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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:
CUSTOMER VALUES IMPROVED CONFIDENCE AND SAFETY EASE OF INTEGRATION INTO ROBOTIC SYSTEM DETECTION THROUGH A BARRIER FOR EASIER CLEANING NO MECHANICAL CONTACTS PRODUCT ADVANTAGES LONG OPERATING DISTANCE ROBUST AND RELIABLE SWITCHING SMALL SIZE
Laparoscopic surgery has started using robot-assistance and a key issue these systems face is ensuring that the correct length and diameter of cannula or trocar has been loaded into the robotic manipulator before insertion into the body cavity. CUSTOMER APPLICATION To perform robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery, the surgeon sits at a computer console viewing a 3-D image of the surgical field and guiding surgical instruments via joy-sticks. The improved depth perception and rotational movement provided by a robot has extended laparoscopic surgery to more complex procedures. These require cannulas of many different types, each individually identified by ridges and grooves machined into the area clamped by the robotic member. If the wrong cannula type is fitted it may be too small for the tools required or too large for the intended procedure, with potential harm to surgical outcomes. It is therefore essential that the robotic system should check the cannula before allowing the surgeon to proceed with surgery. A non-contact solution is required. Space constraints around the robot also make small size essential. CUSTOMER SOLUTION Contrinex’s ‘Basic’ range of inductive sensors (600 series), are installed into the clamping block of the robotic member and utilise their high-performance sensing capability to detect the presence of machined ridges and grooves in the cannula. The groves provide a binary code that identifies the specific dimensions and profile of the cannula loaded. Detection is accomplished through the wall of the mounting block, isolating the sensors from the surgical device. Space constraints require these 6.5 mm diameter sensors are mounted side by side with no spacing, essentially violating mounting rules. To avoid the possibility of cross talk or mutual interference the sensors are powered on and off sequentially and their output status monitored. Sensor data delivered to the control system allows the surgeon to proceed with confidence that instrument movements within the patient’s body will be dimensionally correct and the internal size of the cannula is sufficient for entry of the surgical tools required.
CUSTOMER VALUES RELIABLE SENSING OF HOIST-CARRIAGE POSITION IN BUSY CONTAINER SEAPORT SIGNIFICANT REDUCTION IN CRANE DOWNTIME MARKED DECREASE IN MAINTENANCE COSTS FOR REPLACEMENT SENSORS PRODUCT ADVANTAGES IP68 AND IP69K RATING COST-EFFECTIVE HIGH-PERFORMANCE SENSOR WITH EXCEPTIONAL RELIABILITY SENSING DISTANCES UP TO 40MM IN INDUSTRY-STANDARD 40 X 40MM HOUSING
CUSTOMER VALUES COST EFFECTIVE SOLUTION SETUP TIMES REDUCED AND WORKLOADS RATIONALISED EFFICIENT AUTOMATIC MANIPULATION OF MOULDING TOOLS AVOIDANCE OF PRODUCTION FAULTS, DAMAGE TO TOOLS OR PRESS AND RESULTING DOWNTIME PROCESS SPEED AND CONSISTENCY ASSURED PRODUCT ADVANTAGES ROBUST CONSTRUCTION PROVEN RELIABILITY HIGH SWITCHING ACCURACY IO-LINK INTERFACE INCLUDED IDEAL FOR INDUSTRY 4
An automated tool-change process reduces setup times and improves machine efficiency, but introduces the risk of damage if the tool-press is not completely closed before its moulding tools are changed. Therefore a Contrinex inductive sensor is trusted to ensure that the tool-press is completely closed, so that the moulding tools can be changed safely and efficiently. CUSTOMER APPLICATION Hydraulic presses that are used to mould automotive body parts have had their tool change automated. The down-acting hydraulic presses which are common in many industries, feature rams that hold the upper tool half in position as they press down on the lower half. To change tooling requires the detachment of the upper tool half from the ram, putting it into the lower half, and sliding both out of the press. Before the ram releases the top half for any tool change, the tool pair must be in the closed position. This ensures that both tool halves are perfectly aligned when the automatic tool-change process starts, avoiding damage to either tool or press and any consequent downtime.
