Which Positioning Sensor Is Right for My Application?

Feb. 3, 2015
How to make sense of the many options available for ensuring accuracy

Our metal stamping machines need to be able to run a variety of parts through the press. Any errors in the coil-change process can be costly. The manual changeover itself is time-consuming, but a damaged press means expensive repairs and lost production. We need continuous position sensing, but our machines typically operate in harsh environments, and sometimes vibration and magnetic fields can be an issue. There are so many potential positioning-sensor solutions. What’s the difference? Any advice on where to start?

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About the Author

Mike Bacidore | Editor in Chief

Mike Bacidore is chief editor of Control Design and has been an integral part of the Endeavor Business Media editorial team since 2007. Previously, he was editorial director at Hughes Communications and a portfolio manager of the human resources and labor law areas at Wolters Kluwer. Bacidore holds a BA from the University of Illinois and an MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. He is an award-winning columnist, earning multiple regional and national awards from the American Society of Business Publication Editors. He may be reached at [email protected] 

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