Pharmaceutical and Medical: Automated Diagnostics
From compact photoelectric and laser sensors capable of detecting sample tubes, pippets, microtiter trays and sample dishes to LED lighting enclosed in housings suitable for cleanroom environments, we are able to draw on the most comprehensive collection of sensors, vision sensors, safety, and lighting products to provide solutions for all areas of lab automation.
Banner has superior capabilities to provide solutions for companies operating in the laboratory automation, bio-storage, and automated diagnostic industry. We have the largest team of application experts in the industry and can provide rapid product customization to solve unique and specialized applications. sensors, vision sensors, safety, and lighting products to provide solutions for all areas of lab automation.
Shipping containers are often labeled with barcodes in order to more easily identify which product is present and ready to be shipped. A sensing solution needs to be present to confirm that the final, shrink-wrapped product is labeled correctly and matches the content inside.
Direct part mark (DPM) codes can be small, complex, and difficult to distinguish from the material they are etched into. The ABR 7000 barcode reader is available in models specifically designed to solve challenging low-contrast and DPM applications like this.
Banner’s iVu Plus BCR Gen 2 with remote display offers an easy to use solution for reading barcodes to ensure correct labels have been applied. The iVu Plus BCR Gen 2 models provide both a fine mode, for reading smaller barcodes that require full resolution, and coarse mode, for applications where speed is critical.
An iVu BCR with UV ring light is an ideal solution for detecting barcodes in a low contrast situation. The iVu is coupled with UV illumination for an all-in-one solution that improves contrast on clear labels so bar codes are easily detected.
Banner’s TCNM linear barcode scanner is recommended for scanning and validating the barcodes. It is able to decode over a dozen commonly used linear barcode symbols helping maintain an efficient flow of bottles along the production line. Utilizing the TCNM linear sensor allows for an automated way to confirm the correct product in real time.
The PresencePLUS P4 BCR industrial barcode scanner reads and verifies the small 2D bar code affixed to a component of a cell phone.
It can be difficult and expensive to stop robotic operations to configure and monitor the barcode inspection process. An iVu BCR barcode reader with remote display can be mounted up to 16 m (50 feet) away from the sensor for remote monitoring and troubleshooting while the robot is in operation.
Soil moisture and air temperature sensing ranges are typically under a mile, but the Site Survey tested the signal out to two miles. With the MultiHop Radio and its antenna installed very low to the ground, the Master Radio was installed with a large omnidirectional antenna to maximize the communication range.
FlexPower Nodes equipped with thermocouple or RTD sensors were mounted near the monitored motors. The sensor data is sent to a Gateway installed in a central control location. The temperature set point can be established to meet the applications requirements and then provide a discrete output from the Gateway. When predetermined temperature levels are detected, the red light of a stack light connected to a Gateway lights up, alerting personnel that maintenance is required.
The SureCross Wireless Sensor Network eliminates complexities associated with data acquisition from rotating and moving machinery such as a rotating kiln. Crucial temperature data is acquired using a thermocouple or RTD and transmitted from the FlexPower Nodes to a remote Gateway in the plant's control center. Data is always concentrated in the same location for processing or analysis, and manual data collection and physical risks to personnel are eliminated. Temperature data is logged and anal
Banner’s T-GAGE M18T temperature sensor is ideal for hot glue verification because it detects the infrared energy an object emits to determine its temperature, sensing from 0⁰C to 300⁰C. In this application, the T-GAGE M18T temperature sensor detects the presence or absence of hot glue on the flaps. If hot glue is present, the package will continue down the manufacturing line;if it is missing, the output will trigger a pusher arm to kick the carton off the conveyor into a bin.
To ensure that a griddle is on, non-contact T-GAGE M18T temperature sensors are aimed at the cooking surface to detect that the surface is hotter than the surrounding air. If the waffle iron is hot, the batter will be poured in and the process will continue. If it is not hot enough, the T-GAGE temperature sensor output won't trigger the batter release mechanism allowing the iron additional time to heat.
T-GAGE M18T Series Temperature Sensors are passive, non-contacting, temperature-based devices designed to detect objects that are hotter or colder than the ambient condition, and then activate an output. In this application, the T-GAGE temperature sensor will detect the presence or absence of hot glue on the flaps of the package. If the hot glue is present, the process will continue and the package will be sealed. If it’s absent, the output will trigger a process to apply the hot glue.
To optimize efficiency and output, the progress of multiple FOUPs in single wafer deposition machine must be closely monitored. Staff work in close proximity to these machines and prolonged exposure to bright light from tower lights can cause eye strain, leading to physical and mental fatigue. Keep reading to learn how TL30 Basic tower lights solve this application.
Instead of installing I/O transmission cabling, use a 10 to 30V dc powered SureCross Node and a Banner T-GAGE temperature sensor. When using host control systems, the SureCross Gateway transmits the temperature to the plant control room using a digital output related to temperature setpoints within the sensor. The motor is powered down or up based on these temperatures. When using a Gateway Pro as the wireless master device, the data ca be logged and alerts sent out to notify maintenance personnel when a motor is performing outside expected parameters.
To allow for quicker, more frequent, and more efficient scanning of target valve population tailpipe temperatures, a series of FlexPower Thermocouple Nodes and FlexPower Battery Supply Modules are installed. Temperature measurements of the valves and pipes are measured and wirelessly transmitted to a DXM100 Wireless Controller mounted in a central location. The DXM100 gathers the data and transfers the data to a SCADA system that monitors and graphically displays the temperature data.
A SureCross FlexPower™ Node with internal battery directly connected to a temperature and humidity sensor can provide these measurements without costly conduit or cabling, eliminating the need to manually collect data from multiple sensor locations. IP67 electronics and a variety of filter options make this product suited for the wide temperature and humidity ranges encountered in a greenhouse.
A large cabinet maker needs to monitor and control the temperature and humidity throughout many rooms in a large production facility. Manual environmental readings of the entire plant were conducted periodically throughout the week. These manual readings only provided a snapshot of information and gathering the data took more than three hours. The customer did not have real-time, accurate information that could be used to control the plant environment. Manually collecting this information and controlling the fan system was timeconsuming and resulted in errors that damaged wood in storage, work in progress, and finished cabinets.
Taking measurements on rotating equipment, such as a kiln or rotary table, usually requires a complex and expensive system of cabling. Even taking precautions and using specialized equipment doesn’t eliminate cable tangles and breaks. The SureCross Wireless Network eliminates complexities associated with data acquisition from rotating and moving machinery such as a rotating kiln. Crucial temperature data is acquired using a thermocouple and transmitted from the FlexPowered SureCross Nodes to a
Banner’s wireless vibration and temperature sensor measures RMS velocity, in inches per second or millimeters per second, and temperature. Mounting it as close as possible to the bearings enables you to monitor the machine’s health by detecting increases in vibration and temperature. It is easy to mount using the standard bracket, the magnetic bracket or two sided thermal transfer mounting tape.
Using K50U ultrasonic sensors and Q45U wireless nodes paired to a DXM100 wireless controller, we can develop a wireless monitoring system for multiple tank level measurements that is easy to set up, interpret the results, and monitor locally through a cloud-based system.
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SureCross devices can monitor temperature, vibration, and pressure. A mobile FlexPower Node equipped with up to three thermocouples monitors critical bearing temperature and sends the data to a Gateway for logging. With this information, maintenance personnel can service the machine based on performance indicators and minimize down time.
A resistance temperature detector senses the temperature of a walk-in cooler and sends the data to a SureCross FlexPower Node. The Node in turn sends that data to a Gateway, which issues an alarm to management if the temperature exceeds acceptable limits. The DX80 FlexPower Nodes have a IP67 rating for rugged environments and work well in the cold.
Monitoring production inputs and outputs provides machine operators and managers with critical data about their processes and equipment and can help them identify and resolve problems on the production line more quickly.
Clinical labs need to process samples quickly to keep throughput high and any lag during testing procedures would disrupt workflow. LED lightings, such as the K50L2, works as machine status indication so that the lab operators can process fix errors, handle samples, and collect results in a timely manner.
In most waste water or tank farm installations, the locations are not wired for power or data transfers. SureCross wireless Nodes and pressure or ultrasonic sensors can precisely monitor critical holding tank levels, sending data to a SureCross Gateway in a remote control center. Monitoring multiple data points including fill level, pH, conductivity, temperature, or flow is simplified using a single FlexPower Node with four analog inputs.
To wirelessly monitor and report level, pressure, and temperatures in the rotary fillers, each rotary filler was equipped with a FlexPower Node and DX81P6 6-pack battery supply. The FlexPower Node had two 0–20 mA analog inputs and one thermistor input while the battery pack supplied power to the Node and sensors for more than a year. A level probe, pressure transmitter, and thermistor (not supplied by Banner) were connected to the FlexPower Nodes and installed in the rotary tanks.
After careful consideration of several systems, the operators of the landfill determined that the Banner Wireless system was the only solution that could meet all imposed standards and seamlessly co-exist with other devices already in place at their site. With the help of integrator Wilson Mohr, they were able to create a system that could take data from below ground and make it accessible at the desk of the end user. One battery powered Node at the top of each well powers the radio and the ultrasonic analog level sensor. Each Node is equipped with a specialized low-power 4-20 mA analog level sensor and one 10-30V dc powered Gateway controls the system. The Data Radio and Modbus master controller module enhance portability of data and an omni-directional antenna extends the range of Gateway-Node communication up and over the hill and across the landfill site. Cutting-edge power management capabilities and an internal battery eliminate long haul cabling and create a greatly-reduced cost of installation. The wireless devices also have built-in diagnostic properties that send out alarms prior to complete shutdown, minimizing down time. They are also completely scalable and can adapt as the operators fill in and create new wells.
SureCross Nodes with FlexPower and Banner U-GAGE QT50U analog sensors quickly and easily facilitate these monitoring requirements without new construction and wiring. The FlexPower Node transmits the sensor data back to the Gateway device. When using a Gateway Pro, data is logged and alerts can be sent when fluid levels reach critical levels.
