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Position sensor delivers unrivalled accuracy for pneumatic and hydraulic cylindersSICK UK is launching the MPS and MPA, two new magnetic analog output position sensors for pneumatic and hydraulic cylinders that promise unprecedented levels of accuracy and control, combined with the versatility to be used universally for machine and robotics applications.
The key to the sensors' high-performance is a continuous analogue output signal for precision non-contact detection at all stroke positions with minimal blind zones. Simple to commission thanks to the sensors' intelligent teach-in function, they are designed for easy and quick mounting on T-slot housings with a range of bracket options for standard cylinder types.
"The new MPS and MPA cylinder sensors deliver unrivalled levels of control for universal automation tasks at an affordable price point," says Phil Dyas, SICK (UK) sensor specialist. "Machine builders and operators will come to rely on their high performance and reliability and will like their quick commissioning and fast replacement times."
The rugged MPA and the compact MPS support the widest range of high-precision positioning, measurement and detection applications such as spot welding, drilling, screwing and polishing. They feature both a4 to 24mA and 0 and 10v for exceptional positioning performance.
With 25 sizes from 107mm to 1007mm, the SICK MPA analogue magnetic sensor is ideal for longer stroke cylinder applications. Its precision operation achieves a linearity of 0.5mm at 1.15m/s, an accuracy of 0.3% and reproducibility of 0.06%. The MPA is ruggedly built with an IP67-rated aluminium enclosure, for long life and reliability under the toughest industrial conditions.
The SICK MPS' range of eight sizes from 32mm to 256mm to meet most short stroke applications is unique on the market. The MPS is best suited to short stroke cylinder uses and confined spaces. Its precision resolution (0.05mm), repeatability (0.1mm) and linearity (0.3mm) are ensured by the adjustable zero point and final point at set up. Additionally, the rapid 1m/s sampling rate is ideal for fast-operating machinery, and is faster than any comparable cylinder sensor.
Both the SICK MPS and the SICK MPA are equipped with touch-button on-board teach-in and set up, featuring coloured LEDs for rapid commissioning including the stroke start and end points, delivering the highest precision in operation.
Both come with an I/O comms link to be fully compatible with high-grade factory control networks. With the I/O link, all data and self-diagnostics can be fully uploaded, enabling the sensors to be easily replaced and key parameters automatically downloaded, saving maintenance time.
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