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Linear position sensor

CAN interface added

Published 2017-10-12

MTS Sensors, a division of MTS Systems Corporation, announced that the output range of the Temposonics T-Series has been extended by adding a CAN interface.

The sensor now comes with a CAN output (Photo: MTS Sensors)

Further features for the T-Series are the certifications for explosive areas in the Russian and Japanese markets. The CAN interface is now available and has the advantage that in addition to the position data, digital information can be transmitted with a precision of up to 2 μm. This means that status information can be observed during operation and, in case of a failure, diagnosis capability is available.

The magnetostrictive linear position sensors have been developed for use in hazardous working environments, such as those that expose the sensor to flames or corrosive substances. The growing demands for sensor solutions, which meet the requirements for explosion protection and functional safety are typically sought after by engineers in the power generation, oil processing, and chemical processing industries.

The position sensors with CAN output also carry Atex and IEC-Ex certifications and are NEC and CEC certified. Therefore these can be applied in the safety-relevant areas of Classes I, II, III - Divisions 1, 2 - Groups A, B, C, D, E, F, G as well as in the Zones 0/1, 21, and 22. The latest additions to the series of certifications for the T-Series are the Ex-certificates, which apply to the Russian and Japanese market. This means that the position sensors can now also be installed in hazardous applications and areas in those regions.

The patented Temposonics technology developed by MTS provides a non-contact method for measuring position, which is suited to use in the most demanding of modern industrial applications. Based on this technology, the sensors are resilient to vibrations, shock, and extreme pressure said the company. Since these products are not reliant on moving parts, they have prolonged operational lifespans, with little or no maintenance required, added the company. Furthermore, they can be mounted within even the most space-constrained surroundings.

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