CUSTOMER SOLUTION The Contrinex DW-AS-603-M18-002 inductive sensor meets the requirements of this application, due to its robust industrial construction and the proven reliability of its sensing capabilities - There is also the benefit that it is from Contrinex’s lowest priced, ‘Basic’ ‘600’ series of inductive sensors. A single sensor is mounted using an angle bracket on the lower tool housing. Directly above it, a matching bracket on the upper housing serves as the reference surface. Before enabling tool release, this sensor is checked. Since the target does not enter the switching range until the tool is fully closed, premature tool release is prevented. The accuracy in switching distance of these sensors means that the upper tool half is only released when the tool is fully and correctly closed. The checking process is quick and reliable and prevents the press from proceeding to the tool-change process with incorrectly closed tools, to avoid downtime and damage to tools and the press.
CUSTOMER SOLUTION Contrinex’s ‘Basic’ range of inductive sensors are highly suited for this application. Mounted in rugged 40 x 40mm polyamide glass-fibre housings, these devices from the ‘Classics’ technology family utilised a 20mm sensing distance that eliminates the risk of collisions. A 40mm sensing distance is also available for this sensor if needed and its IP68 / IP69K- rating makes it ideal for the outdoor working environment, even in a seaport. The use of industry-standard housings for these Contrinex sensors ensures that they are drop-in replacements for competitor’s devices. No modification to the mounting arrangements was necessary, incurring little downtime during the changeover to the new sensing arrangements. Communication with the crane’s control system is via a PNP changeover interface, replacing the existing two-wire arrangement; a flexible PUR-sheathed cable provides the electrical connection. The new sensor features an integral S12 connector, allowing easy removal and replacement for maintenance. A step improvement in operational performance was evident immediately after the new units were installed. The new sensors provide reliable sensing of each hoist’s position with no reported collisions since the date of installation. The customer has reported a marked reduction in crane downtime with an associated decrease in expenditure on replacement sensors.
Container-handling cranes in Britain’s busy seaports operate around the clock relying upon Contrinex’s rugged inductive sensors on each hoist carriage to detect its position with respect to the crane structure and prevent it travelling outside preset limits. Because mechanical play in the hoist carriage allows a small amount of lateral drift as it travels along the crane structure, Contrinex’s long sensing distance is essential to prevent the sensor colliding with the crane structure. CUSTOMER APPLICATION Loading and unloading containers in a busy British seaport is a 24-hour activity, all year round, with optimum utilisation of storage space being essential to achieve maximum operating efficiency. Container-handling cranes operate above a storage area, positioning containers before lowering them into place. The hoist carriage on each crane travels along the length of the crane structure, traversing the width of the storage area to achieve complete coverage of the available storage space. Sensors fitted to the hoist carriage detect the ends of the structure, cutting power to the drive-motors and preventing the carriage from travelling beyond allowable limits. Mechanical play in the drive system results in the carriage drifting laterally as it travels along the crane structure. The 15mm sensing range of a competitor’s sensors were inadequate; occasionally causing sensors to collide with the crane’s structure, causing damage and interrupting operation. Better inductive sensors with increased sensing range are needed to prevent collisions.
CUSTOMER VALUES FAST AND EASY UPGRADE OF MECHANICAL LIMIT SWITCHES TOOL-FREE MOUNTING ROTATABLE SENSING FACE, MOUNTABLE IN FIVE DIRECTIONS SIGNIFICANT REDUCTION IN DOWNTIME PRODUCT ADVANTAGES LONG OPERATING DISTANCE UP TO 40 MM HIGHLY FLEXIBLE, RELIABLE AND ECONOMICAL SUITABLE FOR HARSH ENVIRONMENTS AND TEMPERATURES FROM -25°C TO +85°C LONG LIFE, ESPECIALLY IN APPLICATIONS WITH TEMPERATURE FLUCTUATIONS AND VIBRATIONS HIGH SWITCHING FREQUENCIES, RELIABLE SWITCHING CHANGEOVER OUTPUTS 4 LED INDICATORS IO-LINK INTERFACE
Contrinex’s ‘Basic’ ‘600’ range of inductive sensors don’t require compromise, aside from accepting a low-price – Their rugged C44 inductive sensors, for example, offer a sensing range of up to 40mm in a small cubic 40x 40mm, IP68/ IP69K- rated polyamide glass-fibre housing. High performance, an extended operating temperature of -25°C to +85 °C and a long sensor life, make them ideal for an outdoor working environment, such as keeping a Ferris wheel turning. Utilising a housing design which makes it interchangeable with common mechanical limit switches and competitors inductive sensors, it also features a rotatable sensing head, which can be turned in five directions giving extraordinary mounting flexibility. Installation is also made easier with tool- free mounting and bright LEDs on four corners to indicate the operating status. An integral S12 connector allows for easy removal and replacement for maintenance and the IO-Link communication protocol included in the sensor, facilitates easy Industry 4 / IIoT connection. The Contrinex C44 inductive sensor is not only ideal for fairground rides, but is also widely used in the automotive industry, conveyor systems, cranes and port facilities, plus a wide variety of machinery.
