Non-contact "rod-style" sensors for gauging liquid levels in tanks have been designed for the food industry.
MTS Systems said it has developed housings, marketed as NEMA 4X, for its Temposonics R-Series and G-Series sensors that expand their use to the food industry. Non-contact sensors would help foodmakers keep contaminants out of their tanks and also help reduce the frequent cleanings needed.
The new housing is designed specifically for cylinder feedback, valve positioning and tank level gauging in the food and beverage, pharmaceutical, packaging, and power generation industries.
"With our new Nema 4X housing, engineers designing machinery in industries with sanitary or washdown conditions can now utilise the performance and reliability found in our standardindustrial sensors," the company stated. "In addition, our new platform products provide remote programming and diagnostic capabilities to help simplify machine setup andtroubleshooting."
The Temposonics R-Series or G-Series rod style sensor is assembled inside a sealed stainless steel housing approved for food contact. The Nema 4X position sensors offer advantages that enable thecustomer to choose the specific sensor output configurations required for their application.
Serial communication and a computer-based user interface enable remote programmability and full diagnostics. R-Series and G-Series sensors programming software is provided by MTS free of charge.
The Nema 4X offers various outputs, including analog, digital pulse, high speed serial (SSI) and fieldbus outputs such as CANOpen, DeviceNet and Profibus.