Indoor Air Quality monitoring with the Lascar EL-WEM

For a considerable amount of our day just about everyone is spending a large amount of time indoors, either at home, shopping or working.  Without thinking about it we breath in the surrounding air for our bodies to extract the oxygen we need to survive and expel waste gases such as CO2, but do we give any consideration about the quality of the air we breathe whilst spending time indoors?

The Air Indoors

Air quality found in our homes or where we work can vary greatly depending on the materials used to construct, furnish, decorate, ventilate and clean these premises. Pollutants found within a typical indoor environment include radon, tobacco smoke, particulates and gases from burning candles, fuels, polishes and cleaning chemicals, seasonal allergens, Carbon Monoxide and Nitrogen Dioxide. Adding to that already extensive list are Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) which can found in construction materials and furniture, such as formaldehyde and flame retardants in upholstery.

Asthma attacks, irritated eyes, nose and throat, coughing and other health issues can be caused by interior air that has a high particulate count. Particulates of 10 µm (PM10) in diameter include dust, pollen and mould spores. Smaller air particulates (less than 2.5 µm/PM2.5) include smoke, smog, bacteria, fine dust and liquid droplets which can lodge deep into the lungs causing long-term illness.

 

The Air Quality Solution

The need for particulate sensing and control is increasing around the world due to regulatory and government requirements and VOC sensors can play an essential role in managing interior air quality.

Lascar, who are renowned for the design and manufacture of environmental data loggers, panel meters and many other quality devices have created an easy to use solution for determining if the air you are breathing, whether at work or at home, is hiding potentially harmful particulates.

 

 The EL-WEW Range

The EL-WEM range has been designed to continually monitor the Interior Air Quality (IAQ) of a room, displaying the air quality status via a coloured status ring, a quick glance tells you all you need.

WiFi enabled, the EL-WEW Sensors will automatically upload data to the EasyLog Cloud (Lascars, single user, free cloud enabled sensor monitoring solution), allowing your data measurements to be viewed, analysed and downloaded from any internet-enabled device.

The EL-WEM measures particulate matter (PM2.5), temperature, humidity, VOC’s and pressure, rating the IAQ on five levels from Excellent to Inadequate and if the IAQ level is of a low quality a sounder will activate and an email and SMS notifications alert can be sent to a list of selected contacts, informing them of the air quality situation.

This clever Air Quality Monitoring Sensor also features a configurable night mode, which mutes the sounder and turns the lights off at certain times. The EL-WEM range is simple to set up, with a single button press and using the EasyLog Cloud App.

EL-WEM Air Quality Monitor Features

  • Monitors Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)
  • Automatically uploads data to the EasyLog Cloud
  • Coloured status ring show IAQ level
  • Sounder and instant SMS and email notifications when IAQ is poor
  • Detects VOCs from paints, lacquers, paint strippers, cleaning products, furnishings, glues, adhesives and alcohol
  • Power supply included
  • Internal back-up battery if power interrupted

Measures:

  • IAQ
  • Temperature
  • Humidity
  • VOC’s
  • Particulate Matter: PM1 (+ model only) PM2.5 and PM10
  • CO2 (+ model only)
  • Pressure

 

With the increasing need to monitor and control the quality of the air within a room, office or a specific enclosure you can depend on Kempston Controls to help you find the ideal product solution.

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O200 Miniature Photoelectric Sensors- Shiny, Transparent, Deep-Black Object Detection Made Easy

Photoelectric Sensors are found in many industrial installations in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, and they all basically perform the same function, the detection of objects passing through their beams.  The result of the sensors beam being broken could be an alarm if an item is missing or a signal triggering another function of an industrial automation process.

When the application concerns very transparent items or ones that are deep-black in colour and/or feature very irregular surfaces, then you will need to look beyond the average sensor offering.

The Baumer O200 Sensor range is one of the smallest available, but make no mistake, these are very capable sensors! This impressive range of miniature photoelectric sensors have been designed to detect awkward objects with a fast response time and with the highest of precision. Available to purchase from Kempston Controls, they come with a laser or LED output, V point or line beam shapes, thus providing the engineer with a versatile list of options for precise object detection. Whether components are transparent, small, passing by on a fast-moving conveyor, deep-black in colour or irregularly shaped and shiny this range of sensors will have a solution in its ranks.

Unaffected by LED Light & Reflections with Ambient Light Immunity & Reliability

With their innovative light algorithm, these photoelectric sensors ensure maximum detection reliability in any lighting situation, the interfering sources identified by the algorithm are suppressed so a high measurement speed can be maintained.

