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Magnetostrictive sensor sports gradient upload capability

Posted: 14 Oct 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:mts sensors? e-series? temposonics magnetostrictive position sensor? sensor?

MTS Sensors has upgraded its E-Series of Temposonics magnetostrictive position sensors by adding a gradient upload capability to its EP2 digital pulse output model. The new feature allows for automatic calibration and automatic upload of the sensor-scaling factor, making the EP2 suitable for materials handling, packaging and assembly equipment industries.

This new feature simplifies system setup and maintenance, said the company. It is also said to reduce costs by eliminating the possibility of operator error. In addition, the Start/Stop pulse output enables users to sense as many as four distinct positions at one time along the same axis.

Available in lengths of four to 60 inches, the EP2 sensor is equipped with a waveguide sensing element, conditioning electronics for output position data, a protective metal application housing and an external position magnet. The entire sensor may be mounted to the machine with standard mounting feet and screws. The free-floating magnet is affixed to the moving machine part to provide exact position.

The company claims the Model EP2 sensor is the lowest-cost magnetostrictive sensor available on the market and is the clear alternative to linear potentiometers and multiple limit switches for machine control and factory automation applications.

"With similar products, it's necessary to hand-enter the calibration of a digital pulse output product," said Dave Edeal, Temposonics marketing manager, in a statement. "With this new feature, the Model EP2 linear-position sensor cannot only be automatically calibrated during installation, but there is no need to re-calibrate if you lose power. And by eliminating the possibility of human error, we greatly reduce maintenance time, effort and costs. The ability to sense multiple magnets with one sensor further reduces the effective sensor cost, making it even more attractive when considering proximity switch replacement."

Pricing for the EP2 model starts at $182.

- Gina Roos


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