Industrial sensors are a key part of factory automation and Industry 4.0. Motion, environmental and vibration sensors are used to monitor the health of equipment, from linear or angular positioning, tilt sensing, leveling, shock or fall detection.
Dedicated industrial motion sensors based on micromachined sensing (MEMS) elements are suitable for Industry 4.0 applications with a wide mechanical frequency sensing bandwidth, high reliability, stable measurements and accurate operation up to 105°C.
An industrial sensor system is often powered by a 24V DC source, which is very different from a sensor in a consumer system that is powered by a 3V or 5V source. As a result, industrial sensor systems require additional power management to effectively drive the sensors. These use digital outputs such as IO-Link direct to a microcontroller or even to the wireless transceiver. The analog data output is usually conditioned by an op-amp and linked to the analog-to-digital converter (ADC) in a microcontroller.
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ST offers a range of MEMS motion and environmental sensors, 8-bit STM8 and 32-bit STM32 microcontrollers and an extensive range of connectivity – wired or wireless including IO-Link - solutions to help sensor system designers successfully meet these challenges.