TURCK (www.turck.com) has expanded its portfolio of dual axis CANopen inclinometers for angular tilt detection with the addition of the latest rotary single axis inclinometer.
Featuring up to 360 degrees of monitoring range, the single axis inclinometer’s extended application flexibility enables operators to conveniently monitor mechanical arms, including tensioners or moving components. CANopen communication makes the inclinometers ideal for use in mobile equipment, such as monitoring as well as reporting position of outriggers or other vertically rotating components.
It measures angular tilt in reference to gravity and features micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) devices, which provide micro-electromechanical capacitive elements in the sensor that employs two parallel plate electrodes — one attached to a spring-mass system, while the other is stationary. Movement causes acceleration, which in turn results to deflection in the non-stationary electrodes. This produces a measurable change in the capacitance between the two plates, which is in proportion to the deflection’s angle. All measured parameters and values can be accessed through the object directory. The MEMS technology’s micro board design allows for a precise, compact inclinometer in an industrialized and robust package.
“Employing technology from our proven dual axis inclinometer, which monitors angles of up to 85 degrees in either the x or y axis, the single axis inclinometer extends the sensing capabilities to complete up to 360 degree rotational monitoring,” noted Marty Cwach, Product Manager at TURCK.
“Now, our customers can satisfy virtually any application requiring 360 monitoring.”
Aside from delivering reliable operation in temperatures ranging between -40°C and +70°C, the company’s single axis inclinometers also feature a rugged, IP68-rated housing.