Banner’s LE550 is factory configured with a range of 100 to 1000 mm and can start measuring immediately. If the range needs to be adjusted, the laser sensor has an intuitive user interface with a two-line, eight-character display, making it easy to automatically or manually adjust settings. The LE550 provides repeatability and accuracy across challenging targets, from metal to black rubber, allows for reliable measurement of the shrink wrap.
Banner’s LE550 is factory configured with a range of 100 to 1000 mm and can start measuring immediately. If the range needs to be adjusted, the laser sensor has an intuitive user interface with a two-line, eight-character display, making it easy to automatically or manually adjust settings. The LE550 provides repeatability and accuracy across challenging targets, from metal to black rubber, allowing for reliable measurement of the dark blue material.
In this application, an EZ-ARRAY measuring light screen is being used to measure the length of the log. The EZ-ARRAY determines the total number of beams that are blocked by the log and communicates the length of the log to an operator station by sending the information to the system controller in the form of a MODBUS RTU-485 output. The operator station controller then provides a number of options to the operator, who selects which cuts are made.
Banner’s T30UX ultrasonic sensor is the perfect sensor for detecting clear material for loop control because it uses sound rather than light, which makes it more accurate and cost-effective for this specific application. Although the material is clear, it presents a solid surface for an ultrasonic sensor to bounce a sound wave. The T30UX has a more accurate transducer, a smaller dead zone and minimum distance compared to other sensors that can be used for clear material detection.
Before the operator activates a tire-building machine to form a tire, a PresencePLUS P4 OMNI 1.3 vision sensor inspects the plies to make sure that pieces with opposite biases alternate in the stack. If two pieces with the same bias are stacked together, the formed tire proceeds through the manufacturing process, then fails balance testing and must be scrapped.
Banner’s LE550 provides repeatability and accuracy across challenging targets, including shiny, reflective surfaces like metal. The laser sensor has an intuitive user interface, making it easy to adjust settings and set up a roll diameter application, without needing to unwind the metal roll. The analog output can be used to control wind or unwind speeds.
A Performance Mapping (PM2) Gateway and two PM2 Nodes (900 MHz, 1 W models), using the 1R mapping option, transmit the signal from the reservoir to the pump station. One of the Nodes was installed at the reservoir with the float switch as its input. A solar panel was used to power the float switch and the Node. The Gateway, also powered by a solar panel, was installed part way down the hill to act as a repeater and ensure the signal was strong between the reservoir and the pump station. The second Node was wired into the pump station’s PLC. When the signal from the float switch indicated the reservoir’s levels were low, the pump turned on.
To create a ceramic form, a vacuum is applied to a ceramic fiber suspended in an aqueous solution. Float mechanisms are ineffective for level control because the fiber adheres to the float, rendering it inoperable. Instead, a T30 UHPA ultrasonic sensor with pump in/pump out logic is used, with the power supply and 24 volt DC relay housed in a NEMA 12 enclosure behind the production line. The sensor is impervious to the washdown at the end of each shift.
Automatically monitoring the tank levels and controlling the pumps out in the gas field eliminates human error and can more quickly prevent costly spills. When the battery of salt water tanks is filled, a signal is sent wirelessly from the tank battery to the field pump to shut down the well. When the tank battery and pump are separated by miles of terrain, Banner’s MultiHop radios are an ideal solution.
Banner’s SureCross DX99 wireless FlexPower Nodes offer Class I, II, and III, Division 1 and Zone 0 certifications for installations requiring Intrinsically Safe operation. With a SureCross Wireless Network, FlexPower Nodes are deployed at each tank without the need to run cables for power or I/O data transmission. Banner’s unique power management capability enables a Node equipped with a pressure sensor to operate for years on a single DX81 battery power supply.
Tracking tray levels on a denester machine ensures that product is replenished in a timely manner and does not affect production.
In most waste water installations, the locations are not wired for power or data transfers. With a SureCross Wireless Network, FlexPower Nodes are deployed at each holding unit without the need to run cables for power or I/O data transmission. Banner’s unique power management capability enables a Node equipped with an ultrasonic analog level sensor to operate for years on a single DX81 battery power supply.
Banner’s LX Series is an economical solution for detecting the leading edge of flat objects, such as the frozen dinner containers. With a web of modulated light, the LX Series part-sensing light screen can detect any item—in any position—passing through the light screen.
Alternative data collection solutions are possible with Banner’s DX99 900 MHz radios in CID1 housings and the B/W Prostick magnetostrictive level devices. Using the appropriate antenna barrier, the result is a Class 1 Division 1 wireless monitoring solution that provides real-time data anywhere within the facility. With the battery powered DX99 units and the loop powered Prostick, installation into the 8' flanged tanks takes only a few minutes.
With a SureCross Wireless Network, FlexPower Nodes are deployed at each tank without the need to run cables for power or I/O data transmission. Banner’s unique power management capability enables a Node equipped with a pressure sensor to operate for years on a single DX81 battery power supply.
In the beverage industry, labels need to be applied to the bottles quickly and without error to keep production levels high. Accurately monitoring the thickness on a spool of labels and controlling the unwinding speed is very important for the process to run smoothly. A solution is needed that can accurately supervise and report the material levels on a spool in order to prevent it from running out during the manufacturing process and delaying production.
Banner’s U-Gage QT50U ultrasonic sensor excels at the most challenging level applications, bouncing sound off any solid surface—even those that may vary in consistency or contrast. The sensor is available with a Teflon-coated transducer cover, making it resistant to harsh chemicals and suitable for the food and beverage industry. Ultrasonic sensors are able to provide accurate monitoring of pump-controlled tanks by sending a continuous signal to measure the current tank depth.
Using K50U ultrasonic sensors and Q45U wireless nodes paired to a DXM100 wireless controller, we can develop a wireless monitoring system for multiple tank level measurements that is easy to set up, interpret the results, and monitor locally through a cloud-based system.
The two point teach option on the analog setting can be used teach the front of the flat cases as the 20 mA point and can easily be adjusted for a manual set of the 4 mA to the end of the cases. This helps gauge how many flat cases are left, so more cases can be added when the case count is getting low. The digital output can also be used for presence detection. This helps ensure there is a case available to be picked up, and also ensures only one box is picked up at a time.
Banner combined the technology of WORLD-BEAM QS30 opposed mode sensors, which provide high excess gain, with a 1450 nm infrared sensing beam—specially tuned to an absorption band of water, to create the QS30H2O Water Sensor. In this application, the powerful sensing beam of the QS30H2O will burn through the opaque plastic of the container. At 1450 nm, water absorbs 1,000 times the energy of alternative wavelengths, preventing the beam from burning through the liquid within the container.
With a SureCross Wireless Network, FlexPower Nodes are deployed at each tank without the need to run cables for power or I/O data transmission. Banner’s unique power management capability enables a Node equipped with an ultrasonic analog level sensor to operate for years on a single DX81 battery power supply. A DX80 FlexPower Node offers a combination of discrete and analog I/O in a single package, eliminating the need for time-consuming manual data collection.
LTF Series Laser Measurement Sensors support a sensing range of up to 24 meters and can detect objects at or from an angle, allowing the sensor to be installed away from the inspection area where it will not come into contact with equipment or be exposed to hazards.
Banner’s U-GAGE QT50U ultrasonic analog long distance sensor has a narrow sensing beam that works in confined areas, such as the tank, without interference from the tank walls and senses with an extended range up to 8 m. The ultrasonic sensor can be mounted to the center so that the beam spreads over the tank to detect the fluid level without interference, while signaling when to pump out excess liquid and pump in additional liquid.
Banner Engineering has created a special class of EZ-ARRAYs specifically designed to detect clear objects in clean industrial environments. By customizing standard EZ-ARRAY receivers to successfully detect low contrast and operate at a lower sensing range (30 to 1500 mm), Banner has enabled EZ-ARRAY Clear Object Measuring Light Curtains to detect translucent objects such as glass and clear webbing.
Banner’s QS30H2O sensor is a specialized sensor developed to address challenges with sensing the presence of water and water-based liquids. The QS30H2O operates in a through beam sensing mode and the emitter uses a wavelength that is tuned to not pass through water. The high excess gain of the sensor makes it powerful enough to see through an assortment of plastic and glass containers. Two pairs of sensors can be utilized to determine that the fill level has met minimum but is not overfilled and wasting product. Apertures can be placed on the receiver end to minimize the beam pattern and increase accuracy of the application. This ensures products that do not meet fill level criteria are not processed or shipped.
Ultrasonic Sensor: Banner’s T30UX ultrasonic sensor delivers accurate distance sensing to provide a non-contact method to measure the roll of film’s diameter. By determining the roll’s radius, the vertical form fill seal machine can calculate the amount of film that remains and can signal the operator when it is low. The material should be advancing a predetermined distance equal to the desired length of each bag or package.
A single FlexPower™ Node equipped with a counter input and submersible pressure sensor/transmitter can be used to reliably monitor both the leachate level and the pump. The submersible pressure transmitter monitors the leachate level while the counter counts pump strokes used to remove that leachate.
After a convincing demonstration, the company chose Banner’s L-GAGE® LE550 laser gauging sensors to replace the ultrasonic sensors on their winders. Like the optical sensors, the LE550 is unaffected by drafts in the facility. Unlike the optical sensors, the LE550 is color insensitive. Linear array technology enables the LE550 to measure each roll, regardless of paper color, even colors that had most challenged the optical sensors.
The existing lake level measurement system at Moncks Corner, South Carolina was aging and needed to be upgraded to newer technology. The new components, however, needed to use wireless technology for transmitting data to avoid having to run wire from the top of the dam to the dam office, located about a quarter of a mile away.
It's much easier and more cost-effective to measure and monitor these transitions while the web is running than risk expensive waste in post-manufacturing inspections. As the carpet web passes through a pair of EZ-ARRAY measuring light curtains, the two sticks configured for Nap Detection mode monitor the process in action. The EZ-ARRAY detects the selvage edge and tufting edge and sends data to the web control system, which can then make necessary adjustments to keep the carpet in line.
Banner’s LTF Series Laser Measurement Sensor features high excess gain, superior signal control and automatic adaptive laser power control. These features enable reliable detection of the chewing gum from up to 12 meters away, regardless of color or reflective surfaces inside the hopper.
