RFID Sensor –the SICK RFU61x, Big Ability in a Small Package

What is RFID Technology?

RFID, or Radio Frequency Identification, is a method of transferring information between two entities, these being an RFID tag that carries information and a RFID scanner or reader to decode that data. Using electromagnetic field technology, when an item adorned with an RFID tag passes a suitable scanner that information is captured, extracted, and acted upon, or not, by the control system that is interpreting the data.

RFID tags and readers do not need a line of sight to function, they merely need to pass within the detecting range of each other. RFID Sensor tags can be found in many applications, such as attached to clothing in a store, under the skin to identify pet ownership, in a car key fob or in production operations, monitoring the progress of a product through each stage of manufacture, all of them containing data that is accessible by a suitable reader.

RFID technology exists in many forms and for many purposes and SICK, world-renowned manufacturers of sensors and sensing solutions are no strangers to RFID technology, here we preview the RFU61x UHF RFID Sensor.

The RFU61x UHF RFID Sensor, Small and Powerful

The RFU61x RFID Sensor from SICK, is one of the smallest read/write device of its type on the market, ideally suited for IIoT applications involving the identification of production workpieces or components.

RFID Sensor SICK RFU61x

The diminutive stature of this RFID Sensor enables versatile application possibilities even in the most limited installation spaces, and the rugged design provides reliable operation even in demanding industrial environments.

Installation is quick and easy thanks to the integrated process logic which means data gathered by the sensor can be processed directly within the device itself, performing triggering, reading, and writing which is passed onto the control system for interpretation.

Easy to connect, the RFU61x has a wide range of interface options allowing for the direct connection of trigger sensors meaning this capable RFID Sensor can be used as a remote, self-supporting unit.

 

The RFU61x UHF RFID Sensor – Packed with Features:

  • Extremely compact design, ideal for demanding environments
  • Frequency band UHF 860 – 960 MHz (region specific)
  • Read range up to 0.5 metres (depending on transponder and ambient conditions)
  • Connection option for trigger sensors
  • Connectivity – Ethernet (TCP/IP, PoE, OPC UA), Profinet, EtherNet/IP, USB
  • Link option to PC control systems or directly to the cloud
  • Antenna and data processing integrated in the sensor
  • Configuration via SOPAS ET and/or AppSpace Software or integrated web server
  • Rugged design in accordance with IP67
  • Large range of differing region-specific radio approval versions available

RFID Sensor SICK RFU61x

Configuration and set-up can be simplified further by using the free-to-download SICK SOPAS ET software or the integrated web server which helps reduce commissioning time. The versatile SICK APPSpace software (available via a monthly licence), which can also be used with other SICK Radio Frequency Units (RFU), helps provide users with maximum flexibility when programming. The RFU61X is available in a range of radio approval variants to cater for the individual broadcasting demands of specific countries and regions.

 

Typical Fields of Application

  • Component identification on assembly lines
  • Identification of production material in machines
  • Load identification on mobile platforms
  • Material procurement in E-Kanban
  • Container identification in conveyor systems

 

RFID Sensor Technical Data

  • Supply voltage 18 to 30 VDC
  • RFID standard EPCglobal UHF Class 1 Generation 2, ISO/IEC 18000-6 C
  • Modulation – PR-ASK, Read range ≤ 0.5 m
  • Integrated antenna, adjustable transmitting power, circular polarisation
  • Housing construction – die cast aluminium
  • Dimensions (L x W x H) 92 mm x 80 mm x 38 mm
  • Optical indicators 4 LEDs, multi-colour (device status), 4 RGB LED (Process feedback)
  • Memory card type – microSD (for parameter cloning, data storage)
  • Protection class III
  • Weight 313 g

RFID Sensor SICK RFU61x

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DST20 Strain Sensors from Baumer, Measuring Heavy Strains in Miniature

What is Mechanical Strain?

Mechanical strain is the relative change in the length of a component or a structure when a stress is applied. Strain can be from the results of external forces, mechanical strain and from the effects of thermal expansion or contraction experienced during temperature changes. The indirect force measurement taken by strain sensors determines the mechanical strain experienced by the component or structure being monitored.

Strain sensors come in a wide variety of variants including wire strain gauges, bolt strain gauges, shear strain gauges, columnar strain gauges and many more besides. Where the application has a restriction of available real estate, but the potential strain could be large you will need a dependable, miniature strain gauge with the capacity to do the job well, enter the Baumer DST20 Miniature Strain Sensors.

