The absolute, linear position sensors provided by MTS Sensors rely on the company’s proprietary Temposonics® magnetostrictive technology, which can determine position with a high level of precision and robustness. Each Temposonics® position sensor consists of a ferromagnetic waveguide, a position magnet, a strain pulse converter and supporting electronics. The magnet, connected to the object in motion in the application, generates a magnetic field at its location on the waveguide. A short current pulse is applied to the waveguide. This creates a momentary radial magnetic field and torsional strain on the waveguide. The momentary interaction of the magnetic fields releases a torsional strain pulse that propagates the length of the waveguide. When the ultrasonic wave reaches the end of the waveguide it is converted into an electrical signal. Since the speed of the ultrasonic wave in the waveguide is precisely known, the time required to receive the return signal can be converted into a linear position measurement with both high accuracy and repeatability.
Robust, non-contact and wear free, the Temposonics® linear position sensor provide high durability and precise position measurement feedback in harsh industrial environments. Measurement accuracy is tightly controlled by the quality of the waveguide manufactured exclusively by MTS Sensors.
Temposonics® ER has the shape of an aluminum cylinder with a guided driving rod and contains both the sensor element and the electronics. The position is detected via the solid extractable driving rod, which contains the position magnet and is mounted to the moveable machine part. The sensor can be installed in any orientation. Typical fields of application are printing and paper industry, machine tools and plastics industry as well as control systems. Temposonics® ER with IO-Link allows customers to adjust parameters including measuring direction, resolution or offset. In addition, a switching state can be outputted in parallel to the transfer of the position value. The switching points as well as the switching logic can be parameterized. IO-Link is an open standard according to IEC 61131-9. It is a serial, bi-directional point-to-point connection for signal transmission and energy supply. The bidirectional communication enables consistent communication between sensors and the controller as well as consistent diagnostic information down to the sensor level.
||2 to 60 in
||50 to 1500 mm
||minimum 1 ms (master dependent)
||-40 to +167 °F
||-40 to +75 °C