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Glass Shape Gaging

The shape of curved glass windows in automated production lines is typically measured using LVDT contact sensors. When the glass is very thin and light, normal pressure of the LVDT probes tend to move the glass from the holding fixture and corrupt the measurement. Philtec’s non-contact FODS (Fiber Optic Displacement Sensors) solve the problem.

This month Philtec has delivered 100 sensors for a gaging station at a European automotive glass window manufacturing plant (50 for the driver side, and 50 for the passenger side). These sensors are very accurate, and prevent movement or scratches on the glass.


The model RC171 FODS is a reflectance compensated optical sensor with 15 mm operating range. It is insensitive to part-to-part reflectance variations as well as to ambient lighting interference. Data from a set of 50 probes is read in less than 1 second.

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Wireless Sensors for Turbine Blade Tip-to-Casing Cold Clearance Measurements

Gas and steam turbine manufacturers of fossil power plants have long used hand-held feeler gages to measure turbine blade tip clearances and inspect the roundness of the TBC linings at access ports provided for that purpose. With new construction and at overhaul, turbine blade tip-to-casing clearances at room temperature must be properly set.

Philtec has developed the wireless non-contact sensor system CMS3400 to replace manual feeler gage methods. As a technician slowly jogs a rotor thru 360° of rotation, Gap and Angle data pairs are simultaneously recorded from 4 rows of blades and saved to a USB flash drive for offloading and data analysis. CMS3400 is a four channel wireless sensor system that digitally captures the full 360° picture of  blade tip-to-casing roundness and clearance data. This product represents a major advancement in the state-of-the-art.

Sensor ModulesTip Clearance Data

MORE INFO AT  Wireless Sensors for Blade Tip Clearance

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Probes for Internal Thread Inspection

The Problem: Inspection of the integrity of small internal threads such as M10.

The Solution: Very small fiberoptic probes can be made having two diametrically opposed sensors.Thread Inspection Probe

The probe can be used to  scan the length of internally threaded holes as the probe is inserted. The probe is rotated 90° at the bottom of the hole and the thread is scanned once more as the probe is retracted, thereby providing complete thread inspection every 90°. Plus and minus accept/reject tolerances can be set by comparing known good part voltages with known defective part voltages. Missing, shallow and/or damaged threads can be detected as they fall outside the accept/reject tolerance.

Advantages of Fiberoptic Probes

  • Non-Contact
  • High Speed
  • For All Materials Including Non-metals
  • Catches Missing, Shallow, Damaged Threads

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