Made for assembly line, machine automation, and other applications, this RoHS-compliant wide gap optical sensor includes an emitter-sensor pair. Its LED and phototransistor are made to work over up to 12 inches in industrial environments. The sensor components are mounted in threaded color-coded housings. The emitter-sensor pair uses an LED with a 935 mm peak wavelength and a silicon phototransistor. The pair will mate with a Molex 03-06-2023 connector with either male (for the LED) or female (for the sensor) pins. The output phototransistor performs at collector-emitter voltages of 30V, emitter-collector voltage of 5V, and power dissipation of 100 mW. The LED has a maximum continuous forward dc current of 40 mA, a reverse voltage of 2V, and power dissipation of 100 mW.
New versions of BASF's Ecovio line are both compostable and designed for either injection molding or thermoforming. These combinations are becoming more common for the single-use bioplastics used in food service and food packaging applications, but are still not widely available.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.