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article image Banner M-Gage vehicle detection sensor.

BANNER Engineering, represented by Micromax , has announced the M-Gage S18M vehicle detection sensor.

Utilising Banner's patented use of magnetoresistive-based passive sensing technology, the M-Gage S18M reliably detects 3-dimensional changes in the Earth's natural magnetic field when the presence of a large metal (ferromagnetic) object such as a car, truck or railcar is introduced -causing the sensor's outputs to switch.

Unlike existing inductive loop technologies, this unique sensor features a completely self-contained design, functioning as the receiver and using the Earth's own magnetic field as its signal source.

Sophisticated on-board technologies allow the sensor to automatically "learn" its own environment, determining ambient background characteristics and storing them in the sensor's on-board non-volatile memory.

Scott Springer, Banner's manager for strategic market development said the new sensor had reinvented vehicle detection sensing with an easy-to-install solution that delivered greater accuracy, repeatability and durability.

"The M-Gage is ideal for vehicle sensing applications such as a tractor trailer at a loading dock or a forklift passing through an automatic overhead door.

"Unlike traditional inductive loop sensing technologies, the M-Gage has no external controller, installs easily above or below grade and offers long-term trouble free sensing," he added.

With its completely self-contained design, the M-Gage S18M makes sensor replacement, if necessary, quick and easy-with no disruption of traffic or damaging cuts to the roadway.

Simple push-button programming makes setting up easy. Program commands can be entered through a pushbutton directly on the sensor or via a portable programming box when the sensor is mounted underground or is otherwise inaccessible.

The sensor is constructed of a durable ABS/polycarbonate blend moulded housing and operates in temperatures from -40°C to +70°C and meets IP67 and NEMA 6P environmental ratings.

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