With 3 sensing solutions for long-term stable detection of transparent objects such as glass or PET bottles, ampoules, foils and trays:

V-optics – ideal for short distances and for the detection of shiny and transparent objects, with background suppression for distances up to 15 mm. Offering maximum luminous efficacy thanks to their V-shaped, extremely narrow LED light beams.

SmartReflect – transparent object detection without a reflector with a pinpoint LED or a laser light source with ranges up to 180 mm. Contamination or changes in the reference surface are not a problem with built-in compensation for a consistent stable application.

Retro-reflective photoelectric sensor with single lens optics – A pinpoint LED or laser light source and a range of up to 4 m. With a transmitting and receiving beam on the same axis providing reliable object detection, built-in compensation for the reflector and an additional mode for the detection of tears in transparent films.

Call us on 01933 411 411 to find out which Baumer O200 Sensor is right for you!

Photoelectric Sensors for any Application

  • Electronics – Extreme ambient light immunity with variants with a fine line beam provide a stable switching signal for irregular objects
  • Robotics – ideal for positioning tasks in grippers, laser beam variants allow for high-precision positioning tasks
  • Assembly & Handling – detection of small, transparent and shiny objects – V-optics provide dependable, reliable detection
  • Lab automation –  ideal for detecting transparent objects such as bottles, foils, ampoules or pipettes
  • Easy detection of glossy black objects – extremely dark and high-gloss objects without any loss of sensing range
  • Shuttle systems – ideal for the fine positioning of transport robots, providing stable detection of workpieces on transport robot systems

Transparent Object Sensors

  • Reliable detection of bottles, trays, ampoules, foils
  • Retro-reflective sensors with single-lens optics for ranges up to 1 m
  • V-optics for ranges up to 15 mm
  • SmartReflect the light barrier without reflector up to 180 mm
  • Short response times <0.25 ms
  • Fixed scanning ranges and adjustable variants

 

Fixed Focus Sensors

  • Diffuse sensors with calibrated sensing distance for simple commissioning
  • Sensing ranges 15, 30, 50 or 80 mm
  • Variants with V-optics for transparent objects

Shiny and Deep-black Object Sensors

  • Additional power reserves thanks to High-Power-Mode
  • Diffuse sensors with background suppression for distances up to 180 mm
  • Light barriers for extra range up to 6 m
  • Diffuse sensor with intensity differences up to 200 mm
  • IO-Link – Industry 4.0 and IIoT ready

 

Laser Sensors

  • Detection of smallest objects down to 0.05 mm thanks to focused laser spot
  • Very precise object positioning up to 0.05 mm accuracy
  • Highest reproducibility thanks to very low jitter < 30 µs
  • Detection through very narrow openings (keyholes) thanks to single-lens optics
  • Precise control of fast processes thanks to response times < 0.05 ms

Line Beam Type Sensors

  • Detection of irregular or perforated objects
  • Retro-reflective sensors with background suppression and ranges up to 120 mm
  • Up to 56 mm long line
  • Laser class 1 or Pinpoint LED
  • Short response times <0.25 ms

 

Light Barriers without Reflector – SmartReflect Sensors

  • Safe and easy referencing on machine parts
  • Sensing range up to 180 mm
  • Insensitive to dirt
  • IO-Link – Industry 4.0 and IIoT ready

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Distance Sensors when Precision Matters – the Panasonic HG-C

The Panasonic HG-C laser distance sensor has versatility built right in, with a repeatability of 10µm and a response time of 1.5ms and a small lightweight construction opening up a range of possibilities for industrial automation. Designed to be both robust and versatile, the Panasonic HG-C Distance Sensors are suitable a wide range of industrial applications including measuring the thickness of a panel, controlling the height of a dispenser head, measuring hoop slack in a process machine, checking for presence of O rings and controlling the height of a robot to name just a few.

Digital and Analogue Switching

This impressive range of distance sensors features both digital switching and analogue outputs, enabling their easy integration into existing installations. These sensors can be used in place of normal switching photoelectric sensors, or utilised as measuring devices in profiling and for measuring the contours of component parts.

Distance Sensor HG-C in action

Easy to set-up, you only need the function keys to configure the sensor and instantly the measured distance will be displayed in millimetres on the built-in four-digit LED display. A range of additional digital inputs are used to trigger the sensor, control the laser power, and to perform zero adjustment.  These sensors not only indicate measured values in millimetres, but they also output analogue voltage and current and this can be used for various calculations and logging when the output is sent to a PLC.

