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Balluff is a global supplier of pre-engineered, kitted dynamic zone limit systems for robots. Systems are designed to be control-reliable when used with appropriate safety monitoring relays and circuits. Rotary Axis 1 kits are available with up to three independent diverse, complementary, redundant zones. Axis 2 & 3 kits are available with one zone. Multi-zone linear systems are also available for toploader and RTU applications. Balluff also provides discrete , linear, and rotary sensors and encoders, including inductive, photoelectric, vision, RFID, capacitive, magnetic, magnetoresistive, magnetostrictive, magneto-inductive, magnetic incremental, and electromechanical technologies. Balluff provides one of the broadest lines of sensors available to give you more technological and application-driven solutions than any other supplier. All Balluff lines reflect the latest in high technology coupled with real-world design to survive in the toughest industrial environments.

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New Flexible Mode SmartLight Delivers Never-Before-Seen Applications from Balluff

POSTED 08/06/2018

Balluff's new flexible mode SmartLight provides two never-before-seen applications: user defined segments and point-of-use indication. Flexible mode allows every LED segment to be controlled individually, delivering new capabilities and expanded value of the SmartLight tower light.

"The flexible mode of the SmartLight is a game changer in two ways. First, you have infinite programmability for a tower light. Users are no longer constrained by the number of segments that we decide someone needs," said Tom Rosenberg, Vice President of Marketing and Engineering at Balluff Inc. "Second, along with that, you can define segments by intended user, using a larger element for workers who need visual data from a distance and smaller elements for those in the work envelope. That's never been done before. No one can do that on the market."

Smaller elements mean the lights are no longer regulated to only the top of the machines. They provide so much flexibility they can be brought into the point of use. From point-of-use applications for the operators at the machine to status indication for management on plant operations, flexible mode allows for increased visibility into the process.

Flexible mode is available in software version 3.0 or later of Balluff's already thriving SmartLight product line.

About Balluff Inc.: Balluff Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of Balluff GmbH, Neuhausen, Germany. Balluff is a leading supplier of networked IO-Link control system architectures that unlock the potential of the IIoT and Industry 4.0. Balluff offers a wide range of intelligent IO-Link and industrial Ethernet sensors in a variety of technologies including inductive, photoelectric, capacitive, and magnetic as well as magnetostrictive linear position sensors, magnetic tape linear encoders, industrial RFID systems, and industrial vision systems. Balluff provides cost-saving, process-enhancing solutions to machine builders and manufacturers to control, regulate, automate, assemble, position, and monitor manufacturing, assembly, and packaging sequences. Industries served include: automotive, packaging, food processing, beverages, tire, primary metals, conventional and alternative energy, semiconductor, plastics, and fluid power.