|MTS Temposonics® Industrial Position Sensors
|MTS offer a wider range of mounting, connectivity and cable accessories designed to work flawlessly with the MTS Temposonics® range of linear-position sensors|
Temposonics® linear-position sensors use the time-based magnetostrictive position sensing principle developed by MTS. Within the sensing element, a sonic-strain pulse is induced in a specially designed magnetostrictive waveguide by the momentary interaction of two magnetic fields. One field comes from a moveable permanent magnet that passes along the outside of the sensor. The other field comes from an “interrogation” current pulse applied along the waveguide. The resulting strain pulse travels at sonic speed along the waveguide and is detected at the head of the sensing element.
The position of the magnet is determined with high precision and speed by accurately measuring the elapsed time between the application of the interrogation pulse and the arrival of the resulting strain pulse with a high-speed counter. The elapsed time measurement is directly proportional to the position of the permanent magnet and is an absolute value. Therefore, the sensor’s output signal corresponds to absolute position, instead of incremental, and never requires recalibration or rehoming after a power loss. Absolute, non-contact sensing eliminates wear, and guarantees the best durability and output repeatability.