600 SERIES INDUCTIVE SENSORS - EXCELLENT PRICE PERFORMANCE RATIO
PRODUCT ADVANTAGES THE ECONOMIC INDUCTIVE SENSOR FAMILY - EXCELLENT PRICE PERFORMANCE RATIO A LARGE VARIETY OF PRODUCT SHAPES AND SIZES A CHOICE OF SENSING DISTANCES (PLUS THE SISTER 500 SERIES OFFERING FURTHER EXTENDED SENSING DISTANCE AND THE MINIATURE FAMILY PROVIDING SMALLER SIZES) DEVIATION IN OPERATING DISTANCE ≤2% OUTSTANDING TEMPERATURE COMPENSATION IO-LINK INTERFACE INCLUDED IDEAL FOR INDUSTRY 4
Contrinex’s 600 Series of inductive sensors offer their uncompromising accuracy and exceptional reliability at an economical price. Available in sizes from M8 to M30, plus C44 (40 x 40mm), with optional Ø 6.5 plain and 8 mm square-section models, the 600 Series is ideal for general position-sensing and presence-sensing applications in almost any industry. Embeddable or non-embeddable variants are available, with either hard-wired, hermetically sealed connecting cables or integral metal connectors. Highly repeatable results are supplied at operating temperatures between -25°C and +70°C and the included IO- Link interface makes integration to Industry 4.0 easier and more powerful.
‘BASIC’ DOESNT MEAN COMPROMISE FOR CONTRINEXS ‘600’ SERIES INDUCTIVE SENSORS - THESE HIGH-QUALITY, INDUCTIVE SENSORS ARE AVAILABLE IN A WIDE VARIETY OF SIZES AND SPECIFICATIONS.

600 SERIES - ‘CLASSIC BASIC INDUCTIVE SENSORS

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CUSTOMER VALUES IMPROVED CONFIDENCE AND SAFETY EASE OF INTEGRATION INTO ROBOTIC SYSTEM DETECTION THROUGH A BARRIER FOR EASIER CLEANING NO MECHANICAL CONTACTS PRODUCT ADVANTAGES LONG OPERATING DISTANCE ROBUST AND RELIABLE SWITCHING SMALL SIZE
Laparoscopic surgery has started using robot-assistance and a key issue these systems face is ensuring that the correct length and diameter of cannula or trocar has been loaded into the robotic manipulator before insertion into the body cavity. CUSTOMER APPLICATION To perform robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery, the surgeon sits at a computer console viewing a 3-D image of the surgical field and guiding surgical instruments via joy-sticks. The improved depth perception and rotational movement provided by a robot has extended laparoscopic surgery to more complex procedures. These require cannulas of many different types, each individually identified by ridges and grooves machined into the area clamped by the robotic member. If the wrong cannula type is fitted it may be too small for the tools required or too large for the intended procedure, with potential harm to surgical outcomes. It is therefore essential that the robotic system should check the cannula before allowing the surgeon to proceed with surgery. A non-contact solution is required. Space constraints around the robot also make small size essential. CUSTOMER SOLUTION Contrinex’s ‘Basic’ range of inductive sensors (600 series), are installed into the clamping block of the robotic member and utilise their high-performance sensing capability to detect the presence of machined ridges and grooves in the cannula. The groves provide a binary code that identifies the specific dimensions and profile of the cannula loaded. Detection is accomplished through the wall of the mounting block, isolating the sensors from the surgical device. Space constraints require these 6.5 mm diameter sensors are mounted side by side with no spacing, essentially violating mounting rules. To avoid the possibility of cross talk or mutual interference the sensors are powered on and off sequentially and their output status monitored. Sensor data delivered to the control system allows the surgeon to proceed with confidence that instrument movements within the patient’s body will be dimensionally correct and the internal size of the cannula is sufficient for entry of the surgical tools required.
