Mechatronics Canada

May 12, 2022

 

MC Safety at an Attractive Price 1 400

Leuze is bringing to market the new ELC 100 safety light curtains, which can be used to reliably guard points of operation: The devices contribute to making machine designs cost effective and are easy to integrate and install.

Manufacturers and operating companies of machines and systems can now use new Leuze safety technology for contactless guarding of points of operation at an attractive price: The ELC 100 safety light curtains are suitable for applications with operating ranges of up to six meters and enable guarding with short safety distances.

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For a cost-effective machine design

With the new devices, Leuze offers optoelectronic safety technology for a cost-effective machine design. The robust ELC 100 safety light curtains focus on the key features. They can be used in various applications, for example, guarding machine openings where parts are fed in manually. Their high resolutions of 17 and 30 millimeters reliably detect fingers and hands. The protective field extends to the edge of the housing.

As a result, the devices can be mounted flush at the boundaries without any dead zones occurring. The cable outlet is specially constructed to enable flexible integration of the devices into the machine design. The cable can be oriented in any direction. The safety light curtains are also optimally designed for access guarding on machines and systems, since the protective fields are up to 1,500 millimeters in length. Thanks to their high shock resistance, the safety light curtains are also suitable for safeguarding points of operation on presses.

 

Easy to install, with no configuration

The simple mechanical and electrical design enables quick installation of the devices. The supports with swivel function can be easily mounted into the grooves of the ELC 100 safety light curtains. A practical feature is the multi-level alignment display, which can be used to quickly position the devices in the optimum alignment. The bright LEDs are highly visible right from the transmitter. If alignment is not required, for example, with short distances, the costs can be reduced even further with the sliding blocks included in the scope of delivery. Connection via the 4-pin cable is also particularly easy. No configuration is required.

The design of the ELC 100 safety light curtains ensures reliable operation. The housings are made entirely of metal. The raised side walls protect the front screen. Thanks to intelligent beam evaluation with object tracking, the devices operate reliably without switching off, even in demanding environments with chips or sparks. The devices are also particularly resistant to shocks and vibrations.

 

To learn more about the ELC 100 Safety Light Curtains from Lueze, click here

 

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MC PepperlFuchs Monitoring Condition of Plants w Vibration Sensors 3a 400

To enable long-term monitoring of vibrations, Pepperl+Fuchs recently launched a new portfolio of vibration sensors. You can find out what distinguishes these products in the following blog article. Using a wind turbine as an application example, we will also show you how you can use vibration and acceleration sensors in combination to keep an eye on both long-term and short-term changes in vibration.

The portfolio of vibration sensors

Pepperl+Fuchs has recently started offering a range of vibration sensors to perform reliable measurements of vibration velocity and acceleration in low or high frequency ranges. Compared to similar products, Pepperl+Fuchs’ vibration sensors have approvals up to SIL 2, a large measuring range of up to 128 mm/s, and automatic condition detection for ball bearings. Due to their robust housing and encapsulated electronics, the sensors impress with maintenance-free operation and a particularly long service life.

The three designs in the portfolio are available with different certifications and approvals. In this way, you can find the right vibration sensor for every application:

  • VIM3 series: The compact VIM3 series is suitable for applications up to SIL 1/PL c, and has output options for analog or IO-Link.
  • VIM6 series: The VIM6 series is approved for hazardous areas up to Zone 1/21. With an extended temperature operating range of -40°C … +125 °C, the sensors are ideal for high-temperature areas.
  • VIM8 series: Due to a particularly robust housing made of duplex steel, the vibration sensors of the VIM8 series are designed for use in offshore applications as well as in harsh and hazardous areas of Zone 1/21. Moreover, the sensors have an approval up to SIL 2/PL d.

 

Vibration sensors vs. acceleration sensors

Not only vibration sensors, but also acceleration sensors from Pepperl+Fuchs are used to measure changes in vibration: Both record the vibration acceleration in g. Nevertheless, the sensors differ in their technical operating principle and are therefore each suitable for different applications.

 

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