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What is a Solenoid? – Definition and Uses

Posted by Doug Coe

May 9, 2014 2:46:28 PM

Solenoids are electromechanical devices which convert an electromotive force into mechanical motion and a useable force. The simplest form of a solenoid might be the solenoid used in the door chimes at your home.


Topics: NAMCO, Material Handling/Production, Solenoids

How Are Infrared Sensors Selected and Used?

Posted by Phillip Warwick

Apr 25, 2014 4:05:00 PM

Infrared sensors used in proximity sensors and position sensors are an ideal choice for detection of products in high temperature environments. Trigger points of up to or over 800⁰C are common. Infrared sensors are used in the proximity of high heat processes, and work reliably because the infrared energy emitted from the elevated temperatures encountered is strategically employed in the sensing process. Infrared sensing technology is ideally suited for continuous casting processes, hot media mold filling and level sensing, high and low limit level controls, and measure/cutoff of hot cast or rolled materials. Ideally, infrared sensors should be specified based on several important criteria.


Topics: NAMCO, Mills, Sensors

Selection of Electro-mechanical Limit Switches

Posted by Phillip Warwick

Apr 3, 2014 2:26:21 PM

Limit switches are used to convert a mechanical motion into an electrical control signal. The mechanical motion is usually in the form of a comma machine component, or an object moving toward a predetermined position. The cam engages the limit switch lever or plunger and this in turn makes or breaks an electrical contact inside the switch. This electrical control signal is then used to limit position or reverse the machine travel, or to initiate another operating sequence. It can also be used for counting, sorting or as a safety device. 


Topics: NAMCO, Power Generation, Limit Switch, Utilities, SNAP-LOCK

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