Extreme Environments -- Linear Position Sensor

Product Announcement from Control Products, Inc.

Extreme Environments -- Linear Position Sensor-Image

CPI's SL Series linear position sensors can be deployed in extremely harsh environments. Operating in temperatures up to 300F and pressures to 8,000 psi, these extreme sensors bring position sensing to applications where it was not previously possible. Comprised of stainless steel components and a proprietary combination of engineered materials allows for operation in a diverse variety of fluids / environments, including water-based hydraulic fluid. As with all SL Series sensors, high shock and vibration imunity come standard, and there is no core drilling of the piston rod in hydraulic cylinder applications.

SL Technology at a Glance:

  • Sensor resides completely inside of cylinder
  • No core drilling of rod required
  • Non-contacting Linear Variable Differential Transformer sensor technology
  • No end-of-stroke dead zone
  • No lower limit to cylinder bore size
  • Virtually immune to shock and vibration, regardless of stroke
  • One part can be used for any stroke length - simplified inventory
  • Hammer-proof high pressure electrical connection
  • The only internal sensor that can be used in telescoping cylinders
  • Easily integrated into high-volume hydraulic cylinder production
  • Can be easily mounted in piston accumulators
  • Stroke lengths to 15 feet

How it works
At the heart of the SL Series Sensor is a Linear Variable Differential Transformer (LVDT). Because LVDTs are non-contacting, submersible, and unaffected by pressure and temperature, they are ideal for hydraulic cylinder applications. And as a mature technology, LVDTs are well known throughout the industry for being reliable, accurate, and tough.

An integrated precision mechanism couples the long translation of the hydraulic cylinder to the short translation of the LVDT via a micrometer-like threaded element. The LVDT/micrometer assembly forms the axis of a recoil spool mechanism. The spool uses a flexible polymer-coated stainless steel cable to form a reliable, repeatable coupling between the piston and sensor. The cable is drawn off the recoil reel as the piston moves away from the sensor, and vice-versa. The entire unit is about the size of a large proximity sensor and mounts easily in hydraulic cylinders, accumulators, and any other harsh environment requiring linear displacement sensing.