Much has been written here on SensorTech about the value of industrial networking in the machine automation realm. As the trend towards industrial networking continues to expand, we see more and more network-capable sensors coming to the fore. Linear position sensors are no exception.
Network-connected linear position sensors take the concept of continuous, absolute linear position feedback a step or two forward by allowing the position sensor to be directly connected to the network, and also providing additional information in the form of sensor-level diagnostics.
Two such examples of network-connected linear position sensors are the newly introduced Micropulse EtherCAT position transducers.
Available in two varieties, one for basic position monitoring, and one capable of closed-loop positioning tasks, the Micropulse EtherCAT transducer is a good example of the continuing evolution of basic sensors towards more “intelligent” network-capable sensors.
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