Balluff at Hanover Exhibition 2019
Preliminary trade show report
The products and applications exhibited at the Hanover Exhibition 2019 (Hall 9, Booth F53) will make Balluff's focus clear: the concrete benefits of Industry 4.0 solutions based on IO-Link, industrial network technology, machine vision, industrial identification, and the company's sensor expertise.
With a comprehensive portfolio of machine vision products Balluff provides the answer for the rapidly increasing requirements in production in terms of flexibility, productivity and quality. This product scope covers a broad range of applications in object detection, identification and quality assurance - scalable with single to multiple camera solutions. Another great feature: Image processing experts only need to be called in for truly intricate situations. The majority of tasks can be solved much more simply thanks to a well-thought out user interface.
Digitization in fluid technology
Traditional fluid technology drives are turning into intelligent, networked, highly flexible solutions. Sensors handle any possible task and use open interfaces to make their digital data available. The sensor data are a prerequisite for digitization of the overall system. With their BMP series Balluff now has a new intelligent distance sensor for fluid technology applications in their product range. This magnetic, non-contact and wear-free sensor continuously detects the absolute position of a piston, is compatible with virtually all cylinder types and is quickly installed. In addition to the absolute position signal, it also transmits a variety of data for condition monitoring over the IO-Link interface. It can be seen in action at Booth 19 in Hall 23 (IAMD)
Modules for Industry 4.0
Tool ID is a clear and practical example for how Industry 4.0 easily finds its way into production. By means of industrial RFID, it makes the use of metal-cutting tools traceable, ensures their optimal utilization, and supports predictive maintenance.
Balluff will also highlight all the advantages that intelligent IO-Link sensors offer the user. The new series BOS Q08M and BOS R01 mini-sensors feature not only reliable object detection with the smallest possible footprint, their
scanning range and hysteresis can be set simply and precisely over the IO-Link interface without time-consuming adjustment of the sensor-to-object distance. In addition, these IO-Link sensors provide information such as diagnostics data and number of operating hours.
Another example is a newly developed optical multi-function sensor. It combines four photoelectric sensor principles in one enclosure which can be easily switched via IO-Link to choose the most reliable detection method for the respective application. Its detection signals are prepared and pre-processed in the sensor. This relieves the burden on the system controller and reduces data volume on the fieldbus systems.
With their "Safety over IO-Link" Balluff will show how automation and safety can be efficiently combined in one overall system. The world's first integrated safety solution via IO-Link and PROFIsafe is open to the sensor level while being simple to install and retrofit. Both Balluff safety components and safety devices from other manufacturers can be connected to the Profisafe safety hub using M12 standard cable.