Detecting and tracing objects
Detecting and tracing objects

Superior sensor solutions for laboratory automation

The sensors used in the automation of laboratories need to be proven reliable and high quality so that downtime is minimal and system performance is running at the highest efficiency. Balluff's experience and attention to detail, enables us to provide both standard and customized solutions tailored to meet these requirements.

Balluff offers the broadest portfolio of sensors in the automation market. Included in this portfolio, miniaturized MICROmote photoelectric sensors with separate amplifiers provide a preferred alternative to standard fiber optic sensors. Balluff's cutting edge technology in capacitive sensors can solve applications that until now were not attempted.

Application examples

  • Precisely detect specimen samples, racks, and microplates

    Multifunctional amplifier sensor package reliably detects specimen tubes

    The solution

    Balluff's MICROmote miniature photoelectric sensors employ external amplifiers to provide multiple functionalities including the ability to easily teach the sensor. This coupled with the wide variety of sensing heads means that specimen tubes are positively detected. These miniature sensor heads can reliably detect tubes regardless of material, transparency, full or empty. With sensing heads as small as 2mm in diameter they can be installed in very tight space limited areas and do not require the large bending radius of conventional fiber optics.

    The features

    • Precise switching points enables faster process times
    • Easy integration with multiple functionality
    • Remote mounted amplifiers allows for smaller machine footprints
    Life science, detecting and tracing objects, detecting samples, racks and microtiter plates
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  • Ensure carriers are present when needed

    Carriers are reliably detected regardless of material

    The solution

    Ensure that processes are not stopped because the carrier stack was depleted with Balluff's leading edge technology sensors. Balluff capacitive sensors and micro-optic MICROmote photoelectric sensors reliably monitor stack heights regardless of material, color, surface, or transparency. Capacitive sensors inherently detect any object regardless of material composition in close proximity. Micro-optic photoelectric sensors with miniature housings can be mounted in space limited areas. The remote amplifiers available for both sensing technologies allow for remote setup, multi-functionality, and visual feedback of what the sensor is seeing.

    The features

    • The right sensing technology for the application
    • Visual feedback for set-up and diagnostics
    • Miniature designs
    Life science, detecting and tracing objects, monitoring stack heights
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  • Authenticate that cassette racks are populated

    Edge detection of slides is accurately solved with miniature sensors

    The solution

    Differences in slide opacity and color greatly influence sensing reliability for standard sensors and fiber optics. Detecting slides in cassettes or racks is a challenge that Balluff's photoelectric sensors can easily solve. Either Balluff's unique fork sensor for transparent objects or MICROmote miniature photoelectric sensing heads can reliably detect slides from the edge. With Balluff's ability to accurately control the shape and beam angle, light conduction or stray light reflection do not inhibit reliable detection.

    The features

    • MICROmote sensing heads provide a better alternative to fiber optic sensors
    • Sensing beam angle and shape are designed for slide edge detection
    • Small-scale sensing heads provides more mounting solutions
    Life science, detecting and tracing objects, detecting sample carriers
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  • Identifying specimen samples and carriers

    Accurately reading and transferring data improves lab efficiency and prevents costly mistakes

    The solution

    Balluff's identification products, including barcode and RFID, ensure that the correct information is transferred fast and accurately. Accurate information improves the efficiency of laboratory processes by eliminating costly mistakes and needless material movement. Balluff's RFID leads the way in identification with the largest variety of frequency options to provide the best and most reliable solution. These systems also provide the greatest choices of tag and read/write head options to choose from as well as Balluff's ability to provide customized solutions.

    The features

    • Customizable customer data content on RFID tags
    • Wide variety of bar codes can be inspected
    • Fast and accurate for high efficiency
    Life science, detecting and tracing objects, identifying samples and racks
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