Sensata Technologies Holding has been granted a patent for an inductive position sensor that improves performance and differentiation through innovative sense element and target design. The sensor includes transmit and receive coils with phase and amplitude adjustments, along with an integrated circuit for accurate position detection. GlobalData’s report on Sensata Technologies Holding gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Improved inductive position sensor with enhanced performance and differentiation

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Sensata Technologies Holding plc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11828627B2) discloses an inductive position sensor with a unique design aimed at enhancing accuracy and efficiency. The sensor includes a sense element with transmit and receive coils, an integrated circuit for signal transmission and detection, and a conductive target for position determination. The sensor's design features arrayed loops with phase and amplitude variations, trace patterns with vias for signal reference, and compensation for dead zones at loop intersections. Additionally, the sensor utilizes hanging coil layouts and conductive ink on printed film for improved performance.

Furthermore, the patent details a method for operating the inductive position sensor, involving driving transmission signals, detecting reference signals, and determining target position based on signal changes. The method highlights the use of phase and amplitude arrayed loop sets for angular and radial positioning in different sensor configurations. Overall, the patent showcases innovative techniques for optimizing inductive position sensing technology, offering potential advancements in various industries requiring precise and reliable position detection systems.

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