Inertial Sensors Delight In Demanding Environments

LORD Sensing, MicroStrain unveils its latest line of rugged inertial sensors, which it claims fills a void in the marketplace. Chris Arnold, LORD Sensing Product Manager, says “The sensors respond to a market need for a sensing solution that offers better attitude & positioning accuracy and dynamic response in locations such as on the boom of an excavator or frame of a wheel loader. Customers are replacing traditional rotary and linear position sensors that provide less rich data on machine position and motion.” 


Designed for use in demanding environments for dynamic inclination and positioning, the MV5-AR inertial sensors are viable for use in off-highway and military vehicles, marine and mobile robot applications, and the autonomous vehicle market. The components employ the company’s fifth-generation, industrial-grade solid-state 6-DOF MEMS accelerometer and gyro inertial sensor technology.

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The MV5-AR model has a compact and rugged reinforced PBT housing fully sealed for immersion, pressure wash (IP67, IP69K) as well as a rugged, reliable molded-in AMPSEAL 16 connector. Each sensor is fully calibrated and temperature compensated. MV5-AR models offer:

  • Low-cost, compact size that is among the smallest form factor in its class
  • Full 360-degree measurement range about all axes, so can be mounted in any orientation
  • Full accuracy over the entire operational temperature range of -40°C to 85°C.
  • CAN J1639 communication
  • Auto-Adaptive Extended Kalman Filter for optimal dynamic accuracy


The MV5-AR provides inertial and slope J1939 messages in its standard configuration. Customized CAN protocols and messages are available. For more information, peruse the MV5-AR datasheet, call 1-877-275-5673, and/or email [email protected].  

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