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1) Sensor

An electronic device designed to detect a specific phenomenon, such as the presence or absence of a physical object, and used to affect control over a designated process.

2) Shielded

An inductive proximity sensor configuration that allows for the sensor to be embedded in metal.  Shielded sensors contain a metal band that surrounds the ferrite core and allows the electromagnetic field to be concentrated to the front of the sensor face.

3) Sizing

The use of sensor arrays to detect the size of an object.  The number of sensors in continuous array that detect the object are a surrogate for object size.

4) Skew angle

The angle at which photoelectric sensors are sometimes mounted in retro-reflective applications so as to prevent the reflection of the object itself from triggering the sensor.

5) Target correction factor

Aspects of the target object such as sensing face size and shape that determine the actual sensing distance with respect to inductive proximity sensors.

6) Unshielded

An inductive proximity sensor configuration that requires a metal-free zone around the sensing face.

7) Second surface reflection

A problem for polarized retro-reflective sensors that is created by shiny objects wrapped in shiny material.  The wrapping material can depolarize the light as it passes through.

8) Target of flight

A measurement principle used in electronic distance measuring sensors based on the length of time it takes for a light pulse to travel from transmission to reception back from the target.

9) Self-Guided Vehicle

A Self-Guided Vehicle (SGV) is an autonomous, self-directed robotic delivery system for the movement of product in diverse environments. An SGV operates independently to navigate around fixed and moving obstructions without the need for an external guide path network or sensors, such as buried wires or mounted magnetic or optical strips. Instead, an SGV uses on-board sensory inputs and navigational software to dynamically plot a path as the robot moves to each goal or task destination. See also AGV or Automatic Guided Vehicle  or AGVS .

10) SGV

A Self-Guided Vehicle (SGV) is an autonomous, self-directed robotic delivery system for the movement of product in diverse environments. An SGV operates independently to navigate around fixed and moving obstructions without the need for an external guide path network or sensors, such as buried wires or mounted magnetic or optical strips. Instead, an SGV uses on-board sensory inputs and navigational software to dynamically plot a path as the robot moves to each goal or task destination.