Ametek GmbH Solartron Metrology

Rudolf-Diesel-Str. 16, 40670 Meerbusch

Telephone +49 2159 9136-500
Fax +49 2159 9136-505

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Our range of products

Product categories

  • 05  Measurement, testing, control technology and software
  • 05.01  Measurement and control technology, sensoring
  • 05.01.01  Measurement and control
  •  Measurement and control of glass thickness

Measurement and control of glass thickness

  • 05  Measurement, testing, control technology and software
  • 05.01  Measurement and control technology, sensoring
  • 05.01.02  Inspection technology
  •  Inspection of surface, contour and imperfection

Inspection of surface, contour and imperfection

  • 05  Measurement, testing, control technology and software
  • 05.01  Measurement and control technology, sensoring
  • 05.01.05  Control and automation technology
  • 05  Measurement, testing, control technology and software
  • 05.02  Regulation technology
  • 05.02.01  MRP machine and transport adjustment

MRP machine and transport adjustment

Our products

Product category: Control and automation technology

Absolute Displacement Transducers LVDT

Whether a miniature displacement sensor is used within a semiconductor manufacturing process or submersible transducer is monitoring the deformation of a structure in sea water, the need for rugged and reliable sensors over long periods remains the same. Two different technologies, LVDT and Magnetostrictive, are available depending on the application. LVDT have very high resolution and Magnetostrictive is widely used in applications up to 7.6m.
Solartron has complete in-house control over all aspects of the design and manufacture of their extensive range of products, which has enabled many years' experience in providing cost effective customised solutions for OEMs and system integrators. 

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Product category: Control and automation technology

Signal Conditioning Electronics

The electrical performance of an analogue displacement transducer is only as good as the signal conditioning allows.
Solartron Metrology has used its considerable experience to produce signal conditioning, numerical displays and controllers that enhance the performance of its analogue transducers and ensure simple and reliable connection to instrumentation and control systems.

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Product category: Control and automation technology

Custom Sensor Engineering

Solartron has complete in-house control over all aspects of the design and manufacture of their extensive range of products, which has enabled many years' experience in providing cost effective customised solutions for OEMs and system integrators. Solartron has the design and manufacturing capability to produce the full spectrum of customised high volume cost effective LVDT based sensors.

Measurement ranges from 0.5mm to 300mm.
Body diameter 6 to 19mm.
Excellent body length to electrical stroke ratio.
Accuracy - 0.1%.
Digital, AC or DC/DC models available.

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Product category: Control and automation technology

Orbit® 3 Digital Gauging and Positioning Network

Introducing the Solartron Orbit® Network: a fully formed digital measurement system that makes it simple and easy to inter-connect high accuracy Solartron instruments, and other sensors to your computer, network, or PLC. 
Calibrated System

Each Solartron probe or instrument is available with a digital module at the end of the cable. Inside the module is a chip that digitizes the analogue signal from the probe. The probe is actually calibrated and linearized at the Solartron factory, with a guaranteed accuracy of 0.05% of range or 0.2 microns, whichever is greater, 0.15 micron repeatability, and 0.01 micron resolution. You can then master the probe anywhere over its measurement range, and attain the same accuracy from that master point. Solartron also offers a variety of calibrated non-contact Laser sensors.

Network up to 150 Channels

You then connect the Solartron sensor to almost any output device via Orbit®. The Orbit® network, now in its 3rd generation, Orbit® 3, is based on a proven and rugged RS485 multi-drop network running at 1.5m Baud. To build one, you stack any number of digital modules together via use of “T-connectors.”

Connect to other Sensors

The Orbit® 3 Network will also connect to 3rd party sensors via interface modules. These include:

• Analogue Interface Module (AIM): Connect to any sensor with a DC or 4-20mA output.

• Encoder Input Module, (EIM): Connects with any rotary encoder or other device with a TTL output. With these connections, all readings can be sent to a PLC or PC seamlessly.

• Digimatic Input Module: Connects to any Mitutoyo gauge

• Digital Input/Output Module: An eight-pin module that acts as an I/O interface to a PLC.

Interface to PLC, PC, or Readout

At the end of the module stack, you then connect an Interface module, available with a variety of outputs including USB, RS232 and Ethernet. Each connects with up to 150 modules! With the USB, you also attain dynamic speeds of up to 4000 readings per second, per module.

Via the interface module, you can then output any module reading to a computer, PLC, or network. For PC’s, Solartron offers free software drivers, which provide sample programs and coding to communicate with the probes via SPC program, Microsoft® Excel, or other data tracking software. The drivers are Windows® 7, 64-bit and XP compatible.

