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August 23, 2008

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Cylinder position sensor provides control flexibility

NP_Balluff_ac.gifSaid to be ideal for reliable positioning duties on injection molding machines, a new cylinder position sensor in the Micropulse family of rod-style cylinder transducers is now available from Balluff. The ProSet4 features four built-in programmable setpoint outputs that can detect end-of-stroke or define intermediate points to change piston speed and direction anywhere along the length of piston travel. Combining the four outputs with four modes of operation for each output reportedly gives sophisticated motion control without the need for continuous position feedback.

Instead of more costly analog control inputs, the ProSet4 uses discrete I/O to provide flexible operation. The sensor offers two programming options: remote programming using teach-in connections, or local using a programming tool. Setup of speed and position ramping profiles can be accomplished by interfacing a ProSet4 with a direct-input, ramping proportional valve. This eliminates the need for an additional dedicated axis motion control. The circuitry allows for the use of Balluff or competitor magnets, simplifying retrofits.

Balluff Inc., Florence, KY
(800) 543-8390
www.balluff.com

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