Strain Sensing

The DST20 Miniature Strain Sensors are a compact and cost-efficient solution for measuring large forces above 10,000 N, even in areas with restricted space. A diminutive 28 x 12 x 10 mm in size, these capable miniature strain sensors provide space saving and reliability that is unmatched by any other screw-on strain sensor on the market.

With stainless-steel housings and an IP65 protection rating these strain sensors are ideally suited for use in a wide range of demanding production environments and applications, including static and dynamic applications, process automation and mechanical engineering sensing tasks.

Static and Dynamic Loads

Easy to install, the DST20 strain sensors can be integrated into an application with the minimum of engineering effort and provide a lasting solution that can replace cold bonded strain gauges in space restricted installations. The compact DST20 miniature strain sensors are suitable for static as well as dynamic applications with strain gauge technology that features a strain gauge and a strain body. The soft geometry on the inside of the sensor minimises hardening of the structure being measured and even thin structures can be monitored because of the limited reaction forces on the mounting screws.

Strain Sensors

The strain of these sensors is typically measured with an output signal of around 1.0 mV/V when they leave the factory, this eliminates the need for calibration with a separate force sensor. This allows Installation Engineers to benefit from a quick and easy commissioning coupled with a high measurement accuracy in the micrometre range.

Versatile Sensing

These versatile sensors are available in two measurement ranges – 500 and 1,000 µm/m, for different customer requirements in terms of the expected strains and permitted mechanical tension depending on the steel quality. A single sensor can be used to cover a wide range of applications, allowing customers to reduce costs and reduce the need for additional storage space.

With the DST20 strain sensor range Baumer has rounded off its strong portfolio of force and strain sensors so customers can optimise their process safety and quality where the smallest dimensions matter.

Get all your Baumer Strain Sensors from Kempston Controls today! Our friendly sales team are on hand to take your call, you can get through to them on +44 (0) 1933 411 411 or email sales@kempstoncontrols.co.uk, or use the ‘contact us’ link above.

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EX-Z Series Photoelectric Sensors – Small is Beautiful

Photoelectric Sensors come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes and variants including reflective and through beam all of which essentially perform the same purpose, the detection of objects crossing the path of the beam which then leads to a given response from the control system. This could be an alarm if an item is missing or a signal triggering another function of an automation and control process.

Big Things Come In Small Packages

For your average industrial installation there will typically be a suitable photoelectric sensor available, but when the application is very restricted in terms of available real estate, then you will need to look beyond the average sensor offering. The biggest challenge when designing and manufacturing miniaturised industrial photoelectric sensors is combining both the optical and electronic components into one housing, which as you can imagine is a complex engineering solution. Panasonic, with decades of experience with electronic design and miniaturisation were the obvious candidates to develop and manufacture a high-performance range of diminutive photoelectric sensors.

With a width of only 3mm, the EX-Z Series of Miniature Thru-beam Photoelectric Sensors is one of the smallest in the world that also contains a built-in amplifier making them ideal for mounting in tight spaces. This small but mighty range of miniature photoelectric sensors are not only small but have been designed to detect even the smallest objects with a fast response time and with the highest precision. The EX-Z series is especially suited to precise object detection within a limited and challenging installation space. Even though the housing of the sensor is only 3mm deep it contains all the essential technical elements, such as optics, electronics, indicator LEDs, and transistor output. A 2-metre cable is built-in as standard with special lengths being available upon request.

Packed with Technology

EX-Z Series - 3mm in width, fingertip sized!Although small in stature these Miniature Through-beam Photoelectric Sensors pack a powerful punch, with the ability to detect objects as small as 0.3 mm diameter without the use of an optional slit and identify objects as small as 1 mm in diameter at up to 500 mm distance (depending on the chosen model), a world class achievement among self-contained miniature photoelectric sensors. The low power consumption of these detection sensors makes them appealing to many industries and coupled with IP67 protection and their excellent vibration and shock resistance the EX-Z series is ideally suited for use in challenging and harsh industrial automation and control environments. Supplied as an emitter and a receiver pair. 3 stainless steel mounting brackets are also available separately along with a polyacetal spacer for through wall sensing, providing numerous mounting and installation options.