CUSTOMER VALUES COST EFFECTIVE SOLUTION SETUP TIMES REDUCED AND WORKLOADS RATIONALISED EFFICIENT AUTOMATIC MANIPULATION OF MOULDING TOOLS AVOIDANCE OF PRODUCTION FAULTS, DAMAGE TO TOOLS OR PRESS AND RESULTING DOWNTIME PROCESS SPEED AND CONSISTENCY ASSURED PRODUCT ADVANTAGES ROBUST CONSTRUCTION PROVEN RELIABILITY HIGH SWITCHING ACCURACY IO-LINK INTERFACE INCLUDED IDEAL FOR INDUSTRY 4
An automated tool-change process reduces setup times and improves machine efficiency, but introduces the risk of damage if the tool-press is not completely closed before its moulding tools are changed. Therefore a Contrinex inductive sensor is trusted to ensure that the tool-press is completely closed, so that the moulding tools can be changed safely and efficiently. CUSTOMER APPLICATION Hydraulic presses that are used to mould automotive body parts have had their tool change automated. The down-acting hydraulic presses which are common in many industries, feature rams that hold the upper tool half in position as they press down on the lower half. To change tooling requires the detachment of the upper tool half from the ram, putting it into the lower half, and sliding both out of the press. Before the ram releases the top half for any tool change, the tool pair must be in the closed position. This ensures that both tool halves are perfectly aligned when the automatic tool-change process starts, avoiding damage to either tool or press and any consequent downtime.
CUSTOMER SOLUTION The Contrinex DW-AS-603-M18-002 inductive sensor meets the requirements of this application, due to its robust industrial construction and the proven reliability of its sensing capabilities - There is also the benefit that it is from Contrinex’s lowest priced, ‘Basic’ ‘600’ series of inductive sensors. A single sensor is mounted using an angle bracket on the lower tool housing. Directly above it, a matching bracket on the upper housing serves as the reference surface. Before enabling tool release, this sensor is checked. Since the target does not enter the switching range until the tool is fully closed, premature tool release is prevented. The accuracy in switching distance of these sensors means that the upper tool half is only released when the tool is fully and correctly closed. The checking process is quick and reliable and prevents the press from proceeding to the tool-change process with incorrectly closed tools, to avoid downtime and damage to tools and the press.
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600 SERIES - ‘CLASSIC

BASIC INDUCTIVE SENSORS

‘BASIC’ DOESNT MEAN COMPROMISE FOR CONTRINEXS ‘600’ SERIES INDUCTIVE SENSORS - THESE HIGH-QUALITY, INDUCTIVE SENSORS ARE AVAILABLE IN A WIDE VARIETY OF SIZES AND SPECIFICATIONS.
CUSTOMER VALUES FAST AND EASY UPGRADE OF MECHANICAL LIMIT SWITCHES TOOL-FREE MOUNTING ROTATABLE SENSING FACE, MOUNTABLE IN FIVE DIRECTIONS SIGNIFICANT REDUCTION IN DOWNTIME PRODUCT ADVANTAGES LONG OPERATING DISTANCE UP TO 40 MM HIGHLY FLEXIBLE, RELIABLE AND ECONOMICAL SUITABLE FOR HARSH ENVIRONMENTS AND TEMPERATURES FROM -25°C TO +85°C LONG LIFE, ESPECIALLY IN APPLICATIONS WITH TEMPERATURE FLUCTUATIONS AND VIBRATIONS HIGH SWITCHING FREQUENCIES, RELIABLE SWITCHING CHANGEOVER OUTPUTS 4 LED INDICATORS IO-LINK INTERFACE
Contrinex’s ‘Basic’ ‘600’ range of inductive sensors don’t require compromise, aside from accepting a low-price – Their rugged C44 inductive sensors, for example, offer a sensing range of up to 40mm in a small cubic 40x 40mm, IP68/ IP69K- rated polyamide glass-fibre housing. High performance, an extended operating temperature of -25°C to +85 °C and a long sensor life, make them ideal for an outdoor working environment, such as keeping a Ferris wheel turning. Utilising a housing design which makes it interchangeable with common mechanical limit switches and competitors inductive sensors, it also features a rotatable sensing head, which can be turned in five directions giving extraordinary mounting flexibility. Installation is also made easier with tool- free mounting and bright LEDs on four corners to indicate the operating status. An integral S12 connector allows for easy removal and replacement for maintenance and the IO-Link communication protocol included in the sensor, facilitates easy Industry 4 / IIoT connection. The Contrinex C44 inductive sensor is not only ideal for fairground rides, but is also widely used in the automotive industry, conveyor systems, cranes and port facilities, plus a wide variety of machinery.
