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Reed Relays and Electronics India Limited Incorporated in 1971

Gear speed and Direction sensing Using Reed Switches

Reed switches in gear speed and direction sensing
Gear Speed and Direction

Gear speed and direction sensing is something that’s required when operating machinery at high speeds, even in manual mode. In mechanical machinery, manual controls play a crucial role in directing operations, including switching between forward and reverse motions and adjusting the speed of operation. These manual control systems, often employing gears, need to be translated into digital signals to facilitate decision-making by microprocessor-based central controls. This translation process ensures seamless integration between operator inputs and automated control systems, enhancing operational efficiency and precision.

To enable digital monitoring and control of machinery, reed switch-based products, such as gear speed sensors, are utilized to detect the position and movement of gears. These sensors are strategically positioned near the gears to accurately sense their speed of rotation. Reed switches are renowned for their high sensing speeds, capable of accurately detecting rotational speeds of up to 30,000 RPM, ensuring precise monitoring and control of machinery operations.

In addition to gear speed detection, specialized miniature ferrous part detection sensors are employed to sense the direction of gear rotation. These sensors typically consist of two reed switches and a biased magnet, configured in conjunction with a D-flip-flop for quadrature sensing. In this setup, one reed switch is connected to the D input of the flip-flop, while the other acts as a clock input. By monitoring the output of the flip-flop, denoted as Q, the direction of gear rotation can be accurately determined. This sophisticated sensing system enables precise control over machinery operations, ensuring optimal performance and safety.

Expanding upon this, the integration of reed switch-based sensors in gear speed and direction sensing, and digital control systems represents a significant advancement in mechanical machinery technology. By translating manual control inputs into digital signals and employing advanced sensing mechanisms, manufacturers can enhance the efficiency, reliability, and safety of machinery operations across various industries.

Application Classification

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.

Position sensing Type

Position sensing Position Sensing type application When an application requires the end position of a movement sensed, or the sensing of a part when it Continue reading ->

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The Reed Switches and Sensors used in such gear speed and direction sensing applications need to be speedy, 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.

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MC-1425 Miniature Close-differential Reed Switch

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