 

EX-Z Photoelectric Sensors Key Features

  • Miniature Thru-beam Photoelectric Sensor with built-in amplifier
  • Slim 3mm design – including optics, electronics, indicator LEDs, and transistor output
  • Front and side sensing types, sensing range 50, 200, 500 mm (model dependant)
  • NPN and PNP output versions available
  • Response time 0.5 ms or less
  • Detects objects with a diameter of as little as 0.3mm (EX-Z11 Version)
  • Built-in short circuit protection
  • Light-ON, Dark-ON types available
  • Voltage rating 12 to 24 Vdc
  • Typical dimensions 14 x 8 x 3mm (front sensing type)
  • Clearly visible LED spotlight, 650 nm
  • Built in LED indicator lights
  • Robust PBT enclosure, Polycarbonate lens, 2 metre cable
  • Protection rating IP67
  • Robot-cable version option
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Ultrasonic Sensor Detection in Miniature – The U300 from Baumer

It’s an issue that any production and process engineer will face, the reliable and dependable detection of troublesome products. Products such as clear films, foils, paper, cardboard and printed circuit boards, all can prove to be a demanding task for your average sensor.

Baumer took steps take to make life a little easier for the engineers who struggle with application space, reliable detection, medium type and multi-layer detection problems that they face during design, commissioning and set-up. Renowned for dependable sensory products Baumer engineered a solution in the compact form of the U300 Miniature Ultrasonic Sensor Range.

The Baumer U300 Range of Miniature Ultrasonic Sensors offer the highest level of performance in the smallest of forms with a best-in-class blind zone of 15 mm at sensing distances of up to 500 mm. Packed with features and enhanced functions such as IO-Link, sonic cone adjustment, moving average and disruption filter.

ultrasonic sensor - U300 and clear film

High plant effectiveness and improved reliability thanks to the simple optimisation of the sensor to individual application requirements. The narrow sonic cone of these compact sensors is ideal for object detection even in the smallest of openings. The IO-Link interface helps facilitate quick and efficient system integration and commissioning, on-the-fly parameterisation and diagnostic data for improved predictive maintenance initiatives.

 

U300 Miniature Ultrasonic Sensor Features

  • Compact, space saving design – 12.9 x 23 x 32.2 mm
  • Best-in-class blind zone of 15 mm
  • Sensing distances up to 500 mm
  • Efficient integration into automation systems via IO-Link
  • On-the-fly-parameterisation via IO-Link, flexible production lines
  • Standard hole spacing, flexible integration
  • Additional diagnosis data ideal for predictive maintenance

ultrasonic sensor - U300 detecting PCBs

Easy PCB Detection

High performance, compact design and fast design-in, the U300 Ultrasonic Sensors are ideal for PCB detection. These sensors offer reliable detection of a varied range of surface structures, colours, and even transparent PCBs. Providing rapid response times, improved throughput the U300 Sensors have one of the shortest blind regions in the business.

Multiple Layer, No Problem!

Both in IO-Link mode and in switching mode, the sensor detects one, two or more layers of material. The U300 range can easily detect multiple layers of products such as foil, paper, cardboard, labels or even thin metal sheets. In addition to double sheet testing, typical applications are film tear detection, bonding surface detection, and label inspection.

Ultrasonic sensor the U300 and bulk materials

Limit Value Detection in Containers

The U300 makes detection of a wide variety of materials with different geometries easy, with a flexible sound beam adjustment for optimal application sensor settings.

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If you are looking for a reliable compact Ultrasonic Sensor that provides optimal performance in a miniature form then look no further than the Baumer U300 Range that is readily available from Kempston Controls. Call us today on +44 (0) 1933 411 411 or email sales at sales@kempstoncontrols.co.uk , or alternatively use the enquiry form below to discuss your sensing requirements.

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The Wireless Alert Sensor Range from Lascar Expands!

Lascar have expanded their Wireless Alert Range with the addition of three exciting Wi-Fi enable sensor products. These capable wireless devices offer even more flexibility when it comes to remote sensing across a wide variety of industrial, commercial and domestic applications.

The Wireless Alert LD – Leak Detection

The Wireless Alert LD

The Wi-Fi-connected Wireless Alert LD detects localised leaks or flooding and sends email alerts, using the free ‘FilesThruTheAir’ mobile app (available in the Google Play and the App Store) to a user-selected email address. Once installed the Wireless Alert LD will send and alert when the probe detects the presence of fluid between the sensor contacts, allowing users to take corrective action.