CUSTOMER VALUES RELIABLE SENSING OF HOIST-CARRIAGE POSITION IN BUSY CONTAINER SEAPORT SIGNIFICANT REDUCTION IN CRANE DOWNTIME MARKED DECREASE IN MAINTENANCE COSTS FOR REPLACEMENT SENSORS PRODUCT ADVANTAGES IP68 AND IP69K RATING COST-EFFECTIVE HIGH-PERFORMANCE SENSOR WITH EXCEPTIONAL RELIABILITY SENSING DISTANCES UP TO 40MM IN INDUSTRY-STANDARD 40 X 40MM HOUSING
CUSTOMER SOLUTION Contrinex’s ‘Basic’ range of inductive sensors are highly suited for this application. Mounted in rugged 40 x 40mm polyamide glass-fibre housings, these devices from the ‘Classics’ technology family utilised a 20mm sensing distance that eliminates the risk of collisions. A 40mm sensing distance is also available for this sensor if needed and its IP68 / IP69K- rating makes it ideal for the outdoor working environment, even in a seaport. The use of industry-standard housings for these Contrinex sensors ensures that they are drop-in replacements for competitor’s devices. No modification to the mounting arrangements was necessary, incurring little downtime during the changeover to the new sensing arrangements. Communication with the crane’s control system is via a PNP changeover interface, replacing the existing two-wire arrangement; a flexible PUR-sheathed cable provides the electrical connection. The new sensor features an integral S12 connector, allowing easy removal and replacement for maintenance. A step improvement in operational performance was evident immediately after the new units were installed. The new sensors provide reliable sensing of each hoist’s position with no reported collisions since the date of installation. The customer has reported a marked reduction in crane downtime with an associated decrease in expenditure on replacement sensors.
Container-handling cranes in Britain’s busy seaports operate around the clock relying upon Contrinex’s rugged inductive sensors on each hoist carriage to detect its position with respect to the crane structure and prevent it travelling outside preset limits. Because mechanical play in the hoist carriage allows a small amount of lateral drift as it travels along the crane structure, Contrinex’s long sensing distance is essential to prevent the sensor colliding with the crane structure. CUSTOMER APPLICATION Loading and unloading containers in a busy British seaport is a 24-hour activity, all year round, with optimum utilisation of storage space being essential to achieve maximum operating efficiency. Container-handling cranes operate above a storage area, positioning containers before lowering them into place. The hoist carriage on each crane travels along the length of the crane structure, traversing the width of the storage area to achieve complete coverage of the available storage space. Sensors fitted to the hoist carriage detect the ends of the structure, cutting power to the drive-motors and preventing the carriage from travelling beyond allowable limits. Mechanical play in the drive system results in the carriage drifting laterally as it travels along the crane structure. The 15mm sensing range of a competitor’s sensors were inadequate; occasionally causing sensors to collide with the crane’s structure, causing damage and interrupting operation. Better inductive sensors with increased sensing range are needed to prevent collisions.
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600 SERIES INDUCTIVE SENSORS - EXCELLENT PRICE PERFORMANCE RATIO
PRODUCT ADVANTAGES THE ECONOMIC INDUCTIVE SENSOR FAMILY - EXCELLENT PRICE PERFORMANCE RATIO A LARGE VARIETY OF PRODUCT SHAPES AND SIZES A CHOICE OF SENSING DISTANCES (PLUS THE SISTER 500 SERIES OFFERING FURTHER EXTENDED SENSING DISTANCE AND THE MINIATURE FAMILY PROVIDING SMALLER SIZES) DEVIATION IN OPERATING DISTANCE ≤2% OUTSTANDING TEMPERATURE COMPENSATION IO-LINK INTERFACE INCLUDED IDEAL FOR INDUSTRY 4
Contrinex’s 600 Series of inductive sensors offer their uncompromising accuracy and exceptional reliability at an economical price. Available in sizes from M8 to M30, plus C44 (40 x 40mm), with optional Ø 6.5 plain and 8 mm square- section models, the 600 Series is ideal for general position- sensing and presence-sensing applications in almost any industry. Embeddable or non-embeddable variants are available, with either hard-wired, hermetically sealed connecting cables or integral metal connectors. Highly repeatable results are supplied at operating temperatures between -25°C and +70°C and the included IO-Link interface makes integration to Industry 4.0 easier and more powerful.
WELCOME TO PLUS AUTOMATION LTD - EXPERTS IN SENSORS, WE WORK TO HELP YOU SOLVE YOUR APPLICATIONS, IMPROVE MACHINE PERFORMANCE & RELIABILITY AND REDUCE COSTS USING CONTRINEXS EXCEPTIONAL SENSORS - LET US HELP YOU #MAKE SENSE OF SENSORS
Sales@PLUSAx.co.uk 0121 58 222 58