Linear Measurement Units interface with automation, PLC systems.

Press Release Summary:

Available to end-users and automation OEMs, Orbit ACS (Automation and Control Systems) SI 100 and SI 200 verify key dimensions to support QC in manufacturing applications. Orbit ACS SI 100 is one-channel, stand-alone unit for measurement and PLC output, while SI 200 comes with probe, integral screen, and PLC output but can also connect to additional Orbit digital probe via T-con for 2-channel system. Users can set up digital probe and process limits on integral keypad and screen.

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Economical Stand-Alone Linear Measurement Units Interface Easily with Automation and PLC Systems

New Orbit ACS Instruments Available in One- and Two-Channel Configurations

GASTONIA, NC— A new line of accurate and economical linear measurement instruments designed for easy interface with automation and PLC systems has been introduced by Solartron Metrology (, a unit of AMETEK, Inc.

The Orbit ACS (Automation and Control Systems) SI 100 is a one-channel stand-alone unit for quick measurement and PLC output. The SI 200 comes with a probe, integral screen, and PLC output, but can also connect to an additional Orbit digital probe via T-con for a two-channel system. Formulas such as A+B and A-B are available with the two-channel configuration.

Available to both end users and automation OEMs, the new units verify key dimensions to support quality control in electronic, semiconductor, automotive and other manufacturing applications.

Users can quickly set up the digital probe and process limits on the integral keypad and screen; no programming is required. Output to a PLC can be accomplished by several protocols including Modbus over RS232 or RS485, or RS232 output.  Three lines of discrete digital output and four lines of discrete digital inputs are available.

Orbit ACS probes have the same accuracy, repeatability and durability of standard Orbit probes designed for larger networked systems. Specialized Orbit probes, including Feather Touch, are compatible with the new ACS instruments. A mini-USB port allows easy on-site installation of firmware updates.

Solartron Metrology is a world leader in design and manufacture of precision digital and analog dimensional  LVDT gauging probes, displacement sensors, optical linear encoders and associated instrumentation.

Solartron Metrology is a unit of AMETEK, Inc., a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices with annual sales of more than US$3 billion. For more information, contact Solartron Metrology, 915 N. New Hope Road, Suite C, Gastonia, NC 28054.  Tel:  800-873-5838. E-mail:  Website:

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