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MTS Systems adds sealing option to sensor line-up

Posted: 23 Oct 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Sensor? MTS Systems? linear position sensor? linear position sensors? position sensor?

The Sensors Division of MTS Systems Corp. enhanced its C-Series Core Sensor by adding a three-wire option that provides manufacturers with an additional sealing option in wet environments.

Standard C-Series linear position sensors include a connector in the electronics housing to attach a mating-connector equipped cable. In a wet environment, cables can wick water or other liquids down the inside of the cable jacket if a more expensive sealed cable is not used or the other end of the cable jacket is exposed. The three-wire option provides an alternative to high-cost sealed cables by replacing the connector and cover with three discrete wires that allow sealing against the wire insulation instead of a cable jacket. A grommet can then be used to provide tight water sealing.

The C-Series Core sensor is offered with a 0-5Vdc or PWM output, and can be powered with a standard 5V power supply. The modular architecture allows the addition of a second electronics board that configures the sensor to operate using 12V power and also adds additional protection circuitry for higher EMI immunity. The optional board is designed to optimize the C-Series sensor performance in many mobile machine applications including agricultural, marine and construction equipment.

In addition, the three-wire option increases the functionality of the C-Series by enabling it to be used as an embedded alternative to sensors with connectors in liquid or vapor laden environments such as medical devices, small cutting/fastening/forming tools, and various consumer outdoor-use products.

The company also recently added a new housing option for the C-series sensor.

- Gina Roos

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