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Smart Sensor Selection: Five Questions to Determine the Right Sensor for...

In the age of Industry 4.0 and increased automation via the industrial internet-of-things (IIOT), there are many choices and options available in choosing the...

A Concise Overview of Common Sensors Used in Automation

In today's increasingly wired world, sensors take center stage. There are many options when it comes to sensors. Here's an overview of some leading...

Key Component Considerations for Improved Machine Safety through Automation and Control

As factory automation evolves with Industry 4.0, advanced technology continues to introduce more accurate and innovative features, many of which are used to protect...

Body Surface Temperature Sensors

Traditional forms of external temperature measurements have advanced technology with the addition of sensors, increasing patient comfort, improving accuracy, and creating better tools for...

Sensor Connections: PNP versus NPN and Sourcing versus Sinking

Since so many typical industrial automation sensors operate at 24 Vdc, it is important to understand two of the main variations of these solid-state...

Sensor IO-Link Basics

Traditional sensors and actuators use basic hardwired connections, but IO-Link offers a way to extend functionality and take advantage of smart sensors without complicated...

What is a Proximity Sensor?

Proximity sensors are used for contactless detection of presence or absence, as well as the position, direction, velocity, and physical properties of objects. The...

About Ultrasonic Proximity Sensors

Applications Ultrasonic proximity sensors measure the distance of an object by measuring the time between emission and reception of a pulse of sound. Because ultrasonic sensors...

About Inductive Proximity Sensors

Applications In general, inductive proximity sensors are used any time you want to detect the presence of a metal in a particular location. The most common application...