Instrumentation, Sensors & Actuators(26 companies)
Sensors and instrumentation are used to measure physical parameters such as pressure, temperature, flow and position, and translate these measurements into electrical signals for use in control. An actuator converts electrical signals into mechanical force that creates some sort of action within a machine or process.
AirTAC USA Corporaton
As a global supplier of pneumatic components, AirTAC offers a broad range of products including control components such as solenoid valves and pneumatic control valves; preparation units and pressure switches; actuators such as air grippers and cylinders; as well as software for its product line.
Applied Motion Products
Applied Motion Products offers a full complement of stepper and servo drives, motors, controllers, gearheads, and power supplies to serve a diverse industrial and OEM customer base. Applied Motion Product’s StepSERVO closed loop integrated motors with the Step-Servo Quick Tuner software and built-in Q Programmer are used in labeling, packaging, and food and beverage applications. StepSERVO integrated motors provide closed loop servo control of position, velocity and torque using high torque step motors, resulting in higher acceleration for faster machine cycle; motors also run cooler and quieter than open loop stepper systems.
As a leading sensor and automation specialist, Balluff offers a comprehensive portfolio of innovative sensor, identification, network and software solutions to increase production and improve quality in hundreds of industries.
Banner Engineering Corp.
Banner Engineering makes a wide variety of sensors to solve challenging problems for its customers. Sensor product line includes technology for photoelectrics, laser distance measurement, ultrasonics, and fiber optics for almost any industrial automation application.
Baumer sensors are used in applications ranging from hygienic dairy processing to brewery and soft drink processing and packaging. Object detection sensors include light barriers, photoelectric sensors, label sensors and magnetic proximity sensors. Other equipment from Baumer includes distance measurement sensors, smart vision sensors, industrial camera-based inspection, code readers, counters and displays, inclination sensors, rotary encoders, process sensors, and more. Smart sensors can be tailored to specific jobs such as cleaning tanks/clean-in-place systems, heat exchangers, and inventory management of tanks and silos.
Product range covers industrial PCs, embedded PCs, PLCs, PACs, motherboards, HMI hardware and software, industrial displays, stainless steel industrial displays, I/O, machine mounted I/O, stainless steel I/O, fieldbus components, industrial Ethernet, networking solutions, machine safety equipment, programmable safety, switches, servo motors, stainless steel servo motors, servo drives, stepper motors, stepper drives, DC drives, gearboxes, stainless steel gearboxes, linear transport systems, stainless steel linear transport systems, planar motor systems, automation software, machine learnings software, machine vision software, cables, connectors and accessories.
Bishop-Wisecarver's line of actuators, linear guides, and machine components include SlickStick Linear Actuator, featuring the footprint of a ball bushing shaft. Standard travel lengths run from 6- to 65 in. Also features stainless steel lead screws with 0.5- or 1.0 in. lead. Other products include the ECO60, a low cost, U.S. made linear actuator in a small compact design that incorporates the latest in sliding element linear bearings and Bishop-Wisecarver prepared Mil standard Hardcoat aluminum shafting for smooth, and durable linear actuation. It includes an aluminum carriage with fully adjustable preload, and easy to replace sliding bearings.
A multinational electronics group active in the design, manufacture and marketing of electronic and electrical components for industrial automation and building automation, Carlo Gavazzi offers products including sensors, such as magnetic, photoelectric and ultrasonic sensors; switches, such as contractors, overload and breakers; and controls, such as current transformers and temperature controls.
Curtiss-Wright / Exlar Automation
Exlar's fully integrated drive/motor/actuators have AC or DC powered servo drives, digital position controllers, brushless servo motors, and roller screw actuators in one elegant, compact, sealed package. These integrated motor/actuators have a servo motor and roller screw actuator with feedback, connectors, and wiring that can be configured to almost any brand of position controller for a plug-and-play, risk-free experience. With roller screw technology and flexibility features, electric actuators are available in many stroke lengths, rod ends, and case options, as well as motor and mounting alternatives.
