Position sensors for mobile applications

Looking closer at the mobile hydraulics sector, we can immediately see what kind of challenges, such as unexpected shocks and vibrations, wear and tear of materials or dust and dirt, must be faced because of the manifold of possible applications.

Looking at mobile applications such as tractors, excavators, harvesters and other construction or agricultural machines, one immediately understand why dust, dirt, unexpected shocks, wear and tear, etc. are tough challenges. They are operated in open fields which can be wet, dirty or dusty, must drive on uneven underground like rocks and sand, and must function despite any weather conditions.

This is only one example of possible applications, but it provides a good picture of the challenges one can come across when working on the field. Taking all these into consideration, enables users to choose the right position sensors for the corresponding applications.

How do mobile hydraulics position sensors work?

Magnetostrictive position sensors deliver the most exact position and velocity measurement. If you look at example of the excavator, the sensors are applied in the hydraulic cylinders of the arm with the bucket and help to control the stroke lengths of the cylinders which in turn controls the movement of the arm when excavating.

Choosing the right mobile hydraulics sensor for your machine

As for the second question, how one decides which position sensor is the right one for mobile hydraulics application, one needs to know the machine, the demands the sensor should fulfill, possible approvals or standards that this specific mobile sector is working with. With this information it is easy to choose "your" sensor among our wide selection of position sensors for mobile hydraulics applications. The full overview can be found here and if you are still unsure about how to pick the right sensor or you want to learn more, you can request information directly from us.

Sensor Selector Guide (605080 Rev H)