Passive Speed Sensors

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Passive Speed Sensors

Passive VRS (Variable Reluctance Speed) Magnetic Speed sensors are simple, rugged devices that do not require an external voltage source for operation.

A permanent magnet in the sensor establishes a fixed magnetic field. The approach and passing of a ferrous metal target near the sensor’s pole piece (sensing area) changes the flux of the magnetic field, dynamically changing its strength. This change in magnetic field strength induces a current into a coil winding which is attached to the output terminals. The output signal of a VRS sensor is an ac voltage that varies in amplitude and wave frequency as the speed of the monitored device changes, and is usually expressed in peak to peak voltage (Vp-p).

One complete waveform (cycle) occurs as each target passes the sensor’s pole piece. If a standard gear were used as a target, this output signal would resemble a sine wave if viewed on an oscilloscope.

Six application-specific series are available:

  • VRS General Purpose Series
  • VRS Hazardous Location Series
  • VRS High Output Series
  • VRS High Resolution Series
  • VRS High Temperature Series
  • VRS Power Output Series

Transportation: Thrumold Series

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