A sensor company has introduced a rotary single-axis inclinometer. With a monitoring range of 360°, the inclinometer allows easy tracking of mechanical arms, such as tensioners or moving components, Turck says. The device, which expands the company’s line of angular tilt detection products, features CANopen communications for mobile uses, such as monitoring and reporting position of outriggers, booms and vertically rotating parts.
The inclinometer measures angular tilt in reference to gravity. At the heart of the inclinometer are micro-electro-mechanical system. These devices incorporate micro-electromechanical capacitive elements into the sensor that use two parallel plate electrodes, one stationary and one attached to a spring-mass system. Movement causes acceleration that produces deflection in the non-stationary electrodes, resulting in a measurable change in the capacitance between the two plates that is proportional to the angle of deflection. All measured values and parameters are accessible in an object directory. The inclinometer is housed in IP68-rated housing and is reliable operation in temperatures ranging from -40 to 70°C.
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