LTF Series Laser Measurement Sensors offer tremendous accuracy over distances and are unaffected by target color or reflectivity, making them an ideal solution for monitoring loops of tread rubber. They feature high excess gain, superior signal control and automatic adaptive laser power control. Combined, these features enable reliable detection of challenging dark and reflective targets from a distance and at an angle.
Banner’s SureCross wireless system can easily transmit temperature, pressure and fill levels to a local PLCs. The wireless system will seamlessly alert operators if bottling is occurring below the desired fill level. This helps prevent errors and leads to greater consistency in bottled beverages. Consistent fill levels mean no recalls—and no wasted products. Using a wireless system also eliminates the need for slip rings on the rotary filler, which in turn reduces maintenance costs.
Fiber optics are an ideal solution for pick and place machines because of their small size. DF-G1 amplifiers can be separated from fibers so the operator has easy access to the digital dual-display screen for data monitoring. Additionally, the cross talk avoidance algorithm allows two or more amplifiers to operate in close proximity to each other.
The LH laser displacement sensor is a perfect solution because it is highly accurate and measures thickness at micron levels. The L-GAGE LH Series can also consistently look at dark targets on these levels. The LH’s 1024 pixel CMOS linear imager is capable of micrometer-level resolutions ranging from 1-10 microns, which gives it the ability to measure thickness of sheet metal quickly and accurately.
Banner's tower lighting solutions, such as an EZ-LIGHT TL50 Tower Light, can be mounted on top of the pump panel to easily communicate the status of the pump. The highly visible light tower allows employees to quickly check the panel, without needing to open the panel door. Multiple lights can be on simultaneously, so several messages can be conveyed at once, and the audible alert provides indication that the pump is overheating and immediate attention is required.
Using a wireless level monitoring system, day tank fill levels are now monitored continuously so that materials are maintained at a specific quantity. Because these tanks are slowly filled or depleted, ultrasonic sensors can be used to measure the tank levels without false readings or tank wall interference. With a SureCross Wireless Network, FlexPower™ Nodes are deployed at each tank without the need to run cables for power or I/O data transmission. Banner’s unique power management capability enables a Node equipped with a T30UF ultrasonic analog level sensor to operate for years on a single DX81 battery power supply. Remotely located tank sensor readings can be forwarded to a host system for data tracking, sending e-mail alerts, or to trigger specific events, such as refilling the tank. Tank resources are only filled when necessary to maintain customer-defined levels. Time is no longer wasted performing routine refills on tanks that did not need to be refilled.
The S15L Series In-Line Sensor Status Indicator is a two color indicator light that indicates power and output status. Its inline connection, over-molded design and bright indication create a cost-effective solution that can be applied to most 4- or 5-pin devices with an output.
In automotive manufacturing, maximizing efficiency is crucial in order to meet production goals. Delays at assembly stations can hold up processes later down the line, leading to costly wasted time and missed production targets. The TL50 Pro tower light helps assemblers meet expected cycle times and support overall takt time requirements.
Indicator lights intuitively direct traffic through truck wash stations to ensure efficient flow of vehicles through the wash. However, high-pressure washdowns, cleaning agents, and outdoor environments make status indication challenging. Learn why the WLS27 segmented strip lights are a better alternative to traditional stoplights and can help improve efficiency at truck wash stations.
CL50 Column Lights are mounted above each lane to indicate lane status. When the lane is open, the column light will turn green. When the lane is about to close, the light will turn red. When the lane is closed, the light will appear gray to eliminate false indication from ambient light. Column lights are rugged, cost effective and highly visible from all angles.
Banner’s time-of-flight LT7 laser sensors provide long-distance ranges up to 250 m with a visible red laser spot for easy alignment. Depending on range needed, a diffuse or retroreflective time-of-flight laser sensor can be used. Retroreflective LT7 laser sensors provide ranges up to 250 m and diffuse LT7 laser sensors provide long-range background suppression up to 10 m.
Banner’s Q3X versatile, rugged laser contrast sensor including background suppression is ideal for contrast applications where there is also a fixed background that needs to be ignored. In this application, the Q3X background suppression sensor detects the contrast difference between a bottle with and without a label for reliable label detection. With a range up to 50 mm, the Q3X has a tight laser spot able to detect a small change in contrast reliably.
Banner’s rugged, cost-effective and easy-to-install K30 Touch pick-to-light indicators are ideal for these applications because they are easy to actuate with the touch of a finger and can help industrial automation manufacturers reduce the error risk. They can be actuated with either bare hands or work gloves.
In the beverage industry, date/lot codes are mandatory on all products in order to identify when and where a product was manufactured. Finding a solution that can accurately identify the bottle caps and then trigger a machine to print the date/lot codes onto the bottle is required.
EZ-LIGHT Daylight Visible indicators produce intense levels of light, with 18 LEDs that can be activated together or in 3 groups of 6 to control light level intensity, making them ideally suited for applications requiring clear communication in an outdoor environment. An optional sun shield increases their visibility, making them effective even in environments with high levels of sunlight.
Each production operator in a lane was equipped with a wireless Node and K50 EZ-LIGHT. Another Node and EZ-LIGHT was installed in each forklift. When a production operator needs supplies, the operator pushes the button on the EZ-LIGHT, turning the light from green to red. At the same time, the forklift driver’s lights goes from green to red to indicate an operator needs parts.
Banner’s RP-LS42F rope pull switches run along the length of a conveyor so the operator can grab and pull it from anywhere to immediately stop the conveyor. Spans of rope range from 6 m to 100 m, providing the flexibility to safeguard long or short conveyors. The RP-LS42 switches are compact and have a variety of accessories available for easy installation and rope tension. They are also made with heavy-impact thermoplastic housing for use in demanding industrial settings.
Banner’s S18-2 barrel sensor is a cost-effective, reliable sensing method for this type of application. Its small size makes it easy to integrate along the manufacturing line, and its competitive price means it is well-suited for applications requiring multiple sensors. With a powerful and bright visible red emitter beam, the S18 sensors are easy to align during set up.
WORLD-BEAM QS18 Universal Voltage sensors are mounted along a conveyor to detect the presence and position of passing paletts. These sensors can be connected to either AC or DC power, allowing them to operate in large conveyor applications already using AC power without requiring a separate power supply. In addition to the universal voltage, this sensor also has a popular 18 mm barrel shape, multiple mounting options, and a rugged IP67 housing to withstand harsh environments. Having multiple power and mounting options in a single sensor allow for a quick and easy retrofit on the line.
An EZ-LIGHT TL50 Tower Light is mounted on top of the machine to communicate its status. The highly visible light tower allows employees to quickly check the machine, without needing to constantly monitor its status. Multiple tower lights can be on simultaneously, so several messages can be conveyed at once. The Tower Light is highly visible from all angles, and the indicators appear gray when off to eliminate false indication from ambient light.
With a big, bright design, the TL70 Modular Tower Light provides extremely bright and uniform light to indicate machine status. The highly visible tower light enables better visual management by allowing operators to quickly check machine status and constantly monitor machine processes.
Banner’s QS30H2O sensor is a specialized sensor developed to address challenges with optically sensing the presence of water and water-based liquids. The QS30H2O operates in a through beam sensing mode and the emitter has a unique LED with a 1450 wavelength. The 1450 wavelength is easily attenuated by water.
Banner’s DF-G1 light receiver sensor differentiates between windows with or without tint based on how much external light passes through the glass. The DF-G1 self-contained device has a simple push button set-up for easy adjustment along the conveyor. An intuitive user display allows for immediate sensor feedback.
An ultrasonic sensor will provide reliable pallet detection. Ultrasonic sensors emit sound waves and “listen” for the return echo of the sound wave bouncing off the target. The sensor can be taught a reliable background, in this case the conveyor, and will listen for sound waves returning from the conveyor. Any object getting between the sensor and the conveyor will be detected, causing the output to switch.
The sensing characteristics of this application are simple, yet unique: the sensors are positioned directly above a white, highly reflective background and must detect darker, lower contrast objects of varying texture. The EZ-BEAM T18 fixed field sensor is an ideal solution. It has a sharp detection cutoff and is not sensitive to color variations – it will signal the presence of an object within a certain range and ignore the background.
The lead frame of an integrated circuit moves on a U-shaped channel toward the cassette that holds multiple frames. The D10 Expert Analog/Discrete sensor detects the leading and trailing edge, to signal to the cassette that the lead frame is approaching. The sensor operates in the opposed mode, because large differences in reflectivity of frame materials make diffuse sensing impossible.
In the event of a problem or potential equipment damage, anyone along the length of the rope pull cable (up to 75 meters) can pull the cable or press the built-in E-stop button and stop the operation of the machine. The switch is ruggedly built, to allow for outdoor mounting even in inclement conditions. It provides visible rope tension indication and an auxiliary output for remote tension monitoring.
With high-quality LED lights and multiple colors in one device, Banner's multi-segment audibleTL50, combined with the K50 Touch and PM8 wireless system result in efficient call for part processes. To begin, Banner’s K50 ergonomic touch buttons are installed in a supervisor station and numbered according to their corresponding PML8 Wireless Nodes, which are installed at individual workstations along with an audible tower light.
With a narrow beam that projects a small bright spot, the QS18LLP laser, polarized, retro-reflective sensors provide precise position control when triggering various devices. In this application, the QS18LLP is able to correctly detect the glossy carton as it travels down the conveyor—without proxing—and trigger the ink jet printer to print the date/lot code on the carton. The second sensor triggers the P4 OMNI to inspect the date/lot code and verify it is legible and correct.
A cardboard goods printer struggled with an inability to track machine operators’ efficiency and performance as measured against standard production rates.
The DX80 Gateway is positioned at the control panel to collect and process data. A DX80 Node, DX81 Battery Module, and I/O block are attached to the robotic arm. The Node allows for data gathering at the robot's end effector and also comes available with an M23 connector. The DX81 Battery Module provides power for both the Node and one external input device. These devices are easily integrated with existing equipment.
