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Bently Nevada Proximity Sensor
Engineering and workplace issues. topic
Posted by MURAD on 8 April, 2007 - 8:33 pm
Why Bently Nevada proximity sensor needs -24V DC instead of +24V DC

please clarify

Posted by Anonymous on 9 May, 2007 - 12:09 am
Many persons say that it is due to noise interface from power cable... but it is only bently specs.

Posted by Anonymous on 28 June, 2007 - 11:44 pm
I think there is a reason for that. Hope someone can answer us with better reason.

Posted by CSA on 2 July, 2007 - 12:55 am
Rumor has it that the type of power supply chosen by Mr. Bently when developing his system used transistors which produced the most reliable output with a negative polarity (NPN vs. PNP or vice versa).

Similar threads have discussed the relative merits of the two types of transistors on

Thinking capitalistically, it doesn't hurt sales if the polarity of the source required is different from everything else, either.

Another train of thought is that by requiring a source with a different polarity than most other devices the proximity probes will usually be powered by a different source than the other devices, and this can have benefits when electrical noise, cross-talk, and other electrical gremlins pop up in industrial applications.

Posted by Murad on 24 July, 2007 - 4:00 pm
Thank you CSA for the reply.

Well, just yesterday I finally got a reply to my inquiry message from GE Energy "Technical Support Specialist".

His message says:
"Basically when Don Bently designed these systems many years ago the only transistors available at that time used negative voltage."

Posted by Bentley Nevada on 6 July, 2011 - 12:13 am
> Why Bently Nevada proximity sensor needs -24V DC instead of +24V DC

Why bentley nevada use negative voltage in proximitor?



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