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Technology compared: Pros & Cons of Pick-By-Light Systems

By Mathias Krostewitz | July 2, 2020

The fulfilment of an order from a warehouse would appear to be quite a straightforward process: identify the product location, collect the correct quantity of that product from inventory, and pack the customer order.
Yes, the principle is simple, but there are multiple ways in which products can be picked from the warehouse, ranging from pick through paper and pick-by-barcode, to pick-by-voice, pick-by-vision and pick-by-light. The choice of system can depend on a number of parameters – such as the scale of the warehouse and order size, to the volume and variety of products in an order.

Technology editorial: safeCAP products vs. common safety switches

By Mathias Krostewitz | June 25, 2020

We live in a world where safety is always the number one priority. The safeCAP product series enables users, and workplaces alike to ensure that all humans and machines are operating with the highest level of safety. This article aims to compare and contrast CAPTRON’s safety switches and other common switches available in the industrial market.

Technology Compared: Comparison of Mechanical and Touch Buttons

By Mathias Krostewitz | June 24, 2020

In order to operate any device or machinery it’s essential to have a control system (HMI) which includes switches. Whether a switch is used for cycle start/stop, machine on/off, etc. it’s critical for it to be in proper working order. Switches are truly the direct control of an electrical circuit, a circuit is repeatedly opened and closed through operation. With this continuous wear, any designer/engineer will want to have a solution which is reliable and produces an outstanding lifecycle. When designing a system with switches there are two very popular, industry standards, which are Mechanical switches and Capacitive switches.

Technology Compared: What is the best technology to measure my medium?

By Mathias Krostewitz | May 15, 2020

The measurement of fill levels of liquids, bulky goods, pastes, adhesives and chemically aggressive materials in an industrial application is an important part of process monitoring and control. This is especially so as more and more industrial automation is implemented and hence requires reliable measurement data in order to provide management information, as well as enable automated corrective decision-making.

Technology Explained: How Touch Buttons Work

By Mathias Krostewitz | May 5, 2020

In recent years, it has become difficult indeed to imagine a world without touch-sensitive electronics. Smartphones are a prominent and ubiquitous example, but of course, there are numerous devices and systems that incorporate touch-sensitive functionality. This amazing technology is not as complicated as you may think. The fundamental principles of both, resistance and capacitance can be employed as a means to achieving touch sensitivity. Here, we will discuss only capacitive touch sensing, which has emerged as the preferred implementation.

The key to a healthy work environment!

By Mathias Krostewitz | April 14, 2020

The key to a safe and healthy work environment is not just proper hygiene, but even more so clean high-contact surfaces which include pushbuttons and light switches.

The problem with most switches is though, they cannot be properly cleaned due to their mechanical design (non-hygiene conform) and their poor protection against water and other chemicals.

Workers healthcare costs American employers half a trillion dollars a year.

By Eva Engelmann | February 13, 2020

A recent Forbes Research revealed that U.S employers lose half a trillion dollars a year due to health-related workplace issues…