NPN and PNP Versions

This range of distance sensors, offered in 5 x NPN and 5 x PNP output versions, provides measuring ranges from a measurement centre distance of 30 ±5mm to 400 ±200mm.  All models are equipped with a red class 2 semiconductor laser encased in a robust aluminium die-cast housing with a temperature drift of 0.03%. Thanks to their diminutive size (22 x 44 x 25 mm) and light-weight body, the HG-C distance sensor range can be mounted on the moving parts of machines.

Distance Sensor HG-C in action

Distance Sensor Technical Features

  • Measuring ranges – 30 ±5 mm, 50 ±15 mm, 100 ±35 mm, 200±80 mm, 400 ±200 mm (model specific)
  • 5ms response time
  • Supply voltage 12 to 24 VDC
  • Red class 2 semiconductor laser
  • Aluminium die-cast housing (44 mm x 25 mm x 20 mm, 35g without cable)
  • IP67 degree of protection
  • Linearity ±0.1% F.S./C°
  • NPN and PNP control output versions
  • Output operation either Light-ON or Dark-ON
  • Beam diameter 50 to 500 μm (model specific)
  • Switchable response time – high speed, standard, high precision
  • Built-in short circuit protection
  • 5 core 2 metre cable

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Incremental Encoders for Challenging Applications – the SICK DBS60 Inox Range

Many industrial manufacturing applications such as processing conveyors, pick and place machinery and robotic systems depend upon speed and position feedback and monitoring to ensure that they are operating effectively and efficiently. Incremental encoders help provide position and motion information by converting movement and the relative position of a shaft into an analogue or digital signal that is then interpreted by the installations control system.

Intelligent Sensor Solutions

SICK is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of intelligent sensors for industrial applications, with decades of experience across a wide range of industries giving them the extra insight needed to push the design envelope.

The DBS60 Inox range of Incremental Encoders, with their rugged stainless-steel construction and excellent environmental protection are the perfect position and speed monitoring encoders for challenging working environments.

Incremental encoders application

The combination of a complete stainless-steel design and the durable shaft seal make the DBS60 Inox incremental encoders resistant to countless demanding working environments such as those found in the food and beverage industry. The Inox’s 58mm diameter stainless steel housing comes with IP67 or an IP69K (model dependent) enclosure rating, meaning it is ideal for challenging applications which also have limited installation space. The IP69K DBS60I-W* version with its built-in deflector shield, which protects the encoders shaft seal, is the ideal product solution for applications where high-pressure warm-water washdowns are the norm.

Demanding Environments

With a resolution of up to 5000 pulses per revolution and a wide variety of mechanical and communication interfaces the DBS60 Inox Incremental Encoder Range is ideal for many different fields of industry, including food and beverage, medical & chemical, robotic systems, packaging machines and offshore installations.

 

Incremental encoders SICK DBS60 Inox

DBS60 Inox Incremental Encoder Features

  • Stainless steel construction- high level of resistance to environmental conditions
  • Pulses per revolution – 0 to 5000
  • Blind hollow shaft or solid shaft with face mount flange or square flange
  • Shaft diameters 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15 mm and 3/8”
  • Male connector M12 – 8 pin, 5 metre cable
  • Communication Interfaces: TTL/HTL, TTL/RS-422, HTL/push-pull
  • Protected against aggressive media and cleaning agents
  • Bacterial growth prevention through clean design (IP69K variant)

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R2000 2-D Lidar Sensors – Sensors with Depth Perception

The R2000 range of LiDAR Sensors from Pepperl + Fuchs are equipped with innovative Pulse Ranging Technology (PRT). Built-to-last, these capable sensors have been created to provide industrial applications with reliable and extremely precise measuring and navigation abilities with gapless all-around 360° visibility even in the most demanding conditions.

Innovative Pulse Ranging Technology

Pulse Ranging Technology (PRT) provides extremely precise measurements and short response times in various ambient and object conditions, providing a highly accurate industrial-grade distance measuring system.

Detection of Small Objects

A sharp light spot in combination with a high angular resolution provides precise edge detection and detection of tiny objects from 1 mm in diameter and up, allowing you to monitor and detect with maximum precision.

All-Around 360 Degree Visibility

With a 360° measurement angle, the R2000 2-D LiDAR Sensor range offers an all-round visibility reducing the need to use multiple sensors.

Built-in Interactive Display

The interactive display provides text and graphical information, allows basic settings to be made directly on the device and diagnostic information to be displayed during operation.