WORLD-BEAM QS18 Universal Voltage sensors mounted along an airline conveyor detect the presence and position of passing luggage. QS18 Universal Voltage sensors can be connected to either AC or DC power, allowing them to operate in large conveyor applications already using AC power without requiring a separate power supply. The robust, compact housing and multiple mounting options add to the versatility of WORLD-BEAM QS18 Universal Voltage sensors.
Center arm pivot irrigation systems are used throughout the Midwest to minimize water use and ensure crop health. Because the sections of the center pivot assembly have to move at different speeds, the motors moving each section must be monitored to verify each section is moving at the proper speed and time.
A plastic blown-film extrusion company manufactures wrapping products. With over a ½ mile of various conveyor systems used to carry and mix the pellet medium, the multiple conveyor systems must remain free of blockages and mechanical failures must be detected quickly to reduce costs from wasted material, ruined batches, and costly down time.
WORLD-BEAM QS18 Adjustable-Field Sensors with Background Suppression feature enhanced immunity to fluorescent lights, enabling them to reliably detect the edges of the glass panels despite looking up at the factory lights. The difficulty of varying background conditions is solved by using background suppression. The cutoff distance is set by the user with a simple multi-turn screw adjustment. The sensor will ignore objects beyond the set cutoff distance.
By installing DX70 pairs, tower lights, and switch boxes, manufacturers can create a wireless notification network and communicate across the factory floor. Operators can flip switches to call a manager to the production line, call a technician, or even request parts or supplies. Using the tower light notification system reduces the need for clerks, technicians, or managers to be constantly checking each production line.
A door to a secured storage room is equipped with a proximity sensor. When the door opens, the sensor transmits the data through a FlexPower Node to a Gateway, which illuminates an EZ-LIGHT indicator light in the main office.
Banner’s RP-LS42 safety rope pulls line conveyors as a way to indicate emergencies and immediately shut down conveyors. If a rope pull is used during an emergency, it can be difficult to locate exactly where it was pulled. A K30 indicator light can be paired with the rope pulls in order to provide indication as to where the rope was pulled. This allows for quick and easy indication of where an emergency occurred, helping to return to normal operations as fast as possible.
Banner’s WORLD-BEAM QS18LP laser sensor accurately inspects every carton that passes on the conveyor, ensuring the robot is triggered to load cartons into the package. With a visible laser sensing beam, the QS18LP provides precise position control, which is ideal to ensure accurate counting of cartons at a close range. The rugged QS18LP is also ideal for confined spaces and is easily set up along a conveyor for accurate sensing. With highly bright LEDs, operating status is visible from 360⁰.
PLC logic added to the welding machine can turn on an output when the allocated process time is exceeded. This output is wired to an input of a DX80 Node. The Node’s input is transmitted back to a DX80 Gateway connected to an HMI that logs overage time. Accumulated overage time is totaled for each shift and operator. Accurate work time is gathered at the welding machine and wirelessly transmitted back to a central control location for logging without running new data wires.
Banner’s EZ-LIGHT® K80FL multicolor LED indicators provide simple status indication in important scenarios, such as forklift intersections on the factory floor. These unique, specialized indicator lights have highly visible, bright, even lights that easily communicate caution to factory workers. With a selection of up to three colors, specialized K80FL indicator lights can be used to communicate different signals and can be set to solid or flashing light operation with the internal DIP switch.
In this application, the semi-transparent syringes have been oriented in a feeder bowl (not shown) and are moving down a rail in preparation for the next stage of assembly and packaging. A Banner SLM Slot Sensor is ideal for this application because the sensor housing is equipped with an emitter and receiver on the end of each fork, creating a perfectly aligned opposed-mode sensing beam for the syringes to pass through.
In the event of packages or totes coming around the corner of a conveyor getting caught, a WORLD-BEAM QS18 Universal Voltage sensor positioned at a bend will communicate to an alarm or PLC that an object has become lodged in front of it, alerting employees to the presence of a jam.
Banner’s wireless solutions can have multiple gateways tied to respective nodes, allowing for elimination of all wires and providing flexible mounting options. The wireless structure of gateways and nodes are responsible for communicating the critical I/O throughout the facility. Even with multiple wireless products, the wireless communication system is efficient and has no cross talk interference and does not interfere with the IT department.
Banner provides sensing and industrial LED lighting solutions to help minimize carton and product damage inside a container. Banner’s QS18FF with background suppression has a fixed range of up to 100 mm with an 850 microsecond response time, allowing for easy detection of the packages/cargo and ensuring the extendable conveyor does not crush cartons. Banner’s WLB32 is a cost-effective, LED lighting solution available in AC and DC versions with a high lumen output that ensures proper illumination.
Banner’s PVD100 is a custom-made solution that accurately detects pallets without adjustments, even when features are inconsistent. This easy-to-use, versatile light screen has a wide beam pattern, making alignment simple. With a compact design, it can easily be embedded into a machine or directly on the line. The PVD100 light screen sensing solution has a detection height of 100 mm and a scanning range of 2 m. It has highly visible red and green LED lighting to display operation and indicate
A Gateway inside a facility’s physical plant monitors energy use and demand. Depending on facility requirements—which change often—the wireless network can activate or shut down a rooftop HVAC system. With this monitoring system, industry managers can identify opportunities to make energy use more efficient and conserve plant resources at their facility.
In a number of automotive manufacturing processes, rotary tables are used to index parts into various automatic and manual work stations. In many cases, it is necessary to use sensors to verify that parts are present, properly placed, or correctly processed before indexing. Historically, the solution of using slip rings to allow sensor power and signals to be hardwired to the control system has often proven to be costly and unreliable. An alternative solution that allows more sensor signals to be processed while increasing the reliability is needed.
Banner’s DX99 devices are certified for Class I, II, and III, Division 1 and Zone 0 environments, enabling data collection from unsafe locations requiring intrinsically safe operations. SureCross FlexPower I/O devices are available in metal housings with integrated battery or polycarbonate housings with an external battery supply. Taking measurements on rotating equipment, such as a kiln or rotary table, usually requires a complex and expensive system of cabling. Even taking precautions and using specialized equipment doesn’t eliminate cable tangles and breaks. The SureCross Wireless Network eliminates complexities associated with data acquisition from rotating and moving machinery such as a rotating kiln. Crucial temperature data is acquired using a thermocouple and transmitted from the FlexPowered SureCross Nodes to a remote Gateway in the plant’s control center. Excessive heat triggers an alarm. Data is always concentrated in the same location for processing or analysis, and physical risks to personnel are eliminated.
A worker has detected a problem that might cause a quality problem down the line. The worker inserts a finger into the saddle of the EZ-LIGHT VTB, which triggers an audible alarm and displays the location on an andon board, so the supervisor can decide whether the problem merits shutting down the line.
As a log moves toward the debarker, an EZ‑ARRAY receiver determines the total number of beams that are blocked. It sends an analog signal to the debarking station logic controller, which determines the diameter of the log and adjusts the log grippers and debarking blades to the log’s size. Accurately determining the log's size provides process stability and prevents damage to the debarking machine.
SureCross FlexPower™ Nodes and low-power sensors combine to create a portable monitoring system that instantly integrates with existing Automatic Storage and Retrieval System (AS/RS) cranes. The combination of Banner’s reliable wireless solution and unique power management capability creates a host of simplified monitoring applications onboard the AS/RS crane. The FlexPower battery pack supplies power to the Node and up to four low-power sensors for years of operation. Preventative maintenance concerns can be addressed with a FlexPower Node equipped with multiple thermocouples for monitoring motor or critical bearing temperature. The communication output on the Gateway (system controller) can be used to create historical logs or trends to verify the equipment is operating at peak performance. Crane motion can be announced to staff with an EZ-LIGHT™ indicator at the end of each aisle. This bi-directional monitoring system is a simple way to alert employees that a crane is in motion without requiring any new construction or expensive downtime.
Banner’s EZ-LIGHT TL50 Beacon Tower Light is visible in daylight, making it ideal for many indication status applications. It is durable and equipped with long-lasting, energy-efficient LEDs, helping guide operators on the factory floor.
WORLD-BEAM QS18 Universal Voltage sensors can be connected to either AC or DC power, allowing them to operate in large conveyor applications already using AC power without requiring a separate power supply. The robust, compact housing and multiple mounting options add to the versatility of WORLD-BEAM QS18 Universal Voltage sensors.
An electronic component assembler needed to increase the efficiency of its production lines by reducing the amount of time technicians and managers were away from their work stations. The previous system required operators to manually walk over to the manager area to request more work or assistance with a technical issue.
To meet governmental regulations, landfill managers need to accurately monitor methane gas production, removal, venting, and burning. To accurately determine methane production levels and flow, a pressure transducer can detect both pressure and vacuum present within the methane production system.
With the all-in-one enclosure, the emergency stop pushbutton combined with the K50 Touch lighted indicator communicates simple status indication in emergency conditions. Banner’s 30 mm mount E-Stop button has an illuminated base that turns from yellow to flashing red when actuated, clearly displaying an emergency stop condition. The K50 touch is a streamlined product with an ergonomic design that requires no physical pressure to operate and is easily actuated with bare hands or work gloves.
A SureCross DX80 wireless system can be installed to make the system work better. The DX80 Node accepts a signal from the PLC operating the smart power system that shows which capacitors are being used. The signals are transmitted to a DX80 Gateway installed in a visible location. The Gateway uses EZ-LIGHT Tower Lights to indicate which capacitors are being used and an alarm to notify personnel when energy use drifts outside the desired range.
Transfer presses require reliable part-out or feed sensing to keep the mechanical shuttle system going without causing tool damage or producing low-quality parts. If the placement or movement of metal sheets is not precisely controlled, it could result in downtime and large quantities of scrap.
The EZ-BEAM Q25 retroreflective sensor is ideal for this application. It emits a high-powered beam that will reliably detect any dark object that passes over the scale. If clear objects are to be detected, a Q25 polarized retroreflective model is used. With its IP69K-rated housing, the Q25 is designed to withstand the harsh washdowns required in food applications. Setup is easy; the Q25 has no adjustments.