Solartron also offers a variety of Digital Readouts, including 1, 2, 16, and 31 channels.

A Solartron Power Supply Interface Module is also required for a Orbit® 3 network stack, and will power up to 31 modules at once. They are available with both DC and AC inputs.

With all its capabilities, the Solartron Orbit® 3 Network is the best solution for your gauging and measurement needs!

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Product category: Control and automation technology

WiGauge™ Wireless Bore Gauge (Gen 1 & 2)

The WiGauge™ Wireless Bore Gauge offers increased efficiency, flexibility and uncompromised accuracy in the palm of your hand. By eliminating the need for cables to download the measurement data, the WiGauge™ Wireless Bore Gauge offers manufacturers greater freedom in workstation design and practice.

This Bluetooth™ Wireless Bore Gauge has a range of at least 15 metres for data transmission and up to 7 WiGauge™ wireless bore gauges can be linked to a single system.

The rugged, high precision WiGauge™ Wireless Bore Gauge from Solartron Metrology is IP65 rated and is compatible with industry standard M6 and M10 gauge head threads. The transducer is linear along its full measuring range, making it easy to set up and adaptable for applications other than bore gauging.

The attached NiMH battery pack delivers up to 10 hours of continuous data transmission and can be removed for offline recharging.

10mm and 6mm fixing threads (as used on most Gauge Heads)
Up to 0.1µm resolution (user selectable)
Up to 15m range, via Class One Bluetooth®
Up to 7 WiGauge™ Wireless Bore Gauges connected to a single receiver
10 hours battery life (based on continuous data transmission)
Fast battery recharge
IP 65 protection
Audio indication of data transmission
Pass/fail range lights
Inductive Charger available

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About us

Company details

Solartron Metrology has its origins in a company called Faroll Research who were formed in 1946 as a mechanical engineering company sub-contracting to the Admiralty. At the same time Faroll Research was engaged with Professor K. Weissenberg in the development of a Rheogoniometer, an instrument used to measure the properties of fluids and other non-Newtonian materials. The partnership between Faroll Research and Weissenberg flourished in that the Rheogoniometer became the world wide standard during the 1950's and 60's in the measurement and determination of fluidic properties such as viscosity, elasticity and thixotropic properties of many compounds. It was during the development of the Rheogoniometer that the first displacement transducer was used, this initially being purchased from a company called Boulton Paul Wolverhampton and was an essential measurement feature within the instrument.

In 1965 Faroll Research was sold with its product range, including the Rheogoniometer, to Sangamo Weston Limited and became known as Sangamo Weston Controls Limited. During the latter part of the1960's and into the 1970's Sangamo Weston continued to market and manufacture the Rheogoniometer and develop other instruments involved in various forms of physical measurement. It was during this period that Boulton Paul indicated they no longer wished to manufacture the displacement transducer and offered the product line to Sangamo Weston Controls Limited.

After the acquisition of this new displacement transducer product line, Sangamo Weston Control developed it further to give a wider range for differing operational uses, and introduced a complementary set of signal conditioning electronics. In 1976 Sangamo Weston was acquired by Schlumberger and the Division in Bognor Regis became known as Sangamo Transducers. In 1979 Sangamo Transducers produced its first gauging transducer using a linear ball race which gave significant advantages in repeatability over the products available on the world market at the time.

In the 1980's Sangamo Transducers continued to develop complementary products to the displacement transducer adding further models to the range, and at the same time extending the signal conditioning electronics to add computer system capability for the user. It was during this period the Rheogoniometer, originally developed by Dr. Weissenberg, began to decline in sales as newer techniques and technologies became available and in 1985 this product line was sold to another U.Kcompany.

From this period in 1985 Sangamo Tranducers became known as Schlumberger Industries, Transducers Division, Bognor Regis. They concentrated solely on the manufacture of displacement transducers, gauging transducers and supporting electronics to the point that they became recognised as a world leader in this form of technology with products being sold throughout the western world.

In November 1993, following a management buyout, the Transducer Division became part of the Solartron Group Ltd and became known as Solartron Metrology. Then in April 1994, the ROXBORO GROUP PLC bought Solartron Metrology and the other Solartron Group Ltd companies.

In 2005, three of the Solartron group companies, including Solartron Metrology were acquired by AMETEK, a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments.

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Target groups

Manufacturing, Processing and Finishing