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EXAMPLE APPLICATIONS

TO ILLUSTRATE THE WIDE-VARIETY OF APPLICATIONS SOLVED USING CONTRINEX SENSORS, WE HAVE POSTED A LARGE SELECTION OF EXAMPLE APPLICATIONS WHICH CAN BE SEEN BY CLICKING ON AN IMAGE. BELOW ARE A SELECTION OF SOME OF THESE APPLICATIONS:
FIBRE-OPTIC AMPLIFIERS, SENSORS AND FIBRES - TINY SENSORS / BIG PERFORMANCE
CUSTOMER VALUES Reliable, repeatable in-line testing of a range of different-sized containers Testing is completed at production-line speed Immediate identification of missing closures Elimination of manual inspection and potential batch rejection PRODUCT ADVANTAGES Extended sensing distances up to 40mm Unmatched combination of 40mm sensing distance in M30-diameter device
Customer Solution A Contrinex photoelectric sensor system, comprising a DIN- rail-mounted fibre-optic amplifier coupled with a multi-beam diffuse sensing head, provides an optimal solution for this application. With maximum switching frequencies of up to 4000 Hz and sensing distances of up to 150mm (6in), multi- beam fibre-optic sensors are ideal for detecting fast-moving targets. The PBTP construction of the sensing head ensures excellent mechanical protection in the production environment. The 28mm-wide sensing face of the multi-beam sensor detects targets across its entire width, providing a detection envelope that comfortably accommodates the customer’s 90mm x 20mm requirement. Initial set-up is accomplished by means of a manual teach-in function and integral signal- strength LCD, following which the system operates without manual intervention. A 2m-long fibre cable allows remote mounting of the fibre- optic amplifier; connection to the customer’s control system is via an industry-standard PNP interface and an integral M8 cable connector, allowing easy removal and replacement when necessary. The system tolerates high ambient-light conditions and detection of a broken cable is both highly reliable and immediate. If the cable breaks, the system interrupts the process and sounds an alarm, alerting the operator. Downtime arising from broken cables has been eliminated since the system has been operational.
During manufacture of automotive parking-brake cable, multiple strands of steel wire are twisted together, forming a single cable. After twisting, cable passes to the next process in an unsupported, continuous length. Occasionally, the cable breaks, compromising safety and damaging equipment. Although the cable’s exact path is unpredictable, a multi- beam fibre-optic sensor detects its presence, interrupting the process if it breaks. CUSTOMER APPLICATION During production of automotive parking-brake cable in a Portuguese factory, strands of steel wire are twisted together, forming a single cable with a nominal diameter of 3mm (0.1in). The process operates continuously, and twisted cable passes between successive work-stations in an unbroken length. Between operations, the cable is largely unsupported, assuming the form of a suspended catenary. Occasionally, a manufacturing defect causes the cable to break. In this event, safety is compromised and, unless processing is halted, machine breakdowns occur. A sensor system must detect the presence of the cable as it passes from one operation to the next, interrupting the process if it breaks. Because the cable is unsupported, its path is unpredictable and its exact position at any time, particularly in the vertical plane, is unknown. The sensor system must detect the presence of the cable reliably at any point within an envelope 90mm (3.5in) high and 20mm (0.75in) wide.
CONTRINEXS WORLD-CLASS FIBRE-OPTIC SENSOR RANGE INCLUDES BOTH DIN-RAIL MOUNTED AMPLIFIERS AND SENSOR HOUSING AS SMALL AS 30MM X 30MM X 15MM. GLASS AND SYNTHETIC OPTICAL FIBRES PROVIDE LOW-ATTENUATION AND RESISTANCE TO HIGH- AMBIENT TEMPERATURES AND AGGRESSIVE ENVIRONMENTS FOR DEMANDING APPLICATIONS.

FIBRE-OPTIC AMPLIFIERS, SENSORS AND FIBRES

Continex’s self-contained fibre-optic sensors are available in housings as small as 30mm x 30mm x 15mm, and several models of small DIN-rail mounted amplifiers that accommodate multiple-sensor applications. The Contrinex fibre-optic range is highly versatile including a choice of synthetic optical fibres with impressively low attenuation rates for general use or glass optical fibres for high ambient temperatures and aggressive environments provides options for even the most demanding applications. Customers requiring intrinsically-safe photoelectric sensors with DIN-rail mounted electronics need not look beyond the Contrinex 3060 series of fibre-optic amplifiers. Packed with functionality in a Crastin® molded-resin housing measuring only 31mm x 60mm x 10mm, every model combines ease of set-up with market-leading features. With switching times as low as 0.1 millisecond, 3060 fibre-optic amplifiers are ideal for sensing fast-moving targets in demanding environments, including robotics, precision handling systems and printed circuit board production. Distance setting is accomplished either by adjustment of a multi- turn potentiometer or by use of a teach-in function with manual fine adjustment; an optional digital display (model 3066) is also available. Using blue-light sources (model 3360), detecting glass and other materials with similar absorption spectra is possible at distances up to 100mm. Fibre-optic sensors are common in explosive environments or in the presence of strong electromagnetic fields – in these areas, sensors that rely on electrical signals may present a risk of explosion or fail to operate correctly. Contrinex manufactures world-class fibre-optic sensors and amplifiers that not only meet these needs, but also present a highly practical means of sensing in confined spaces. With bend-radii as small as 2mm, reliable, accurate sensing is possible even in the most inaccessible areas.
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FIBRE-OPTIC AMPLIFIERS,