Banner offers various rope pull switches in spans of 6 to 100 meters, so they can run along the length of various conveyor belts. The rope pulls switches also feature heavy-duty housings suitable for harsh environments. In emergency situations, the operator can pull the rope from anywhere along the line to immediately stop the conveyor and hazardous action.
The dies in tire presses suffer costly damage if the press tries to stamp the tread into an unstamped, or green, tire of the wrong size. To direct each tire to the correct press, Banner’s PresencePLUS P4 BCR 1.3 vision sensors sort green tires based on identifying information in the bar code printed on a label on the tire’s bead. In this application, the green tires moving on a conveyor pass below a fixture on which six BCR 1.3 vision sensors are mounted.
In this illustration, caps have been loaded into a feeder bowl which consistently orientates the parts to be positioned for bottle application later in the process. The Banner QS30AF an ideal sensing solution for this application, positioned to monitor the supply level of the caps as they move out of the bowl.
Cartons moving on a conveyor pass between two LE550 laser sensors, measuring the width in order to sort cartons properly. The LE550 sensors are an economic solution for carton profiling. The analog output sends a signal to the PLC to deliver the carton to the correct storage location. Banner’s LE550 provides repeatability and accuracy while measuring the height, length and width of cartons. The laser sensors have an intuitive user interface, making it easy to adjust settings.
A producer of stainless steel and special alloys supplies billets, blooms and ingots to the metal casting industry. During production, articulating robots are used to handle magnesium billets. Proximity switches located on the end effectors of the robots communicate status information from the grippers to a control panel. Robotic cables had been used to connect the proximity switches to the control panel. Environmental challenges and the motion of the robot compromised the integrity of the cables. Breaks were quite frequent and production had to be halted for repair and replacement, pushing up costs and driving down productivity.
The D10 sorts gum packets by color—yellow, blue, or green—using dual-discrete outputs. The two outputs of the D10 Expert are programmed as follows: yellow is both outputs ON, blue is both outputs OFF, and green is one output ON and one OFF. The output wire of a Q12 sensor is connected to the inhibit wire of the D10 to ensure that the outputs are off when a packet is not present, so the sensor does not erroneously signal that a blue packet is present.
Visual indication is an easy, effective way to communicate status to keep equipment operating efficiently and increase productivity. Intensely bright beacon lights are highly visible during daylight and indicate the condition of the spreader twist locks to the operator cabin to ensure a secure lift. The beacon lights feature intense levels of light output and are very rugged and durable, making them ideal for outdoor indication applications.
Banner’s Q45 wireless call sensor communicates to a wireless DX80, signaling that forklift drivers can remove the completed pallet for shipping. This helps keep the conveyor clear, keep it moving faster and leads to more productivity. Since forklift drivers are being called to action more quickly, it allows for more productivity.
This is an example of an Andon application, where tower lights on production lines are used to indicate operation status. This illustration, demonstrating a possible utilization of Andon light indication, has EZ-LIGHT TL50 Tower Lights mounted at each workstation to indicate the status of that workstation.
Slip rings are subject to constant movement which in turn leads to continuous maintenance in order to avoid degradation of the rotating electrical connection caused by normal wear and debris. Slip ring failure bring production to a halt, resulting in unexpected and costly downtime. The DX80 wireless radios provide a non-contact solution for transmitting the sensor signals from inside the filler bowl to the control panel. The wireless node located on the rotary filler can be battery powered thus providing power to the sensors for a wire-free installation. The DX80 wireless solution eliminates the need for slip rings, helping to decrease downtime and maintenance.
Battery-powered Nodes remotely transmit data—without hardwired power cables—to monitor and control rotating machines while eliminating costly and cumbersome slip rings.
Banner’s Q30FF600 background suppression sensor confirms when a product enters the exit chute to ensure it came off the sortation system and that there isn’t a jam in the product chute. The Q30FF600 has long range sensing up to 600 mm, which is the standard width of many chutes.
To monitor downtime of each plastic injection mold press, while also avoiding the cost of running signal wires or network cables, wireless technology was put in place.
When a window is located directly behind a cabinet, extremely bright, long lasting LED indicator lights can provide highly visible indication throughout the day. Banner’s EZ-LIGHT K50 Beacon is perfect for many indication status applications, especially in this cabinet because the beacon is highly visible even during daylight and is extremely durable with long-lasting, energy-efficient LEDs.
S18-2 retroreflective sensors provide long-range, effective sensing along an auto-induct conveyor station. Polarized sensors can help with shiny surfaces by reducing false triggers. The S18-2 retroreflective sensors are cost-effective sensors with a barrel mount style, making them easy to install along a conveyor for verification purposes and are available in retroreflective, thur-beam, diffuse or fixed-field models.
A VE Series Smart Camera, is an ideal solution to be able to detection the presence or absence of an object. The camera comes in a 5MP resolution giving a precise detection of objects. The VE reduces costly downtime facilitating fast product changeover. With its robust metal housing and optional lens covers the VE can be used in harsh environments where heat, vibration and moisture exist.
To collect snap samples quicker and avoid exposure to wastewater, use wireless technology to automatically collect snap samples and deliver the contents to the collection jug. A small pump installed at the collection site can be activated automatically, and at programmed time intervals, to extract the snap sample. A wireless signal is used to trigger the collection and to confirm a successful collection.
The robust housing of Banner’s powerful TM18 sensor is ideal for machine assembly and transport, preventing damage to the sensor while providing extremely accurate, reliable detection with opposed mode sensor pairs. Banner’s TM18 is rated to IP69K with a nickel-plated, die-cast zinc design, providing heavy-duty protection to the sensor in an industrial, automotive environment.
The customer needs a solution that can increase the forklift operator's response time by putting indicators on the forklift's dashboard and can also allow the forklift operator to acknowledge the request, which eliminates redundant part deliveries by multiple operators.
EZ-LIGHT Traffic Lights are mounted at each bay to visually signal to drivers when they have permission to back into the loading dock. The lights are preassembled, with up to three indicators and three colors in one housing, making them cost effective and easy to install. Traffic Lights are an ideal solution for outdoor applications, with intense levels of light output and included sun shields.
When the door to the guarded area opens, a break in the fiber optic beam stops the hazardous motion of a machine. Fiber optics are suitable for explosive environments, because their energy is limited and the controller is away from the hazardous area.
Instead of operating the HVAC system all the time, energy expenses can be reduced by scheduling the equipment to run only when the manufacturing equipment is in operation. A Node with discrete I/O monitors machine status and one of the Node’s inputs accepts a signal from the machine’s PLC to indicate if the machine is operating.
Banner’s DF-G1 fiber optic light receiver is a unique, cost-effective product that is designed to be placed directly in test equipment to ensure lights are functioning correctly. With the same intuitive dual display and programming interface as other DF-G1 models, the light receiver can be integrated and interfaced with assembly and test equipment control systems for pass/fail inspection.
S18L general-purpose indicators are ideal for use in panels. Their intense light and bright indication easily communicates various machine stages, including cycle hold, cycle enable and fault, to factory floor workers. The S18L 18 mm indicator lights are available with up to three independent colors including green, red, yellow, blue, white, orange, turquoise, violet, sky blue and magenta. Customers can create customized panel solutions and clear indication systems on the factory floor. Workers can easily see the stages with highly bright LED indicator lights.
Small indicator lights, such as light towers, can be mounted on each workstation allowing assembly workers to quickly and easily communicate to workers on the floor. In this case, a Banner TL30 tower light is mounted at each station allowing the assembler to call for additional parts or personal assistance without interrupting the production process.
With the all-in-one unit, the emergency stop pushbutton combined with an OTB provides a simplified operator station for manufacturing lines that does not require wiring or additional enclosures. Banner’s 30 mm mount E-Stop buttons work well in this type of application. Their illuminated base turns from yellow to flashing red when actuated, making them compliant with emergency stop requirements. The proximity of the emergency stop button to the OTB means workers can quickly and easily actuate
A two-hand control safeguarding system will prevent the operator from approaching the machine while a hazard is present. The machine cycle will begin only when the operator touches both Self-Checking Touch Buttons (STBs) within half a second of each other and will continue operation only as long as both hand controls are actuated, thereby assuring that the operator will remain at the control station while the machine is in use.
In the process of die bonding and wire bonding, lead frames are conveyed in a tall vertical cassette. To increase throughput, the cassettes are inspected to determine if a lead frame is present in each slot. Because the lead frame can be as thin as 0.1 mm, it can be difficult to sense. The VS1 convergent sensor easily senses this thin profile, as well as non-reflective plastic ball grid arrays (PBGA).
In order to properly identify and use visual management, a sensor is triggered when the bag is full and then sends a signal to a K50 touch button to light red, which represents a full tote. The K50 touch visually shows operators the bag needs to be removed and changed with an empty one. In order to show the bag is ready for more packages, the operator presses the ergonomic K50 touch button, changing it back to green to show the bag is ready for more packages.
At each emergency shower location, a FlexPower Node with 4 discrete inputs and 4 discrete outputs and DX81 Battery Supply Module was installed. Because the installation was a Class I, Division 2 environment, the DX80...C housings were used and installed inside an appropriate enclosure. When the shower is activated by a mechanical whisker switch, the FlexPower Node sends a signal to a Gateway and controller to notify security that a shower was engaged at a specific location.
Banner’s 30 mm mount E-Stop buttons work well in this type of application because they have an illuminated base that turns from yellow to flashing red when actuated. The red flashing illumination of the E-stop button visibly alerts operators which button was pressed so they can quickly and easily fix the problem to reduce down time and only reset the button that was activated.
DX80 SureCross Wireless products are a great way to communicate with automated guide vehicles in a wide variety of industries. Remote, self-contained push buttons attached to SureCross Wireless Nodes can be placed at assembly line workstations. When a specific part is needed, the push buttons can be activated and a signal sent to a Wireless Gateway-equipped AGV for replenishment of parts.
In order to maintain an efficient manufacturing line in the beverage industry, immediate notification of any safety issues is fundamental. Using visual and audible indication to identify safety concerns helps workers quickly find and fix the errors – returning the system to its normal operating state in a timely fashion.
