MTS Sensors, a provider of magnetostrictive liquid-level and linear-position sensors, has added new housing options for its Temposonics R-Series line of sensors that utilize EtherNet/IP interfaces.
The new housing options include RF flexible cable housing and a detached electronics RD4 option. The RF flexible cable option allows easy installation of sensors up to a length of 33 ft. and facilitates measurements on curved paths. It is a sensing element with flexibility. The detached electronics option allows the housing to be deployed in harsh environments.
MTS Sensors’ R-series provide high performance at reduced system cost and less cabling. The company offers the sensors in a range of styles from 25 mm to 20,000 mm. Even when the sensor is driving sophisticated, multi-position tasks the velocity and position measurements can be given to multiple sensor locations. These sensors provide the interfaces necessary to function with various types of industrial motion controllers and PLCs. They also have advanced field programmability and diagnostics that allow easy maintenance and usage. The unique technology use in the sensors enables output repeatability, durability and also prevents wear.
The sensor construction is of a rugged, non-contact type that has better noise immunity, EMI, and vibration and shock tolerance. It also provides high accuracy and consistency between changeovers, leading to lower set-up times. This leads to higher overall productivity.
The R-Series sensors have a low, adjustable position-sensing resolution of 1ìm. For typical applications the standard RP and RH sensors are used along with standard sensor magnets, and for applications with space constraints the detached electronics and flexible sensing elements can be used.
The MTS Sensors’ R-series has analog, EtherNet/IP, DeviceNet, SSI and other interface choices.
Rockwell Automation has developed the EtherNet/IP protocol, which is being managed by the Open DeviceNet Vendors Association (ODVA).