SICK keeps agricultural vehicles on the level

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SICK, a global manufacturer of sensors and motion control devices, has launched a range of smart inclination sensors designed to provide precise, non-contact and wear-free measurement of inclination angles in agricultural and heavy construction vehicles.

SICK’s TMS/TMM sensors use MEMS (Micro-Electromechanical Systems) technology to measure the inclination, so they achieve a high level of precision combined with a high level or reliability and robustness.

Designed to improve operating safety and control, the TMS/TMM inclination sensors provide automated measurement and monitoring of tilts, sloping positions, angles and levels on heavy plant and machinery.

The sensors are expected to find diverse applications including agricultural sprayers, farm vehicles or log cutting and handling vehicles.

SICK TMS/TMM inclination sensors are available with analogue or industry-standard CANopen outputs, and can be specified in rugged aluminium or plastic housings to suit the application. The TMS is a single-axis sensor with a 360° inclination range while the TMM offers a dual-axis design for inclinations in the range of +/- 90°.

The SICK TMS/TMM sensors are easy to mount and integrate with other sensors to ensure an all-round evaluation of the machinery operation. Easy to operate, the measuring range can be adjusted by the machine operator in the field to suit the needs of the vehicle.

“SICK’s TMS/TMM sensors are ideal for automated and semi-automated applications which need to operate within specific angles for efficiency and safety,” comments Darren Pratt, SICK’s UK encoder product manager. “From the operation of extended boom arms or hydraulic platforms, to the inclination of the vehicle itself when loaded, personnel need to know the angle to keep their vehicle within pre-set limits.

“Many vehicles operate on slopes where angles can be difficult to judge, so an accurate sensor gives added safety assurance. Few inclination sensors on the market incorporate the intelligent digital filters found in the TMS/TMM. By removing unwanted high frequency vibrations, they are completely consistent and reliable in operation, even in the harshest applications.”

In both analogue and CANopen versions of the inclination sensors, the PGT-12-Pro can be used to adjust aspects such as the zero positions of the x and y axes, the pre-set value, scaling the analogue output, in addition to optimising the digital filters.

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