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Baggage Handling

Sensors solutions can be used throughout the entire luggage transportation system. As the luggage travels from it's original check-in location to the loading station, a sensor is needed. A reliable solution that can detect the presence of luggage on an airline conveyor belt is required.

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Material Handling

From moving raw materials to sorting parcels for shipping, sensors play key roles in material handling.

Baggage Handling

Sensors solutions can be used throughout the entire luggage transportation system. As the luggage travels from it's original check-in location to the loading station, a sensor is needed. A reliable solution that can detect the presence of luggage on an airline conveyor belt is required.

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Barcode Reading

As pallets are loaded and shrink wrapped, a shipping label with a barcode is attached. This barcode identifies the pallet load and notifies the WMS system that the pallet is ready for shipping.

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Bin Picking for Order Fulfillment

Distribution and warehouse facilities frequently see a lot of activity and have many stages where errors could occur. Selecting the correct items at the picking stage is an easy way to prevent order errors. A solution is needed to guide a packer to the next item on the order and then confirm the pick.

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Carton Dimensioning

In today’s E-commerce world of order fulfillment, major shipping companies are moving forward with size and weight-based pricing, also known as dimensional pricing. Dimensions of parcels are needed for pricing information, and are needed to determine storage and shipping requirements. Space management is one of the key focuses of a warehouse management system, so package dimension information helps ensure there is no wasted space in order to maximize storage capacity.

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Depalletizer Guarding with Muting

When pallets enter a depalletizer station, it is important to maintain a continuous flow of pallets for efficiency while safeguarding the area due to robot operations.

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Emergency Indication on Conveyors

In some areas of warehouses and distribution centers, Type 4 safety products are not required, but some type of safety product is needed to inhibit machine function in case of an emergency. A cost-effective safety solution is needed for conveyors in order to stop them in an emergency situation.

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Emergency Stop Buttons on a Conveyor

As products move down the conveyor, Emergency Stop (E-Stop) buttons are linked 8 to 10 feet apart to ensure all areas of the conveyor are covered in case of an emergency. In an emergency, operators press the red button of the E-Stop to immediately shut down the machine. It can be time-consuming to determine exactly what E-stop button is pressed, and typically an emergency stop condition requires a reset of all the E-Stop buttons.

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Exit Chute Jam Indication

As products enter the exit shoot from a sortation system, occasionally a product can jam or back up the flow due to the exit chute being full. In order to keep the process running smoothly, the exit chute needs to stay open and there needs to be confirmation that products made it through.

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Extendable Reach Conveyor

Distribution centers typically have multiple freight shipping and receiving areas. These areas are usually surrounded by material handling systems including extendable reach conveyor platforms. These conveyors are used to “reach” inside of the container, enabling faster unload/load operations, reducing movement time compared to a fixed conveyor. A solution is needed to ensure the extendable conveyor does not extend too far into the truck, which could cause carton and product damage. There is also a lack of light inside the container, which creates a potentially hazardous work environment as well as an increased likelihood of carton damage while the unit is being extended. Lighting is required to adequately illuminate the inner part of the container.

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Facility Function Monitoring

Facility operations control is vital to an overall efficient factory floor in a distribution center. Wireless control provides a sleek, easy-to-operate communication system without the need for wires or costly installations.

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Full Tote Indication and Verification

After products leave the exit chute, they fill up large totes or bags. When totes become full, it is important an operator is notified so packages can be moved to the correct area of the facility, and so the sorter can be sent an inhibit signal for additional items.

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M-Gage Wireless Vehicle Detection

As trailers pull into dock areas, it is important for the trucks to be detected as soon as possible to provide an efficient load/unload process. Some challenges included with dock door and trailer detection are outside conditions like wind, rain, heat, humidity, etc. due to the environment. Reliable outdoor detection is needed at dock doors.

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Parcel Collision Avoidance

Motorized rollers are an important aspect of distribution centers and warehouses because they quickly move product around the facility. With lots of packaged goods placed on conveyors with motorized rollers, it is important to ensure a smooth flow of items to prevent product or parcel damage. A sensor solution is needed to help with zone control, minimizing box collisions and product damage.

