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Positek Tilt Sensor Specifications and Applications

Tilt sensors and inclinometers are not only used for large machines and aircraft, but are also relevant in the consumer electronics manufacturing industry. Positek remains as one of the leaders in manufacturing tilt sensors using their patented inductive non-contact technology.


Position sensors vary according to the type of movement measured. For example, a linear position sensor measures rectilinear displacement while a rotary sensor detects an object's motion along an axis. Another type of position sensor, a tilt sensor or inclinometer measures an object's tilt with relation to gravity. The primary purpose of this device is to determine the inclination or angle with the ground as the reference point.


Determining tilt sensor specification


All sensors have different characteristics according to specific parameters designed to assess application compatibility. Depending on the requirements of the application, an engineer may adjust these specifications accordingly. How well a tilt sensor functions, when subjected to certain conditions, may be affected by several factors including temperature, sensor calibration, and cross-axis sensitivity. In choosing a tilt sensor, the following vital specifications must be considered:

• Resolution. A position sensor's resolution refers to the smallest inclination it is capable of detecting.

• Sensitivity. A tilt sensor may be highly sensitive and react to minute changes. Some applications would require a sensor with high sensitivity and some may not.

• Noise tolerance. Disruption from noise can cause a sensor to distort its function. As much as possible, you'll need a tilt sensor that has a high tolerance to noise so that there is little impact to efficiency and output.

• Measurement range.
Every sensor has a minimum and maximum measurement range. Choosing a measurement range depends on what the application needs.

It is essential to determine exact specifications before selecting a tilt sensor to avoid incompatibility with assembly and error in measurement. Positek ensures that every industrial buyer has access to a wide range of inventory to find a sensor that best fits what the application requires.


Tilt sensor applications


Tilt sensor applications typically range from sizeable industrial machinery to transport vehicles like boats and planes. But while it is a common assumption that tilt sensors are only relevant in large machines, it is unknown to many that tilt sensors are also present in consumer electronics like handheld devices. For example, smartphones today have an auto-rotate function. A tilt sensor is responsible for monitoring the angle at which you hold your phone for it to rotate automatically. Another popular example of tilt sensor application in consumer electronics is in gaming consoles.


Tilt sensors used in hazardous applications


Aside from modern-day commercial application of tilt sensors, these devices are also essential in many industrial pieces of machinery. As such, it is also vital that manufacturers like Positek maintain consistency in producing position sensors that meet the high standards of these applications.

• Intrinsically-safe tilt sensors.
Positek also specialises in manufacturing tilt sensors suitable for use in working environments exposed to flammable gas and dust. The mining industry requires that sensors meet intrinsic safety standards to prevent the dangers caused by igniting substances present in the air. Positek's technology is robust, reliable, and unmatched by similar tilt sensor technology with accreditation from ATEX, IECEx, and CSA for optimum intrinsic safety.

• Submersible tilt sensor. Aside from the mining industry, Positek's tilt sensors are also ideal for underwater and marine applications. All submersible tilt sensors made by Positek are manufactured from marine grade stainless steel. If you are looking for a sensor for subsea application, Positek's sensors can withstand up to a maximum depth of 3500m. Aside from undersea use, submersible tilt sensors are also suitable for other applications with possible exposure to water and other liquids that are non-corrosive.

Positek's range of tilt sensors is among the best in the industry. These sensors are not only versatile, but they also guarantee unlimited measurement repeatability and reliability.


Why choose Positek?


Positek is a leader in position sensor manufacturing using a patented inductive non-contact technology. Our range of tilt sensors and inclinometers have superior life-span compared with other types of sensors. With over 25 years of experience in the industry, Positek continues to meet the needs of consumers by enhancing engineering techniques and methods to ensure that Positek sensors remain as one of the best options available in the market today. Positek also offers customisation to fabricate sensors with unique specifications not found in the current inventory. If you are an industrial buyer seeking for assistance with custom-building a sensor, call our design engineers today for help.

Article published on: 18/12/2018