The automation specialist Balluff is exhibiting at EMO Hannover 2019 to demonstrate, among other things, how intelligent sensors and the data they transmit directly from machines can significantly increase plant productivity - for example, by proactively planning maintenance and servicing. However, the sensors Balluff both develops and uses are now capable of much more.
For example, process sensors such as the thermal flow controllers operate in direct contact with liquid media to detect the flow and temperature, helping maintain a consistent temperature and keep productivity high. Meanwhile, Balluff pressure sensors provide information directly from the hydraulic system. Not only that, but they collect data for process monitoring and error detection. When used in hydrostatic level measurement, they also identify gradual level changes and can thus automatically trigger logistics and procurement processes.
In addition to its sensors, Balluff is also showcasing the new Heartbeat power supply units with diagnostic functions. These can notify the user via IO-Link in the event of an overload, adverse ambient conditions or a fault. The aim is to prevent unscheduled stoppages as much as possible. What’s more, the current status of a system can be assessed based on changes in power consumption.
Last but not least, Balluff has also set out to make it easy for companies to get started with automated tool management. As part of its trade fair showcase, the company is demonstrating to visitors how they can achieve greater transparency, efficiency and quality in metalworking with Tool ID - a tool coding system that uses industrial RFID. The new Easy version of Tool ID offers a cost-effective entry-level solution that can be easily retrofitted at any time and promises to wow users with its simple installation and configuration process.