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Southern Manufacturing

Farnborough, Hants(GU14 6TQ)

20/04/2021 - 22/04/2021

Southern Manufacturing and Electronics is the most comprehensive annual industrial exhibition in the (more)

PPMA Show 2021

NEC, Birmingham(B40 1NT)

28/09/2021 - 30/09/2021

PPMA Show 2021 will be the UK’s largest ever event dedicated to state-of-the-art processing and (more)

Advanced Engineering 2021

NEC Birmingham(B40 1NT)

03/11/2021 - 04/11/2021

Join us in our 12th and most important edition to date, as we invite engineers and management from all (more)

Teaching sensors the Poka-Yoke

Teaching sensors the Poka-Yoke What sounds like a childhood dance to many, is actually a trend driving sensor usage in the industrial automation industry. Helping this movement is the newly expanded ProxPlunger and WeldSwitch product lines from SoftNoze. Not to be confused with kids, or wedding parties, doing a silly dance called the "Hokey Pokey", Poka-Yoke (pronounced "poka-YO-kay") is an error-checking process often accomplished using automation sensors. The basic principle of Poka-Yoke is to create devices that make it impossible, or at least very difficult, for workers to make errors that cause the production of bad products. ProxPlunger and WeldSwitch devices are prox-based limit switches. The devices use spring-loaded pins and buttons to interface with production parts to detect whether a part is in fact in place, correctly orientated and is the correct part to be processed at the time; painted, welded, assembled, etc.

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