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Industrial networking capabilities added to magnetostrictive sensors

13 November 2015

MTS Sensors has added enhancements to its R-Series of magnetostrictive sensors for absolute position measurement. The series now conforms with the latest version of the EtherNet/IP communication protocol with device-level ring (DLR) compatibility, having recently recertified against the ODVA EtherNet/IP Composite Conformance Test revision CT12.

The enhanced R-Series sensors are better equipped for industrial networking implementations. Their device-level ring (DLR) capability permits direct connection to a ring topology without the the need to employ external switches.  

 
“By supporting the most recent ODVA EtherNet/IP version with extended DLR, customers will find it easier to incorporate our sensors into network infrastructure,” said Matt Hankinson, technical marketing manager at MTS Sensors. ”They will  benefit from greater interoperability, improved diagnostics, easier configuration, fewer additional components and reduced cabling costs.”
 
The R-Series of linear position sensing devices are offered in a choice of rod style, profile style and flex style configurations, with stroke lengths of 25 mm to 7620 mm 25 mm to 5080 mm and 255 mm to 10,060 mm respectively.

The rod style units are optimised for implementation in hydraulic cylinders, while the profile style units facilitate machine mounting and the flex style units are a flexible sensor offering which provides trouble-free performance in applications requiring very long stroke lengths and linear measurements on an arc. Based on proprietary Temposonics magnetostrictive sensing technology, these sensors all maintain repeatability to within a margin of ±0.001% (full stroke). The rod and profile style units support 1µm resolution levels and their linearity deviation is less than ±0.01% (full stroke). The flex style unit specifications have 2µm resolution and ±0.02% linearity deviation.


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