Cary, N.C. MTS Systems Corp. Sensors Division says it has developed the industry's smallest magnetostrictive position sensor. The new modular Temposonics C-Series linear-position sensor fits into a 36 mm (1.4 in.) x 23 mm (0.91 in.) cylindrical package, making it a smaller replacement for older technology sensors such as linear potentiometers and LVDTs.
Based on a Core sensor, the modular architecture of the C-Series allows for additional application specific features to be added as required by the application. This enables designers to eliminate features that are unnecessary for their application, thereby reducing costs while allowing them to integrate the sensor into their specific product packaging. The modular design also allows for optional housings and levels of environmental protection including the choice of standardized IP67-rated packaging to house the Core sensor when more robust environmental protection is required.
The C-Series Core sensor has a 0 to 5 Vdc or pulse width modulation (PWM) output available, and can be powered with a standard 5-volt power supply. Current consumption is 40 mA. In addition, the modular architecture allows for the addition of a second electronics board that configures the sensor to operate using a 12- or 24-volt power supply and adds additional protection circuitry for EMI immunity. The company said the optional board was designed to optimize the C-Series sensor performance in many mobile machine applications including agricultural, marine and construction equipment.
Two key benefits, said the company, include lower cost due to the elimination of expensive signal conditioning and higher reliability due to the non-contacting magnetostrictive sensor technology.
Designed for high-volume products, either embedded or externally mounted, the C-Series modular magnetostrictive sensors can be used in medical devices, small cutting/fastening/forming tools, and a variety of consumer products. They are suitable for embedding into applications such as sprayers, dispensing machines, fastener magazines, x-y positioning machines, medical beds, injection systems, small presses, clamps, small robots, grippers, filling mechanisms, marking equipment and many other assembly and dispensing tool applications.
Pricing for the C-Series ranges from less than $50 to $90, depending on quantities. Available in limited production until April 1, lead times will be approximately two weeks after April 1.
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