Inclinometer Accelerates Platform Alignment

Fusion technology improves platform alignment in blow molding machines

The developers of the B2NF inclinometer have fused two measuring methods, microelectromechanical system (MEMS) and gyroscope measurement, into a single device for faster signals despite vibrations. Learn how the sensor improves platform alignment in blow molding machines in our application example.  

Your Benefits

  • Faster process speeds thanks to dynamic sensor signal
  • Higher plant availability thanks to exclusion of platform tilting
  • Precise assembly without additional devices thanks to integrated LED spirit level 
  • Integrated status monitoring using IO-Link

  • The platforms of blow molding machines must be aligned precisely to ensure optimal product quality

  • The spindle drives are often subject to temperature drift. The B2NF prevents tilting of the platform

  • The inclinometer indicates level via two LEDs

In blow molding machines, the platforms on which the workpiece is blown must be raised or lowered during product changes. Spindle drives are usually used for this purpose. However, temperature drift can cause deviations in the stroke of the spindles. In this case, an inclinometer on the workpiece platform helps to guarantee horizontal alignment and thus avoid costly tilting of the platform.

Fusion technology enables inclination measurement with unrivaled dynamics

Unlike alternative inclinometers, the Turck B2NF can output a signal with high dynamics and precision despite vibrations and shocks. The sensor achieves this with the fusion of two sensor signals: It combines a classic MEMS measuring cell with a gyroscope, similar to technology used in smartphones and drones. The result is more precise signals that are output faster. This is made possible by the absence of signal filters, usually at the expense of the dynamics.

Higher travel speeds = higher cycle rates

Many machine builders have limited platform travel speeds due to the weak dynamics of the inclinometers. With the Turck B2NF inclinometer, dynamic platform leveling is now possible in fast control loops.

Fastest IO-Link interface

The B2NF sensor uses the latest and fastest digital interface to output signals via IO-Link-COM3. Additional information on the operating hours of the sensor or its ambient temperature can also be output via IO-Link. This information helps to permanently monitor the machine status in terms of condition monitoring systems. 

LED spirit level for simplified installation

The patented LED uses a flashing frequency to indicate the horizontal position of the sensor as soon as it is supplied with power.

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