting and matching, bar-code reading, and optical character verification...
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25 Nov 2013

High-durability electrical cables

A new line of high-durability cables helps prevent downtime and replacement for washdown, temperature, and weld-slag situations.
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20 May 2013

Inclination sensors

New liquid-based inclination sensors, for critical applications involving precise position control and continuous positioning of rotational movements, measure the deviation on a...
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01 Mar 2010

Magnetostrictive Position Sensor Increases Sawmill Productivity

The Wood-Mizer line of portable sawmills provides independent woodlot operators with a reliable, efficient means of converting logs into lumber at rates ranging from 100 to 800...
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