Position sensing technology has come a long way from its early inception and uses. Today, sensors are an integral part of many machines used for industrial applications. Not only that, sensors are also used in many practical applications such as vehicles. The primary purpose of a sensor is to detect and measure displacement. It can be rectilinear movement, rotary movement, or movement at an angle.
Angle position sensors are an example of a versatile type of sensor used in many applications. The working principle of an angle sensor is to measure the rotation degree of an object and convert this data into a format that can be interpreted by a machine or computer. Angle sensor outputs are usually electrical, but new developments in this technology gave rise to sensors with digital output that is more compatible with computers. These developments in angle sensor technology also pave the way for applications beyond industrial machines. For example, sensors are already being used in advanced robotics.
Here are some general examples of where angle sensors are usually applied:
- Boats and ships. Sensors are installed in the outboard trim of boats and ships to detect the motor position. This is then relayed to a gauge that displays the position. Being able to detect the motor position in boats is crucial in making sure that a boat does not tip over.
- Position sensing for forklifts. Angle sensors are responsible for the measurement of angle on the fork of a forklift truck.
Angle sensors are often made to be durable and robust. Because of this, they work well in harsh environments like underwater, utility vehicles, agricultural equipment, and many more commercial applications.
Promoting machine safety
With sensors, machines are also able to function safely. Machines used in industrial applications can be hazardous to work with. For example, when used in forklifts, an angle sensor helps the machine balance the load and prevents it from turning or tipping over. Another example is the use of angle sensors in steering wheels. With accurate position reading provided by a sensor, the machine will not accidentally accelerate when the wheel is tilted too far to the right or to the left. Many accidents while operating heavy equipment or machinery can be prevented with the help of sophisticated position sensing technology.
Like all other components used in machinery, sensors are bound to evolve in order to adapt to innovation. New engineering techniques will further improve data accuracy and find more applications for sensors that will revolutionize how machines are used today. Manufacturers are already leading the way in making sure that sensors are compliant with all the latest safety requirements and fitted with the newest innovations to keep up with the continuous demand.