Descon Integrated Conveyor Solutions
Descon offers specialty controls for conveyors including centralized motor, distribution motor, integrated electrical wireway, plug and play cable systems as well as software and documentation systems. Descon’s automation experts in the Electrical Controls Team are knowledgeable with equipment interfacing, integration between machine centers and clean software code. Descon is a Certified UL Builder.
J.H. Foster equips industrial facilities with controls, electrical components, pneumatic actuators and grippers and related equipment. Product line includes electric actuators, electrical control panels, gear boxes, PLC, HMI, servo reducers, servo and stepper drivers. Photoelectric sensors come in LED, laser and fiber optic configurations and are available in beam-break and beam-make versions with a variety of sensing models. Pneumatic actuators work together with grippers to clamp parts and tools in place as actuators work during automation processes in manufacturing, such as material transfer, pick and place and indexing. J.H. Foster also supplies vacuum cups and generators as well as assorted automation accessories and components for all pneumatic applications.
The SYSKRON brand was created to bring all the IT products of the Krones Group together under a single roof. It has been developed into a holistic solution comprising Manufacturing Execution System (MES), Process Control System and innovative cloud solutions. The SYSKRON software landscape is structured to form the complete supply chain of manufacturing from goods receipt to dispatch. SYSKRON solutions can be used to plan, control, visualize, document and analyze processes along the complete supply chain.
Leuze electronic, Inc.
Leuze electronic, Inc. specializes in sensors used in processing, primary packaging and secondary packaging/end-of-line applications for a wide variety of operations, from beverage filling, pharmaceutical and meat packaging to confectionery and bakery production. Product line includes sensors for specific functions including measuring, safety, identification, network and connection technology, optical data transmission, industrial image processing, and accessories. For example, on a beverage filling line, Leuze’s 3C and 18B series clear-glass sensors employ an integrated tracking function designed to eliminate system downtimes caused by increased soiling. Engineered for use in wet applications, these sensors are watertight and robustly withstand the permanent cleaning processes.
Nexthermal supplies industrial thermal controllers that are equipped with an IP-66/NEMA 4X-rated enclosure. Specialist in designing efficient heaters and heating elements that maximize the capability of customer machines and applications, Nexthermal has created its own single zone controller. Temperature controller features advanced PID with RS-485 input with output to USB, an easy plug-and-play design for quick installation, a white PV display with LCD screen for improved visibility and a universal input which supports most standard TC/RTD/linear outputs. In addition, Nexthermal’s product line of temperature sensors help manufacturers monitor the temperature of equipment in order to prevent problems such as overheating or inadequate cooling. The food and beverage industry also use temperature sensors extensively to monitor and maintain the required temperatures for its products.
Omron Automation Americas
Omron Industrial Automation supplies an extensive range of controls, software and automation components including PLC and MAC controllers, machine safety solutions, motion controls, motors, sensors, networking solutions, remote IO, IPC, and HMI technology. Highlighted control systems from Omron include its line of machine controllers, which offer synchronous control of all machine devices and advanced functionality such as motion, robotics and database connectivity. The fully integrated Sysmac automation platform is a multidisciplinary concept that allows users to simplify solution architecture, reduce programming and optimize productivity while harnessing complete control and management in the automation plant.
Oriental Motor USA
Oriental Motor specializes in stepper motors, actuators, brushless DC motors, servo motors, AC motors and gear motors, linear actuators, rotary actuators, network products, cooling fans and centrifugal blowers. Motors and actuators are used for motion applications ranging from precision conveying (i.e., product positioning, line acceleration) linear motion (i.e., product pushing and positioning applications) to rotational applications (i.e., index table movement, material agitation, robotic arm operation). Featured products include the AlphaStep closed loop control systems, designed to perform accurate positioning operations with ease. The AlphaStep features a unique control system combining the benefits of open loop and closed loop control.
Redzone Production Systems
The Redzone Production System is a verticalized social mobile platform for industry designed for front line team collaboration to radically change operating performance within the four walls of the manufacturing plant. Highly visual platform helps create the environment for front line teams to resolve issues on the plant floor to keep production running.
