Banner Engineering has released a guide for anyone involved in selecting and setup of sensors. The iKnow™ GUIDE TO SENSING is a 16-page brochure containing everything from definitions of sensing modes, complete with illustrated examples, to engineering gain curve and beam pattern diagrams on Banner's extensive knowledge base of photoelectric, laser, ultrasonic and vision sensing technologies. For a free download of the iKnow ™ Guide to Sensing, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/4386-511.
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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 discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.