Temposonics® R-Series V Position Sensors
MEASURING TECHNOLOGY The absolute, linear position sensors provided by MTS Sensors rely on the company’s proprietary Temposonics® magnetostrictive technology, which can determine position with a high level of precision and robustness. Each Temposonics® position sensor consists of a ferromagnetic waveguide, a position magnet, a strain pulse converter and supporting electronics. The magnet, connected to the object in motion in the application, generates a magnetic field at its location on the waveguide. A short current pulse is applied to the waveguide. This creates a momentary radial magnetic field and torsional strain on the waveguide. The momentary interaction of the magnetic fields releases a torsional strain pulse that propagates the length of the waveguide. When the ultrasonic wave reaches the end of the waveguide it is converted into an electrical signal. Since the speed of the ultrasonic wave in the waveguide is precisely known, the time required to receive the return signal can be converted into a linear position measurement with both high accuracy and repeatability. Fig. 1: Time-of-flight based magnetostrictive position sensing principle Fig. 2: R-Series V sensor with TempoLink Smart Assistant R-SERIES V PROFINET RT & IRT Temposonics® R-Series V brings very powerful sensor performance to meet the many demands of your application. The R-Series V is the long term solution for harsh environments having high levels of shock and vibration. The sensors are available with Profinet RT (Real Time) and IRT (Isochronous Real Time). Profinet IRT offers a synchronized communication with a minimum cycle time as fast as 250 µs. For time-critical applications R-Series V with linear extrapolation enables synchronized controller communication for any stroke length of the sensor. In addition, the sensors are available with internal linearization which offers improved linearity for overall higher accuracy of the position measurement values. With many outstanding features the R-Series V model sensors are fit for a very broad range of applications. TempoLink YOUR SMART ASSISTANT The TempoLink smart assistant is an accessory for the R-Series V family of sensors that supports setup and diagnostics. Depending on the sensor protocol it enables the adjustment of parameters like measurement direction, resolution and filter settings. For diagnostics and analysis of operational data the R-Series V sensors continuously track values such as total distance traveled by the positon magnet, internal temperature of the sensor and the quality of the position signal. This additional information can be read out via TempoLink smart assistant even while the sensor remains operational in the application. TempoLink smart assistant is connected to the sensor via the power connection, which now adds bidirectional communication for setup and diagnostics. The TempoLink smart assistant is operated using a graphical user-interface that will be displayed on your smartphone, tablet, laptop or PC. Just connect your Wi-Fi-enabled device to TempoLink Wi-Fi access point and go to the website URL for the user-interface.