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Next-generation inductive transducers for position measurement
Author(s): Mark A. Howard
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Paper Abstract

Position transducers are common but critical elements in defence, aerospace, security and surveillance equipment. Traditional solutions such as potentiometers, optical encoders and inductive detectors, struggle to match the high operational, environmental and lifetime requirements demanded by such equipment. This paper outlines a radically new approach to position measurement suitable for a wide variety of shapes and sizes including rotary, linear, 2D and 3D geometries. The technology's main components are arrays of printed conductors on thin, lightweight flexible substrates. The result is a non-contact, absolute measurement technique which offers high reliability, accuracy and robust operation in a compact, non-ITAR and lightweight form.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 May 2012
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 8395, Acquisition, Tracking, Pointing, and Laser Systems Technologies XXVI, 83950K (15 May 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.917041
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Mark A. Howard, Zettlex UK Ltd. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8395:
Acquisition, Tracking, Pointing, and Laser Systems Technologies XXVI
William E. Thompson; Paul F. McManamon, Editor(s)

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