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CANopen inclinometers for mobile machines

Posital’s (Germany) inclinometers from the Tiltix series are also available as heavy-duty versions with a CANopen interface and an integrated T-coupler. The T-coupler enables a line cabling structure of the power supply as well as the bus signals.

Inclinometer with an integrated T-coupler (Photo: Posital)

REQUIRING NO EXTERNAL JUNCTION, the inclinometers reduce wiring efforts. According to the company, the integrated T-coupler is more cost-efficient and resistant than external junction boxes or T-couplers. The inclinometers are equipped with stainless steel connectors that allow space-saving installation, making the sensors suitable for the requirements of mobile machinery. A dual color LED that displays the device status and network status according to the CiA 303-3 specification is another feature. The sensors are protected by an IP69K aluminum housing that withstands even high-pressure cleaning. They support the CiA 410 device profile for inclinometers.

In many applications, inclinometers can be used as an alternative to encoders. Providing measuring accuracy, they can be integrated into machines and plants without any additional mechanical parts. The sensors feature capacitive cells based on Mems technology (micro-electro-mechanical systems), and allow users to measure inclination values directly, i.e. requiring no mechanical coupling to drive elements. Mounting fixtures and couplings are therefore rendered unnecessary, minimizing the constructive effort compared with other solutions. The inclinometers are available as single axis models with a 360° measuring range and as double axis models with a ±80° measuring range. They provide a 0,01° resolution at a 0,1° measuring accuracy. A sampling rate of up to 100 measurements per second enables filtering of vibrations and shocks and minimizes the settling time.

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