Why is SENSOR TRAINING important?

Why is SENSOR TRAINING important?

, by Steve Coulter, 2 min reading time

Why does your team need training on sensors? What kind of training?

Sensor Training that Works!

Often, maintenance techs learn about sensors on-the-job (or rather in the weld cell) when the cell is down and clock running - in this case the most expedient action might be just to replace the failed sensor with the same part #. That usually takes care of the problem...at least for a while.

But understanding the behind-the-scenes factors causing that failure could possibly help avoid failure altogether. We think it is more than possible, it's probable, since we do this with many plants from inductive sensing knowledge (particularly in weld cells) gained over 20 years.

HANDS-ON TRAINING! Having the chance to learn inductive proximity sensors in a hands-on setting with multiple scenarios, various materials, different diameters and sensing patterns arms the team with knowledge that can eliminate failures as they come.

Failure Solved! Example

A cell started running really hot during 2nd shift - locking the sensor to an "ON" state even when no part was placed in the fixture.  Why? The sensing range increase due to temperature to the point it sensed the surrounding steel it was mounted in.  In this case, replacing the sensor worked - until 7pm the next evening when it happened again - then it was replaced and worked, then this happened again and again, like clockwork.

Understanding HYSTERESIS and sensing patterns, along with mounting and distance specifications was the thing that stopped the issue altogether.

With Our SENSOR TRAINING Your Team will:

  • Know how proxes work, how they interact with mounting and how they perform on different target types and orientations
  • Wire sensors and pull on loads - PNP/NPN/N.O/N/C.
  • Replicate all kinds of common problems
  • Diagnose failures better and drastically cut downtime

Often failures do not require replacing the sensor but merely require correcting the setup.

Mounts: Flush, non-flush mounting, kinds of mount, durability of mount, coated mounts that are impervious to weld spatter: How do these make a difference?

Cables: You'll get hook the cables up and even their individual wires!. You'll see and understand the function of the different colored wires (brown, black, red, blue - as seen above in the close-up photo), understand three, four and five wire cables, etc.

Make the next downtime in a weld cell the last one by training with us. We will even come to your shop to train your team. We'll bring lots of training boards. It only takes an hour and the price is low. (No matter what you're thinking, it's lower than that!)

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