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Non-Contact Position Sensor combines small size, high resolution.

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February 20, 2013 - Featuring proprietary induction technology principle, Blade20 micro sensor allows measurement of linear and shallow-arc motion as well as long-stroke measurement. Solid-state sensor, sealed to IP68 to prevent dust or water ingress, features 2-part modular construction that assists engineers in retrofit applications. Technology offers 12-bit resolution capable of data sampling at speeds up to 15 KHz, and available output options include 0.5–4.5 V and 0.5–10 V.

Gill Technology

Original Press Release

Gill Sensors Launch Their Smallest, Fastest, Highest Resolution Position Sensor to Date

Press release date: November 29, 2012

Gill Sensors, a UK company and specialist manufacturer and supplier of position sensors is pleased to announce the launch of the new Blade20 non-contact position sensor. This latest addition has been developed in response to customer demand for a smaller, faster and higher resolution position sensor that is able to withstand to harsh industrial environments in applications such as process control machinery, materials handling equipment and robotic systems.

The Blade20 features Gill’s patented induction technology principle and represents a significant breakthrough in position sensing, with a single product allowing the measurement of linear and shallow-arc motion as well as long-stroke measurement with a single micro sensor. With a fast update rate for quick positional feedback, it is suitable for a wide range of applications that require fast and accurate position measurement in a dusty or dirty environment.

The core electronics are 40% smaller than the previous generation and the latest technology offers 12-bit resolution capable of data sampling at speeds up to 15 KHz. The product is currently offered with 0.5-4.5V and 0.5-10V outputs, and a 4-20mA variant is planned for release early in the New Year.

To assist engineers in retro-fit applications this sensor has a unique two-part modular construction. This enables the metal mounting section to be rapidly customised at the factory to suit exacting customer requirements without extensive re-engineering of the product. Being a solid state sensor, it has no moving parts and so has an unlimited mechanical life and is sealed to IP68 to prevent dust or water ingress.

“We’re very proud of what we have achieved in delivering next generation induction technology to provide faster, more accurate position measurement,” said Mike Rees, Head of Marketing for Gill Sensors. “This versatile new sensor is ideal for a wide range of applications throughout industry.”

Kay Bocock
Gill Sensors Ltd.
Saltmarsh Park
67 Gosport Street
Lymington, Hampshire SO41 9EG
Tel: +44 (0) 1590 613400

UK Press Contact:
Eileen Holmes-Ievers
In Press Public Relations Ltd.
St John's Chapel
High Street
Lambourn, Berkshire. RG17 8XL  
Tel. +44 (0)1488 674200 

Gill Sensors

Gill Sensors is a business unit of the highly successful Gill Research and Development Ltd Continuing the company tradition of supplying innovation and value to our customers, Gill Sensors have employed patented induction technology and the novel use of capacitive theory to provide a range of standard and customised non-contact position, level and bulk sensor solutions.

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