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Sick recommends understanding the application and customer requirements thoroughly. This approach will evolve without providing additional effort to the customer while providing increased productivity, efficiency with fewer failures, fewer part numbers and lower cost.
Sick has designed a custom ASIC-based inductive proximity sensor called IME. The IME products are programmed in the factory and locked at the last step of our production line. As a result, we eliminate the production tolerances, which increase the performance of the inductive proximity sensor. We can standardize sensors based on customer’s specified parameters and ship the programmed and tested sensors.
Standardization is basically choosing same barrel type sensors and using the same part numbers while avoiding unnecessary variations such as using NPN and PNP output sensors on the same application. Sick can program the IME sensor to customers’ requirements. Sick’s value-add process addresses the performance improvement for the machine while removing the burden from the customer to program and fine tune their own sensors.
Once IO-Link is a more accepted communication protocol, the sensing nodes in the automation system can be programmed and monitored based on where they are installed. IO-Link can provide the optimal solution of all the benefits of performance improvement with fine tuning, inventory and cost reduction and also monitoring functionality. IO-link offers bi-directional point-to-point communication with standard sensor/ actuator cable, bi-directional serial communication of process and service data, such as switching status, sensing range, contamination level and hysteresis. A quick benefit summary of IO-Link is:
Industrial Sensors Product Manager
I'm convinced that there's value to us using fiberoptic cabling for some of our long and noisy control signal connections between machine trains. But we have a degree of regular, routine reconfiguration of the machines that means making, breaking and changing control and signal wiring configurations. It looks like it's too hard, or is too much of an art, to dependably make these fiberoptic cable and connector connections ourselves, and we'd be forced to go outside for it each time. Advice please.
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