Applications of Advanced Electronics in Industrial Automation

As the key solution for constantly changing consumer demands and time-to-market pressures, automation is embedded in the ideology of modern manufacturing. Since the onset of the production line, these have been constant issues for manufacturers.

Whilst the infrastructure might have significantly altered, the question is the same: How to optimize throughput without limiting product quality, to maximize returns on investment?

Advanced networking capabilities and computer numerical control (CNC) are vital for achieving this result. However, these novel capabilities are in turn reliant on advanced electronics solutions which are both extremely accurate and cost-effective.

Due to ignorance of the underlying advanced electronics of automation systems, these simple solutions are frequently overlooked in industrial manufacturing environments, meaning profits are sometimes squandered. In this article, the vital advanced electronics systems for current and next-generation industrial automation are discussed.

Conveyor Belt Package Recognition

A conveyor belt is synonymous with the sequential operations of a standard production line and is still a vital component for automation of industrial manufacturing. To enhance manufacturing and packaging processes a number of advanced electronics systems can be integrated with conveyors. For example, optoelectronic sensors are widely utilized to enhance the precision of automated assembly, packing, and delivery through autonomous part recognition.

Hermetic infrared light-emitting diodes (IR-LEDs) give out a high-intensity beam of monochromatic light on the IR spectrum at a narrow-angle. This radiance is perfect for machine automation, assisting with assembly line automation, non-contact reflective object sensing, and end-of-travel sensing. TT Electronics provides four proprietary hermetic IR-LEDs for industrial automation, the OP123, OP124, OP223, and OP224.

Packaging and Delivery Systems

Many commercial brands have also turned to advanced optoelectronics components alongside simple positional detection, to speed up essential packaging processes. Slotted optical switches for air-cushion inflation processing provide a unique solution for uniform inflation of packing media and high throughput.

For optimal performance, the OPB830 array of slotted optical switches from TT Electronics can be side-mounted, with reliable detection of inflation volumes using an IR laser with a wavelength of 890 nanometers (nm).

Advanced Electronics for Robotic Arms

Eliminating the variables of human error and fatigue, robotic arms are now routine on a number of production lines. These occupy a unique intersection in mechanical engineering, depending on numerous interacting technologies to carry out repeatable, reliable processes.

Hall Effect sensors are widely employed for positional sensing of robotic components as a function of the magnitude of a magnetic field. The output voltage of the sensor is directly proportional to magnetic strength which is in turn reliant on the position of distinct robotic parts.

For non-contact switching operations and brushless motors, TT Electronics offers the Halloic® range of Hall Effect sensors. These are instrumental in controlling the positioning of robotic systems, with low profiles allowing the integration of a number of sensors into a single device for optimal process control. Hall Effect sensors are crucial for current robotics technology, and the automation control systems of the future.

Advanced Electronics Systems from TT Electronics

TT Electronics design and create advanced electronics for tomorrow’s industrial automation challenges today. Packaging and delivery systems, conveyors, and robotic arms are ubiquitous on manufacturing lines. However, they are frequently disregarded for additional investment, which could have appreciable effects on production and profit margins in both the long and short term.

This information has been sourced, reviewed and adapted from materials provided by TT Electronics plc.

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