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What is a Linear Position Sensor?

A linear position sensor measures the linear position of a device. The sensor reads the measurement in order to convert the encoded position into an analog or digital signal. This position can then be decoded into position by a digital readout or a motion controller. Motion can be determined by change in position over time. One very common type of linear position sensors is the linear variable differential transformer, or LVDT. It is a type of electrical transformer which is used for sensing and measuring linear displacement.

Types of Linear Position Sensors

There are many different kinds of linear position sensors and at Future Electronics we stock many of the most common types categorized by type, input voltage, linear range, packaging type and operating temperature range. The parametric filters on our website can help refine your search results depending on the required specifications.

The most common sizes for input voltage are 3 V, 8.5 to 28 V, 8.5 to 30 V and 12.75 to 28 V. We also carry linear position sensors with input voltage as high as 8.5 to 28 kV. Linear position types can be either gage head, LVDT or position transmitter.

Linear Position Sensors from Future Electronics

Future Electronics has a full chip selection of linear position sensors from several manufacturers that can be used to design a linear potentiometer position sensor, magnetic linear position sensor, linear displacement sensor, non contact linear position sensor or laser linear position sensor. Simply choose from the linear position sensor technical attributes below and your search results will quickly be narrowed to match your specific linear position sensor application needs.

If you have a preferred brand, we deal with AMS, Hamlin, Measurement Specialties and Melexis as manufacturers. You can easily refine your linear position sensor product search results by clicking your preferred linear position sensor brand below from our list of manufacturers.

Applications for Linear Position Sensors:

Measurement applications for linear position sensors include coordinate-measuring machines, gear measurement tension testers, laser scanners and callipers. Servo controlled motion systems also use linear position sensors in order to provide accurate information. Other applications include pick-and-place PCB assembly equipment, robotics, machine tools, wire bonders, printers and digital presses.

Choosing the Right Linear Position Sensor:

When you are looking for the right linear position sensors, with the FutureElectronics.com parametric search, you can filter the results by various attributes: by Type (Gage Head, LVDT, Position Transmitter), Linear Range (±100 mm, ±640000 nm, 0 to 2.5 mm, …) and Input Voltage (up to 28 kV) to name a few. You will be able to find the right semiconductor chip from several manufacturers that can be used to design a magnetic linear position sensor, linear potentiometer position sensor, non contact linear position sensor, laser linear position sensor or linear displacement sensor.

Linear Position Sensors in Production Ready Packaging or R&D Quantities

If the quantity of linear position sensors required is less than a full reel, we offer customers many of our linear position sensor products in tube, tray or individual quantities that will avoid unneeded surplus.

In addition, Future Electronics offers clients a unique bonded inventory program that is designed to eliminate potential problems that may arise from an unpredictable supply of products containing raw metals and products with erratic or long lead times. Talk with your nearest Future Electronics branch and find out more on how you and your company can avoid possible shortages.



Featured Linear Position Sensor Products:


Manufacturer Part Number Description
AMS AS5311-ATSU AS Series 0.5 mm 5 V SMT High Resolution Magnetic Linear Encoder - TSSOP-20
AMS AS5013-IQFT-1000 Low Power Integrated Hall IC for Human Interface Applications
AMS AS5311-ASST AS Series 0.5 mm 5 V SMT High Resolution Magnetic Linear Encoder - TSSOP-20
AMS AS5510-DWLT AS5510 Series 10-bit 3.3 V I²C Interface Linear Hall Sensor - CSP-1.46 x 1.1 mm
Hamlin 59140-4-S-05-D 59036 Series 175 Volt 300 MM Cable Clamp Sensor
Hamlin 02291333-000 1000mm Magnetic Position Sensor
Measurement Specialties 02350499-000 LDM-1000 Series 10 to 30 V 4 to 20 mA DINRAIL LVDT Conditoning Module
Measurement Specialties 02350500-000 GCA Series ±1.27 mm 3 V Spring Loaded Design Precision Gage Head
Measurement Specialties 02350501-000 GCA Series ±3.17 mm 3 V Spring Loaded Design Precision Gage Head
Measurement Specialties 02350502-000 GCA Series ±6.35 mm 3 V Spring Loaded Design Precision Gage Head
Measurement Specialties 02350503-000 GCA Series ±12.7 mm 3 V Spring Loaded Design Precision Gage Head
Measurement Specialties 02350531-000 GCA Series ±25.4 mm 3 V Spring Loaded Design Precision Gage Head
Measurement Specialties 02350532-000 PCA-116 Series ±2.5 mm Linear 3 V Economy Gage Head
Measurement Specialties 02350533-000 PCA-116 Series ±5.1 mm Linear 3 V Economy Gage Head
Measurement Specialties 02350614-000 PCA-116 Series ±7.6 mm Linear 3 V Economy Gage Head
Measurement Specialties 02351006-000 GCA Series ±50.8 mm 3 V Spring Loaded Design Precision Gage Head
Measurement Specialties 02351007-000 GCD SE Series ±2.54 mm 8.5 to 28 V Spring Loaded Design Precision Gage Head
Measurement Specialties 02351008-000 GCD-SE Series 6.35 mm Gaging 8.5 to 28 V Precision Gage Head
Melexis MLX90360LDC-ACD-000-TU Dual Full Redundant Triaxis Rotary & Linear Position Sensor IC ANA/PWM (Gen. II)
Melexis MLX90364LVS-ABB-200-TU MLX90364 High accuracy linear and angular Triaxis® Position Sensor-DMP-4
Melexis MLX90333KDC-BCH-100-TU Triaxis Linear & Joystick Position Sensor IC (SPI programming spec)
Melexis MLX90333KDC-BCT-000-TU joystick position sensor
Melexis MLX90333LDC-BCT-000-TU MLX90333 Series 20 V 30 mA Programmable Linear / 3D Position Sensor - SOIC-8
Melexis MLX90360EGO-ACD-000-TU Dual Full Redundant Triaxis Rotary & Linear Position Sensor IC ANA/PWM (Gen. II)

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