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Penny and Giles has launched the TPS280DP, a throttle position sensor with dual outputs, at Professional Motorsport World Expo 2009.

The sensor, which incorporates a factory programmable Hall-effect sensor, has two outputs that can be programmed individually for angular range, output range and direction.

The TPS280DP is mechanically interchangeable with most existing throttle potentiometers using 32mm mounting centres, and is designed to interface with most common throttle body D-type spindles.

The sensor is available with 200mm or 500mm cable lengths, with or without an MSS4P Mini Sure Seal connector fitted to the DR25 sheathed spec 55A cable.

The TPS280DP can operate from either a 5VDC regulated or 9-30VDC unregulated power supply and has over-voltage protection to 40VDC.

It can be supplied programmed with any one of 341 different angles in the range 0-20 to 0-360-degrees in one-degree increments, and has a 12-bit resolution (0.025 per cent) over the selected angular range.

The TPS280DP has no contacting sensor parts, which ensures there is no signal degradation over the lifetime of the sensor.

Penny and Giles said the sensor has a tested life of more than 20 million operations – more than six times the life of an equivalent potentiometer.

When powered with 5VDC, the TPS280DP has an operating temperature range from -40C to +140C, with stability of less than +/-30ppm/C.

For ease of configuration, TPS280DP is available with analogue (0.5-4.5VDC) or digital (pulse-width modulated) signal outputs as standard, but can also be factory programmed to offer 0.1-4.9VDC output range, matching the equivalent signals from a potentiometer.

The sensor has been specifically designed to work in harsh motorsport environments and has good shock and vibration resistance.

The sensor drive and body are sealed to IP69K, for a high level of protection against the ingress of dust, fluids and pressure cleaning.

Curtiss-Wright Industrial Group

The Curtiss-Wright Industrial Group is formed from a number established specialist companies who are experts in the design, testing and manufacture of a range of components and systems for the safe and reliable operation and control of mobile and static machinery – especially off-highway vehicles, heavy trucks, buses, military vehicles and motorsport. Within the business are four market leading brands — Penny & Giles Controls, PG Drives Technology, William Controls, and Arens Controls.

The Curtiss-Wright Industrial Group is formed from a number established specialist companies who are experts in the design, testing and manufacture of a range of components and systems for the safe and reliable operation and control of mobile and static machinery – especially off-highway vehicles, heavy trucks, buses, military vehicles and motorsport. Within the business are four market leading brands — Penny & Giles Controls, PG Drives Technology, William Controls, and Arens Controls.

Penny & Giles Controls
Delivers rugged component level solutions using the latest non-contact sensing technologies, and specialises in rotary, linear and tilt position sensors; joysticks; solenoid actuators and associated electronic signal conditioning. The business was first established in 1956 and pioneered aerospace sensing and data recording technologies with a reputation for quality, performance and reliability. The aerospace business continues today within other Curtiss-Wright business units. The company joined Curtiss-Wright in 2002.

PG Drives Technology
Delivers rugged subsystem solutions including programmable controllers and drives used in a wide variety of advanced electric-powered vehicles such as forklifts, pallet loaders, mobility scooters and wheelchairs, serving the industrial and medical markets. These products deliver precise variable power from batteries to electric drive motors, and are fully programmable to suit various motor profiles, voltages and power levels. The business was first established in 1976 and was originally part of the Penny & Giles group of companies. The company joined Curtiss-Wright in 2012.

Williams Controls
Delivers rugged component level solutions and is a leading designer and manufacturer of highly-engineered electronic sensors and electronic throttle controls for off-road equipment, heavy trucks, and military vehicles. The business was first established in 1937 and pioneered the development of the first electronic throttle control for large diesel engines, quickly becoming the world leader in the design and manufacture of electronic throttle controls for trucks and buses. The company joined Curtiss-Wright in 2012.

Arens Controls
Delivers rugged component level and subsystem solutions and is a leading designer and manufacturer of highly engineered electronic shift controls for automatic transmissions used on heavy trucks and buses. The company also designs and manufactures power management and traction systems for the emerging Hybrid Electronic Vehicle (HEV) market. The business was first established in 1939 and pioneered the development of “by-wire” vehicle control technology, and more recently power electronic drivetrain components and systems for the HEV market. The company joined Curtiss-Wright in 2013.

Curtiss-Wright Industrial Group has manufacturing sites in the US, Europe, India and China. Total customer service and support is assured via a global sales network with CWIG offices in the US, UK, Germany, India, Taiwan and China, as well as a network of distributors and agents covering other regions.

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