In modern art and photography, unusual angles can go down very well, but they are rather less desirable in other contexts. In applications such as cranes, work platforms and wind turbines, a tilt in the wrong direction can cause serious problems. This is precisely why inclination sensors were invented, to be used wherever maximum precision is required in defining the angles of machinery or components relative to the horizontal plane. At HANNOVER MESSE this year, Offenbach-based tecsis GmbH is showcasing its N1201 sensor - an inclinometer designed for applications with particularly stringent safety requirements up to Performance Level d (PL d).
The sensor operates using a dielectric liquid, ensuring precise measurements covering 360° with a maximum deviation of 0.3° and minimal interference from lateral inclination and temperature changes. The angle resolution is 0.01°, and angle changes can be recorded at speeds of up to 5° per second. Designed to be exceptionally robust, the N1201 meets the requirements of higher-level protection categories, is insensitive to vibration and shocks, and can be used within a temperature range of -40 °C to +85 °C. As well as a redundant-design version for applications with PL d, a version with pressure-resistant encapsulation is also available for applications in potentially explosive areas. The devices can therefore be used in offshore systems for transporting oil and gas.