This affordable product is ideal for a wide array of applications where a water leak, or localised flooding could, for example, seriously compromise and damage a valuable piece of equipment or property. Ideal for installation in kitchens, cellars/sumps, public bathroom, chilled storage, water tank overflow, etc.

Wireless Alert LD Features:

  • Leak detection sensor with 1.5 m cable
  • Wi-Fi connected, customisable email alert messages
  • Alert delay settings to prevent unwanted alerts
  • Simple to set up using the free mobile app
  • Two years’ battery life (typical) – 2×1.5V AAA included
  • No ongoing subscription fees
  • Includes sticky pad for wall mounting

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The Wireless Alert CM – Contact Monitor

The Wireless Alert CM

The Wi-Fi-connected Wireless Alert CM will remotely notify users via email when it detects a volt-free contact has changed state, using the same FilesThruTheAir mobile app as mentioned earlier. Configurable settings include, device name, alert notification message content, alert delay and Wi-Fi network connection. The Alert CM is ideal for monitoring relay contacts, float switches, door contacts, push buttons or any electronic system with a volt-free contact output.

Wireless Alert CM Features:

  • User-configurable alerts for contact open, closed or both, 1.5 m cable
  • Alert delay settings to prevent unwanted alerts
  • Customisable alert messages
  • Sends email alerts and scheduled status reports
  • Wi-Fi connected, WPA/WPA-2 Personal – 802.11bgn
  • Simple to set up using the free mobile app
  • Two years’ battery life (typical) – 2×1.5V AAA included
  • No ongoing subscription fees
  • Includes sticky pad for mounting

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The Wireless Alert TP-P – Pipe Temperature Sensor

The Wireless Alert TP-P

With a temperature range of -40 to +120°C and a probe complete with a 1.5m cable, the Wireless Alert TP-P will remotely notify users via email (using the FilesThruTheAir mobile app) when the pipe probe detects that the temperature of a pipe is outside of those defined in the user-selected limits.

Configurable settings of the Alert TP-P include, device name, temperature alert limits, alert notification message content and WiFi network connection. The perfect and affordable pipe temperature monitoring solution for countless industrial, commercial and domestic applications.

Wireless Alert TP-P Features:

  • -40 to +120°C temperature probe with 1.5 m cable,  IP65
  • User-configurable high and low temperature limits
  • Sends email alerts and scheduled status reports
  • Flashing alert indicator
  • Wi-Fi connected, WPA/WPA-2 Personal – 802.11bgn
  • Simple to set up using the free mobile app
  • Two years’ battery life (typical) – 2×1.5V AAA included
  • No ongoing subscription fees
  • Includes sticky pad for wall mounting

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Kempston Controls are the people to speak to when it comes to finding your ideal Lascar Wireless Sensor solution. Call us today on +44 (0) 1933 411 411, or email sales at sales@kempstoncontrols.co.uk, or alternatively use the enquiry form below and let us help find the perfect sensor for you.

 

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SicWave – 80 GHz Free-space Radar Level Detection for all Liquids and Solids

The storage of products such as grains, sugar, ore and liquids can take up a lot of space, typically utilising silo systems which can reach considerable heights. Measuring the level of product within these storage facilities can be difficult at the best of times where both the height and the media within can cause various issues with accurate level sensing. Similarly, production processes that involve stirrers and preparation tanks can create internal environments where accurately measuring the level of the contents within is challenging.

Dust and Foam Frustrations

Dust, moisture, foams, the build-up of residues and other obstructions within a storage or processing vessel can frustrate your average sensor, leading to down time, additional costs and frustration. What you need is a sensing solution that can deliver reliable level sensing results no matter how tall the silo or how demanding the process and the media involved prove to be.

To address these challenges and more, SICK, world renowned for their sensor solutions, have created the high-specification SicWave LFR and LBR ranges of level sensors, these sensors utilise an 80 GHz free-space radar technology delivered via a highly-precise narrow beam that is a thousand times more sensitive than previous generations 26 GHz radar technology.

