Choosing the Best Inertial Sensor : Find Out How!

In the intricate world of precision instrumentation, MicroStrain Inertial Sensors stand out for their advanced technology and versatility. Catering to a broad spectrum of industries, these sensors offer unparalleled accuracy, robustness, and ease of integration. In this blog, Metromatics will guide you through the unique features of MicroStrain’s sensor ranges and their practical applications.

Key Features of the best Inertial Sensor :

MicroStrain sensors are celebrated for their advanced MEMS technology.  Therefore, delivering miniaturised, yet highly reliable components. They offer exceptional accuracy.  In addition, with precise data collection, crucial for applications demanding meticulous measurements. The integration of GNSS/INS and robust Kalman Filtering algorithms enhances navigation and positioning accuracy. Their compact and durable design makes them suitable for challenging environments.  Whilst, their user-friendly interfaces and multiple connectivity options ensure easy integration across various systems.

Model Overview:

G-Series: High-performance industrial-grade sensors designed for precision-demanding applications. These sensors are equipped with high-accuracy MEMS and advanced GNSS/INS capabilities, ideal for Aerospace and Defence sectors.

C-Series: Tactical-grade sensors for OEM applications.  Therefore, offering compact design and tactical-grade performance with cost-effectiveness. They are optimal for unmanned systems and robotics.

M-Series: Built for extreme conditions, these rugged sensors excel in harsh environments, maintaining consistent performance.

Integration and Compatibility:

MicroStrain sensors are marked by their easy integration capabilities. User-friendly software like SensorConnect aids in device configuration and data analysis. The availability of an open-source API supports custom software integration.  Therefore, making these sensors adaptable to a wide range of applications. Their scalability and upgradable firmware ensure future-proof technology, ready for emerging trends.

Listed below is a table highlighting the outputs available from each type of inertial sensor.  In addition the features, plus the models available.

IMU

FeaturesOutputs
GyroscopeAccelerometerAccelerationAngular Rate

Choose from following models

Standard Package
3DM-GX5-IMU High Performance Industrial
OEM Package
3DM-CV5-IMU Industrial Grade
3DM-CX5-IMU High Performance Industrial

AR

FeaturesOutputs
GyroscopeAccelerometerAccelerationAngular RatePitch & RollInclination

Choose from following models

Rugged
3DM-GV7-AR Tactical Grade
MV5-AR Industrial Grade
ML5-AR Low Cost Industrial
Standard Package
3DM-GX5-AR High Performance Industrial
OEM Package
3DM-CX5-AR High Performance Industrial
3DM-CV7-AR Tactical Grade
3DM-CV5-AR Industrial Grade

AHRS

FeaturesOutputs
GyroscopeAccelerometerMagnetometerAccelerationAngular RatePitch & RollInclinationHeading

Choose from following models

Rugged
3DM-GV7-AHRS Tactical Grade
Standard Package
3DM-GX5-AHRS High Performance Industrial
OEM Package
3DM-CX5-AHRS High Performance Industrial
3DM-CV5-AHRS Industrial Grade
3DM-CV7-AHRS Tactical Grade

GNSS / AHRS

FeaturesOutputs
GyroscopeAccelerometerMagnetometerGNSSAccelerationAngular RatePitch & RollInclinationHeadingGNSS

Choose from following models

Standard Package
3DM-GX5-GNSS/AHRS High Performance Industrial

RTK

FeaturesOutputs
Cloud basedNetwork RTK3DM-GQ7 CompatibilityRTCM Output

Choose from following models

Standard Package
3DM-RTK High Performance Industrial
SensorCloud Network RTK Service

INS

FeaturesOutputs
GyroscopeAccelerometerMagnetometerAuto Adaptive Extended Kalman Filter (EKF)External GNSS InputAccelerationAngular RatePitch & RollInclinationHeadingGNSS/GPSPositionVelocityAttitude

Choose from following models

Rugged
3DM-GV7-INS Tactical Grade
OEM Package
3DM-CV7-INS Tactical Grade

GNSS/INS

FeaturesOutputs
GNSSMagnetometerGyroscopeAccelerometerAccelerationAngular RatePitch & RollInclinationHeadingGNSSPositionVelocityAttitude

Choose from following models

Rugged
3DM-RQ1-GPS/INS Tactical Grade
Standard Package
3DM-GX5-GNSS/INS High Performance Industrial
3DM-GQ7-GNSS/INS Tactical Grade
OEM Package
3DM-CX5-GNSS/INS High Performance Industrial

Conclusion

MicroStrain Inertial Sensors are a blend of precision, versatility, and innovation. Whether it’s for high-precision aerospace applications, compact OEM projects, or rugged industrial environments, MicroStrain offers a sensor solution to meet and exceed the demands.

Metromatics understands that MicroStrain’s diverse range and integration capabilities is key to selecting the right sensor for your specific needs, making them an invaluable asset in the world of advanced instrumentation.  So contact us for full assistance and local sales and support in Australia and New Zealand.