T7 Product Description
The T7 is now IP68 rated. For more details, download the T7_IP_Certification.
The T7 is a solid-state absolute inclinometer that senses tilt angles over a full 360° range in a single axis. The T7 incorporates several breakthroughs to create a new type of inclinometer that is rugged, compact, fast, flexible, and easy to use.
The T7 is available in several interface and protocol options. The physical interface can be RS232 or RS485. The protocol can be either US Digital's serial protocol or Modbus RTU. The RS232 version supports a single T7 with up to 100 ft of cable. For users that need longer cable lengths or multiple T7s on a single bus, the RS485 version supports up to 32 T7s on the bus. Power for each T7 is supplied over the network cable.
The Modbus RTU version is suitable for users that require an industry-standard, open protocol. The host may access each T7 on the bus using standard Modbus read/write register function codes.
The T7 calculates the tilt angle (inclination) by sensing the acceleration from solid-state accelerometers integrated into a monolithic chip. Gravity, centrifugal forces, and linear speed changes are all forms of acceleration. The T7 will report the mathematically calculated tilt angle based on all sensed acceleration(s).
The serial port interface provides an efficient way to read and write data to a network of T7s. All configurations and parameters are stored in nonvolatile memory. A Windows demo application is provided to display the angles and temperature and set operating modes, orientation, zero position, damping / averaging time, direction, and more for every T7 on the network. In addition, a Windows DLL gives the user a set of simple functions to read and write data to a network of T7s.
Typical applications include heavy construction equipment, dredging machinery, mining equipment, solar tracking, and warehouse automation.