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EMX Publishes UV Luminescence Sensor Application Handbook

May 132004
EMX Publishes UV Luminescence Sensor Application Handbook
Cleveland, May 13, 2004 – EMX Industries Inc., a manufacturer of sensors for automation and gate/door control, announced the publication of its first engineering handbook for UV (ultraviolet light) sensor applications.

Intended as a handy reference guide for experienced engineers and a tutorial for engineers who want to deepen their knowledge of UV sensors, the EMX “UV Luminescence Sensor Application Handbook” covers UV sensor technology and its application. It explains how UV luminescence sensors work, gives guidance on how to select and integrate a UV luminescence sensor into an application, and presents a series of examples of how they are used to improve processes.

In addition to covering sensors, the new handbook provides a list of suppliers of UV luminescent markers and additives that can be used to make targets detectable by a UV sensor.

Not as widely known as other sensors, UV (ultraviolet light) sensors detect the application of seals, grease, adhesives, paper labels, and other materials, for quality assurance and manufacturing process feedback. Because UV sensors can easily discriminate targets in any orientation from similarly colored backgrounds, they are often more reliable than vision systems costing ten times more.

Sample applications of UV sensors include:

· Automotive – inspecting a muffler pipe for the presence of a copper fitting, detecting the presence of a UV-curable gasket, confirming the alignment of caps on connecting rods, and detecting the presence of lubricant on bearings.

· Packaging – on ring-tab cans, detecting a transparent seal that prevents the seam from rusting, and to detect glue on packages.

· Wood – detecting the presence of excess glue, in a joint of wood furniture, inspecting lumber for the proper coating of clear fungicide, and controlling a saw that cuts blemishes out of wood marked with UV crayon.

· Adhesive Tape – measuring the amount of adhesive sprayed on a roll of tape. When a nozzle gets clogged, the sensor provides feedback leading to an alarm condition.

· Pharmaceutical – confirming the presence of pills, labels, and transparent seals.

To request a free copy of the “UV Luminescence Sensor Application Handbook” or to talk to an applications engineer about how UV sensors can reduce manufacturing costs and improve processes, call EMX at 800-426-9912, send email to [email protected], or visit the EMX web site at www.emxinc.com.

About EMX Industries

Since 1987, EMX sensors have been trusted in industrial automation and for gate and door control. EMX sensors are used in automotive, packaging, labeling, metal stamping, paper and wood processing, plastics, electronics and pharmaceutical manufacturing.

EMX recently announced its UVX 300 luminescence sensor, which qualifies for several industry “firsts,” including long-range sensing capability, smallest UV sensor size, fastest response time/sensitivity specs, and a solution for the longstanding difficulty of tuning the sensor to a light that is invisible to the operator. Direct inquires to [email protected], 800-426-9912 (phone), 216-518-9884 (fax), or visit the company web site at www.emxinc.com.

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