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July 2016 Newsletter
Choosing Encoders for Harsh Environments

Optical encoders are useful in many industrial processes, from angle detection to the positioning of precision components. In most applications, standard encoders are suited well enough to do their job effectively.

But in certain industries and environments, standard encoders have a rough time performing well and resisting failure. This failure can be caused by particulates, chemicals, excessive loads, and immersion in liquids.

Learn the key facts to know when choosing encoders for harsh environments

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Choosing Encoders for Harsh Environments
What are Photoelectric Sensors?
What are Photoelectric Sensors?

Photoelectric sensors detect changes in light, consisting of a light source, receiver, a signal convertor, and an amplifier. The receiver (a phototransistor) reads incoming light to confirm that it comes from the sensor’s own lighting component (usually LED). When confirmed, the sensor triggers a pre-defined response.

From this simple concept, photoelectric sensors are incredibly useful for a broad range of industrial safety and automation processes. Seven sensing modes cover the majority of sensing applications, each addressing unique challenges in detecting photoelectric variation.

Read about the seven sensing modes and what sensors are right for your application:

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LED Lighting Solutions: Making It Last

In a corner of the Livermore Fire Department in California, an old-fashioned carbon filament lightbulb has been burning continuously since 1901. As of 2015, the Centennial Bulb racked up over 1,000,000 hours of service.

Well, you know what they say – we just don’t make ‘em like that anymore.

Of course, the Centennial Bulb is celebrated as an exception and minor marvel. The average incandescent lightbulb can barely shine for a month with continuous use, let alone over a hundred years. How did we get from monthly maintenance rounds to the high-tech industrial lighting we see today?

Learn how LED lighting revolutionized the lifespan of light:

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LED Lighting Solutions - Making It Last
How 3D Printing Will Impact Industrial Automation
How 3D Printing Will Impact Industrial Automation

 Over the past few years, 3D printing has start building momentum for large industrial applications.  New materials, such as aluminum and steel, are breaking into the 3D printing world. 

Although the prices of these materials are currently high, it should go down over time and become accessible to companies for demo purposes, and possibly even part replacement.  Although some of these materials and processes are in the “beta” stages of their existence, they are projected to mature into fully functional products that will hopefully be utilized to their full potential.

Read more about the rising trend of 3D printing in industrial automation:

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