SENSORS AND FIBRES

CONTRINEXS WORLD-CLASS FIBRE-OPTIC SENSOR RANGE INCLUDES BOTH DIN-RAIL MOUNTED AMPLIFIERS AND SENSOR HOUSING AS SMALL AS 30MM X 30MM X 15MM. GLASS AND SYNTHETIC OPTICAL FIBRES PROVIDE LOW- ATTENUATION AND RESISTANCE TO HIGH- AMBIENT TEMPERATURES AND AGGRESSIVE ENVIRONMENTS FOR DEMANDING APPLICATIONS.
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Continex’s self-contained fibre-optic sensors are available in housings as small as 30mm x 30mm x 15mm, and several models of small DIN-rail mounted amplifiers that accommodate multiple-sensor applications. The Contrinex fibre-optic range is highly versatile including a choice of synthetic optical fibres with impressively low attenuation rates for general use or glass optical fibres for high ambient temperatures and aggressive environments provides options for even the most demanding applications. Customers requiring intrinsically-safe photoelectric sensors with DIN-rail mounted electronics need not look beyond the Contrinex 3060 series of fibre-optic amplifiers. Packed with functionality in a Crastin® molded-resin housing measuring only 31mm x 60mm x 10mm, every model combines ease of set-up with market- leading features. With switching times as low as 0.1 millisecond, 3060 fibre-optic amplifiers are ideal for sensing fast-moving targets in demanding environments, including robotics, precision handling systems and printed circuit board production. Distance setting is accomplished either by adjustment of a multi- turn potentiometer or by use of a teach-in function with manual fine adjustment; an optional digital display (model 3066) is also available. Using blue-light sources (model 3360), detecting glass and other materials with similar absorption spectra is possible at distances up to 100mm. Fibre-optic sensors are common in explosive environments or in the presence of strong electromagnetic fields – in these areas, sensors that rely on electrical signals may present a risk of explosion or fail to operate correctly. Contrinex manufactures world-class fibre-optic sensors and amplifiers that not only meet these needs, but also present a highly practical means of sensing in confined spaces. With bend-radii as small as 2mm, reliable, accurate sensing is possible even in the most inaccessible areas.
FIBRE-OPTIC AMPLIFIERS, SENSORS AND FIBRES - TINY SENSORS / BIG PERFORMANCE
During manufacture of automotive parking-brake cable, multiple strands of steel wire are twisted together, forming a single cable. After twisting, cable passes to the next process in an unsupported, continuous length. Occasionally, the cable breaks, compromising safety and damaging equipment. Although the cable’s exact path is unpredictable, a multi- beam fibre-optic sensor detects its presence, interrupting the process if it breaks. CUSTOMER APPLICATION During production of automotive parking-brake cable in a Portuguese factory, strands of steel wire are twisted together, forming a single cable with a nominal diameter of 3mm (0.1in). The process operates continuously, and twisted cable passes between successive work-stations in an unbroken length. Between operations, the cable is largely unsupported, assuming the form of a suspended catenary. Occasionally, a manufacturing defect causes the cable to break. In this event, safety is compromised and, unless processing is halted, machine breakdowns occur. A sensor system must detect the presence of the cable as it passes from one operation to the next, interrupting the process if it breaks. Because the cable is unsupported, its path is unpredictable and its exact position at any time, particularly in the vertical plane, is unknown. The sensor system must detect the presence of the cable reliably at any point within an envelope 90mm (3.5in) high and 20mm (0.75in) wide.
Customer Solution A Contrinex photoelectric sensor system, comprising a DIN- rail-mounted fibre-optic amplifier coupled with a multi-beam diffuse sensing head, provides an optimal solution for this application. With maximum switching frequencies of up to 4000 Hz and sensing distances of up to 150mm (6in), multi- beam fibre-optic sensors are ideal for detecting fast-moving targets. The PBTP construction of the sensing head ensures excellent mechanical protection in the production environment. The 28mm-wide sensing face of the multi-beam sensor detects targets across its entire width, providing a detection envelope that comfortably accommodates the customer’s 90mm x 20mm requirement. Initial set-up is accomplished by means of a manual teach-in function and integral signal- strength LCD, following which the system operates without manual intervention. A 2m-long fibre cable allows remote mounting of the fibre- optic amplifier; connection to the customer’s control system is via an industry-standard PNP interface and an integral M8 cable connector, allowing easy removal and replacement when necessary. The system tolerates high ambient-light conditions and detection of a broken cable is both highly reliable and immediate. If the cable breaks, the system interrupts the process and sounds an alarm, alerting the operator. Downtime arising from broken cables has been eliminated since the system has been operational.
CUSTOMER VALUES Reliable, repeatable in-line testing of a range of different-sized containers Testing is completed at production-line speed Immediate identification of missing closures Elimination of manual inspection and potential batch rejection PRODUCT ADVANTAGES Extended sensing distances up to 40mm Unmatched combination of 40mm sensing distance in M30-diameter device