Xsens Inertial Sensor Modules

Get to Know Xsens Interial Sensor Modules

 

 Xsens is one of the industry leaders in motion tracking solutions. The company provides best-in-class technologies for navigating, regulating, and detecting activity in complicated industrial environments, including manufacturing, logistics, autonomous vehicles and drones. Their selection of systems delivers the finest performance-to-price ratio on the market, remarkable data accuracy and consistency, and plug-and-play customizability.

 

Inertial sensor modules, sensor fusion techniques, and sensor technology are all pioneered by Xsens. Motion Tracker Industrial-grade (MTi) products from Xsens are backed by global 24/7 technical support and result from more than 20 years of research and development, practical expertise, and innovative ambition.

 

Professionalism and Customer Focus

 

Innovative engineering and science are combined with practical solutions for your unique application and demands with Xsens’ motion tracking systems.

 

Most of the inertial sensor modules on the market today were developed by Xsens, which also holds around 200 patents in the area. Through a customisable, 24/7, challenge-driven customer orientation, their large online Knowledge BASE, and Community Forum, Xsens shares this strong knowledge foundation with you. Xsens develops knowledge and creates technology to assist you in overcoming your real-world difficulties.

 


Flexible Plug-and-Play Capabilities

 

With all the (data) integration options you require to integrate them into your particular industrial ecosystem, Xsens solutions are highly flexible. Their plug and play modules, which have the broadest portfolio on the market right now, come in three distinct form factors and eight different interface options, allowing you to construct a system that meets your requirements confidently. As a result, spend less time and money designing the ideal solution for your application while having the most creative flexibility possible.

 

 

Functionalities of Xsens Inertial Sensor Modules

 

To meet the needs of every motion tracking application, Xsens strives to offer appropriate solutions. This means that their product lines support every potential capability, from basic motion and tracking to sensor fusion-based oriented computations and high-precision satellite locating.

 

Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU)

A self-contained inertial measurement unit (IMU) offers raw, calibrated sensor data about angular and linear movement. The device typically uses a trio of rotating machines and accelerometer sensors. The sensors are frequently referred to as rate-integrating gimbals and accelerometers. IMUs are commonly incorporated into more intricate systems as building blocks.

 

Vertical Reference Unit (VRU)

A vertical reference unit (VRU) calculates the roll, pitch, and (unreferenced) spin. Its sensor-fused input, which, based on the application and necessary performance level, may comprise the heading and other types of data, is utilised for dynamic placement in several settings. Due to their lack of reliance on magnetic reference, VRUs are the ideal choice for environments with significant magnetic interference.

 

Attitude and Heading Reference System (AHRS)

 

By incorporating accelerometers and merging this data with accelerometer and magnetometer signals, an Attitude and Heading Reference System, or AHRS, offers three-dimensional orientation. With sensor fusion, drift that results from the processing of gyroscope data is offset by reference vectors, mainly gravitation and the earth’s magnetic field. The yaw signal is then referenced to True North. As a result, there is no orientation drift.

 

An AHRS can be distinguished from a VRU by its magnetic reference capability. Because they simply integrate gyroscopes and rely on the gyroscopes’ extremely high bias stability, traditional high-grade IMUs (Inertial Measurement Units) are less expensive than AHRSs. As a result, the AHRS systems are among the most in-demand ISM options and the VRUs. The adaptability of AHRS systems is another factor; a high-performing Xsens AHRS can be quickly converted into an IMU or VRU.

 

Global Navigation Satellite System/Inertial Navigation (GNSS/INS)

 

Global Navigation Satellite/Inertial Navigation Systems (GNSS/INS) are a good option if you’re searching for an AHRS system that can integrate internal orientation estimates with exterior location information from a receiver. A standard INS uses an IMU’s rotational speed and acceleration data to calculate a relative position in time. If no external guide is given, it will wander away from its proper position. A GNSS can provide this reference.

In several application fields, GNSS/INS technologies are rapidly gaining hold. UAVs that need positional data, automotive testing, autonomous cars and trucks, maritime, sea surface, and port applications are just a few of them.

 

Real-Time Kinematic positioning (RTK GNSS/INS)

 

A satellite navigation method called real-time kinematic (RTK) positioning is used to improve the accuracy of position data collected from satellite positioning devices. The time it takes a signal to travel from the satellites to the receiver is measured by conventional Gps devices. The receiver may determine its location by using four or more signals from satellites and trilateration, which bases on placement on at least three well-known sites. However, the accuracy of the computed position can be impacted as these signals transit through the ionosphere and atmosphere (2 to 10 meters). RTK uses real-time corrections from a base station to resolve this problem.


Xsens Interial Sensor Modules Applications

 

Autonomous Vehicles

 

Autonomous vehicles are becoming more common in transportation and travel. The list of technological options in this area is as extensive as it is, ranging from self-driving trains to autonomous trucks, mobile robotics, and automated 3D surveying software. Any of these applications can make use of the solutions from Xsens that can provide in the line of MTi-products. Their solutions include full inertial navigation and motion capabilities for indoor, outdoor, and underground operations with Controller Area Network (CAN) interface support and internal and external GNSS transmitters.

Marine and Ports

 

Applications in the maritime and port sectors must deal with a variety of variables, such as extremely unstable water and air velocity. In this industry, dependability and accuracy are crucial. Consider underwater robots, autonomous vessels, stabilizing platforms for sensors or antennas, measuring movement at sea or underwater, photographing the seafloor in hyperspectral precision, or maritime and port surveillance systems. The MTi series from Xsens is an exceptionally ideal, dependable platform for motion technology applications at sea and in seaports due to its strong hard- and software as well as anti-magnetic distortion filters.

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