A versatile LiDAR Sensor range with multiple capabilities for a wide range of industrial applications, here we take a quick look at their specifications and features.

R2000 LiDAR Sensor Range Common Specifications

  • Operating voltage 10 – 30 V
  • Scanning angle 360°
  • Diameter of light spot 25 x 105 mm at 10 M, (laser versions <20mm at 10 M), resolution 1 mm
  • Operational indicator LEDs for status updates
  • 2 Control buttons, Parameterisation indicator 24 x 252 pixels, red
  • Scan rate 10 – 50 s-1
  • Fast Ethernet interface, HTTP, TCP/IP, and UDP/IP (model dependant)
  • Connections – M12x1 4 pin (supply), M12x1 8 pin A coded (multiport), M12x1 4 pin D coded (LAN)
  • Protection rating IP65
  • UL and CCC approval
  • For all models A PACTware device type manager (DTM) is available as a download

 

OBD*OM R2000 LiDAR Switching Sensors for Demanding Field Monitoring Applications

These R2000 LiDAR Switching Sensors have been designed specifically for precise field monitoring of up to 4 fields. With 6 models in the range featuring measuring distances from 10 to 60 metres, 360° scanning angle, high angle resolution and 4 switching inputs/outputs.

These sensors typically utilise an infrared red laser light, however, the OBD10M-R2000-4EP-V1V17 model uses a visible red beam laser.  Defective pallets and protruding products can lead to collisions in high-bay warehouses, the R2000 can reliably detect small components, fragments and broken pallets, avoiding costly damage and downtime.

With a flexible measured data filter and 54k measurements per second means that these LiDAR sensors are ideal for numerous field monitoring applications.

OBD*OM R2000 2-D Field Monitoring LiDAR Sensor Features

  • Field monitoring applications – 4 fields
  • Light source – Laser diode, typically Infrared (one unit uses visible red light) class 1 laser
  • Measuring method Pulse Ranging technology (PRT)
  • Wavelength typically 905 nm (laser sensor is 660 nm), Pulse length 5 ns
  • Measuring speed 54000 measurements per second
  • Detectable shape – Almost anything

 

OMD*OM R2000 UHD (Ultra High Density) LiDAR Measuring Sensors for Complex measuring Tasks and Navigation

The R2000 UHD LiDAR Measuring Sensors provides accurate distance data in dynamic applications such as in the navigation of automated guided vehicles precisely navigating up to 100 m with reflectors as small as 40 mm. With 6 models featuring measuring ranges from 10 to 60 metres, 360° scanning angle, very high angle resolution and operating range.

This range of sensors typically utilise an infrared red laser light (the OMD10M-R2000-B23-V1V1D uses a visible red beam laser). Coupled with a flexible measured data filter and a measuring speed of 250k measurements per second make these UHD LiDAR sensors ideal for industrial navigation applications that demand high precision.

R2000 UHD 2-D LiDAR Sensor Features

  • Designed for complex measuring tasks and navigation
  • Light source – Laser diode, typically Infrared (one unit uses visible red light) class 1 laser
  • Measuring method Pulse Ranging technology (PRT)
  • Wavelength 905 nm typically, (visible laser version is 660 nm), Pulse length 5 ns
  • Measuring speed 250000 measurements per second
  • Filter – Maximum, average, median, reflectivity

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OMD**M R2000 HD (High Density) LiDAR Measuring Sensors for Object Profiling and Robotic Applications

The R2000 HD LiDAR Measuring Sensors were created for simple industrial position monitoring tasks. With 2 models featuring a 12 metre and 30 metre range respectively, 360° scanning angle, a high angle resolution and operating range.

The R2000 HD sensor is the ideal solution for robotics tasks. With 84k scan points per second and an optimised angular resolution down to 0.043°, the sensor meets the requirements of typical robotic applications.

These sensors utilise an infrared light provided by a laser diode with a PRT measuring method (Pulse Ranging Technology) coupled with a flexible measured data filter make these capable HD LiDAR Sensors ideal for general industrial position monitoring tasks.

R2000 HD 2-D LiDAR Sensor Features

  • Object profiling and robotic applications
  • Light source – Laser diode, modulated infrared light, class 1 laser
  • Measuring method Pulse Ranging technology (PRT)
  • Wavelength 905 nm, Pulse length 5 ns
  • Measuring speed 84000 measurements per second
  • Beam divergence transversal 2 mrad, longitudinal 10 mrad

 

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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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