Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Laser Sensor with OLED graphic display


TRI-TRONICS® has introduced a unique Laser Sensor with an OLED graphic display that provides visible feedback of proper setup and continual monitoring of performance.

The SMARTEYE® SmartDot Laser Sensor is designed for General Purpose sensing applications, and can also be used for precise, small parts detection at long ranges. The consistently small laser beam is used to detect such things as a tab on a battery, a misaligned or missing bottle cap, or a cross-threaded can lid. The SmartDot Laser Sensor is easily aligned, easily set up, and designed for repeatability of performance from sensor to sensor. It is useful in general purpose applications such as a product detector for vision systems, and simple inspection applications. The sensor can also be used in high precision applications for small parts detection, critical identifying feature inspection, and detection of micro electronic packages.

The SMARTEYE® SmartDot Laser Sensor has an OLED display providing the kind of visual confirming information which makes setup a breeze, and instills confidence in the user as to the longterm performance of the sensor. Displaying all the necessary information to determine proper setup for maximum up-time was the ultimate deciding factor in including the OLED display in this highly capable sensing device. For any applications, either general purpose, or those requiring small spot precision, the SmartDot Laser Sensor from Tri-Tronics is an excellent choice.

  • OLED Graphic Display
  • 180° Rotating Connector
  • NPN and PNP Outputs
  • M12, 5 pin Connector, or Cable
  • 240μs Response Time
  • Threshold and Set-Point Numeric Graphic
  • Timers; On Delay, Off Delay, One Shot
  • Sensor Scope Diagnostics
  • Built-in Digital Instructions
  • Easily Align Replacement Sensors
  • See Through Tight Spaces at Long Distances
  • Easy Setup
  • Low Maintenance
  • Confident Setup
  • Robust and Durable
  • High Speed
  • Accurate
  • Repeatable
  • Edge Detection - Packaging, Wafers, etc.
  • Shaft Key Orientation
  • Small Parts Detection
  • Container Cap Alignment
  • Vision System Trigger
  • Metal Thread Detection on Machined Parts
Additional Information:
Brochure Link:  SmartDot Brochure (PDF)
Tri-Tronics Website:
Contact us:  800-222-2903 /

Friday, July 11, 2014

Minimizing Electrical Noise in Actuator Drive Systems

Electrical noise is common in industrial environments.  Erratic movements, random system faults, and communications loss, are just a few of the symptoms.  Proper system design and wiring can minimize electrical noise to the point where it doesn't interfere with system reliability.  For more information check out Tolomatic's Whitepaper:

Minimizing electrical noise in actuator drive systems for maximum reliability and performance 

Electric drives and actuators often need to operate in harsh factory conditions that subject the equipment to dust, moisture, heat and vibration. This same environment will also include electrical noise that can disrupt actuator control signals and cause erratic movements or precipitate complete system failure. By understanding electrical noise, system designers can take steps to minimize this interference and ensure higher reliability and maximum performance from electrical drives and actuators. This paper will discuss the
cause of electrical noise and its effects on communication loss, while also providing tips on how to minimize noise and maximize electric drive system performance.
Click here to continue reading the whitepaper 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Smallest Volume VFD on the Market - WEG CFW100

WEG has released the smallest volume Variable Speed Drive (VFD) on the market.  This tiny VFD is a single-phase variable frequency drive developed for simple applications ranging from 1/4 to 1 HP (0.18 kW to 0.75kW).  This drive is an ideal solution for many OEMs.  Connect this small drive to your induction motor and you get selectable scaler (V/F) or voltage vector control (VVW), along with a HMI for setup and monitoring.  The CFW100 is built around a plug & play philosophy so that installation and operation is fast and easy.

Features & Benefits

  • Power range: 0,18kW, 0,25kW and 0,75kW (0,25, 0,50 and 1,0 HP)
  • Single phase
  • Power supply voltage: 200-240 V
  • Scalar (V / F) or sensorless (VVW)
  • Plug-in modules: I/Os, USB, Bluetooth®, Infrared and Fieldbus communication
  • SoftPLC function built-in
  • HMI with 2 Parameters built-in
  • Ambient temperature 122 ºC
  • All the electronic boards are conformally coated classified as 3C2 according to IEC 60721-3-3
  • Protection Degree IP20
  • External RFI Filter (optional)
  • Flash memory module: In few seconds, it is possible to download the programming from a CFW100 to others without powering them up
  • SuperDrive G2 free softwares

Easy Configuration

Human Machine Interface

  • Machinery
  • Centrifugal pumps
  • Process dosing pumps
  • Fans / exhausters
  • Stirrers / Mixers
  • Lift doors
  • Roller tables
  • Granulators / palletizers
  • Rotary flters
  • Small handling applications



Need assistance or more information?
Email Scott Equipment or call 1-800-222-2903

Friday, June 20, 2014

IP Ratings and the Manufacturing Environment

Gary Rosengren - Director of Engineering at Tolomatic has posted an excellent white paper that discusses environmental conditions and how IP ratings may be applied when rod-type and rodless linear actuators are used in these environments.

Click below for the full whitepaper:

IP ratings and the manufacturing environment: How to apply linear actuators for quality, safety and long service life.   (pdf)

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Application Spotlight - Ultrasonic Sensors

Ultrasonic Sensors - Sound solutions for object detection and measurement

Whether your application is position detection, distance measurement, or the detection of solid, powder, or liquid media: BUS ultrasonic sensors are precise all-around performers. They remain high-performance independent of color, transparency, and surface properties. Even poor lighting conditions and dark, transparent, or highly reflective objects pose no problem.

Ultrasonic sensors show their true strength when long operating ranges with high accuracy are needed. In dusty, humid, and hazy environments, they are sometimes the only alternative. Even in the case of heavy debris, BUS sensors have proven themselves.

Ultrasonic sensors can be used in many application areas

Foil tear monitoring Ultrasonic sensors
with switching output can be used for foil tear
monitoring. If large waves are formed in the foil,
the sensor should be operated as a diffuse
reflective sensor. This operating mode functions
reliably even if the sound is reflected by waves in
the foil.

Height and width measurement
Through the use of multiple BUS M30 or
BUS 18M ultrasonic sensors, three-dimensional
measurements can be made for everything from
small boxes to large cartons.

Presence verification BUS detect filled or
empty pallets and measure the content of
transport containers. If a box or a container is to
be inspected with multiple sensors, they can be
synchronized with each other.

Robot positioning Due to their small dimensions, BUS are
ideally suited for exactly positioning robot arms:
BUS 18M ultrasonic sensors in threaded
sleeve and BUS R06K in block-style housing.

Control foil sag and monitor roll diameter Using an ultrasonic sensor with analog output, the material on a roll or a coil is detected and the roll drive or a brake readjusted. Another sensor with analog output readjusts the material infeed at the dancer roller as a function of the cable loop.

Scott Equipment offers a complete line of ultrasonic sensors from Balluff.  For additional information on Balluff ultrasonic sensors contact us or visit the Balluff Website.

Application spotlight provided by Balluff: 
Balluff, Inc.
8125 Holton Drive
Florence, KY 41042