Sensors, Vision

Courtesy: Autotech Controls
Sensors, Vision June 22, 2021

Industry standard Size 25 encoder reference website, push-button programmable encoders

An encoder part number reference website deciphers more than 200,000 size-25 encoder combinations, gives descriptions and replacement options with next-day delivery for orders placed by 6 p.m. CST; 10 two-button-programmable encoders are said to cover all combinations.

By Mark T. Hoske
Courtesy: Emerson
Maintenance June 9, 2021

Advanced valve diagnostics drive savings

When coupled with diagnostic software, smart positioners can be used to reduce maintenance costs and outages.

By Brent Baker and Jordan Mandernach
Courtesy: Fluke Calibration
Sensors, Actuators June 4, 2021

Six things automation and control engineers need to know about calibration

Cover Story: Reasons for calibration include new instruments, repairs or modifications or scheduled care. Learn details about calibration’s impact on preventive maintenance, schedules, documentation and more.

By Jorge Mas Roman
Courtesy: Sulzer
Pumps May 29, 2021

Matching feed water pump designs with gas fired power plants advances

Gas turbine manufacturers have developed larger and more efficient units, which need to be supported by advanced feed water pumps (FWP) to ensure long-term reliability as well as cost-effectiveness.

By Patrick Welz
Courtesy: Northwestern University
Discrete Manufacturing May 7, 2021

Direct laser writing method leads to advanced printing

Northwestern Engineering researchers have developed a lens produced by electromagnetic methods that allows researchers to print structures on challenging surfaces.

By Brian Sandalow
Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology
Robotics May 6, 2021

Robot sensor market growth expected

Demand for robot vision sensors are very high all over the world and will keep the global robot sensor market strong for the next several years.

By Graphical Research
Sensors, Vision April 21, 2021

Graphene-based biosensors used to develop mass COVID-19 tests

Graphene-based biosensors are being used to develop better, cheaper, quicker, more accessible testing for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

By Mike Krapfl
Courtesy: Mark T. Hoske, CFE Media and Technology
Sensors, Actuators April 18, 2021

Instrument technician’s evolving role

Many plant-floor technicians are being asked to do more as their role evolves.

By Kevin Parker
Courtesy: Clark Nexsen
Sensors, Vision April 4, 2021

How 3D LIDAR scanning adds value for industrial, manufacturing clients

Light detection and ranging (LIDAR) scanning offers critical benefits to clients and engineers and makes projects more efficient and minimizes conflicts.

By James Meadows
MIT researchers have developed a deep learning neural network to aid the design of soft-bodied robots, such as these iterations of a robotic elephant. Courtesy: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Robotics March 23, 2021

Researchers’ algorithm designs soft robots that sense

Deep-learning technique optimizes the arrangement of sensors on a robot’s body to ensure efficient operation. See video.

By Daniel Ackerman