Micro-Epsilon has extended its wireSENSOR series of draw wire (string pot) sensors with two new models: a compact, lightweight draw wire sensor for OEM applications, as well as a new draw wire sensor that has a plastic line rather than a conventional steel wire, which is ideal for use in high voltage environments or where plant and machinery are sensitive to interference from conductive materials.
Micro-Epsilon now offers one of the largest ranges of draw wire sensors in the world. The company’s rapidly growing wireSENSOR family has been redesigned into modular components, enabling more compact, lightweight, low cost solutions for OEMs. These modular designs also mean that Micro-Epsilon is able to supply direct to customers from stock, on rapid deliveries for virtually any measurement range from 50mm up to 50m, as well as any output from analogue (pot, current or voltage), to digital encoder (incremental, absolute, SSi, Profibus or CANopen). Draw wire sensors can also be custom engineered by Micro-Epsilon to suit specific high volume OEM applications.
Micro-Epsilon’s wireSENSOR MK88 draw wire sensor, for example, offers users a combination of compactness, low cost and large measuring range. The sensor was developed specifically for high volume OEM applications such as mobile cranes, fire rescue vehicles, mobile working platforms and scissor lifts, but can also be supplied in single quantities from stock for low volume applications.
The MK88 weighs 400g (including cable) and has a very compact sensor housing that measures just 88 x 90 x 90mm. The sensor is available in three measuring ranges: 2300mm, 3500mm and 5000mm, each with output options of potentiometric (P), 0-10V (U) or 4-20mA (I). The MK88 comes with an integrated cable, but this can be changed to a connector in OEM applications if required. The sensor can also be supplied as a mechanical-only option for mounting to the user’s own encoder. A universal encoder mounting plate is used to mount the sensor to the encoder.
Micro-Epsilon has also launched a new version of its wireSENSOR P85 draw wire sensor, which uses a plastic line rather than a conventional steel wire.
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