SicWave LBR – For Solid Media Level Detection

SicWave LBR sensors

Demanding situations require dedicated solutions, the SicWave LBR free-space radar provides continuous non-contact level measurements, is highly resistant to external interference, dust and deposits and works with all solids. A high-contrast built-in LCD display option is available, aiding set-up and installation and providing the user with essential sensor feedback data. Utilising a unique non-contact 80 GHz radar technology and a highly-focused narrow beam, the LBR range is simple to install and is maintenance-free. With a wide range of options such as antenna design, process connectivity and housing material types ensures these sensors are ready for any application.

Avoiding Those False Signals

The narrow field of view also avoids the potential for false signals caused by dusts and deposits on walls or by other obstructions inside the storage vessel the LBR Level Sensor helps prevent unexpected downtime.

SicWave is accessible using bluetooth

 

Remote set-up and interrogation of the sensors is straightforward, either using the on-board WPAN interface to a smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth or through standard HART communication which also enables easy integration with control and diagnostic systems. These sensors feature a 4 – 20 mA output, allowing signals to be monitored and displayed on a cloud-based dashboard environment using IIoT gateways such as SICK’s Telematic Data Collector.

 

 

 

SicWave LBR Solid Media Level Sensor Range Features

  • Non-contact detection principle, continuous measurement
  • 80 GHz free-space radar with various antennas
  • Highly-focused narrow beam microwave radar pulse
  • Built-in high-contrast display option
  • Measuring range: up to 120 m
  • WPAN, HART and Bluetooth communication
  • 4-20 mA output
  • Process temperature: −40 °C to +200 °C
  • Process pressure: −1 bar to 20 bar
  • Sensor element accuracy ≤ 5 mm
  • Process connection options: thread, flange, special brackets
  • Housing: plastic (IP66 / IP67) or aluminium (IP66 / IP68)
  • Certificates: Ex d, Ex ia, Ex ta

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Typical SicWave LBR Sensor Applications

  • Crushers, belt transfer, raw meal, clinker and cement silos as well as silos for solid fuels
  • Breakers, storage silos for ore, silos in the metal and steel industry
  • Bulk material stockpiles, belt transfer, buffer and production silos in the mining industry
  • Storage and small silos in the food and beverage industry
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SicWave LFR for Liquid Level Detection

SicWave LFR Sensors

The 80 GHz SicWave LFR non-contact free-space radar sensor, with its highly-focused narrow beam, provides continuous level measurements, works with all liquids and is highly resistant to external interference, false signals, foam and deposits. Insensitive to material build-up, the LFR range of level sensors helps prevent unexpected downtime.

Up and Running in No Time!

Easy to commission, the LFR range can be put into operation quickly and easily and is maintenance-free. A wide range of options for antenna design, housing materials and a range of process connections ensure these sensors are ready for any application. A durable stainless-steel housing option is available for use in hygienic environments such as those required in the food, beverage and drug industries. A high-contrast built-in LCD display option is available, aiding set-up and installation and providing the user with essential sensor feedback data. Remote set-up and interrogation is carried out in the exactly the same way as the LBR range.

SicWave LFR Liquid Media Level Sensor Range Features

  • Non-contact detection principle, continuous measurement
  • 80 GHz free-space radar with various antennas
  • Highly-focused narrow beam microwave radar pulse
  • Built-in high-contrast display option
  • WPAN, HART and Bluetooth communication
  • 4-20 mA output
  • Measuring range: up to 30 m
  • Process temperature: −196 °C to +200 °C
  • Process pressure: −1 bar t0 25 bar
  • Accuracy of sensor element ≤ 1 mm
  • Process connection options: thread, flange, clamp
  • Housing: plastic (IP66 / IP67), aluminium (IP66 / IP68) or stainless steel (IP69)
  • Certificates: Ex d and Ex ia, WHG, shipbuilding

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SicWave LFR sensor in action

Typical SicWave LFR Sensor Applications

  • Chemical industry: large tank storage, storage and buffer tanks, reaction and transport containers
  • Oil and gas industry: mud pits, trip tanks, shakers and wastewater containers
  • Food and beverage industry: large, stirring and preparation tanks, thickener and filling tanks
  • Water industry: storage tanks for flocculants, coarse and fine screens
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Kempston Controls is the place to come to find the perfect SicWave Level Sensor for your next retrofit or installation project. Call us today on +44 (0) 1933 411 441, use the enquiry form below, or contact us via email at – sales@kempstoncontrols.co.uk.

 

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