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Inclinometer and tilt sensor

At Positek, we are one of the UK’s leading tilt sensor and inclinometer manufacturers. Our tilt measurement devices have been used in a host of applications from offshore oil rigs to industrial vehicles.

Not only do our tilt sensors offer an extended cycle-life in comparison to rvdts and other alternatives, they are also manufactured from corrosion-resistant metal, which makes them ideal for marine and outdoor applications.

As part of our extensive range of Inclinometer and Tilt Sensors, we also supply a selection of intrinsically safe solutions, suitable for inclination angle measurement in harsh or hazardous conditions. As with all Positek products, every inclinometer sensor that we manufacture harnesses our very own contactless technology and offers outstanding reliability and performance in all tilt angle measurement applications.

Positek has the flexibility to custom design any tilt sensor or inclinometer within our range. If our standard sizes are not suited to your application, please contact us to discuss your unique requirements. Using our onsite production facility, we can then design and assemble your custom inclination sensor, and have it dispatched to you in as little as 1-2 working days.

To view our full range of tilt sensors and inclinometers, click here.

What are Inclinometer and Tilt Sensor?

Inclinometer and tilt sensors are commonly used in various applications. They are used to measure the tilting position with reference to gravity. They are used to enable the detection of an object’s inclination or orientation. In planes, for example, a tilt sensor helps pinpoint the current orientation of the plane in reference to its angle of inclination with the ground providing the pilot with essential data for controlling the aeroplane.

What are the Specifications of Tilt Sensors?

The function of a tilt sensor is affected by many factors. Some of these factors are gravity, temperature, calibration of the tilt sensor, linearity, and cross-axis sensitivity. Here are the key specifications of a tilt sensor:

• Noise tolerance. Noise can cause distortions in the function of the sensor. This results in reduced system efficiency and output variation.
• Vibration. Like noise, vibrations can also disrupt the functionality of a tilt sensor. Vibration resistance measures are required to prevent this.
• Resolution. This pertains to the minimum inclination detected by a sensor.
• Sensitivity. This refers to the sensor’s ability to react to small changes.
• Measuring range. Each sensor has a maximum range of measurement. Some can cover a range of up to 160 degrees.

What are the most common applications of a Tilt Sensor?

Tilt sensors can be used within many different industries for applications including;

  • Marine applications
  • Off-shore oil rigs
  • Industrial vehicle applications
  • Aerospace applications
  • Mobile vehicle applications

For more information on inclinometers and tilt sensors take a look at our blog post “What is an Inclinometer”.

Article published on: 26/11/2021

Article last updated on: 26/11/2021