Banner Engineering's QM26 washdown sensor detects dark plastic food trays as they approach a checkweigh machine that confirms the correct weight of the filled trays.
Banner’s EZ-ARRAY measuring light curtains detect items as small as 5 mm wide with an edge resolution of 2.5 mm, and have high excess gain for detecting opaque objects. These features allow for reliable detection and measurement of packages that pass through the light curtains. The total number of beams blocked for each pair indicates the size, which is sent to a sorter as an analog signal. A PLC then diverts each carton to the appropriate storage location.
The DF-G1 sensor can be easily configured for detection of small targets, such as syringes, in a limited space packaging process. With Banner's powerful TEACH and SET methods, optimal gain and threshold can be used for a range of applications, including low contrast and long range applications.
Silicon wafers are transported from one process to another in cassette on a conveyor that is totally submerged in de-ionized water. A D10 sensor has teflon-encapsulated opposed-mode fibers that are located on either side of the conveyor. When the cassette is present, the opposed beam is broken.
The Q20 WORLD-BEAM Polarized Retro sensors are mounted on the rails of the multishuttles, to confirm that product stays within the safety zone and confirms a product is positioned correctly to avoid hanging off the “safe zone.” Q20 sensors are cost effective and accurately detect presence and placement, making them ideal for a warehouse environment. The compact size and ease of installation make the Q20 a robust product for these applications. The Q20 sensors have a distance range up to 4 m and the sensor functionality of noise immunity and cross-talk avoidance allows the operator to test the system before use.
The bussable power feature of the D10 Expert allows for up to 16 sensors to be wired together and powered through one power supply, reducing the amount of wiring required and making it possible to use multiple sensors without needing multiple connection points. Space can be further conserved by mounting the sensors together on a DIN rail, utilizing fiber optics to monitor multiple inspection points in a confined space.
A Solar Power Supply positioned in each corner of the outdoor storage area powers both a Solar Node and SM30 Series 30mm Barrel Sensor emitter and receiver pair. To power the emitter and receiver pair, use the DIP switches to set the Solar Node's boost voltage output to 13V.
WLS28 Work Light Strips: Bright, long-lasting LED light strips provide optimal visibility inside the cartoner for operator access and easily fit on the machine without obscuring access Safety Hinge Switches: Stainless steel, load-bearing safety hinge switches support the cartoner’s machine door and will shut down the machine if the doors are opened, and minimize the risk of intentional defeat
A network of Banner L-GAGE LH Laser Displacement Sensors is strategically placed to make continuous thickness measurements of the sheet during the manufacturing process. If any of the paired thickness sensors make a measurement that is out of spec, the process can be stopped immediately to make adjustments and repairs to the manufacturing line. This can help eliminate scrapped material and improve the quality of the product.
Either M-Gage Vehicle Detection Sensors or R-Gage Radar Sensors can be used to monitor a designated checkpoint of each lane and determine the duration of time that each vehicle is stopped at that point. This information is sent to a PLC, which is connected to a series of K80L Segmented EZ-LIGHTs in a traffic control station. The EZ-LIGHTs communicate the status of each lane to the traffic controller, who can then alert toll booth employees when their lane is backing up.
Applications involving such large machinery can make wiring difficult and unsafe. Fortunately, wireless solutions allow for easy transmission of distance data. Various wireless devices can be setup up between cranes so multiple cranes can service the same area. Wireless products are also offered in rugged housing making them suitable for outdoor environments. Using wireless equipment to accurately monitor the cranes prevents costly repairs or replacements.
In order to detect these chips as they move down the conveyor, powerful sensors need to rapidly and accurately count them, but there are not many sensors that are tiny enough to fit into tight, confined spaces and still have reliable, speedy detection that keeps up with the integrated circuits as they pass by. With Banner’s ultra-miniature compact Q12 sensor, counting integrated circuits on the manufacturing line is simple.
Banner’s K50 Optical Pick-to-Light series is a compact, self-contained, three color indicator with integral sensor. Green typically indicates which part to pick, and when the internal sensor detects the hand, the indicator changes to yellow to confirm the task is complete. An optional third message is to display red for a mispick.
Each bin has an EZ-LIGHT VTB Verification Touch Button connected to a process controller programmed with each order manifest. The VTB's LED base glows to indicate which lens to select to fulfill an order. After selecting the lens, the worker places a finger in the touch zone of the VTB to verify the pick. The worker does not have to apply any pressure to, reducing the risk of repetitive motion injury.
Banner’s K50 Series of single-point pick-to-light sensors are a simple, easy-to-use error-proofing solution in assembly applications. In this application, the job light is Green while the job input is active, indicating the correct bin for the next pick. The presence of the assembler’s hand initiates an output change of state, turning the job light red. The job light above the next pick location will then turn Green.
Manual kit building at large stations can be time-consuming and subject to human error, especially if storage racks are difficult to navigate. The PTL110 series pick-to-lights are scalable for large systems and highly versatile to complete numerous tasks.
A Banner wireless solution is a simple way to optimize inventory, reduce errors, and minimize waste. Each SureCross Performance Node with I/O Mapping can be equipped with up to six EZ-LIGHT operator indicator lights. The SureCross Gateway is conveniently located at a central location where maintenance personnel and management can monitor the parts consumption throughout the site.
In an order fulfillment operation for a candy distributor, bins are equipped with EZ-LIGHT K50 sensors connected to a process controller programmed with the order. Based on the order, the K50 illuminates to show which items to pick. When the worker places a hand into the bin, the indicator detects the presence of the hand, and the controller triggers the K50 on the next bin to pick.
Several technologies and solutions are available for bin-picking applications for error-proofing processes. Light arrays prompt the operator for part selection with integral job lights, then reliably sense retrieval of the part, using an array of visible red or infrared sensing beams located in front of the bin.
To reduce the risk of error in an assembly operation, a one-piece EZ-LIGHT PVD pick-to-light sensor is placed on the top rail of a shelf, looking down on the shelf opening. The PVD is interfaced with a process controller that is programmed to illuminate the PVD on the bin to pick. After the PVD detects that the assembler's hand has entered and left the bin, the controller signals the PVD on the next bin to pick.
The system controller issues an instruction to pick an item from a particular location. The controller turns on the PVA’s job lights at the specified location. The job lights go off when an item from that location is removed. If multiple items are required from one location, the job light stays on until the correct number of items are removed. The bright light of the EZ-LIGHT PVA pick-to-light sensor makes it possible to see which part to pick from a distance, saving time.
A pair of EZ-LIGHT PVA pick-to-light sensors are mounted to a rack on either side of a bin. In response to a signal from a process controller, the PVA illuminates to show the assembler which part to pick next. When the assembler's hand enters and leaves the bin, the controller recognizes that the part is picked and lights up the PVA for the next bin in the pick sequence.
Banner’s fixed-field K50 indicator detects gloved hands , sensing when operators select the correct parts during the kitting process. The K50 indicator’s logic function is then able to notify the operator that he/she picked correctly by changing from green to yellow—additional colors can be selected to suite to the manufacturer’s preference. The K50’s ability to detect black gloves is especially important for lean manufacturing processes where workers typically wear dark gloves.
In a book packing warehouse, the rack above each carton of books is equipped with a one-piece EZ-LIGHT PVD pick-to-light sensor. A worker fills orders by selecting the quantity of each book specified on the packing slip. To make it easier for the worker to find the cartons from which to pick books, the PVDs above those cartons are illuminated. The PVD detects the workers hand in the carton to verify that the title was picked.
The PVL provides 100% reliability over a large area and can be mounted directly to the racking profile. The PVL can also be mounted in a vertical or horizontal orientation to suite application needs. This versatility allows for a quick set up and quick and efficient processes.
To reduce the risk of error in an assembly operation, a one-piece EZ-LIGHT PVD pick-to-light sensor with a 400 mm range is interfaced with a process controller programmed with the correct assembly sequence. The controller makes the PVDs light up in the correct order, to show the assembler which part to pick. After the PVD detects that the assembler's hand has entered and left the bin, the controller signals the PVD of the next bin in the pick sequence to light up.
Using K50U ultrasonic sensors and Q45U wireless nodes paired to a DXM100 wireless controller, we can develop a wireless monitoring system for multiple tank level measurements that is easy to set up, interpret the results, and monitor locally through a cloud-based system.
Required very long sensing range in a harsh weather conditions
Detect presence of vehicle using a long sensing range
Indicate truck status and activate door with same device
Use shifts in magnetic fields to detect arrival and trigger alert
Used at various points in a train yard to control direction of train cars
Wireless solution, remain in low-power standby mode until vehicle is detected
Detect vehicles, alert employees, and track business patterns
Outdoor truck detection for safety prevention purposes
Sense vehicles as they travel through a car wash
Wireless detection at parking lot entrances
Outdoor vehicle detection in an environment not easily wired
A PresencePLUS P4 COLOR OMNI vision sensor inspects pour spouts that have been inserted into detergent bottles. The sensors verify that the spout is present and inserted fully, and that spout color matches the bottle color. A special bracket positions the area light at an angle that maximizes contrast and color visibility.
Installing a signal to parts bins is a simple solution to keeping parts bins stocked and the assembly line productive. The EZ-LIGHT K80 Call Light is a large illuminated signal the operator turns on before parts are depleted. The K80 flashes red to signal stocking personnel to replenish bin supplies. In flexible manufacturing environments, operator stations and work cells must allow for quick changes to assembly and manufacturing lines.
In an automotive assembly plant, temporary pins—called grenade pins—are used to attach some parts temporarily. To make sure the grenade pins are removed, the inspection station includes a container for the pins that is equipped with an EZ-LIGHT PVA pick-to-light sensor.
In large distribution facilities, sortation trays deliver products to the proper bin for correct shipment. Before sorting can begin, each tray needs to be empty so that items can be placed on the conveyor and sent to the next location. The 5mp VE Smart Camera recognizes very fine levels of detail and can detect items of almost any size, confirming the presence or absence of items on the trays.
