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Advanced Engineering 2020

NEC, Birmingham(B40 1NT)

04/11/2020 - 05/11/2020

The UK's largest annual advanced manufacturing trade show, Advanced Engineering is your opportunity to (more)

Drives & Controls Exhibition

NEC, Birmingham(B40 1NT)

25/01/2021 - 27/01/2021

The show brings together key suppliers of state-of-the-art equipment representing the multi-tasking culture (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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