Industrial Sensors

At Curtiss Wright, we offer a wide range of industrial sensors that provide distinct advantages in reliability, stability, and compactness, including:
  • Linear position sensors
  • Linear displacement transducers
  • Linear potentiometers 
  • Tilt sensors
  • Rotary sensors
Our sensors use potentiometric, inductive, and hall effect technologies, packaged in rugged housings with mountings that give users a wide range of flexible installation options. 
Our products are suitable for on and off-highway applications, including construction and agricultural vehicles, materials handling, other specialty vehicles, and industrial equipment.


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Different types of sensors



Linear position sensors can measure an object’s displacement, detect movement as small as a millionth of an inch, and produce an output voltage.

A linear displacement transducer (LVDT) is a reliable measurement device sensitive to electromagnetic interference. It provides an output voltage related to the parameters being measured, and it can measure the displacement of up to several inches.  

A linear potentiometer is used to measure displacement along a single axis in any direction. They measure the resistance from the internal slider(or wiper) to the other terminal connection. The distance measured is proportional to the resistance between them.

Features & benefits

  • Able to function in the most hostile environments
  • Highly accurate and reliable 
  • Frictionless operation
  • Long life expectancy
  • Wide operating temperature range

Related products: LVDT Displacement Transducer - AF111, AF145 - LVDT Displacement Transducer, HLP190FS(BS) - Spring-Loaded Linear Potentiometer, In-Cylinder Linear Displacement Sensor - ICS100, ICT050 - Contactless In-Cylinder Linear Transducer, ICT080 - Contactless In-Cylinder Linear Transducer, ICT100 - Contactless In-Cylinder Linear Transducer, ICT800 - Contactless In-Cylinder Linear Transducer, ICT820 - Contactless In-Cylinder Linear Transducer, MLS130 - Linear Displacement Sensor, SLS095 - Linear Displacement Sensor, SLS130 - Linear Displacement Sensor, SLS190 - Linear Displacement Sensor, SLS220 - Linear Displacement Sensor, SLS320 - Linear Displacement Sensor, SLT190 - Contactless Linear Position Transducer, VPT351 - Valve Position Sensor


Rotary position sensors can measure rotational angles from output voltages. 

The rotation to be measured is linked to the motion of a slider to cause changes in resistance, which the sensor circuit converts into changes in output voltage. As a result, rotary sensors offer repeatable, reliable feedback and control signals in hostile environments across a wide range of temperature, humidity, vibration, shock, measures, and immersion requirements.

There are different rotary sensors, including rotary potentiometers, hall-effect sensors, and resolvers. 

Features & benefits
  • Accurate measurements 
  • Rotation direction can be detected
  • Multiple Output Options - Voltage, Current PWM and CAN
  • Available in One-Piece, Shafted Designs and Two-Piece or Separate-Magnet Designs
  • Single- or Dual-Redundant Outputs
  • Maximum performance in extreme environments

Related products: NRH271 & NRH272 - No-Contact Rotary Position Sensor, NRH27C No-Contact CANbus Rotary Position Sensor, NRH300DP & NRH305DR - No-Contact Rotary Position Sensor, SRH301 & SRH302 - Hall-effect Rotary Position Sensor, SRH220DR - Contactless Rotary Sensor - Dual-Redundant Outputs, Throttle Position Sensor Contactless - Dual Output - TPS280DP, SRS280 - Sealed Rotary Sensor, WM552 - Contact Sensor, WM800 - Contact Sensor, WM830 - Non-Contact Rotary Position Sensor, WM900 - Non-Contact Sensors - Dual Hall-Effect, SRH500P - Contactless Rotary Sensor - Dual Output, SRH880P - Contactless Submersible Rotary Sensor, SRH76x Non-Contacting Rotary Sensor, SRS880 - Submersible Rotary Sensor, WM-H10 - Non-Contact, Rotary Position Sensor



Tilt sensors are small, low-power sensors used to detect orientation or inclination, with a long lifespan. The two main components of the sensor are a rolling ball and a conductive plate underneath it. When electricity is applied, the ball falls and connects with the conductive plate, and when the sensor is tilted, the connection breaks between the ball and plate, preventing the electrical flow.


Typical applications for tilt sensors include road construction equipment, cranes and

booms, scissor lifts, agricultural vehicles, container handling and hydraulic lift systems.


Features & benefits


  • Unlimited mechanical life
  • Absolute measurement
  • Low power consumption
  • Improving the accuracy of operation

Related products: VTS2021 - Vibration-Tolerant Tilt Sensor



Our high-quality range of industrial sensors are used in a wide variety of applications: 
Linear position sensors, displacement transducers & potentiometers are used in applications in the air, on the ground, underground, and even underwater as feedback devices.

Rotary sensors are suited to operate in extremely hostile applications required by the on- and off-highway markets, including:

  • Steering Axle Wheel Angle (for four-wheel steer and GPS guidance control)
  • Multi-Axle Wheel Position Control
  • Plough Hitch Position
  • Attachment / Cutting Head Position Control
  • Suspension Height Feedback for Semi-Automatic Suspension
  • Transmission Gear Selection Feedback
  • Engine Throttle Position

Tilt Sensors are often used in boats, aircraft, and automobiles, acting as a safety device that monitors rolling or tilting movements. Tilt sensors are also essential in industrial machine automation.


Penny & Giles supply a range of sensors, including Tilt, Rotary Position, LVDT, Potentiometers and signalling conditioning accessories. Suitable to numerous applications such as for use on commercial vehicles and industrial equipment.


Williams Controls supply industry-leading Rotary Position sensors, designed to measure a broad range of angles. Williams Controls are used on all types of commercial vehicles.


What is the difference between a transducer and a sensor?

Sensors and transducers are used to sense a change in the object they are attached to or within their surrounding environment. The main difference between the two is that a sensor will give an output in the same format and a transducer converts the measurement into an electrical signal.

What is an industrial sensor for?

An industrial sensor is a vital part of technology, they are used to monitor the health of equipment and check accurate functions such as, detecting shocks or falls, tilt sensing, levelling and angular or linear positioning.

Which sensor is used in industrial automation?

Although sensors, detectors, and transducers measure and detect changes in position, displacement, temperature, and electrical current. Temperature is the most measured physical parameter in industrial production. A temperature sensor collects information from the environment about the temperature and converts it into specific values. 

Why are sensors necessary in industrial technology?

Industrial sensors are central to industrial applications used for process control, monitoring, and safety, including diagnostics, monitoring, critical care, and public health in medicine.

How many types of industrial sensors are there?

There are two main types of sensors, analog and digital. Under those two types sits a much wider variety that suits many purposes, for example, the following sensors are used in automation processes: 

  • Temperature Sensors
  • Pressure sensors
  • MEMS Sensors
  • Torque Sensors

further information

At Curtiss-Wright Industrial Division, we supply a range of industry-leading electronic throttle controls, transmission shifters and sensors for commercial off-highway equipment and heavy trucks. We also supply operator controls and advanced motor controllers for hybrid and electric vehicles.


Products are supplied from the legacy brands of Arens Controls, Penny & Giles, PG Drives Technology and Williams Controls. With a proud legacy spanning more than 85 years, Curtiss-Wright is a global innovative company that delivers highly-engineered, critical-function products and services to the commercial, industrial, defense and energy markets. 

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