The mobility division originated 20 years ago from a first innovative sensorisation project of hydraulic cylinders, the application of which consisted in reading the central position of a cylinder by means of an intelligent reflective optoelectronic sensor.
Our simplest position sensor was launched onto the market in 2005; since then, the Group has been a pioneer in optical sensors applied to hydraulic cylinders. In collaboration with Giuliani Cilindri, Optoi has developed highly reliable technology that allows the position of a rod to be measured at single points or continuously. This measurement is read by the emission and reception of an optical beam reflected by the specially marked rod through laser ablation techniques. This technology is protected by multiple patents valid in all continents, and has several advantages: it is immune to external electromagnetic fields; it is integrated and difficult to tamper with; it is protected from external agents, such as humidity/dust/mud; and it works with all types of cylinders. In this sector since 2005, and in 15 years the single position sensor boasts more than 700,000 pieces sold with an extremely low failure rate (with regard to the automotive sector).
Given the great success in a sector that was still purely mechanical 20 years ago, the continuous development of electronic technology has allowed the company to create an actual ad hoc division.
Reliability and Robustness are the foundation of the design of these intelligent microsystems.
MOBILITY DIVISION PRODUCTS
These are simple devices, based on an optoelectronic transducer that consists of an emitter and a receiver. Working in reflection on a non-contact reflective surface, when they detect colour discontinuity they associate it with a specific position of the object. They are typically applied to hydraulic cylinders and control the rod surface. They have a long life cycle as they have a microcontroller with a dedicated algorithm that can detect wear over time and adapt to it.
They can measure one or a few positions, they are available in various versions, even with diagnostics and redundancy for critical applications.
These are complex devices, based on an optoelectronic transducer that consists of an array of photoelements and an illuminator. Working in reflection on a barcode, they measure the absolute position of the object on which the code is deposited. They are typically applied to hydraulic cylinders and control the rod surface. They have a long life cycle as they have a microcontroller with a dedicated algorithm that can detect wear over time and adapt to it.
Thanks to the patented codes, they can measure the absolute position, i.e. they do not need zero to start reading.
These are complex devices, based on a transducer with typical MEMS technology that is interrogated by a microcontroller, which provides a suitable output for the application by means of an algorithm.
Inclinometer sensors are used to check the planarity in industrial vehicles, such as aerial platforms, fruit picking platforms and forklifts, where flatness and stability control are essential for the safety of people.
The same applies to other types of vehicles where it is necessary to have control of various mechanical components that can be tilted, rotated and extended.
The inclination sensors are available in multiple versions with 1 or 2 axes, a digital or analogue output, a relay option, simple or redundant, etc.
These are optoelectronic devices based on emitters and receivers that work on the principle of reflection/refraction. They usually have integrated smart electronics that allow the transducer signals to be managed and reliable measurements to be provided.
The main applications involve measuring the ON/OFF levels of tanks of oil, water and any other liquid.