Dynamic inclination sensor
Pepperl+Fuchs says its new IMU F99 inclination sensor provides reliable inclination values for dynamic applications (such as keeping the bucket of a wheel loader horizontal while the machine is accelerating) because it is able to immediately filter out external interference (e.g. potholes).
The company says the unique software adjustment via CAN bus also ensures excellent angular quality, even when the driving behaviour of machines varies greatly.
Static inclination sensors quickly reach their limits when used with machines that move dynamically, such as wind turbines, AGVs, and machines used in construction, agriculture, and forestry. This is because static inclination sensors detect a change in angle based on gravitational acceleration that is always on the same axis. Any additional accelerations triggered, e.g., by braking or travelling over a pothole, cause significant interference which makes reliable angle measurement impossible.
The IMU F99 dynamic inclination sensor has been specially developed for this type of application. At its core, rotation rates and acceleration are both measured in all three spatial directions and are then merged in the intelligent algorithm to produce an angle value. This makes it possible to achieve a reliable angle output. Nevertheless, it is clear that the different types of machine movement mean that the rotation rate and acceleration need to be merged in a way that is adapted to the particular machine. Pepperl+Fuchs therefore offer a user-friendly adjustment setting so that position measurements can be performed on a wheel loader, bulldozer, crane, etc., using just one device.
The IMU F99 also provides the rotation and acceleration rates for each of the three axes in parallel to the angle output. This means that the product can be used in a wide range of applications. For example, the device can be used to determine the rotation speed of wind turbines. At the same time, it can also monitor the blade acceleration rates, which may fluctuate when unwanted ice forms on the blades. In this way, it is possible to control rotation speed and perform predictive maintenance on the wind turbine.