Position sensor now measures around corners

Paul Boughton
MTS Sensor is launching a new variant of its absolute, non-contact Temposonics position sensor that can be installed in tight spaces or in applications requiring long measuring ranges of up to 20m. Moreover, it has a flexible sensor pipe, consisting of a flexible plastic tube with fabric coating, which houses the sensor element. An optional, pressure-proof hydraulic rod (which can handle up to 350bar static and 700bar peak) protects the measuring pipe against environmental influences.
The new RF sensor can be installed or dismounted with ease, even when the space around the machine is limited and the ceiling and walls are critically close. In addition, a redundant mounting is now possible for increased safety in restricted environments. Thanks to its flexible design, the RF is available for measuring lengths up to 20m. It enables shipping at a lower cost because the sensor can be shipped in a rolled up state with up to 400mm radius. The sensor is also able to operate in a curved position to detect curvilinear measurements, at a radius up to 250mm.
Even at long measuring distances, the high-performance electronics inside the sensor head provide accurate sensing results. With 0.0025mm repeatability, and a linearity deviation of better than +/-0.02 per cent of full scale, the sensor detects very small movements. Various output options are also available for the model RF sensor, along with various interfaces (analogue, SSI, Canbus, Profibus-DP, Ethercat and Powerlink). If more than one position value has to be monitored, the RF can perform up to 30 independent displacement measurements (or up to five displacements and five velocity measurements) with only one sensor and the appropriate number of position magnets.
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