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wenglor Sensors make autonomous driving become reality

The spanish expert for intralogistics ASTI Sistemas revolutionizes autonomous driving of forklift trucks in logistics centres worldwide with the application of WinTec Transit Time Sensors P1KY001 - and therewith shapes the future of logistics decisively. In order to direct the Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) without colliding and to safely load and unload pallet materials, the compact photoelectronic wenglor sensors were integrated into the narrow fork cone ends as well as the metal chassis. The wenglor High-Performance Distance Sensor P1KY001 offers crucial advantages, which totally convinced the customer: On the one hand, the housing format of only 22 x 32 x 12 mm has the perfect size for the integration in the fork cone ends. On the other hand it provides a market-wide unique switching distance from 0 to 1.000 mm in combination with a breathtaking performance on black or glossy plastic surfaces. "Thanks to the world’s smallest transit time sensor from wenglor, automated guided vehicles already became reality. They increase efficiency and safety in huge logistics centres and similarly reduce labor costs", explains the General Manager of wenglor Spain, Xavier Roig. "We’re very proud to be part of this innovation and to once more being able to appear as a pioneer for a whole industry."

wenglor Demonstrates Sensor Expertise in Dovy’s Bonding Line
wenglor Demonstrates Sensor Expertise Across the Board in Dovy’s Automated Bonding Line

Automation is rising to prominence virtually any industry. It gives way to a more efficient working method and ensures consistently high quality. Donald Muylle, managing director of Belgium-based kitchen manufacturers Dovy Keukens, shares the same opinion. The latest result of this conviction is a fully automated bonding line for production of the widely-known laminate panels. However, a great deal of effort was necessary in order to implement this automation project, and large numbers of wenglor sensors had to be installed so that everything can be correctly controlled. wenglor has helped the Belgian company in realizing this difficult automation masterpiece.

wenglor Flow Sensors Provide for Clean Bottles

One of China’s largest manufacturers of industrial cleaning equipment counts on wenglor’s type FFAF029 Flow Sensors for monitoring flow in its systems. In particular the demanding combination of technical features lastingly made wenglor’s product the customer’s number one preferred candidate: ½" process connection, flow velocities of up to 280 cm/s, data outputs, rod lengths of at least 10 mm and many other features are united by the wenglor product into a compact housing, which is positioned directly within the pipe. This extraordinary combination is unparalleled throughout the market. The customer was also convinced by easy installation regardless of flow direction, as well as the comprehensive worldwide support provided by wenglor. The sensors in the industrial washing system for the beverages industry monitor the flow velocity of the cleaning water with which the bottles are cleaned. If the flow rate falls below a specified limit, the sensor precisely regulates the supply of water to the system. “The customer expects quality, precision and top reliability in order to prevent failures, and to assure the implementation of an efficient cleaning process”, says wenglor Sales Director Sam Li, who’s responsible for the Chinese market. “We can fulfill all of these criteria with our Flow Sensors, and we can ensure long-term collaboration as well.”

Retro-Reflex Sensor Assures Maximum Precision

Large packaging companies use wenglor’s KR87PCT2 retro-reflex sensor for clear glass recognition in order to reliably detect very small objects. In addition to demands for solutions which are inexpensive and can be installed as easily as possible, users are focusing attention more and more frequently on highly accurate detection of extremely small objects in the millimeter range. The high-precision retro-reflex sensor is capable of reliably detecting, for example, ultra-thin rubber profiles with thicknesses ranging from 0.5 to 1 mm and height fluctuations of up to 10 mm. The red light beam has a diameter of roughly 10 mm. As long as the profile is located within the light beam, a small portion of the beam is interrupted – the sensor is thus able to detect extremely small objects. But this is only possible due to the fact that the switching distance is set automatically to the ideal value by means of dynamic readjustment. Thanks to top quality single-lens optics, an additional aperture can be screwed onto the optics in order to obtain a bar-shaped spot. “Thanks to precise aperture technology, complex applications can be implemented which would be much more expensive and complicated to install with fiber-optic light curtains, for example”, explains wenglor sales engineer Klemens Prinz. “Our customers enjoy multiple benefits with this combination comprised of sensor, reflector and aperture.” The aperture technology also opens up further possibilities for the packaging industry and special machinery manufacturing, where the retro-reflex sensors are used especially frequently “Thanks to the utilized single-lens optics, many other solutions can also be implemented with slit apertures and circular apertures, by means of which extremely small objects such as glass ampoules, pipettes and small glass tubes need to be accurately detected”, adds Prinz.

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