Magnet sensors in End position sensing in Cylinders and Pistons
In industrial automation, cost effectiveness is the key to running a successful operation in today’s world of uncertainties. Compressed air is a well know form of energy that is used in mechanical engineering for getting work done.
The equipments that use compressed air are pneumatic cylinders, pistons, linear slides and rotary actuators and these are manufactured with inbuilt magnets for end position sensing. By accommodating reed switch based miniature sensors into the slots provided on the Aluminium bodies of the actuators, these end positions are sensed easily, even at high actuation speeds.
Reed Sensors are used to sense end positions and intermediary positions and the signals are then used by PLCs for processing further instructions. The very high sensing speed of reed sensors and the high program scanning speed of PLCs are a good match. Reed Sensors can also be coupled with LEDs to help with easy positioning after the piston and cylinder strokes or rotary actuator angles are adjusted.
Applications are classified as Position Sensing, Pulse Counting, Electromagnetic or Relay, Temperature Sensing or Magnet Biasing types. This application is classified as follows and the link gives more information on best practices to help select the most suitable AT band and matching magnet.
The Reed Switches and Sensors used in such applications need to be robust, durable and efficient in meeting a high life expectancy. Our engineers work hard in life testing our products under various conditions, and our intention is to ensure end product durability and life. Although we wouldn’t want to restrict any of our products for use in only certain applications, the recommended products for use in this application are listed below.
MM-1018 Micro Miniature Reed Switch
|This is durable and reliable, Form A type 10.0 mm Micro Miniature reed switch...Continue reading|
MS-214 Miniature Cylindrical Sensor
|Diameter 4 mm x 25 mm long, omni polar, switches loads of up to...Continue reading|
MS-216 Standard size Cylindrical Sensor
|Diameter 6mm x 25 mm long, omni polar, switches loads of up to 10W,...Continue reading|