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Industrial Sensors: 

2016 - "New Developments in Position Sensing Solutions to Address the Demands of Industrial Ethernet"

The prevalence of Industrial Ethernet technology is expanding all the time. Companies serving a wide range of industry sectors (manufacturing, petrochemical and avionics to name just a few) are migrating away from the slow and inflexible interfaces that were previously used and seeking out higher speed alternatives...

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2016 - "Implementing Position Sensors for Hazardous Areas and Safety"

A significant proportion of industrial equipment will be deployed in what are described as hazardous areas, or possibly applications that require a functional safety assessment. Hazardous areas include locations where there is the risk of exposure to flammable or even explosive substances...

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2015 - "Ethernet/IP-Controlled Positioning Sensors Allow Arauco to Cut Costs"

In industrial-scale sawmills, dozens of machines debark, cut, and sand lumber at intense speeds. As the demand for engineered wood grows, these Composite Panel mills face increasing pressure to maximize space and cut costs while maintaining a safe workplace...

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2015 - "Deploying Position Sensors into Extended Temperature Range Environments"

Fundamental to any position measurement implementation is the period of time over which the equipment can function effectively without the need for either repair or replacement, so identifying a suitable sensor device warrants a great deal of thought. The expense associated with carrying out field service can add significantly to the sensing system’s total cost of ownership if it proves to be less resilient to its surroundings than was expected...

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2014 - "Advantages of Embedded Products"

All industrial manufacturing, ranging from refining raw materials to plastic bottles to aerospace vehicles, is driven by a balance of econom - ics and performance. Companies that can increase the performance of their operations and products without unrealistic costs can create a true value differentiation from their competitors and drive innovation in the industry...

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2014 - "Replacing Linear Encoders with Magnetostrictive Technology"

Magnetostrictive Sensors opens many options. This article explores how Design Engineers are increasingly finding that magnetostrictive linear position sensors can replace their encoders in applications while improving productivity and cost of ownership...

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2014 - "Linear Position Sensors for Safety Functions and Hazardous Areas"

Selecting the best product for operating in hazardous areas and safety related applications can be challenging. Hazardous areas include locations where fire or explosion hazards may exist due to flammable gases, vapors, dust, or liquids...

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2014 - "Temposonics R-Series Model RF Sensor Can Improve Productivity in Paper Slitters / Stations"

According to a report from the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI), more than 300 million metric tons of paper and paperboard are produced each year at hundreds of facilities. Paper winders, which are used to slit large rolls into smaller sizes, operate at speeds averaging 2,000 to 6,000 FPM depending on machine size, continually every day to help meet that demand, paper winders...

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2013 - "MTS Sensors and Wind Tunnel Testing"

When a NASCAR, IndyCar, or F1 racing vehicle takes a turn at speeds averaging greater than 150 miles per hour, the slightest change in the aerodynamic performance can make the difference between winning and finishing second. The need for performance is no less evident in consumer vehicles. Better performance means better fuel efficiency, increased safety and a more marketable vehicle...

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2013 - "Dover Hydraulics Improves Steel Mill Operations with the use of Detached Electronics"

Last year, J.C. Raies, (Director Sales & Marketing), with Dover Hydraulics, was visiting with a regular customer at large steel processing facility to help them identify ways to improve productivity. When he asked about the largest reasons for downtime, the customer illustrated his point by showing him a pile of several linear positioning sensors...

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2013 - "Linear Position Sensing in Steel Mills and Metal Forming Applications"

Magnetostrictive linear position sensors have been used for decades in steel mills in a variety of applications to provide precise position feedback for control. Machinery ranging from mold oscillators, coke oven doors, hot and cold rolling mills, hot-dip galvanizing and coil levelers are just a few of the areas utilizing magnetostrictive linear transducers to improving equipment performance and uptime...

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2013 - "ThyssenKrupp Cuts Downtime and Improves Efficiency with MTS Sensors"

The ThyssenKrupp production facility in Calvert, Alabama doesn’t resemble most manufacturing plants. The size of a small town, it boasts a production capacity of up to 5.3 metric tons of steel each year, including mild steels, high strength and advanced high strength steels, as well as high carbon and structural steels...

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2013 - "Improving Reliability in Manufacturing using Magnetostrictive Sensors"

In high speed manufacturing facilities, it isn’t enough to install sensors that provide accurate measurements and results. Those results have to be consistent every time the machine is used. Variability between runs can produce goods and materials that potentially flawed and, possibly, useless...

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2013 - "Butech Bliss uses MTS Sensors to Ensure Minute Precision in World’s Largest Stretch Leveler"

Precision measurement is important in any industry. In metal shaping and processing, where material defects are difficult to remedy, it is absolutely vital. When a coil of metal leaves the truck, before it can be cut or shaped, it must first be flattened into workable sheets...

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2013 - "Integrating the Model RD4 Detached Electronics with Magnetostrictive Linear Position Sensors"

A magnetostrictive linear positioning sensor has many advantages when used in harsh environments where shock, vibration, temperature and other adverse conditions could impact precision measurement and damage products. Magnetostrictive sensors use an absolute signal, meaning there is never any need for recalibration, and the sensor element does not come into direct contact with any moving parts, reducing wear and tear...

