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Walk through the Balluff Demo Van to see the latest automation solutions

The van is currently equipped with demonstrations of a wide variety of sensor, networking and identification technologies covering many industries and applications.


Demo Van Schedule

  • April: Midwest Region
  • May: Midwest Region
  • June - July: Central Region
  • August - September: Northeast Region
  • September: Canada
  • October - November: Southeast Region

*All dates and locations are subject to change

Current Demonstrations:

  • Error Proofing

    Poka-Yoke Applications & Solutions

    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.

    Error Proofing
  • Safety over IO-Link

    Balluff Smart Safety

    Safety is an integral part of automation. The same quality and precision that Balluff is known for in the automation world is now extended to safety with innovative products and solution offerings. Balluff’s growing safety portfolio is focused on minimizing risks to humans while adding innovation to the way safety is integrated in the workcell.

    To increase the efficiency of safety concepts and integrate them into the control system, we have developed a safe I/O module: the Balluff Safety Hub, the first integrated safety solution via IO-Link. Safety over IO-Link combines automation and safety technology and is easy to integrate, responds quickly, and can replace the control cabinet. IO-Link handles communication down to the most remote sensor and provides both sensor/actuator details as well as secure information.

    Standardization of the topology and safety components means you can easily and quickly adapt your application to changing requirements at any time. It is extremely flexible, and Balluff can meet the safety + automation needs of a wide range of industries and applications, including: Automotive/Mobility, Packaging, Food & Beverage, Machine Tool/Metal Working, General Factory Automation and many more.

    State-of-the-art technology, with Balluff quality and all from a single source.

  • Hydraulics & Pneumatics

    Continuous & End-of-Stroke Position Sensing

    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:

    • Products for position sensing and end position detection in hydraulic cylinders and valves
    • Capacitive sensors for monitoring liquids
    • Pressure sensors for monitoring the hydraulic circuit
    • Network and connection technology for industrial communication
    • Worldwide location with technical consulting, sales, after-sales service and spare parts supply

    Balluff works closely with suppliers of subsystems, plant engineers and research institutes to achieve this.

  • Precision Sensing

    Accurate, Miniaturized Sensing Solutions

    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.

    Precision Sensing
  • Welding Automation

    Monitoring conditions in welding applications

    Balluff’s total welding solutions combat high temperatures, weld spatter, debris, and impact. In these applications, broken sensors, cables or brackets can cause increased downtime, unnecessary maintenance, delayed delivery and lost profit. Balluff presents a complete package of solutions that extends sensor life and increases productivity in the harshest of environments.

    • High functional reliability thanks to robust steel housing
    • Extremely long service life thanks to weld spatter resistant coatings
    • Ideally suited for applications with changing objects (steel, aluminum, brass, copper)
    • Compact form factors for easy installation and integration
  • MetalWorking

    Solutions in Harsh Environments

    The production of steel is highly complex and is carried out using high temperature, shock and vibration under the most difficult conditions.This places high demands on producers and mechanical engineers. They must guarantee a reliable process with best quality management. A fundamental prerequisite for this is the top quality of systems and machines. This calls for the best technology.

    For all types of steel production, Balluff provides first-class sensors and systems with a suitable and up-to-date connectivity product line. Developed for rough environments, they are resistant to high temperature, shock and vibration as well as extremely robust and reliable. Thanks to their excellent technology, they are also ideal for producing other high-quality metals.

    Thus Balluff technology ensures greatest system availability and provides consistent use of machine performance. In the coke plant, at the blast furnace, in hot and cold rolling or during surface treatment. Balluff products are internationally approved and available worldwide.

    Do you have downtime or shortened sensor life due to any of these issues?

    • Caustic chemicals or fluid ingress
    • High temperature environments
    • High shock and vibration environments
    • Damage from physical contact
    • Resistant to dirt
    • Available space
  • System Architecture

    IO-Link as a basis for continuous process improvement

    Every manufacturing process is designed to serve a specific purpose. The actual scope of its performance, however, only reveals itself after a certain period of time. For poka-yoke, it is important whether the system can be expanded easily and updates are cost-effective. Therefore, a suitable network architecture must be selected during the design and planning phase that meets such requirements.

    Balluff provides the network and system technology utilizing of the open standard IO-Link. The distributed modular expandable technology seamlessly integrates additional devices as required. It guarantees the implementation of error prevention and traceability solutions, such as with RFID.

    IO-Link can be implemented in all common control platforms such as Ethernet/IP, Profinet, etc.

  • RFID for Traceability

    Asset Tracking, e-Kanban, Logistics, Work-In-Process

    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.

    Traceabilty Implementation Areas:

    Asset Tracking
    • Eliminate asset losses
    • Increase asset productivity and maximize uptime
    • Manage maintenance and/or calibration data
    E-Kanban Process
    • Maintain tight control of in-process inventory levels
    • Implement Just-in-Time inventory flow with outside vendors
    • Automatic replenishment of line parts
    • Reduce time and potential errors when receiving components
    • Maintain high level of visibility and traceability from sub suppliers to finish product
    • Maintain regulatory compliance
    Work-in-Process (WIP) Training
    • Enable flexible manufacturing
    • Track the rework process
    • Effectively handle product recalls
  • Level Detection

    Point Level & Level Measurement Solutions

    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

    The future of stack light and process visualization

    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.

    Stack Light Mode

    • 1 - 5 segments
    • Programmable customizable colors for each segment
    • Blinking mode with programmable frequency

    Level Mode

    • Individual LEDs light up to display level
    • Level input mapped directly to SmartLight
    • Programmable customizable colors for level indication

    Run Light Mode

    • Complete module displays the running light effect
    • Programmable colors of running segment and background
    • Programmable speed for running segment