Very short position sensors for grippers and miniature cylinders
MPS-G position sensors continuously detect the position of the fingers of a pneumatic gripper and the piston position in miniature cylinders using a non-contact method. The compactly built magnetic distance measuring system determines these positions with micrometer precision. The sensor can be easily inserted into C-slots or, with the help of an adapter, into T-slots and is simple to fasten to a drive. The MPS-G is available in two product variants: as a sensor with an analog voltage output and as an IO-Link sensor with a Smart Sensor profile and three configurable digital outputs. SICK is thereby able to offer suitable solutions for numerous application requirements. The MPS-G also delivers comprehensive diagnostic data via IO-Link, including performance data for pneumatic drives or data for condition monitoring of systems.
At a glance
Position feedback with a measuring range of up to 50 mm
Up to 3 digital switching signals
16 switching points via IO-Link
Dynamic teach-in for up to 3 switching signals
Actuator diagnosis data: piston velocity, cylinder stroke, magnetic field strengths, etc.
Process diagnosis data: temperature, vibration, position, max. acceleration
The MPS-G position sensor was developed in accordance with the requirements of handling and assembly and robotics. This means not only an extremely compact sensor design for the C-slot, but also high resistance of the components used and durability of materials.
Continuous position query - perfectly adjusted to grippers and small pneumatic cylinders.
Can be flexibly adapted to any requirement - with innovative operating concepts
Every application is different. And with the MPS-G, there is always a solution for nearly any detection task: Querying gripper finger positions, measuring workpieces, monitoring press-fit processes or simply precisely detecting end positions. The highly accurate position values can be used either as analog signals and as process data via IO-Link or translated into digital switching information and used as such.
As a high-precision magnetic distance measuring system, the MPS-G delivers a position value and two, three or more switching points to differentiate between gripper and cylinder positions. The functional scope and the configuration options of the sensor depend on the communication interface and the selected teach-in option.
Condition monitoring of pneumatic drives
Pneumatic drives wear like any other mechanical component. With the MPS-G, however, critical components can be identified, readjusted or exchanged in a timely manner, thereby preventing unplanned machine downtime. The MPS-G ensures more process transparency for actuators and machines. Unauthorized intervention by operating staff can also be tracked using the position sensor. The MPS-G delivers basic data for optimal adjustment and condition monitoring of pneumatic drives – and without installing any other components.
The MPS-G delivers basic data for optimal adjustment and condition monitoring of pneumatic drives – and without installing any other components.
Equipped with a wide range of diagnostic functions, Smart Sensors make it possible to look into the future in order to detect process deviations in advance and prevent unplanned machine or system downtime. In addition to the actual sensor data, Smart Sensors can deliver other valuable in on the status of the machine, plant or process.
Smart Sensors will send a notification independently if safe operation is at risk. Thanks to predictive maintenance, flexible, needs-based maintenance schedules can be created, helping reduce service costs. If problems should arise, however, the cause can be easily determined thanks to comprehensive visualization options, avoiding unplanned system downtime.
Highest availability levels thanks to predictive maintenance