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INTECH JULY/AUGUST 2019 47 Focus on field devices, sensors, and I/O Field Devices | product spotlight The TS3, 3D ultrasonic sensor combines hardware components with signal pro cess- ing algorithms. It is suited for indoor navi- gation and object avoidance for ro bots of all types. The TS3 sensor enables them to map an environment and to localize themselves in predefined maps to ex ecute complex path-planning algorithms. The operation mimics the echolocation tech- niques used by bats and dolphins for nav- igation and orientation in the wild. TS3 sensors perform independently of ambi- ent light conditions and are even capable of detecting mirroring and transparent surfaces. For reliability, the generated 3D point cloud can be fused with data from other system-relevant sensors. The core technology is the company's SoundVision1 chip. Technical specifications include a detection range of up to 5 meters and a scan rate of approximately 28 Hz. Toposens, Ultrasonic sensor for situational awareness Capacitive proximity sensors The line of capacitive proximity sensors with poten- tiometer adjustment for sensitivity allows sensing of metal and nonmetal objects through insulating materials, such as wood or plastic. They are often used to sense fill levels of liquids or powders. New lower-priced 18-mm and 30-mm capacitive proxim- ity sensors have a simple potentiometer sensitivity adjustment. Operating voltages are 10 to 30 VDC; shielded and unshielded versions and NO or NC units are available. Existing capacitive sensors have a pushbutton teach function. CK2 series 18-mm capacitive sensors with IP65/IP67/IP69K ratings provide an unshielded sens- ing distance of up to 15 mm. 30-mm DC-powered CT2 se- ries capacitive sensors have metal (IP65 rated) or plastic (up to IP69K rated) hous- ings with sensing distances up to 25 mm. The sensors are cULus and CE approved and have a lifetime warranty. Automation Direct, Family of tension load cells The UXT family of tension load cells, with OIML and NTEP approval, is certified for trade weighing applica- tions. Capacities start at 50 kg to 7,500 kg, ensuring the UXT is suitable for a range of industrial and medical applications, particularly process weighing systems using suspended vessels or tanks. Other common uses include lifting applications, such as crane scales, and medical applications, such as a patient hoist. The load cells are OIML C3 3000d certified and have NTEP approval to Class III and Class IIII, IP67 environmental protection, bidirectional tension and compres- sion loading, and metric and imperial threads available. With its nickel-plated, alloy steel construction, the UXT is an alternative to the company's stainless steel ULB tension load cell, while maintaining an environmental protection rating of IP67. Flintec, Analog-to-IO-Link interface modules Four new second-generation, single-chan- nel, analog-to-IO-Link interface modules can convert a variety of analog input data, such as current, voltage, and RTD/thermo- couple measurement to digital equivalent values. Having IO-Link onboard enhances the diagnostic information available. The new modules and their functions are: • BNI00C9 – Analog input conversion of input data like current, voltage, and RTDs • BNI00C7 – Analog input for tempera- ture measurement sensors, Type J, Type K, or RTDs • BNI00C8 – Analog output module with voltage or current output configura- tions • BNI00C6 – Universal analog module, configure as either an analog input or analog output. These modules simplify installations by eliminating analog in-chassis interface boards and reducing additional analog network blocks. IO-Link lets users replace lengthy shielded cable runs with basic unshielded cables. Balluff,

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