New inclination sensors from ifm electronic

Sensor market leader ifm electronic has just launched the first models in a new range of high-precision sensors for reliable measurement of angles of inclination.  The JN-series units feature high precision across the total angular range in two axes and an extremely low temperature drift of ± 0.002 °K. Also, the JN type sensor for mobile applications features adjustable zero point, counting direction and limit frequency.

The innovative product is designed for levelling of mobile machinery (2-axis position detection and zero-point levelling), automatic adjustment of solar panels or levelling of wind turbines, for example. Since zero point, direction of counting (± 180° or 0…360°) and limit frequency can be set for a stable output signal (20, 10, 5, 1, 0.5 Hz), the sensor can be adapted precisely to different applications.

Two versions are available initially, with the JN2100 covering ± 180° with a resolution of  0.05°, an accuracy  of = ± 0.5° and  repeatability of  = ± 0.1°, while the JN2101 measures  ± 45° with 0.01° resolution, accuracy ± 0.1° and  = ± 0.05° repeatability.

Utilising the CANopen interface and bus capability the sensor can be integrated into CAN networks according to the communication profiles CANopen CiA DS-301 and CiA DSP-410. Connection is made using M12 connectors with clearly visible LEDs – enabling the terminating resistor is optional. In addition, the sensor has an E1 approval and provides the signals, among others, as perpendicular or Euler angle. The new inclination sensor guarantees optimum reliability with maximum precision.

The JN is built into a diecast housing capable of withstanding the rigours of the harshest environments over a temperature range -40 to 85°C and rated IP 65 / IP 68 / IP 69K.

ifm is committed to working closely with its customers to develop products which precisely match their needs, and the company provides expert, readily accessible technical support to help users maximise the benefits they gain from ifm products.


For further information, contact Gemma Anderson, ifm electronic Ltd., efector House, Kingsway Business Park, Oldfield Road, Hampton, Middlesex, TW12 2HD.  Telephone:  020 8213-0000.  Fax:  020 8213-2234. E-mail –