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Linear Position Sensors for Hydraulic Applications

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Position feedback devices are commonly implemented in hydraulic applications for monitoring the performance accuracy of actuators and cylinders to improve operational efficiencies. The environment in which the embedded sensor must survive can be problematic. The hydraulic fluid is under high pressures and temperatures and the actuators and cylinders typically live in environments where heavy shock and/or vibration are present. 

Bestech Australia offer the HSTA and HSTAR series of LVDT-based linear position sensors, from Macro sensors, for these applications. These items offer both the environmental resistance and short stroke sensor body length ideal to perform in cylinder applications where length and survival in harsh environments are critical.

While linear position sensors were once considered too long for hydraulic applications, the development of new winding techniques, such as computerised layer winding and improved microprocessing, has considerably reduced the length of the linear position sensor body compared to its measureable stroke length. In fact, for short stroke actuators and cylinders (less than 6”), Macro Sensors linear position sensors can be much shorter than the magnetostrictive versions.

Hermetically sealed, these three-quarter inch (19mm) diameter, AC-operated linear position sensors can survive and thrive in high temperatures of 200°C and withstand high shocks and vibration Coil windings are sealed against hostile environments to IEC standard IP-68.

Custom designs for higher temperatures and pressure resistance, smaller diameters and connector options can also be discussed with Bestech Australia.

These series of LVDTs operate properly with any conventional differential input LVDT signal conditioner. Ranges of 1 inch or greater will also work with ratiometric LVDT signal conditioning. Macro offers a full line of LVDT signal conditioners that will deliver optimum performance from any HSTA and HSTAR series linear position sensor.

Futher features: 

  • Available in ranges of ±0.050 inch (±1.25 mm) to ±10.0 inches (±250 mm), the HSTA and HSTAR Series sensors feature the high resolution, excellent repeatability, and low hysteresis associated with LVDT (Linear Variable Differential Transformer) technology, as well as the highest sensitivity consistent with good linearity. The maximum linearity error for any of these items is ±0.25% of full range output. 
  • Offered with either an axial (HSTA) or radial (HSTAR) connector, units can have a through bore for the fluid to pass or can seal the fluid in the RAM. The radial connector makes the installed length of the HSTAR LVDTs at least 2” shorter than comparable units with an axially mounted connector for easier installation in tight spaces. 
  • Accessible from both ends, they can be easily cleaned of grit, dirt, dust or other contaminants for greater reliability and longer life.

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