Displacement Sensors


A Displacement Sensor is a device that measures the distance between the sensor and an object by detecting the amount of displacement through a variety of elements and converting it into a distance. Displacement Sensors can be used to measure distances and heights. They are designed to provide unparalleled accuracy and stability. The displacement sensors are highly useful in distance or position applications such as X-Y positioning, machinery dynamics, profile measurements, etc. The systems provide a perfect solution for various measurement tasks like measuring extremely small objects. The displacement sensors don't get influenced by the properties of the target materials as well as other physical characteristic near the sensor like temperature, magnetic fields, etc. An integral power supply system allows operation from any AC/DC source. Displacement sensors are sometimes referred to as displacement transducers. Depending on what element is used, there are several types of sensors available, such as optical displacement sensors, laser sensors, non-contact inductive sensors, Eddy Current sensors, and more.

Non-contact displacement sensors such as Confocal, Eddy Current and Laser Displacement contribute increasingly to the solution of demanding measurement tasks and are used for applications where high-sensitive surfaces not allow any contact and sensors have to operate wear-free. Non-Contact displacement sensors such as eddy current, LVDT/LVIT, laser triangulation and confocal chromatic etc. are used to measure semiconductor surface profiles, brake rotor run out, parts stack up heights for smart phones – all these down to micrometre resolution. Since non-contact sensing doesn’t touch the part, there is no part loading and no marks or dents are left on the item being measured.

Non-contact linear displacement sensors using eddy-current technologies offer non-contact displacement/position sensing over small ranges with high resolutions. Eddy-current displacement sensors can be used in dirty hostile environments. They require conductive targets of a minimum thickness and cannot sense non-conductors; for these reasons, eddy-current sensors are not affected by liquids or material debris in the measurement area. Eddy-Current sensors are used in manufacturing and industrial applications where environments may be dirty or hostile but precision, non-contact displacement sensing is still required

The method used to measure distance depends on the accuracy and distance capability required of the device. In Laser displacement sensors, measurement principles include triangulation, time-of-flight measurement, pulse-type time-of-flight systems, and modulated beam systems.

For distances of a few millimetres with high accuracy requirements, "triangulation" sensors measure the location of the spot within the field of view of the detecting element.

Time of flight sensors derive range from the time it takes light to travel from the sensor to the target and return. For long range distance measurements (up to many kms) "time-of-flight" laser rangefinders using pulsed laser beams are used.

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Eddy Current Sensors

High-performance eddy-current sensors for the measurement or monitoring of the position of a conductive target, especially in a dirty environment.


Non-contact, friction-free absolute position transducers for accurate measurements with excellent resolution and repeatability.

Incremental Rotary Encoders

Electrical mechanical devices for monitoring or controlling motion parameters such as speed, rate, direction, distance or position.

Laser Displacement Sensors

Industrial laser displacement sensors for measurement of displacement, distance, thickness & heights for various automation applications

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