Adding IO-Link functionality to magnetostrictive sensor offering

Written by: Tom Austin-Morgan | Published:

MTS Sensors has expanded its portfolio of linear position sensors with the introduction of versions of its E-Series that support the IO-Link communication protocol. Available in a variety of different housing formats, the E-Series IO-Link offering is said to be suited to address space-constrained industrial automation applications.

The IO-Link protocol is claimed to offer bi-directional point-to-point communication with both signal transmission, at rates of up to 230.4Kbit/s, and power delivery being handled. It enables consistent communication between sensors and the controller, as well as providing access to valuable diagnostic data that will ensure ongoing reliable operation.

These sensor devices have a maximum stroke length of 2540mm and exhibit a high degree of linearity, keeping deviation to within a margin of less than 0.02%. The rod-based option, which is intended for in-cylinder integration, is available in standard profile and low-profile options, plus an aluminium cylinder option that incorporates a guided driving rod containing both the sensor element and electronics.

MTS Sensor’s Temposonics magnetostrictive sensor mechanism is claimed to provide an accurate, wear-free method for measuring position. Sensors utilising it are said to exhibit resilience to shock, vibrations and extreme temperature levels. As a result these devices can be deployed within the most challenging of surroundings.

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