Inclinometers, also called tilt sensors are designed to measure the angle of an object with respect to the force of gravity. These tilt or level meters determine pitch and/or roll angle and output these values via the appropriate electrical interface. Inclinometers are easy to integrate to an application, because there is no need for mechanical linkages other than just the installation itself – a real advantage for design engineers. POSITAL developed several inclinometer types to have a suitable solution for different applications for each industry. Accurate measurement of the degree of tilt or inclination from a horizontal position is very important for many motion control systems or to ensure safety.
- Well Protected up to IP69K
- Rugged and Compact Design
- Measurement Range ±80° (Dual Axis) or 360° (Single Axis)
These inclinometers are equipped with a 3D MEMS accelerometer and a 3D MEMS gyroscope. A smart algorithm combines the signal of accelerometer and gyroscope to eliminate the effect of accelerations (e.g. due to rapid motion of the equipment), vibrations and shocks.
- Compensation of External Accelerations
- Accurate Measurement During Dynamic Movements
- Accuracy 0.3°
- Interfaces: CANopen
These inclinometers are equipped with a 2D MEMS accelerometer as sensor cell. This type of inclinometer achieves a high accuracy in a static system or when the machine is only in a slow motion.
- Accuracy 0.1° or 0.5°
- Interfaces: CANopen, Analog Current, Analog Voltage, RS232, SSI, J1939, DeviceNet
Installation and Mounting Options
Dependent on the application and machine it may be necessary to mount the inclinometer horizontally to monitor the tilt angle of two axes or to install the sensor vertically to measure one axis.
A dual axis sensor is used for horizontal mounting and is ideal for leveling applications. This version got two outputs, one for the X-Axis and one for the Y-Axis. Each of the axes show the tilt angle with respect to the field of gravity.
Inclinometer offer an easy and efficient way of monitoring spatial orientation without the need for mechanical linkages – a real advantage for design engineers.
Static inclinometers can significantly improve operating safety in mobile machines, platform monitoring or medical applications by continuously monitoring the tilt or inclination angles. Inclinometers are much easier and thus less expensive to install compared to Rotary Encoders, which makes them ideal for applications like solar trackers.
The dynamic inclinometer outputs a clean measurement signal and can be used reliably on mobile equipment such as construction machinery, mining equipment, agricultural machinery, cranes, and anywhere else where sudden movements, shocks and vibrations are likely to be encountered.
Specific applications include: