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The new SDAT-MHS position transmitters from Festo is an inexpensive alternative to positional transducers.

January 21, 2015
Canadian Packaging

Mississauga, ON—Festo Canada has introduced new programmable analog feedback position sensors—the SDAT-MHS series—for pairing with any Festo T-slot pneumatic drive.

The easy-to-install and program SDAT-MHS transmitters provide consistently reliable positioning data that assures high repetition accuracy in applications such as pressing, screwing, riveting, ultrasonic welding, adhesive bonding.

The SDAT-MHS bridges the gap between simple cylinder switches and costly positional transducers or mechanical potentiometers—and it requires no extra equipment to do the job.

Each SDAT-MHS transmitter emits a path-proportional output signal: They are available with sensing ranges of 50, 80, 100, 125, 160 mm to match the most commonly used strokes of Festo cylinders. This produces accurate feedback across the entire stroke length, including discharge, without the need for the sensors to project beyond the end of the cylinder.

The SDAT’s 4-20 mA analog output can be connected directly to analog inputs. An IO-Link (point-to-point connection technology for sensors and actuators) operating mode provides an additional interface. The switching output can be programmed by means of a “teach” button on the transmitter while the IO-Link mode can be programmed using a simple graphical user interface.

Programming options in both operating modes are: cylinder switch function, window comparator or hysteresis comparator.

The IO-Link mode is a universal interface for setting up standard functions without having to program the analog output of a PLC (programmable logic controller).

Festo is a global leader in automation technology, and the world market leader in industrial training and education. Festo’s pneumatic and electric drive technology stands for innovation in industrial and process automation – from individual products to ready-to-install solutions.

With 16,700 employees worldwide in 61 national companies, Festo’s turnover for 2013 was €2.28 billion (Cdn $3.27-billion).

In 2015, family-owned Festo will celebrate the 90th anniversary of the company’s founding, and the 40th anniversary of the opening of Festo Canada.

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