Posital, a supplier of advanced industrial position sensors used in motion control and safety systems, has extended its Tiltix family of inclinometers (tilt sensors) to include explosion-proof models designed to operate safely in environments that contain potentially dangerous levels of explosive dust or gases. These devices have been certified in compliance with IECEx and ATEX directives and are made to be suitable for use in mines, oil and gas facilities, agricultural applications, chemical plants, woodworking factories, and milling operations.
Explosion-proof Tiltix inclinometers have been evaluated to ensure that there are no hotspots or exposed electrical components that could ignite fires or cause explosions in the presence of flammable dust or gases. They are certified for use in mines and underground (Group I, Ex I M2 Ex e mb I Mb) and in above-ground workplaces (Group II, EX II 2G Ex e mb IIc TX Gb—explosive gases—and EX II 1D Ex ta IIIC TX Da IP65—flammable dust).
Like other Tiltix inclinometers, the new models are available in single-axis (0-360°) or dual-axis (± 80°) versions and are meant to feature resolution as high as 0.01°. Accuracy is supposed to be up to + 0.1°. Available communications interfaces include DeviceNet, CANopen, Modbus RTU, SSI, and analog output. Analog models can be programmed so that the full range of electrical output is set to span a predetermined range of mechanical motion. This can significantly improve control system accuracy, according to the company. Rugged aluminum or 316 stainless steel housings are offered, with other materials available by special order. These housings have environmental protection ratings of up to IP67.
Posital uses a product finder tool at its website that is designed for customers to specify the product features required for their project and find the most suitable tilt sensor for their needs. Posital’s “Minimum Order Quantity: One”/MOQ1 manufacturing system is meant to ensure that products—whatever their special features—are assembled and shipped in a matter of days.