Inductive linear sensor suits harsh environment high speed processes

Written by: Tom Austin-Morgan | Published:

Novotechnik has released the TF1 linear position sensor, which is available in the UK through Variohm EuroSensor. The position sensor utilises an inductive measuring principle that is claimed to be impervious to strong magnetic fields and has dynamic and environmental characteristics that suits arduous high precision and high speed positioning tasks on automated machinery.

With its touchless and wear-free non-contacting design the TF1 is said to provide a measurement range up to 1m with a resolution down to 1µm. Its 10kHz refresh rate allows high speed position measurement and feedback, and a choice of current/voltage output as well as SSI, IO-Link and CANopen provides interfacing flexibility.

The complete package has an IP67 protection rating and temperature range of -40 to 85°C. Being totally non-contacting the sensor’s insensitivity to shock and vibration and working life capability is claimed to be exceptional.

Typical uses for the TF1 include packaging and textile machines, sheet metal processing equipment, woodworking machinery and other automation technology tasks that require high throughput, high precision linear position measurement in harsh industrial environments.

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