The TVSTM product accurately measures shaft speed, torsional vibration, and torque.

TVSTM Components

The TVS system consists of two optical probes and an instrumentation box for collecting and processing data in near real-time.  The instrumentation box can output data of interest to a third part system via an analog or digital interface.  Alternatively, a remote computer with a secondary application GUI can be provided for viewing and recording data.


Optical Probes:

A complete TVS system requires two optical probes mounted at opposite ends of the rotating member or shaft. Optical probes need to be mounted within 5mm of the targeted rotating member’s surface. It is important that the surface the probe is mounted to is not subject to vibrations from the rotating member as vibrations can create noise in the optical signal and reduce the accuracy of torsional vibration measurements. Proper probe angle and alignment during installation is critical to accurate measurement.

Probe fixtures are typically mounted to a nearby rigid structure or shroud using threaded fasteners or magnetic mounts.  The mounts have simple rotating probe alignment cams that allow for rapid installation and alignment.  The probes can be provided with optical leads ranging from 3 m to 100 m, and are connected to the instrumentation box via common bayonet style optical connectors.


Instrumentation Box:

The instrumentation box supplies eye-safe laser light to the optical probes, converts the returning optical signal to a digital signal, processes the digital data in near real-time, and produces an analog or digital output to host.  The host can be a third party system typical of industrial automation or a simple computer with host Graphical User Interface that plots and records data typical of a laboratory environment.


Data Output:

The TVS system can output speed, shaft twist, torque, and torsional vibration at a rate of 16 times per revolution in either a digital or analog format par customer requirements.


Measurement Principle

TVSTM is a non-contact, optical measurement system.

To measure shaft speed, the system times the passage of each shaft section very accurately during each revolution.  Any change in speed is detected as a non-uniform time of passage of the shaft.

To measure torsional vibration, the system accurately measures changes in speed.

To measure torque the TVSTM system measures the angular deflection between two measurement planes on the shaft.  The more separation between the two sensors, the more accurate and sensitive the torque measurement.



Have a hot application? No problem. Optical sensors have the best performance and longevity in environments with ambient temperatures of -40°F to 1100°F.

Contaminants in the environment can cause degradation of the optical signal over time and it is recommended that these sensors be used in an environment where fouling is minimized.

Vibration of the probe mount can cause reduced accuracy.  Therefore, it is preferred to secure the probe mounts to a rigid portion of the surrounding structure.


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