Before the EZ-LIGHT K50L indicator light was installed, the operator would place a part on the machine and then step out of the work area to check the stack light to see if the part was loaded properly. If not, the operator had to repeat the set-and-check process before initiating the machine's action on the part. Since the K50L was installed inside the workstation, using a simple Y splice, the operator can tell immediately if the part is correctly placed.
Banner’s rugged PresencePLUS P4 Sealed OMNI vision sensor works well for date/lot codes because it uses Optical Character Verification/OCV inspection to ensure the correct day and lot code are printed legibly. With an IP68-rated housing, the sensor is ideal in food and beverage applications because it can withstand harsh wash-down environments. The P4 OMNI sensor easily locates the region of the carton magazine that needs to be inspected for date/lot codes by verifying the edge of the box. Wi
Tightened federal regulations make the quality of pharmaceutical packaging increasingly critical. A PresencePLUS Pro COLOR vision sensor inspects blister packs to make sure each blister contains the correct tablet and that the tablet is not broken. It also detects empty blisters and those containing foreign matter.
A system of Banner’s TL70 wireless modular tower lights and K50 touch buttons provides an efficient, easy way to communicate a call for more parts with a forklift driver. When a workstation is almost out of cartons, the operator touches the ergonomic K50 touch button which changes the status on the connected TL70 wireless tower light to red.
A PresencePLUS P4 COLOR OMNI mounted about a conveyor inspects each box of 12 chocolates, making sure each paper nest contains the correct type of candy, based on color. It rejects boxes that have the wrong chocolate in a nest, are missing product or have damaged product.
To verify each integrated circuit, this application uses an iVu Series sensor configured for an Area with Motion application. If the sensor detects a part with missing or damaged solder balls, or if it detects any foreign material, the sensor sends a fail output to the line, and the part is rejected.
Banner Engineering's LX series part-sensing light screen generates a multi-beam infrared pattern that can detect any item passing through the beams, enabling exceptional sensitivity to small objects. As small parts drop from the feeder bowl into the plastic bag, the LX sensor detects each part and triggers the line to advance when the bag contains the specified number of parts.
As vehicles move forward on an automotive assembly line, an L-GAGE LT7 time-of-flight laser sensor is directed inside the sun roof to verify that the car seat has been installed and is in the correct position. It is offered in retroreflective models with two discrete outputs (PNP) for extremely long ranges up to 250 m, making it a versatile sensor in the automotive industry.
A WORLD-BEAM QS18LD diffuse-mode laser sensor can be used to accurately inspect each package as it passes on a conveyor. The sensor emits a visible Class 1 laser sensing beam, focused on the piece of tape used to seal the package. When the top of the box is closed and sealed correctly, the tape will return the sensing beam back to the receiver.
To verify each package has a date/lot code printed on it, an iVu Series sensor is configured for a Match inspection. An image of the date/lot code is captured. When the inspection is running, if the sensor detects a package without the date/lot code the sensor sends a fail output to the line, and the product is rejected.
To rapidly verify that beer bottles are filled to the correct level and that caps are correctly aligned, a high-speed PresencePLUS P4 vision sensor locates the bottle and verifies the fill level and cap placement. This helps eliminate the need for multiple sensors, while accurately detecting the presence of caps and monitoring fill level. The red backlight provides a strong contrast to the bottles, amplifying the bottle features for easy detection.
Banner sensors are positioned above a conveyor inspecting each passing box for missing chocolates. When a passing box breaks the trigger beam created by a pair of Q12 opposed-mode sensors, an array of QS18AF sensors mounted above the box inspect each location for missing chocolates. When a box containing the wrong amount of chocolates is detected, an output signal is relayed to a main controller at the packaging line warning of the failed condition.
An iVu BCR sensor is mounted 8-12 inches above a conveyor of boxed pill bottles containing a medical information insert. The iVu BCR industrial bar code scanner reads a data matrix code on the insert to verify it matches the product on the packaging line. When a box containing an incorrect insert or no insert at all moves past the iVu BCR inspection area, the iVu detects this fail condition and sends an output alarm to the production line.
This application uses an iVu Series sensor configured for an Area inspection. When holes are punched, the sensor evaluates all the holes to make sure that they are present and correctly sized. If any are not, the sensor sends a fail output to the line where the part is rejected.
To verify each product, an iVu Series sensor is configured for a Match inspection. An image of a good product package is captured. When the inspection is running, if the sensor detects a package with a different or missing label, the sensor sends a fail output to the line, and the product is rejected.
To solve this application, Banner Engineering has paired the technology of the D10D Expert with fiber optic arrays optimized for small object counting to create the D10 Expert Small Object Counter. In this application, the operator removes a cap and drops it through a funnel. The cap is then detected by the Small Object Counter, which verifies that the cap has been removed so the assembly process can continue.
iVu Series vision sensors are ideal for monitoring materials to ensure that specific quality standards are met. It provides users with complete control and immediate feedback for setup and monitoring of products. It features multiple sensor types, including a blemish sensor, which is the best mode for this application.
To verify the expected number of holes exists on a small metal part, the iVu Plus TG Image Sensor with Multipoint Inspections can be configured for multiple regions of interest (ROIs) to ensure holes exist and were punched in the correct place. When set up for area inspection, the iVu will scan multiple points on the stamped part to verify the presence or absence of a feature or features of interest.
Banner’s R55F fiber optic sensors have the capability to detect the presence of caps regardless of their color or size – a clear advantage in an industry that has a wide variety of bottle caps and frequent line changes. In this type of application, the fiber optic sensors are used to recognize long pauses between the caps which would then signal a jam to the operators of the machine. The fibers are compact and can be easily mounted in confined and typically inaccessible spaces.
The solution uses a PresencePLUS P4 OMNI, a Standard 16 mm lens, and an On-Axis Diffused LED light. A Geometric Count tool that was used to build the inspection searches the entire image for the pattern of a good vial. The pattern consists of edge outlines of the inside and outside diameters (ID and OD) of the vial opening. A mask is used to remove the reflection from the inside bottom of the vial.
Banner’s LE550 laser sensor is ideal for part-in-place verification processes. It is reliable, and extremely accurate for small part-in-place verification from long distances. The LE550 measures for 3 mm thickness using the digital output, ensuring that the retaining clip is present and the engine block is in the correct place.
The unique indication of the programmable K50 Pro touch buttons and Pro Editor software allows for versatile indication of numerous machine statuses and in-field customization. Multicolor and animation allow for quick identification of errors in work cells.
Dark packaging with multiple colors transitions can be difficult to detect with traditional red LED sensors. Banner Engineering’s miniature VS8 photoelectric sensor with blue LED works well with low reflectivity labels to detect refrigerated food packaged in pressurized cans. The small sensors fit into tight spaces and work well for short range applications. The blue LED works with the small spot size to minimize the effects of color transitions on the labels.
A VE Series Smart Camera, configured to use the bead tool, inspects each door panel for the presence and consistency of adhesive. The camera has a wide field of view and a 2 MP imager capable of detecting even slight inconsistencies in the amount of adhesive applied.
A PresencePLUS P4 COLOR OMNI vision sensor verifies that a case is fully packed with bottles with matching bottle caps. The sensor detects whether any bottles are missing from the case, whether any bottles are uncapped, and whether any caps are the wrong color.
Banner Engineering's Q12 miniature self-contained sensor detects pucks that hold vials as they move through an automated clinical laboratory. Poor performing sensors could inadvertently cause errors and slow down the throughput of the lab. The Q12 is a good fit for clinical laboratories because it is small and can fit into confined spaces without affecting results. The fixed field sensor can also detect pucks regardless of color.
A VE Series Smart Camera inspects the product logo on each box before the tube of toothpaste is inserted. As a box enters the inspection area, it is detected by a sensor on the line and an output is sent to the trigger input on the camera, which captures an image of the region of interest (ROI). A red LED ring light powered by the camera enhances the contrast between the product logo and the surrounding packaging.
This application uses an iVu Series sensor configured for a Match inspection. It ensures that the music label is face up and within a small rotational tolerance. If the sensor detects a CD that is incorrectly oriented, it sends a failure to the line, and the CD is rejected.
Banner’s DF-G2 small object detection fiber amplifier is ideal for small object detection and counting applications. The DF-G2 amplifier has a fast response speed and can detect extremely small sizes, such as 3 mm tablets or pills. When the tablets fall into bottles, it fires an output to the DF-G2 fiber amplifier, which keeps count of tablets.
Banner Engineering’s miniature VS8 sensor fits atop a glue gun to accurately detect the presence of adhesive as it is being applied. The VS8 is taught the distance between glue gun and PCB and can detect the very small height distance after the adhesive gets applied and recognize if there are any gaps or bubbles. The miniature sensors fit into tight spaces common in electronics assembly.
The P4 OMNI vision camera is located immediately after the bottles leave the labeler which assures that the presentation of the label will be in a repeatable manner and therefore can be compared to a stored image for a match. The P4 OMNI is sealed to IP68 and made with nickel plated zinc housing.
To verify an electronic component like that shown, an image of a good part was captured using an iVu Series sensor configured for a Match inspection. If the sensor detects a part with a bent or missing connector, or if the part is wrong side up, the sensor sends a fail output to the line, and the part is rejected.
To solve this application, Banner Engineering has paired the technology of the D10D Expert with fiber optic arrays optimized for small object counting to create the D10 Expert Small Object Counter. The preconfigured fiber optic arrays of the Small Object Counter make alignment and object positioning control less critical than when using single point emitter and receiver fiber optic assemblies. This assures reliable, consistent small object counting.
To verify that the expected number of holes exist on a small metal part that is not rigidly fixed, use an iVu Series sensor configured for an Area with Motion application. When holes are punched, the sensor evaluates all the holes to make sure that they are present and correctly sized. If any are not, the sensor sends a fail output to the line where the part is rejected.
In the application shown, the plastic wrap surrounding the cap and the top of the can serves several purposes: it acts as a tamper-proof seal on the can, it prevents the cap from disconnecting during transit, and it holds the applicator tool to the can. Additionally, the plastic serves as error-proofing to protect customers from spilling the contents before they are ready to use it. For these reasons it is important that cans without the plastic wrap are rejected.
