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New Website helps Label Sensor Users

A new website for label sensor users,, promises to make it easier to choose and use the right label sensor.

In the current market, many different label sensor technologies are available, each with its own strengths and weaknesses. Because label sensors are such a small part of a complete packaging system, users don’t devote a lot of time to search out all the possibilities, understand them, and make the best selection; collects all of that information and organizes it so a visitor can quickly compare the strengths and weaknesses of each type of sensor and choose the best technology for a specific application.

Until 1995, all label sensors used optical technology and had similar performance. That began to change in 1995 when clear label sensors using capacitive sensing technology were introduced . The original capacitive sensors wouldn’t work with metallic materials. So a new type of capacitive sensor was introduced in 1999 to eliminate that problem, but the new sensors struggled with solid foil labels. Ultrasonic technology is the newest approach to label sensors. While ultrasonic sensors work well with metallic materials, they are the poorest performing technology in terms of speed and registration accuracy.

According to Mark Kretschmar, communication manager for Lion Precision who sponsors the website, “All these options and all this technology have muddied the waters for label sensor users. We often speak to users who have a label sensor that isn’t well suited to their application. To help users make the right selection the first time, was created as an information source, not a branding or promotional site.”

The website offers help choosing the best label sensor based on strengths and weaknesses of each technology. It also offers assistance in on-going use of label sensors with technical articles, instruction manuals and basic label sensor installation procedures. News related to labeling is also listed on the site.

In 1958, Lion Precision was the first company to provide capacitive displacement sensors to industry. The company has expanded its product offering to include eddy-current displacement sensors and some application specific sensors for the machine tool, packaging and PCB industries. The company is focused on assisting users in sensor implementation by providing expert guidance and optimized systems including custom designs.
Lion Precision, an IBS Precision Engineering partner, sells the Triskelion in the United States. The company was established in 1958 and pioneered commercially available noncontact sensing systems. The company provides high-performance capacitive and eddy-current displacement sensors for industries such as machine tool, semiconductor, disk drive, automotive, packaging, and university and national laboratory research.

October 2012

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