Optical Pick-up Information

The Optical Pick-Up unit is designed to be temporarily fitted for aircraft testing purposes.  It is used to produce a speed reference signal from a rotating component for timing and indexing purposes. OPU’s have an operating range of up to 2 meters and can be used to simplify installation when the use of an MPU is not practical or safe. Helitune OPU’s have been specifically designed for aircraft installations and are ideally suited for use on helicopter tail rotors and high speed transmission shafts.

The Optical Pick-Up unit works by transmitting a beam of infra red light, which is reflected back to the unit by the passing of a target of reflective tape or paint attached to the rotating component. An electrical pulse is produced each time the target comes into view and the red LED indicator illuminates on the OPU body. This signal is used to generate a speed output and a timing reference for balance data, vibration signatures and tracking information.

Technical Specification
Sensing Speed Range
 
Sensing Distance
 
 
Timing resolution
 
MTBF
Operating Temperature Range
Indicators
EMC

 
3 to 50,000 rpm (subject to min.
target passing period of 50μs)
20 to 1000 mm for reflective tape with
25x25 mm target 75 to 200 mm for
reflective paint  with 25x25 mm target
0.25º (<6000 rpm), 7µs (<6000 rpm),
@ 120 mm with reflective paint
38,000 hours
-40º C to +70º C
Red lamp in presence of target
RTCA/DO-160G

Electrical Specification
Connector

Electrical Interface
 
Power Supply
 
Isolation

 
MIL-DTL-26482 (Example mating connector: 62GB-51T08-04S)
One TTL compatible output. (Max sink/source current 10mA)
+10 to +30V DC, at 100mA max.
Reverse polarity protection
10M ohm @ 100V (case to electronics)

Physical Specification
Size
 
Weight
Fixing
 
Sealing
Helitune Part Number

 
56mm (Including stud) x 48 mm
(excluding mating connector) x 25 mm
83 grams, including 2 locking nuts
16 mm long stud concentric with
the sensing elements with 5/8 UNF thread
DIN 40 050 IP65
007923

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