Today, doing just the basic sensing function is not enough. Sensor suppliers must provide advanced signal conditioning and networking capability, as well as the required sensitivity, accuracy, and resolution. Temperature, pressure, and liquid-level sensors show the functionality that suppliers offer to meet users' demands.
Banner Engineering T-Gage Temperature SensorPrice: As low as $229.00http://rbi.ims.ca/4912-510Detecting objects that are hotter or colder than the ambient temperature without contacting them is the task of an infrared temperature sensor. To make its T-Gage sensor easier to use, Banner Engineering included Teach-mode push-button programming. With 25-msec response time, the non-contact temperature sensor works even if the target object is not moving and detects temperature contrasts of 3C or more over a temperature range from 0 to 300C. An on-board Teach pushbutton or remote cable makes setup quick and easy using either a dynamic or manual Teach mode. In the dynamic mode, the sensor learns two sensing conditions on-the-fly and automatically sets the switchpoint. The user programs the sensor in the manual mode for two distinct temperature switchpoints.
VTI Technologies SCP1000-D01Price: Contact VTI at 313-425-0850http://rbi.ims.ca/4912-511VTI's SCP1000-D01 is a capacitive pressure sensor designed for absolute measurements from 30 to 120 kPa. The unit's sensing element, interface circuitry, and package all provide additional functionality. Using a capacitive micro-electro-mechanical-systems (MEMS) sensing element instead of the more common piezoresistive technique offers improved thermal stability and lower sensitivity to mechanical stress. The CMOS interface provides calibration, memory, and four preset measuring modes for optimum accuracy and power consumption as well as options of either Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) or Inter-Integrated Circuit (I2C) communication. With a diameter of only 6.1 mm and height of 1.7 mm, the surface-mountable liquid-crystal plastic (LCP) molded-interconnect-device (MID) package incorporates a circular vertical wall for O-ring sealing.
MTS Sensors M Series Liquid-Level SensorsPrice: Contact MTS Sensors at 919-677-2332http://rbi.ims.ca/4912-512 MTS' latest M Series magnetostrictive liquid-level sensors include performance improvements and application-specific packaging options. By measuring the time between the initiation of an interrogation pulse and the detection of the return pulse of a waveguide, the M Series sensors determine the level measurement with a high degree of accuracy and reliability. New sensors have faster response for control as well as analog and digital output options. Available digital outputs include digital pulse, high speed serial (SSI), and fieldbus outputs, such as CANOpen, DeviceNet, and Profibus. New packaging options include 3A (74-03) sanitary configurations and NEMA 4X- or IP68-rated housings.
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