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Overcoming Environmental Noise in Tilt Sensing Applications

Users of force balance inclinometers and tilt sensors can often see high noise in the field. Understanding the device is critical to solving the problem. A force balance inclinometer, or tilt sensor, is a high resolution, extremely accurate force balance accelerometer which is responding to the acceleration of Earth’s gravity to determine the angle of tilt….

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3 Questions That Determine the Correct Sensor Seal Rating

Whether precision measurements need to be taken in extreme temperatures, areas with vibration, noise, or even underwater, there is a sensor that is built for it. Many applications expose sensors to dust or moisture, but sealing is intended to protect the units from these harmful substances. If you’re wondering which sensor seal rating is needed in your application, here are three questions…

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2 Tactics to Filter Vibration from Inertial Sensor Readings

Whether you’re monitoring an important bridge or the performance of construction machinery, you need to know about every inertial reading the sensor gives you. Unfortunately, not all applications are conducive for gathering sensitive readings. Outside vibration within many industrial environments can interfere with the sensor’s readings, giving you inaccurate or incomprehensible data. If your application includes…

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How to Find the Best Sensor Size for Your Project

To design and build a large machine such as a rail car, mobile radar, or construction vehicle, every component needs to fit into place perfectly like a puzzle. When searching for components, you’ll come across multiple sensors ranging in sizes as small as a coin or as large as a dinner plate. Finding the right-sized…

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Low Inertial Acceleration? Know Which Sensor to Use

Every object that moves is experiencing acceleration, but not every movement requires one type of accelerometer to measure it. For applications that involve vibration, the type of accelerometer you need depends on the requirements of your project. For Low Vibration Sensing Force-balanced sensors use a pendulum and torque motor and MEMS accelerometers use chip-based technology to measure acceleration…

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Why Solar Trackers Depend on Inclinometers

The demand for renewable energy has grown as we seek to preserve our planet while harnessing its resources. The solar farm automation market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 18% between now and 2025 which means more solar farms will be popping up, worldwide. Many countries are investing in this form…

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3 Examples of How Important Inclinometers are for Construction Vehicles

Construction machines need to function with efficiency and safety, and an inclinometer is a vital component to control how they operate. Here are three examples of how construction manufacturers can use inclinometers to create a fine-tuned rig. 1. Road Profiling A smooth, comfortable ride on a newly paved road is an expectation. In order to…

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Determining the Right Cable Length and Output for Sensor

If you’re monitoring a bridge or automating a machine, a high-precision sensor is a great solution, but it’s no good if the output signal can’t reach the data logger. Depending on what you need to measure and what environment you’re in, determining how long your cable must run can be crucial. High precision sensors offer…

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How to Identify Sensor Accuracy & Resolution

For monitoring bridge sag and sway or controlling a passenger train, nothing is more important than precision. A microradian or micro g can make the difference between a normal day in the office and a nightmare. Resolution and accuracy are two important specifications for engineers, but what exactly is the difference between the two? Why…

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Acceleration’s Effect on a Tilt Sensor & What to do About it

High precision inclinometers are vital to providing feedback on the tilt of a plethora of applications. However, what happens when it is placed in an environment that includes linear motion? Many applications will put some acceleration on an inclinometer such as rail maintenance of way, pavement profiling, and robotics. When this happens, you need to…

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