Latest Production Tech: Balluff Inductive Flatpack Sensors, OES Gimbal Mount & More
Vincent Charbonneau posted on July 12, 2018 |
New products from Alliance Sensors Group, Balluff, Mobile Industrial Robots, Optimal Engineering Sys...

ASG Industrial AC-LVDTs

LA-20.6 Series of Industrial AC-LVDTs. (Image courtesy of Alliance Sensors Group.)
LA-20.6 Series of Industrial AC-LVDTs. (Image courtesy of Alliance Sensors Group.)

Alliance Sensors Group (ASG) has expanded its linear position sensor line with the LA-20.6 series of industrial AC-LVDTs (Linear Variable Differential Transformers). These linear sensors are contactless inductive devices designed for industrial and commercial users and OEM applications in the factory automation, general industrial, test and measurement fields.

LA-20.6 series industrial AC-LVDTs operate from a nominal 3 Vrms, 2.5 – 3.3 kHz excitation source. They are packaged in a 20.6 mm OD SS housing with 12-inch leads, and are offered with either a metric or unified threaded 6.4 mm diameter core that works in an 8 mm ID bore.

For more information, visit ASG’s website.

Balluff Inductive Flatpack Sensors

BES R01 Inductive Flatpack Sensors. (Image courtesy of Balluff.)
BES R01 Inductive Flatpack Sensors. (Image courtesy of Balluff.)

Balluff has announced a series of inductive flatpack sensors with an active sensing surface made from Fortron, a polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) material. These BES R01 flatpack sensors are designed to help combat the harsh conditions found in welding environments.

Typical plastic sensing face materials suffer from erosion and degradation due to repeated impingement of hot weld spatter. The closer the sensor is placed to the welding electrode, the shorter the sensor’s life expectancy. The Fortron PPS sensing face on Balluff’s flatpack sensors effectively resists thermal breakdown in hostile welding environments.

For more information, visit Balluff’s website.

MIR Autonomous Mobile Robot

MiR500 autonomous mobile robot. (Image courtesy of Mobile Industrial Robots.)
MiR500 autonomous mobile robot. (Image courtesy of Mobile Industrial Robots.)

Mobile Industrial Robots (MIR) has introduced the MiR500 autonomous mobile robot (AMR). The robot has a lifting capacity of 500 kg and can automatically collect, transport and deliver pallets with speeds of nearly 4.5 mph. The MiR500 joins the MiR100 and MiR200 to form a fleet of MiR robots for both heavy and light transport that can optimize logistics throughout the entire production chain, from the warehouse to the delivery of goods.

The MiR500 incorporates the same safety features as the rest of the MiR product line, allowing it to navigate around people and obstacles with all of the stringent safety standards required for TÜV certification. The robot can also recognize obstacles in a 360° radius, allowing the robot to navigate autonomously via the most efficient route to its destination.

For more information, visit MIR’s website.

OES Three-axis Gimbal Mount

AU300-AER Three-axis Gimbal Mount. (Image courtesy of Optimal Engineering Systems.)
AU300-AER Three-axis Gimbal Mount. (Image courtesy of Optimal Engineering Systems.)

Optimal Engineering Systems (OES) has unveiled the AU300-AER three-axis Gimbal Mount, which features full 360° rotation of each axis. This three-axis gimbal mount handles loads of up to 10kg and has a clearance of 300 mm x 300 mm around the roll axis stage.

The Azimuth stage rotary table is mounted on a large 360 mm x 360 mm x 13 mm plate with handles and has predrilled accessible mounting holes for integration into new or existing applications, and for increased stability.The AU300-AER is designed for mounting cameras, optics, lasers and instrumentation for scanning, tracking, positioning, pointing, and other applications.

For more information, visit OES’ website.

Rockwell Automation I/O Platform

Allen-Bradley FLEX 5000 I/O Platform. (Image courtesy of Rockwell Automation.)
Allen-Bradley FLEX 5000 I/O Platform. (Image courtesy of Rockwell Automation.)

Rockwell Automation has released its Allen-Bradley FLEX 5000 I/O platform, intended to create more efficient and productive industrial control systems.The platform’s connectivity and bandwidth deliver data back to the controller. This helps future-proof control systems for a Connected Enterprise. It is built on a 1 Gigabit architecture with communications supporting Device Level Ring (DLR) linear and star topologies. A future release will support Parallel Redundancy Protocol (PRP) for a redundant network topology.

Both OEMs and process operations can also use the FLEX 5000 I/O modules. The architecture includes vertical and horizontal mounting as well as copper and fiber media options. Hardware requirements can be minimized during installation because the modules are designed to operate in extreme environments (40°C to 70°C operating temperatures).

For more information, visit Rockwell Automation’s website.

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