Set to be launched at the show, the new FT742-DM50 ultrasonic wind sensor from FT Technologies has been designed to withstand the most extreme weather conditions, making it one of the world’s toughest wind sensors.
This next-generation wind sensor brings significant enhancements in ease of installation, alignment, corrosion resistance, lightning resistance, and ingress protection, ensuring a longer life in harsh environments.
The DM50 has been designed to fit directly to masts with outer diameters from 47.9mm to 51.0mm, without the need for an adaptor. The self-locking socket clamp screws with their aluminum-zinc flake coating ensure galvanic compatibility to aluminum and galvanized steel for corrosion prevention superior to A4 stainless steel.
Superior sensor grounding, critical for reliable lightning protection, is achieved through the innovative use of a nickel-plated canted coil spring – shielded from the elements to promote reliably low contact resistance. The outer body of the sensor is anodized and highly resistant to salt corrosion – tested to category C5-M (very high). The sensor’s ingress protection rating has been enhanced to IP66K, having been successfully subjected to powerful water jets with an increased pressure of 1,000kPa.
With superior accuracy, the new DM50 has been designed for meteorologists who need to measure wind speed, direction and temperature within extreme environments. FT Technologies will also showcase its lightweight FT205 wind sensor, which is increasingly being used on drones for environmental monitoring, precision agriculture and wind profiling. Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, it weighs just 100g and has no moving parts, making it ideal for use on UAVs and other SWaP-conscious (size, weight and power) systems.