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A Note About Speed Sensor Terminology

Speed Sensors are referred to by a wide variety of names. Some are industry specific, while others seem to cross over several applications. The turbine flowmetering industry, from which Motion Sensors began, commonly refers to speed sensors as Magnetic Pickups or Pickoffs, referring to the ability of these sensors to “pickup” or “pickoff” the approach of a ferrous metal target.

Other industries, such as Aerospace and Military, often refer to these products as a transducer, for example a magnetic transducer. This term is also found in other areas such as rail and transit, which commonly use the term speed probe or speed transducer.

Still other terms apply – velocity sensor, gear tooth sensor, and rotary sensor among many. We also see references to the specific technology used – VR or VRS sensors, Zero Speed Sensors, etc.

Over the years, speed sensor appears to be the widely used and most recognizable term, but the variety of terminology demonstrates the versatility and wide use of these devices. Whatever your choice of terminology we are glad to assist you in selecting the best sensor for your application.

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