In a previous installment here on SENSORTECH, we explored the three M’s of linear position feedback application (Linear Feedback Sensors – The Three M’s). One of those three M’s stands for Motion Control. When we talk about motion control applications for industrial linear position sensors, we’re often referring to closed-loop servo-hydraulics. In these applications, the linear position sensor, which is usually installed into a hydraulic cylinder, plays a key role in the ability to accurately and reliably control the motion of very large, heavy loads.
Nowhere is closed-loop servo hydraulics more prominently utilized than in primary wood processing – where raw logs are transformed into all manner of finished board lumber. Applications such as saws, edgers, planers, along with many more, rely heavily on closed-loop servo-hydraulics. In many cases, hydraulic actuators get the job done when other types -electric, pneumatic – simply can’t.
If you’d like to get a look at some of these application, or to learn more about how linear positions sensors are used in the applications, a good place to start would be at an event where many of the machinery builders and suppliers gather in one place for a few days. Does such an event exist? (I hear you asking).
Well of course it does! It just so happens this very thing will be taking place in Portland, OR in the middle of October 2014. If you would like to learn more about these interesting applications in general, and how linear position sensors are used in particular, you might want visit Balluff at the Timber Processing and Energy Expo. Click the link below for more information.
Timber Processing and Energy Expo, October 15th through October 17th