Rockwell Automation’s flagship Allen-Bradley® and Rockwell Software® product brands offer a vast array of automation, manufacturing, safety products, automation systems and drives. Featured hardware includes the 450L GuardShield™ PAC Safety Light Curtains to protect personnel from hazardous machinery that use whole-body detection and are typically positioned around an area or in front of a machine process entry or exit area. Model 42EA RightSight™ S18 and 42EF RightSight M18 photoelectric sensors feature a wide range of sensing modes and are ideal for general purpose and cost-sensitive applications in material handling, packaging and other industries. The Allen‑Bradley ASEM™ 6300 is a complete portfolio of open architecture industrial PCs, thin clients and monitors used in food and beverage and other facilities that require a high-performance Human Machine Interface (HMI) solution for industrial environments. Portfolio integrates completely with Rockwell’s FactoryTalk® View SE and FactoryTalk View ME software, allowing for seamless assimilation within the facility.
Schneider Electric specializes in the digital transformation of energy management and automation. Schneider’s catalog includes motion controllers, drives, motors, and robotics, featuring the Altivar Machine ATV340, an innovative variable speed drive for smart machines in high-performance material handling solutions. Other industrial controls and automation products include limit switches; measurement and instrumentation devices; PLC, PAC and dedicated controllers; power supplies and transformers; enclosures; HMI terminals and industrial PCs; process control and safety devices; soft starters and more.
SICK offers a wide array of sensors as well as machine and electrical components including photoelectric sensors, inductive sensors, LiDAR sensors, inertial sensors, positioning sensors, OLS line guidance sensors, and sensors for color, contrast and distance. Integration machines connect sensor networks. SICK also offers RFID code readers, transponders and antennas, encoders, motor feedback systems and connection devices. Company also makes safety light curtains, safety laser scanners and safety door switches.
Siko Products, Inc.
SIKO develops and manufactures products for automation and drive engineering for length, angle and speed measurement technology. Product line includes mechanical and electronic position indicators; incremental and absolute rotary encoders, geared potentiometers and electronic displays; wire-actuated encoders for distance measurement; actuators; and magnetic measuring technology.
SMAC offers motors, controllers and I/O, and actuators, with special designs for packaging equipment OEMs and end users in mind. Programmable linear actuators are used for such applications as ejecting, diverting and multi-lane sorting; capping; sealing, cutting and labeling; cutting; dosing; and leak testing. With a lower price due to 30% fewer parts and cylindrical form, these actuators fit applications where air cylinders can't provide the speed, reliability, controllability, and longevity necessary to meet customers’ productivity goals, changeover needs, and cost reduction requirements. SMAC also offers a wide range of motors, controllers, and related controls.
Spec Automation can fabricate a control panel to fit the needs of the end user, no matter the size of the system. Using its in-house fabrication shop, customers have input on how their specific control panel is designed allowing for a smoother transition once the panel arrives in the facility. Specs’s team of qualified controls engineers, panel builders, and field service technicians are certified to ensure that all panels meet the UL 508A requirements.
TM Process & Controls, Inc.
TM Process & Controls offers services including controls and integration design, network and server design, cybersecurity, panel upgrades, PLC upgrades, automation solutions, Internet of Things, Machine Learning, Enterprise Resource Planning and Manufacturing Execution Systems.
Tolomatic is a supplier of a wide range of electric linear actuators, motors and drives, pneumatic linear actuators, cable cylinders, roller screws, power transmission gearboxes and industrial caliper brakes, among other industrial-grade linear motion control solutions.
Turck supplies multiprotocol I/O modules that automatically detect three Ethernet networks used in food and beverage processing and packaging applications. Fieldbus stations, which should survive the aggressive cleaning operations on food packaging machines, must be mechanically robust, chemically resistant and totally waterproof. The fully sealed series TBEN-L with protection class IP69K meets all of these requirements and can be connected to different Ethernet fieldbus systems via Turck's multiprotocol technology.
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