Global positioning sensor: Mobile machine control, automated guide vehicles

Magellan Professional introduces the ProFlex 500 GNSS Receiver; the global positioning system has a highly integrated receiver design for rugged and flexible precise machine control positioning, company says.
By Control Engineering Staff June 5, 2009

Magellan Professional dual-frequency GNSS Receiver – the ProFlex 500

Magellan Professional will be showing its dual-frequency GNSS Receiver– the ProFlex 500, at Sensors Expo , June 8-10. The new ProFlex 500 has state-of-the-art RTK features in a rugged, highly integrated receiver design, company says. It is designed for multiple applications: surveying using a backpack, marine positioning, machine control, and base stations. Adaptable to a wide variety of applications requiring precise positioning, the ProFlex 500 is the ideal solution for people looking for a single GNSS receiver for multiple applications. The flexibility of the ProFlex 500 allows users to select the exact features for their specific application, company says.

Integrated, rugged design

A 75-channel GNSS board tracks dual-frequency global positioning system (GPS) and GLONASS signals as well as SBAS ranging signals, which are optimally processed by patented technology for high-performance RTK accuracy and optimal operational productivity.

Embedded communication features include integrated GSM, UHF and Bluetooth for wireless communications as well as Ethernet, RS-232/422 and USB connections. All output connections are optically isolated to prevent problems with installation in shipboard or aircraft applications.

Made to withstand harsh environmental conditions, the product features the following characteristics: 100% condensing humidity proof, salt mist resistant, and shock and vibration resistant as defined in military standard MIL STD 810 F. The receiver has a rugged aluminum housing and is IP67 rated.


Application packages

The ProFlex 500 works as either a base or a rover and is available with different application packages to adapt to various customer needs, including for onboard machine applications. The ProFlex 500 is ready for system integration and represents a GNSS solution alternative for OEM manufacturers and VARs who need precise positioning for machine guidance and control applications in markets, such as agriculture, construction, and mining, include various

automated guided vehicles (AGV)

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– Edited by Mark T. Hoske , editor in chief, Control Engineering News Desk, www.controleng.com

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