A precise measurement solution is required to ensure that integrated circuit (IC) chips are present and oriented correctly in nests. Learn how the LM laser measurement sensor solves this application.
The WORLD-BEAM QS18 adjustable field background suppression sensor is an excellent choice for this part-in-place application, requiring a three-inch scanning distance. With the combination of high-gain characteristics, sharp adjustable cutoff and a forgiving visible red light beam this sensor ensures longevity in this harsh environment.
Detect presence and orientation of each integrated circuit
The R55F high color resolution sensor checks whether the tips on a welder are within specifications, so the part being manufactured also is within specifications. In this harsh environment, the color contrast sensor uses glass fibers, for enhanced durability and heat resistance.
The solution uses an iVu Series sensor configured for a Match inspection. A reference "good" identifier is taught into the sensor. In service on the production line, the sensor detects when a component does not have the correct identifier, and sends a fail output to the line, and the part is rejected.
After bottles are filled and capped, they are conveyed under the WORLD-BEAM Q12 sensor at close range, before they are packed in cartons. The Q12 sensor, operating in fixed-field mode, detects missing or misaligned caps—regardless of color—and triggers the line to reject uncapped bottles. Because the sensor uses fixed-field mode, it responds when a cap is not at the exact distance from the sensor that it should be.
The solution involves using an iVu Series sensor configured for a Match inspection to ensure that all the bearings are present for each component that includes the bearing assembly. If the sensor detects one or more missing bearings, it sends a fail output to the line, and the component is rejected.
To confirm that each unit includes a product information insert, an iVu Series sensor is mounted above the packaging line. The sensor is configured for a Match inspection, and checks that the product information leaflet is inserted into each package of medication. The leaflet can be placed in any orientation, but must beface up.The sensor can detect 360 degrees of rotation to find the insert.
To ensure that a stopper is properly inserted as each vial leaves the filling station, an iVu Series sensor—set up for an Area with Motion application—verifies that the vial has a stopper inserted into its neck and that the stopper is positioned correctly to provide a proper seal on the glass vial. If the stopper is missing or incorrectly positioned, then the sensor sends a fail output to the line.
As plastic bottles pass below the WORLD-BEAM Q12 Sensor, the fixed-field beam identifies bottles with caps—no matter what their color—and rejects bottles that are missing caps from the line. The Q12’s laser-like LED beam sharply cutoffs at 15 mm, 30 mm and 50 mm range, ensuring it won’t mistake objects inside the bottle for caps.
To solve this application, Banner Engineering has paired the technology of the D10D Expert with fiber optic arrays optimized for small object counting to create the D10 Expert Small Object Counter. The preconfigured fiber optic arrays of the Small Object Counter make alignment and object positioning control less critical than when using single point emitter and receiver fiber optic assemblies. This assures reliable, consistent small object counting.
In this illustration, precision machined bolts have just come out of the feeder bowl and are moving down the feeder bowl rail, conveying to the next automated step. As they move down the rail, a WORLD-BEAM QS18 detects the bolt and sends a triggering signal to an inspection sensor, the iVu Image Sensor. The iVu is configured to detect a flaw in the flange, irregular shape of the bolt head, or other flaws that might be present.
To verify each box is correct, an iVu Series sensor is configured for a Match inspection with 360 degree rotation enabled. An image of the correct box is captured and when the inspection is running, if the sensor detects an incorrect box, the sensor sends a fail output to the line, and the product is rejected.
To ensure that product quality standards are met and that product appearance is consistent with the brand, the company must inspect each bottle to ensure that the right bottle cap is present and properly seated.
A single VE Series Smart Camera, adjacent to the machine’s outfeed, inspects multiple rows of blister pack trays in a single inspection. The camera is installed approximately 36 cm over the production line and an LED backlight is installed 10 cm below the production line.
After a robot inserts multiple weld nuts in an automotive component, a worker places the part onto an inspection station equipped with two PresencePLUS P4 OMNI vision sensors. Improperly inserted weld nuts could be missing, upside down, or tipped to one side. The PresencePLUS P4 OMNI inspects to see that the weld nuts are present, correctly oriented and not leaning.The vision camera compensates for part-to-part movement and can inspect from a long distance.
The Q3X is Banner’s rugged, versatile laser contrast sensor, ideal for applications that require fast detection. As parts go down the conveyor, the Q3X will be able to detect if the o-ring is present based on the taught contrast differences. If the o-ring is not present, the Q3X will see a bright signal level and send an output to the PLC. This alerts operators to fix the error or move the part off of the production line.
As glass bottles pass on a high-speed conveyor, a PresencePLUS P4 COLOR OMNI confirms that each bottle is completely filled and makes sure that the stopper is fully inserted and is the correct color. The dual area lights create the optimum contrast for the inspection.
It is critical to verify the position of the stoppers since improperly sealed or positioned stoppering can compromise the product's integrity. Vision inspection offers a flexible, powerful, and effective method to inspect for seal quality and stopper position for the vial filling process. For stoppers with full insertion, we are looking for the minimal amount of gap between the bottom of a stopper relative to the top of a vial.
Banner iVu TG vision sensor with multi-point inspections is ideal for detecting and evaluating the position of tamper-evident bands. In this application, the band should be positioned around both the cap and the neck of a bottle. A seal positioned too high, too low, or completely missing would be considered unacceptable. With multi-point inspection, the iVu TG vision sensor can simultaneously detect missing and poorly positioned bands.
Learn how the Q4X detects dark colored trays at hopper and filling station in the food industry.
An iVu TG Image Sensor works well for label verification because it comes with four sensor types, including a match sensor. The match sensor determines whether a pattern on a label matches a reference pattern and if it is correctly oriented. With just the touch of a button—or remotely through a PLC—users can easily teach the iVu image sensor to recognize and match the correct label pattern, requiring no image processing expertise.
Banner’s L-GAGE LH Laser Displacement Sensor is ideal for applications where exact positioning of a part is crucial. The L-GAGE LH Series consistently looks at dark targets on micron levels. Banner’s laser displacement sensor is extremely accurate for precise positioning applications, including engine block positioning. The sensor can take measurements on virtually any surface, such as cast iron or aluminum alloys, which are often used for the manufacturing of engine blocks.
The rugged PW12-rated World-Beam Q12 sensor inspects bottle closures using fixed-field technology to ignore cap color changes. With many types of bottles and product coming down the line, it is important for the sensor to ignore the size of the cap whether it is 25 or 50 mm. Using the same fixed-field technology, the Q12 easily ignores color and size changes in caps, while detecting whether or not a cap is present.
Lighting inside of paper drying machines is helpful during maintenance and general operation of the paper production line, but illumination is difficult because of the high heat in the machine and the wet environment. The WLH60 high temperature LED light can withstand heats as high as 100° C and is rated IP67, IP68G, and IP69K for water, oil, and chemical resistance.
Banner’s WLS28 LED Light Strips allow operators to identify frozen dinners that have not properly entered a carton and fix the problem with minimal downtime. Their long-lasting and durable cool white light means they’re an energy-efficient solution for illuminating the inside of a cartoner. IP69K rated, they can handle frequent machine wash down procedures.
Banner’s WLS27 are rugged LED strip lights specifically developed to provide brilliant, even illumination in challenging environments and compact spaces. They have a space-saving, aerodynamic design, are fully encapsulated in a protective shell, and come in a broad range of illumination color options. Machine designers can install WLS27 LED strip lights wherever they are best suited to illuminate a work area without making costly or time consuming modifications to the lights.
Determining a lighting solution for the CNC machine is simple with Banner’s LED heavy-duty machine light, which provides enhanced chemical and thermal resistance in tough environments. The ultra-bright light is oil, chemical and water resistant with IP68, IP68g and IP69K ratings, making it an ideal choice for many industrial lighting applications, including the CNC washdown environment.
Banner’s WLB32 Industrial Light Bar is ideal for workstations. With a Hi/Lo/Off switch, operators are able to control the lighting level and are able to switch the LED light bar off when they are done. The WLB32 provides workers high brightness with even light output and enables numerous tasks in a workstation, including working on a computer.
Finding a high-intensity, ultra-bright lighting solution for manufacturing can be challenging. Since multiple lights are required to properly illuminate areas on a conveyor, a simple mounting option to connect lights together is needed.
The heavy-duty, energy-saving WLB92 from Banner Engineering provides an extremely bright lighting solution that provides consistent lighting across a warehouse. Since the LED factory light is so bright and gives a uniform output, fewer lights are needed in total, helping reduce the overall cost of lights and installation time.
Illumination during photolithography processes is challenging because white light contains a percentage of blue wavelengths, which negatively affect photosensitive materials. The WLS15 strip lights switch between two colors for safe use during photolithography.
High visibility is critical during inspection of product in flexographic printing because the lighting assists in monitoring machine performance. The HLS27 LED Strip Light works well near flexography printing machines because they are designed to work safely in Division 2 hazardous locations. The bright light illuminates printing functions to assist visual inspection.
Banner’s WLB32 Industrial LED Light Bar has a robust metal housing and shatterproof light cover, making it ideal for an industrial robotic cell environment. The WLB32 provides highly bright illumination, with a no-glare glow. Banner’s LED light bar is a better solution for industrial lighting compared to traditional fluorescent lighting. The LED light bar provides a directional lighting effect, dispersing light 120⁰, versus fluorescents, which disperse light 360⁰.
WLS27 LED strip lights provide brilliant, even illumination in difficult environments like this. Each light is protected against environmental challenges and corrosion by a shatterproof, water-resistant polycarbonate shell. A redundant sealing method prevents water ingress to achieve IEC IP66, IP67, and IP69K ratings. These cost-effective LED light strips will provide vivid, low-power, maintenance-free illumination throughout their 50,000 hour or more lifespan.
Accidents can happen when people and mobile equipment share intersections in a factory. See how to create a controlled intersection with multicolor lights.
Liquid-dosage pharmaceutical product packaging inspections involve minute human visual inspections, making it important to have bright and highly uniform illumination.
Automotive inspection requires consistent, bright light with minimal glare to inspect automotive parts. Increased lighting can improve worker productivity and reduce eye strain.