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Sensors Provide Interoperability with EtherNet/IP Networks
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A Series of sensors compatible with EtherNet/IP devices provides high speed, accuracy and durability in the varied tasks of linear position sensing for industrial automation equipment and machinery. The EtherNet/IP protocol was developed by Rockwell Automation and is managed by the Open DeviceNet Vendors Association (ODVA). The availability of this interface on the MTS R-Series models will enable connectivity with a large installed base of control devices that utilize the EtherNet/IP protocol.
The R-Series EtherNet/IP sensor offers high performance with the reduced cabling and lower overall system cost provided by Industrial Ethernet. The R-Series sensors are available in a variety of mechanical styles ranging from 25 mm to 20,000 mm. Position and velocity measurements can be provided for multiple locations on the sensor to ensure optimum control characteristics even when driving complex, multi-position tasks.
The R-Series sensors feature position-sensing resolution as low as 1 micron (0.00004 in), which can be adjusted at the factory or in the field. For most applications the standard RH (rod-style typically used in hydraulic cylinders) and RP (profile extrusion-style for easy machine mounting) sensors are used with the standard-type sensor magnets. Other housings styles, such as flexible sensing elements or detached electronics, are available for space-constrained applications.
MTS Systems, Sensor Division, Cary, NC. (919) 677-0100. [www.mtssensors.com].