Orbit® 3 Digital Measuring Network

Featured Product from Ametek Solartron Metrology


Orbit® provides the way forward for all precision measurement or positioning needs, whether on the production line or in the laboratory. Orbit® provides a complete solution for integrating different measurement position and control sensors smoothly and simply into network solutions. The Orbit® system architecture consists of a rugged mechanical design coupled with a high degree of electrical protection and excellent noise immunity, ensuring valid accurate data when it is needed.

Calibrated System

Each Solartron probe or instrument is available with a digital module at the end of the cable. Inside the module is a chip that digitizes the analogue signal from the probe. The probe is actually calibrated and linearized at the Solartron factory, with a guaranteed accuracy of 0.05% of range or 0.2 microns, whichever is greater, 0.15 micron repeatability, and 0.01 micron resolution. You can then master the probe anywhere over its measurement range, and attain the same accuracy from that master point. Solartron also offers a variety of calibrated non-contact Laser sensors.

Connect to other Sensors

The Orbit® 3 Network will also connect to 3rd party sensors via interface modules. These include:

• Analogue Interface Module (AIM): Connect to any sensor with a DC or 4-20mA output.

• Encoder Input Module, (EIM): Connects with any rotary encoder or other device with a TTL output. With these connections, all readings can be sent to a PLC or PC seamlessly.

• Digimatic Input Module: Connects to any Mitutoyo gauge

• Digital Input/Output Module: An eight-pin module that acts as an I/O interface to a PLC. 

Network up to 150 Channels

You then connect the Solartron sensor to almost any output device via Orbit®. The Orbit® network is based on a proven and rugged RS485 multi-drop network running at 1.5m Baud. To build one, you stack any number of digital modules together via use of “T-connectors.”

Interface to PLC, PC, or Readout

At the end of the module stack, you then connect an Interface module, available with a variety of outputs including USB, RS232 and Ethernet. Each connects with up to 150 modules! With the USB, you also attain dynamic speeds of up to 4000 readings per second, per module.

Via the interface module, you can then output any module reading to a computer, PLC, or network. For PC’s, Solartron offers free software drivers, which provide sample programs and coding to communicate with the probes via SPC program, Microsoft® Excel, or other data tracking software. The drivers are Windows® 7, 64-bit and XP compatible.

Solartron also offers a variety of Digital Readouts, including 1, 2, 16, and 31 channels.

A Solartron Power Supply Interface Module is also required for a Orbit® 3 network stack, and will power up to 31 modules at once. They are available with both DC and AC inputs.

With all its capabilities, the Solartron Orbit® 3 Network is the best solution for your gauging and measurement needs!

Click Here to see the Orbit® 3 Digital Measuring Network on the Solartron Metrology Website.