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Plastic Roll Diameter Measurement

Accurately determining the diameter of a roll of shrink wrap is essential to prevent material from running out during the shrink wrapping process and ensuring proper tensioning. As pallets enter the shrink wrapping station, a reliable solution must provide accurate data to ensure the shrink wrap tension is what it should be and to alert operators if the roll of plastic wrap is empty.

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Presence/Absence Item Detection

High-speed, high-volume tilt tray sorters are used to process multiple orders at distribution centers. As the volume and diversity of products being shipped has increased, so have the demands on their sortation system. Misrouted and misidentified products can result in shipping errors and delays as well as increased expenses and lost productivity. With multiple types of products on the sortation system, ranging in shape, size and color, a solution is needed to ensure items are detected properly and accurately on the sorter trays thereby reducing associated missort costs.

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Retrofitting for Pallet Detection

When replacing sensors to detect the presence of pallets on a conveyor, it's important to keep costs down and maintain a high level of accuracy in a pallet detection application.

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Shuttle Tote Positioning

As today’s material handling processes become even faster with smaller lots, requirements to avoid damage increase with capacity. In order to ensure products remain undamaged, crash zones need to be detected and avoided. A solution is needed to ensure products stays in place while moving throughout the facility.

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Sortation Auto Induction Station

A sortation system requires carefully-spaced and timed product induction. As product is staged on induction conveyors, sensors must be used to ensure accurate timing and product spacing. To ensure an efficient sortation and auto-induct process, a solution must verify the presence of parcels in order to be auto-inducted.

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Stacker Crane Positioning

In the ASRS (automated storage retrieval system), the stacker crane needs to be precisely positioned in order to avoid product or parcel damage and ensure accurate loading/unloading positioning. A solution that can precisely direct the location of the storage area so that equipment and product damage can be eliminated is needed.

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Tracking of Received Goods

Distribution centers can easily become one of the most hectic places within a business. Finding an appropriate solution can help create a smooth process. A barcode system can be used to quickly and easily identify barcodes on packages, helping with sorting and the flow of items in distribution centers.

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Vehicle Detection at a Loading Dock

Various methods can be used to help alert workers of a delivery truck's arrival. For the most efficient practices, an automatic solution may be necessary. A helpful solution is a sensor that can detect when a truck backs up to a dock and then trigger a light inside the warehouse to signal the truck's arrival.

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Vehicle Presence and Absence at Loading Docks

The loading dock doors are monitored for safety purposes as well as pilfering. There is a need for positive confirmation of a truck’s arrival and ensuring it is in the correct position before the door is opened. A solution that is not affected by weather or ambient light conditions is needed for outdoor vehicle presence/absence to ensure a safe, efficient unloading/loading process and to prevent pilfering.

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Wireless Forklift Signaling

Once a completed pallet is transferred from the wrapping station and it arrives at the end of the conveyor, a forklift operator needs notification of a completed palette in order to move the palette to shipping or storage.

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WORLD-BEAM Q20 Series

PW12-rated compact sensor in worldwide standard rectangular housing

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WORLD-BEAM QS18 Series

Universal housing design with 18 mm threaded lens; an ideal replacement for hundreds of other sensor styles

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WORLD-BEAM QS18 Universal Voltage

PW12-rated compact 3-wire universal voltage sensor can replace sensors in factories using either AC or DC power.

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WORLD-BEAM QS30 Series

Universal housing, with 30 mm threaded lens mount

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Q45 Series

Advanced one-piece, rugged sensor with outstanding optical performance

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S18 Series

IP69K 18 mm threaded plastic barrels with EZ-BEAM style optics and electronics for reliable sensing without adjustments

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T18 Series

T-style IP69K housing and 18 mm threaded lens with EZ-BEAM style optics and electronics, for reliable sensing without adjustments (most models)

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PresencePLUS P4 Series

A complete family of one-piece application-specific and multi-application sensors for a wide range of applications

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PresencePLUS Pro Series

A two-piece full-function vision sensor for advanced inspections

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SureCross DX80 Wireless Networks

SureCross DX80 wireless networks consist of a radio frequency network system built around a Gateway system controller, one or more remotely located Nodes and integrated I/O.

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EZ-SCREEN­ Safety Light Curtain Systems

Non-contact machine guarding systems protect fingers, hands and ankles, and guard perimeters and access, using self-contained emitters and receivers without a separate control box.

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