Most commonly the in-cylinder rod style sensors are used for position feedback of hydraulic cylinders for position monitoring and control in markets from automotive to energy to metalworking. Due to the acceptance of industrial Ethernet for factory automation applications, EtherNet/IP enabled linear positions sensors are now being installed in assembly, measurement and positioning applications in automotive tier suppliers, automated packaging equipment and metalworking machines.
Ethernet/IP is the most widely-adopted industrial fieldbus in North America, according to Scott Rosenberger, Product Marketing Manager for Balluff's Measurement products. "The ability to provide direct Ethernet/IP connectivity with Balluff's class-leading linear position sensors is big news", says Rosenberger. "In addition, features such as integrated CIP-Sync™, and a built-in webserver set the Balluff Ethernet/IP linear position sensors ahead of the pack in the industrial sensing arena".