ELECTRONICS: Honeywell recently introduced the SMART Position Sensor, 75 mm Linear Configuration, the most accurate linear position sensor available in the industry (0,05 mm (0.002 inch)), enabling highly accurate motion control, and improving operation efficiency and safety. Its simple, non-contact design eliminates mechanical failure mechanisms, reducing wear and tear, improving reliability and durability, and minimizing downtime.SMART stands for Superior Measurement, Accuracy, Reliability, and Thinking. The SMART Position Sensor can essentially think for itself. It uses a patented combination of an ASIC and an array of magnetoresistive (MR) sensors to determine the position of a magnet attached to a moving object.
Sealed packaging allows robustness in most harsh environments such as shock, vibration, extreme temperatures, salt water, and dusty or rough terrain. Installation is simplified to four simple steps versus up to 14 steps for some competitive products, reducing set-up costs.
The SMART Position Sensor replaces multiple sensor and switch components that competitive products often require, eliminating extra wiring, connections and external components, therefore reducing design, installation, and supply chain complexity. Its built-in redundancy and self-diagnostics provide additional safety benefits and reduce equipment downtime.
For design engineers, the SMART Position Sensor provides design and interface flexibility because of its air gap of up to 3,0 ± 2,5 mm (0.118 ± 0.098 inch) between the sensor and the magnet, and a variety of output options (analog standard; CAN bus and RS232 interface available). The device also has electronics on-board, making it easily adaptable to most commercial platforms, eliminating the need for additional external electronics. Because it offers stable, temperature compensated output, designers do not need to expend engineering resources to build their own output algorithms, reducing total cost of ownership.
The SMART Position Sensor, 75 mm Linear Configuration, may potentially be used in:
Industrial applications such as machinery (e.g., cutting and slitting, material handling, packaging, plastic molding, wafer handling, woodworking), elevators, and industrial flow control (e.g., valve positioning for food and beverage plants);
Aerospace and defense applications such as aircraft ram door control and military vehicle suspension arm positioning;
Medical applications such as imaging, hospital hardware, and syringe pumps;
Transportation applications such as agricultural combine motion control and crane arm positioning.
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