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MEAS’ New Digital Position Sensor Offers Contactless Measurement of
Magnetic Field Fluctuations
Integrated analog-to-digital converter makes sensor data easily accessible
Hampton, Va. January 2013 – Measurement Specialties (NASDAQ: MEAS), a
leading global manufacturer in sensor-based measuring of pressure/force, position,
vibration, temperature, humidity and fluid properties, has released the KMA36, a
digital position sensor for precise rotational and incremental measurement of
magnetic field fluctuations.
Using anisotropic magneto resistive (AMR) technology, the contactless sensor
measures angles of an exterior magnet over a 360° rotation as well as incremental
positions along a linear magnetic pole strip with a 5 mm pole length.
Housed in a standard TSSOP package and able to withstand harsh environmental
elements, the low-power KMA36 is ideal for use in industrial, engine, robotics and
motor machine applications. Specific implementations include potentiometer
replacement, motor feedback control and gauge reading, precise linear
displacement readings or steering wheel measurements.
The sensor can detect disturbances ranging from extremely weak fields, as found in
traffic detection sensors, to strong field sensors used in precision encoders. The
reliable unit is less susceptible to external noise, as found with Hall Effect position
sensors, and its robust construction withstands harsh environments where optical
sensor bearings fail.
The KMA36 is a system-on-chip that features an integrated analog-to-digital
converter and signal processing capabilities. This provides easy sensor data access
in analog signal or digital formats via the TSSOP pinheads, making it useful in a
number of less rugged applications including laboratory research, medical
equipment and conveyor instrumentation.
Included software features a self-diagnostic sequence at power-on that tests the
electronic circuit before integration into the assembly and during field use. It also
communicates faults and failures to the system with which it is interfacing.
Pricing for the KMA36 is $3.00 USD per unit in quantities of 10,000. Delivery times
are dependent upon quantities ordered.
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EDITOR'S NOTE: Measurement Specialties, Inc. (NASDAQ: MEAS) designs and
manufactures sensors and sensor-based systems to precisely and cost-effectively
measure a number of physical characteristics in several markets from military and
defense to medical, consumer and industrial.
By accurately measuring areas such as pressure, temperature, position, force,
vibration, torque, humidity, fluid properties, mass airflow and photo optics, our
sensors enhance product functionality, efficiency and safety.
Our devices are embedded by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) or used as
stand-alone sensors for test and measurement to provide critical monitoring,
feedback and control input. MEAS also offers extensive sensor customization
services ranging from special calibrations and connectors to custom label designs.