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  1. What is Excess Gain and How to Use It To Choose a Sensor

    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.

  2. Top Trends in Industrial Automation: 5 Most Popular Articles of 2017

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

  3. Smart Sensors: IO-Link for Remote Monitoring and OEE

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

  4. Plastic or Glass Fiber Optics?  How to Choose

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

  5. Fiber Optic Sensing Technology: What It Is and How it Works

    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.

  6. When to Use Fiber Optics for Photoelectric Sensing

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

  7. How to Choose Lighting for Harsh Industrial Environments

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

  8. LED Lighting for Manufacturing:  Costs and Benefits

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

  9. Lux/Lumens Calculator: How Much Light Do You Need?

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

  10. When to Use Radar Sensors for Vehicle Detection

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

  11. 3 Advantages of Wireless Magnetometers for Vehicle Detection

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

  12. 3 Solutions for Semiconductor Wafer Presence Detection

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

  13. How to Detect Water-Based Clear Liquid

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

  14. Registration Mark Detection: Why Use RGB Color Mark Sensors

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

  15. Infographic: 9 Common Machine Safety Devices

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

  16. Luminescence Sensors: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

    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.

  17. How to Use Photoelectric Sensors for Tablet Counting

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

  18. What is a Risk Assessment and Why is It Important?

    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.

  19. IO-Link: What it Is and 5 Key Advantages

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

  20. Lean Manufacturing: 4 Lighting Solutions for Pharma Industry

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

  21. The Smart Factory is Here: IIoT Capabilities for Manufacturers

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

  22. Ultrasonic Sensors: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

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

  23. How To Use IP & NEMA Ratings To Choose The Right Sensor

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

  24.  How to Choose the Best Sensor for Clear Object Detection

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

  25. Why Use Polarized Coaxial Optics For Detecting Clear Objects

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