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Temposonics Linear Transducers
R Series - Rod & Profile Style Position Sensors - EtherCat Output
MTS Temposonics R-Series Model RP Profile Style Sensor (top) and Model RH Hyrdraulic Rod Style Sensor (bottom). MTS Temposonics R-Series Model RF Flex Style Sensor.
The Temposonics R Series Linear Transducers are your solution when you need smart sensor capability for faster, higher precision, more reliable data processing and communication. By preprocessing sensor data in the sensor, your machine controller can reduce processing overhead and carry out other functions. Though the Temposonics R Series is at least four times faster than the other proven lines of Temposonics sensors, it’s also more precise: Resolution of 1 µm (0.00004 inch) at 100 µsec update rate; exceptional non-linearity of 0.01%; and hysteresis of 0.001% of full scale, which is the best in the industry.

Temposonics R-Series EtherCAT sensors represent MTS Sensors’ latest development in high-speed networked position feedback. EtherCAT (Ethernet for Control Automation Technology) is a unique interface for industrial Ethernet that provides the fastest, most deterministic industrial networking solution possible using the base Ethernet physical layer. This format, coupled with our high speed networked sensing capability, enables machine builders and automation engineers to overcome bandwidth and node limitation issues of other commercially available networks.

There are two versions available:

  • E101 Fast update position and velocity
    • Designed for high speed motion control
    • Up to 5 simultaneous magnet measurements
    • 100 msec update rate

  • E102 Multi-magnet position and velocity
    • Designed for gauging systems having many magnet positions
    • Up to 20 simultaneous magnet measurements
    • Standard update rates

Temposonics R sensors offer modular construction and non-contacting magnetostrictive technology. Two application housings are available: rod-style (Model RH) and profile-style (Model RP). With RH sensors, the sensor cartridge can be quickly replaced in the field without removing the application housing. The changeover is done in one minute with no draining or de-pressurizing of the hydraulic cylinder.



  • Measured Variable: Displacement/Velocity 1-5 magnet measurement
    • Option 1-20 magnet measurement

  • Resolution:
    • Displacement - 1 µm or 1000 µm selectable
    • Speed - 1µm/s (Quality rating) adjustable according to velocity and measuring length

  • Non-Linearity: <±0.01% of full scale (minimum ± 50 µm)
  • Repeatability: <±0.001% of full scale (minimum ± 2.5 µm)
  • Hysteresis: < 4 µm
  • Outputs:
    • Interface: EtherCAT
    • Data Format: EtherCAT 100 Base-Tx, fast Ethernet
    • Data transmission rate: 100Mbit/s max.
  • Measuring Range:
    • Profile Style (RP): 2 to 200 in. (50 to 5080 mm)
    • Rod Style (RH): 2 to 300 in. (50 to 7620 mm)

  • Operating Voltage: +24 Vdc, (+20%, -15%)
  • Power Consumption: 90 mA typical
  • Operating Temperature: -40°C to +75°C ( -40°F to +167°F)
  • Update Time: 10 KHz.
  • Warranty: 2 Years

How to Order Temposonics R Series Transducers

When placing an order, build the desired model number using this model number guide (below).
Select the configuration in the ordering table and then hit the "Submit" button at the bottom of the page.

A selection of Temposonics R-Series sensor configurations are available to meet the demands of your particular application. If you have any questions about how to apply MTS Temposonics position sensors, please contact us at West Coast Plastics Equipment, 800-392-8569. We are an authorized MTS Temposonics distributor and will be glad to help you design an effective position sensing system to fit your application.

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1-2. Sensor Model Price
RH = Hydraulic Rod Style Sensor Stroke
RP = Profile Style Sensor
RF = Flexible Style Sensor

3. Housing Style

Temposonics RH rod style only (magnet must be ordered separately):
T = US customary threads, raised-faced flange and pressure tube, standard
S = US customary threads, flat-faced flange and pressure tube, standard N/C
M = Metric threads, flat-faced flange and pressure tube, standard N/C
B = Sensor cartridge only, no flange and pressure tube. Stroke length < 1830 mm (72 in.) (No application housing/pressure pipe, stroke lengths ≤ 72 in.) (RH only)

Model RF flex sensor only, magnet must be ordered separately:
S = US customary threads, flat-faced flange N/C
M = Metric threads, flat-faced flange N/C

Temposonics RP profile style sensor only (magnet included):
V = Captive Sliding Magnet with joint at front (#252184 magnet included) N/C
S = Captive Sliding Magnet with joint at top (#252182 magnet included) N/C
M = Floating Magnet (#251416-2 magnet included) N/C

4-7. Stroke Length - (must correspond to Stroke Unit of Measurement selected in Item 8)
RH Stroke Range = 2-300 inches (50-7620mm)
RP Stroke Range = 2-200 inches (50-5080mm)
RF Stroke Range = 10-396 inches (255-10060mm)

8. Stroke Unit of Measurement (choose U for inches and tenths or M for millimeters)
U = Inches and tenths (Encode in 0.1 inch increments, for example: 0125U = 12.5 in, 1200U = 120 in)
M = Millimeters (Encode in 5mm increments, for example: 0120M = 120 mm, 1200M = 1200 mm)

9-11. Connection Type
D56 = 2 x 4 pin, female (M12-D), plus 4-pin male (M8) N/C

12. Input Voltage
1 = +24 Vdc (+20%, -15%) N/C

13 - 16. Output Signal
E101 = EtherCAT, position and velocity, maximum 5 magnets
E102 = EtherCAT, position and velocity, maximum 20 magnets
17 - 19. Number of Magnets (for multi-position measurements only)
Z __ __ = Number of Magnets for output E101 (range 02 to 05), or for output E102 (ranger 02 - 20).
Order additional magnets separately on the MTS Magnets page.

Temposonics R-Series Sensors are made-to-order and usually ship in 4-6 weeks, FOB: Culver City, CA.
This page last modified on 9/2/2010
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