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Robust position sensor developed for harsh industrial environments

27 March 2013

Gill Sensors has introduced the new Blade 20 non-contact position sensor – a small, fast, high resolution position sensor capable of withstanding harsh industrial environments in applications such as process control machinery, materials handling equipment, robotic systems and other specialist purpose machinery.

The Blade20 features Gill’s patented induction technology principle and represents a significant breakthrough in position sensing, with a single product allowing the measurement of linear, shallow-arc and non-uniform movement. With core electronics 40% smaller than previous generations, the latest technology offers 12-bit resolution capable of data sampling at speeds up to 15KHz. The solid state sensor is currently offered with 0.5-4.5V and 0.5-10V outputs and is suitable for a variety of applications that require fast and accurate position measurement in a dusty or dirty environment.

To assist engineers in retro-fit applications the sensor has a unique two-part modular construction. This enables the metal mounting section to be rapidly customised at the factory to suit exacting customer requirements without extensive re-engineering of the product. Being a solid state sensor, it has no moving parts and so has an unlimited mechanical life and is sealed to IP68 to prevent dust or water ingress. 

"We’re very proud of what we have achieved in delivering next generation induction technology to provide faster, more accurate position measurement,” said Mike Rees, head of marketing for Gill Sensors. "This versatile new sensor is ideal for a wide range of applications throughout industry.”