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2012 - "Magnetostrictive Sensors Can Meet Unique Design Challenge in Pipeline Control"

When dealing with pipeline transportation of natural gas and other potentially hazardous fluids, operators must rely on extremely reliable measurements and controls to open and close valves. Many of these valves are now controlled by linear hydraulic or pneumatic actuators which can close a critical valve in as fast as three seconds.

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2012 - "EtherNet/IP™ and Industrial Ethernet for Factory Automation"

Ethernet technology has been around for over 30 years, so it’s natural to think it could play a role in industrial automation applications. Posi- tion feedback devices have historically used Analog signals (voltage or current) or dedicated fieldbus networks such as CANbus, Profibus or Devicenet for communication at the device level with motion controllers...

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2011 - "Replacing Linear Encoders with Magnetostrictive Technology"

Designing with Magnetostrictive Sensors opens many options. This article explores how Design Engineers are increasingly finding that magnetostrictive linear position sensors can replace their encoders in applications while improving productivity and cost of ownership...

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2009 - "MTS Sensors, Magnetostriction and How it Works"

Sensors based upon magnetostriction technology have been used in a wide variety of industrial applications for over 25 years since their invention at a company called Temposonics in the 1970’s. The sensor’s unique properties enable sensors to be built with measuring lengths from 1 cm to over 10 meters, with an accuracy on the order of microns...

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Liquid Level Sensors: 

2012 - "Direct Data Technologies Case Study"

MTS, partnered with DDT, enables oil companies to improve cold well efficiency and save money through remote monitoring of water and oil levels...

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2011 - "Installed Costs"

A typical complaint of automatic tank gauge users is that they did not understand up front all of the additional costs associated with installing a specific level transmitter. The complaint centers on the lack of understanding of how the different technologies behind level transmitters work and their requirements for correct installation...

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2009 - "Maintaining Specialty Chemical Temperature, Product and Interface levels"

DanChem Technologies, based in Danville, Virginia, has an exten sive array of both stainless steel and glass-lined reactors that are available for the manufacture of specialty fine chemicals, and pro vides a full range of manufacturing capabilities from pilot scale to multi-ton bulk...

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Light Industrial Sensors:

2010 - "Precise Injection Control for Disc Arthroplasty"

Debilitating back pain is a serious condition that affects millions of Americans. While traditional treatments are quite invasive, resulting in long recovery times, recently developed therapies are leading to better alternatives. This article illustrates how a sensor is contribut- ing to the success of one such therapy...

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2010 - "Helping Premature Infants Overcome Developmental Challenges"

Pre-term babies face many developmental challenges due to the decreased prena- tal gestation time. This article explores the risks associated with premature births and explains how MTS Sensors helped KCBioMedix ® to produce the NTrainer System ® , an innovative device that enables infants to surpass sucking barriers...

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2010 - "Magnetostrictive Position Feedback in Suspension Systems"

Magnetostrictive Position Sensors offer many advantages for current suspension systems compared to traditional solutions. This article looks at how suspen - sion systems operate, exploring the Mercedes Automatic Body Control System (ABC) example, a system that uses Temposonics ® magnetostrictive technology to achieve advanced results...

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2010 - "Designing with Magnetostrictive Sensors"

Designing with Magnetostrictive Sensors opens creative options. This article explores the different installation design possibilities and key configurable features of sensors in suspension dampers...

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Mobile Hydraulic Sensors:

2014 - "Improving Operational Speeds in Agricultural Equipment"

The past few years, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) have made tremendous strides integrating advanced automation techniques into their machines. With the use of electronics and electro-hydraulics, every aspect of the machine operation can now be monitored and controlled, including: multifunction steering, implement depth, and even the suspension in the seat...

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2014 - "Temposonics® MH-Series Sensors Enable the Next Generation of Vehicle Steering Systems"

In the past few years, the agricultural industry has gained new tools that, even 20 years ago, would have seemed more like scenes from a science fiction movie than something found in the field. GPS-guided agricultural equipment has quickly become the gold standard in large crop harvesting operations...

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2013 – The Use of Magnetostrictive Positioning in Mobile Drilling Rigs

Mobile drilling equipment, whether it involves water wells or drilling blast holes in open pit mining applications, has to withstand some of the harshest conditions in the modern industrial world. Heat, pressure, and indefinite periods of use with no downtime – are just a few of the demands required of this equipment...

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2013 - "Reliable Beet Harvesting without Interruption"

According to a study conducted by the United Nations Food and Ag - riculture Organization, approximately 20 percent of the world’s sugar comes from the sugar beet. In the United States, more than one million acres a year are dedicated to the cultivation of this highly profitable commodity...

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2013 - "Wayne Engineering Improves Trash Collection Vehicle Efficiency with 'Smart' Cylinders"

The average residential trash collection vehicle in the U.S. is respon - sible for collecting trash from approximately 1,200 homes a day. Com - mercial vehicles, while dealing with fewer stops, encounter situations that are just as stressful and fast paced...

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2012 - "Intelligent Hydraulic Cylinders Improve Off-Road Equipment"

The rapid advances in Electronic Control Units (ECU) and sensors al- low for new functionality and more safety features being implemented in mobile hydraulic systems. From GPS-controlled steering, blade control, and comfort features on agricultural machines to steer-by- wire, bucket position control and more on construction machinery, these advances enable highly developed features to be implemented upon the customer’s request...

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