Minneapolis, Minn. − Honeywell Sensing and Control has introduced its 6-D Motion Variant inertial measurement unit (IMU), which is designed to provide motion, position, and navigational sensing over six degrees of freedom. The 6DF Series IMUs target transportation applications (tractors, harvesters, loaders, graders, bulldozers) for stability, rollover prevention/detection, grading/harvesting; industrial applications (mining conveyors, robotics, shaker tables) for stability, rollover prevention/detection, and non-ITAR aerospace/military applications (ground vehicles, unmanned aerial vehicles) for stability, rollover prevention/detection.
The six degrees of freedom is achieved by using microelectromechanical system (MEMS) technology to sense translational movement in three perpendicular axes (surge, heave, sway) and rotational movement in three perpendicular axes (roll, pitch, yaw).
The 6DF Series IMU measures the motion of the equipment and delivers the data to the equipment's control module using an industry-standard CAN SAE J1939 communications protocol. This enables the equipment operator to focus on other functions, enabling more precise control than can be achieved by using only the human eye, increasing safety, stability, and productivity.
The IMU 6DF is packaged in an aluminum housing that protects the device from damage due to harsh environments. It is corrosion-resistant to minimize susceptibility to deterioration in salt water environments, and is compatibility with diesel fuel, hydraulic oil, gas/ethylene glycol, brake fluids, urea, liquid lime, NPK fertilizer, ammonia hydroxide, and alkaline degreasers.
The IP67 and 69k ratings provide resistance to weather, and the wide operating temperature range allows the IMU to withstand most thermal extremes, preventing package breakage, and enabling the device to be used in more applications. It also is electromagnetic interference (EMI) and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) rated to protect the device from environmental radio frequencies.
Other features include a SAEJ1939 CAN 29 bit identifier communication output − the standard for the transportation industry − that allows more data to be transmitted than an RS-485 output, and a wide voltage range (7 V to 32 V) that minimizes the need for a voltage converter. The IMU uses a Deutsch connector, a popular choice for the transportation industry, which simplifies the supply chain and reduces design complexity.
Availability: Available through Honeywell's distribution network. Check for distributor inventory here.