Industrial Applications

Many industrial applications can be automated, from filling to inspection to control. Let our team guide you.  We offer advice and expertise on a wide variety of applications. From the most sophisticated inspection and control systems to the most basic industrial sensors, we will partner with you to bring your business the most effective automation solutions.

Counting

Whether the objects are large or small, fast-moving or slow, transparent or reflective, fast and accurate counting of like-sized pieces is essential in a wide variety of industries. 

Filling

Filling machines are common in many industries, from food and beverage companies to chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Filling machines often operate continuously, around the clock. Fillers are used for a wide variety of tasks including dry mixes and liquids, creams and pastes, and even small objects like tablets.

Detection

Sensors are widely used for detecting the distance, absence or presence of objects or features. Detect containers, lids, labels and caps, measure fill levels and play a vital role in keeping automated equipment running reliably, accurately and with minimal downtime.

Identification

Reliably track items through the manufacturing process with fixed-mount and handheld scanners for increased efficiency and fewer errors - picking systems, packaging machines, quality control and parts tracking, small conveyors and warehousing. Choose from laser scanners or image-based scanners, with the capability to accurately read a wide range of 1D and 2D barcodes.

Inspection

Automating inspection processes is one of the most cost-effective ways to increase productivity and improve overall quality while reducing waste. Computer imaging and scanning technologies quickly detect, read and verify images, text, and barcodes on a variety of materials.

Labelling

Sensors can detect labels that are missing, misaligned or on the wrong product on a variety of materials.

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Level Monitoring

Level sensors detect low, medium and high levels on almost all liquids, slurries and granular solids, such as powders, grains and sugar. Improve the overall efficiency of materials stored in containers, tanks, bins or silos by maintaining material output to reduce stoppage time and prevent overflow.

Materials Handling

Moving materials from one area to another is common in many industries, however, it’s more complex and involves large machinery for industries that handle bulk material, such as agriculture. Bulk materials vary from liquids, slurries, to granular solids, such as powders, grains and sugar, and dry materials such as ores, coal, wood chips, sand and gravel. Level, temperature and hazard monitoring is essential, as well as storage and inventory control.

Machine Safety

Machine safety is an essential part of efficient manufacturing operations in today’s competitive environment. Safety and productivity are not contradictory terms, safety solutions that are properly executed and adapted from the beginning will increase productivity, while meeting your safety standard obligations.

Measurement

Whether measuring distance, thickness or overall dimensions, measurement inspection systems greatly improve output quality and reduce manufacturing costs.

Packaging

Packaging protects all types of products and is an essential function across a range of industries in order to transport goods in the best possible condition. Environmental sustainability is a key area of concern. Automation maximises efficiency and minimises waste.

Picking

Bin picking or pick-to-light sensors help manufacturers reduce the risk of errors in the assembly process, boosting product quality and reducing costs. Devices used for bin-picking operations offer rugged, cost-effective and easy-to-install solutions for error-proofing and parts verification applications.

Temperature Monitoring

Temperature monitoring and control equipment keep temperatures within a safe range. Temperature monitoring is especially critical in food manufacturing, as food poisoning bacteria can rapidly multiply and cause illness. Food Safety Standards require all food manufacturers that store, transport, prepare, cook or sell food, to have temperature monitoring devices.