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  1. 8 Oct 2018

    Many users find vision challenging and it can be difficult to know where to start, but there are some simple steps that can help you match the right vision solution to your application. This article describes 4 questions to ask to help you clarify your application requirements.

  2. 1 Oct 2018

    Many users find vision challenging, and complex vision systems certainly can be overwhelming, but vision is a powerful tool for many applications. Vision sensors are an especially great choice for users getting started with vision. This article explains what vision sensors are, when to use a vision sensor, and when to upgrade to a smart camera.

  3. 11 Jul 2018

    Learn 3 of the most common food hazards that can result in product recall and the sensor technologies that can help ensure food safety in each scenario.

  4. 11 Jun 2018

    Properly monitoring and managing tank levels can help improve efficiency and increase productivity and profitability. Read this article to learn about the advantages of wireless remote tank level monitoring.

  5. 22 May 2018

    Cables are an essential part of any industrial application. This article describes the difference between PVC and PUR cables and when to use each type of cable.

  6. 5 Apr 2018

    Read the article to learn 5 features to look for when choosing an industrial safety controller.

  7. 29 Mar 2018

    This guide explains common sensor specifications and discusses how to use them to find the right sensor for your application

  8. 12 Mar 2018

    Read the article to learn more about how wireless IIoT technologies are making machine maintenance easier and more effective.

  9. 23 Jan 2018

    This article explains what excess gain is, how it is measured, and general guidelines for how much excess gain is needed for industrial sensing applications.

  10. 10 Jan 2018

    Catch up on our most popular articles of 2017, and see what's trending in industrial automation.

  11. 15 Nov 2017

    This article describes how IO-Link provides users with remote monitoring capabilities for sensors and can help increase uptime, productivity, and throughput.

  12. 8 Nov 2017

    This article explains the differences between glass and plastic fiber optics and how to choose the right fiber optic technology for your application.

  13. 1 Nov 2017

    This article explains what fiber optics are and how they work in industrial applications. Learn important terms and the basics of fiber optic systems and assemblies.

  14. 25 Oct 2017

    This article describes advantages, considerations, and common applications for fiber optic sensors.

  15. 6 Oct 2017

    This article explains common challenges for lighting in industrial environments and considerations for extreme conditions.

  16. 21 Sep 2017

    Are LEDs right for your application? Learn the costs of ownership for lighting in manufacturing environments.

  17. 30 Aug 2017

    Use our lux/lumens calculator to determine how much light is needed for your industrial lighting application.

  18. 7 Aug 2017

    Learn how to use a radar sensor for vehicle detection and find out the top 3 advantages of this technology.

  19. 17 Jul 2017

    Learn how to use a wireless magnetometer for vehicle detection and find out the top 3 advantages of this technology.

  20. 7 Jul 2017

    See 3 solutions to reliably detect clear and reflective semiconductor wafers in a vacuum chamber.

  21. 31 May 2017

    Learn how Banner’s QS30 H2O photoelectric sensor uses a unique optical property of water to reliably detect the presence or absence of water.

  22. 12 May 2017

    Learn how color mark sensors with RGB technology detect registration marks, when to use a color mark sensor versus true color sensor, and more.

  23. 26 Apr 2017

    This infographic depicts common machine safeguarding devices used to mitigate multiple points of risk on a robotic work station.

  24. 10 Apr 2017

    Luminescence sensors use UV light, invisible to the human eye, to cause the target material to glow in the visible spectrum. This article provides answers to commonly asked questions about luminescence sensors.

  25. 27 Mar 2017

    Photoelectric sensors offer many important benefits for tablet counting such as high accuracy, fast response speed, and a clean non-contact approach.

  26. 13 Mar 2017

    While it is always best to refer to the standards when planning a risk assessment, here are a few answers to some commonly asked questions.

  27. 27 Feb 2017

    This article explains what IO-Link is and the top 5 advantages IO-Link offers to a wide variety of applications.

  28. 20 Feb 2017

    This article describes several ways lighting can help increase efficiency and reduce waste while ensuring product quality & FDA compliance in the pharmaceutical industry.

  29. 30 Jan 2017

    This article highlights three critical IIoT capabilities of the smart factory: remote monitoring, predictive maintenance, and process optimization.

  30. 16 Jan 2017

    This Q&A answers some common questions about the ultrasonic sensors, theory, and terminology.

  31. 2 Jan 2017

    This article answers some common questions about IP and NEMA ratings, when to use them and how to broadly interpret these designations.

  32. 19 Dec 2016

    Understand the differences between common sensor types in Clear Object Detection applications, such as ultrasonic vs. photoelectic retroreflective sensors.

  33. 5 Dec 2016

    Clear object detection sensors are sensitive to variations in light and benefit from polarized coaxial optical design to reduce false detection from reflected light.

  34. 24 Apr 2019

    Answers to frequently asked questions about radar technology and Banner's radar sensor products.