Position Sensors, Speed Sensors and Potentiometers

Sensors for heavy equipment and off-road vehicles

Tractor in a field

We have year-long experience in heavy vehicle sensor applications and our sensors can be found in vehicles of almost all big manufacturers of agricultural, construction and material handling machinery. Our clients appreciate the close collaboration, fast implementation time and our ability to jointly develop exactly the right product for their needs.

As a prime example, our Play Resistant Arc Position Sensors are groundbreaking and have helped various clients improve precision and reliability while simultaneously reducing cost across all levels of the product lifecycle. We draw from our experience with multiple technologies, can adapt our existing products or build a completely new solutions from scratch.

How can we support you?

Let us know what you are working on, and we will be glad to support your development. Contact us via email or our contact form.

Application examples

Application Skid Steer

Skid steer bucket position

The forces acting on buckets in construction machinery often lead to changes in the air gap between articulated joints during a vehicles lifetime. Play Resistant Arc Position Sensors create immunity to radial and axial play and in conjunction with level sensors can automatically adapt the bucket position to horizontal position. 

Play Resistant Arc Position Sensors

Inductive Pedal Position Sensor

Linear or rotary pedal position

Non-contact pedal position sensors based on inductive or Hall-effect technology are part of modern pedal-by-wire systems that replace conventional mechanical linkages. Depending on the required level of functional safety, redundancy measures can be implemented while retaining the benefits of simple mounting and low-maintenance operation.  

Inductive Position Sensors

Hall-effect Position Sensors


Application Harvester

Steering wheel sensors

To measure the steering angle, our through-shaft sensors can be fitted directly onto the moving shaft which means movement is measured directly at the source. This approach simplifies mounting and reduces necessary maintenance. Full-redundant sensors or several sensors mounted on the same shaft can be used to implement the feature in safety-critical systems.

Multi-turn Position Sensors

Through-Shaft Position Sensors

Play Resistant Tractor Hitch Position Sensor

Tractor hitch position

Determining the position of large articulation shafts, such as hitch arms, is often done by transmitting the motion through complex linkages to shafted sensors. Instead of using a sensor module based on linkages, we have introduced the Play Resistant Arc Position Sensor. The direct measurement approach not only leads to higher accuracy but also facilitates validation, reduces the bill of materials, avoids several installation steps, and thus cost in production.

Play Resistant Arc Position Sensors

Application Forklift

Fork height and position

Non-contact angular or linear position sensors are utilized in forklifts to measure the height of the fork on the mast, the width in fork shifters or the tilt of the mast. All our contactless position sensors are made to withstand typical warehouse environments.

Contactless Position Sensors

Excavator Joystick Control

Joystick controls

Cabin controls such as joysticks or hand throttles are exposed to harsh environmental conditions and require precise sensor technology to transmit the hand movement to the vehicle. Our miniature rotary position sensors, or depending on the requirement Printed Electronics, fit in the limited available installation space and provide precise control of 2D or 3D movement.

MTS-360 Miniature Hall-effect Rotary Position Sensor

Printed Electronics


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Agriculture, off-road and heavy vehicles

Contactless Position Sensors
Product Guide Hall Effect Position Sensors
Product Guide
Hall-Effect Position Sensors


in Piher's rugged contactless positions sensors are suitable for harsh environments, therefore can be used with superior performance in heavy duty vehicles such as truck, cranes excavators, forklifts, bulldozers, etc.

Piher's sensors have a a rugged design, and reliable functionality, long operational life and are shock and vibration resistant.

Piher's rotary sensors use hall-effect, inductive and potentiometric technologies that provides safe and accurate position feedback for extreme environments. They are the preferred choice for pedal position, steering, steer-by-wire systems, Throttle/EGR Valve and Gear Position Sensor, height & suspension applications for stability regulation.

Main applications for Piher's non-contact position sensors:

  • Off-road vehicles (ORVs ratiometric output position sensor)
  • All-terrain vehicles (ATVs position sensor)
  • Snowmobiles.
  • Motorcycles
  • On-road electric/hybrid powered vehicles
  • Excavators
  • Dozers
  • Wheel loaders
  • Backhoe loaders
  • Skid Steer loaders
  • Dump trucks
  • Pedal sensor for boards for trucks, special vehicles and earthmoving vehicles
  • Motor graders
  • Forklift.
  • Sensor rockshaft Position
  • Axle position sensor
  • Through hole steering columns sensors for industrial equipment (fork lifts)
  • Electronic power steering sensor kit for agricultural machinery, farm equipment and construction equipments
  • Forest machines
  • Control levers fors reversers, power take-offs, lifters
  • Hydraulic breaker
  • Curbing & paving machines
  • Belt placer / spreaders
  • Curb machines
  • Extruders
  • Form pavers
  • Multipurpose slipform machines
  • Slipform pavers
  • Stringline sensors
  • Texture / curing machines
  • Adjustable Steering Columns
  • Electro-hydraulic controls sensor
  • Inching and bucket metering
  • Self-propelled sprayers
  • Powertraing dynamics test and measurement

Our hall effect position sensors are present in:

  • Closed loop directional control valve
  • Anti-rollback
  • Self leveling
  • Return to dig
  • Multifunction joystick controller
  • Hybrid Steer By Wire
  • Steering-axle sensor
  • Steering angle sensor (SAS, full contactless working principle)
  • Shift-by-Wire non contact sensor
  • Automatic Gearshift non contact sensor
  • Manual Shifter Systems non contact sensor
  • Overhead line current collector sensor for pantograph / Catenary of electric vehicles lift arm position sensor
  • Sequential automatic transmission non contact sensor
  • Rear View Systems position feedback sensor
  • Gearbox actuator non contact sensor
  • Ride controls non contact potentiometer
  • Mirror systems electromechanical sensors
  • Wide-angle mirror position sensor
  • Mirror potentiometer component
  • Powerfold actuator angle sensor
  • Power steering sensor kit
  • Glass mirror actuator angle sensor
  • Rearview mirror actuator angle sensor
  • Modular telescopic mirror angle sensor
  • Prismatic mirror lever position
  • Passenger Vehicles
  • Street Cleaners
  • Landfill Compacters
  • Skid Steer Loaders
  • Tractors
  • Combines
  • Forwarders
  • Skidders
  • Bulldozers
  • Excavators
  • Front Shovels
  • Pipe Layers
  • Pavers
  • Drive-to-Tree Feller Bunchers
  • Track Feller Bunchers
  • Skidders
  • Loaders
  • Track Harvesters
  • Wheel Harvesters
  • Forwarders
  • Felling Heads
  • Track Loaders
  • Skid Steer Loaders
  • Tractors
  • Swamp Loggers
  • Buses
  • Commercial Trucking
  • Clambunk Skidder
  • Delivery Vans
  • Transit Connectors
  • Prime Movers
  • Refuse Trucks
  • City Transit Vehicles
  • Shuttle Buses
  • Utility Vehicles
  • Tele-handlers
  • Material Handlers
  • Mulchers
  • Utility Vehicles
  • Mulching Heads
  • Telescopic arm excavators
  • Material Handling
  • Super Long Front
  • Mining dumptrucks
  • Swamp excavators
  • Raised Excavators
  • Telescopic Crawler Cranes
  • Lifting works - Crawler cranes
  • Railway Applications
  • Park & Garden
  • Demolition vehicles
  • Tunneling excavators
  • Waste disposal
  • Mining excavators
  • High demolition Hydraulic Breaker
  • Railway excavators
  • Railway tractors
  • Lifting works - Truck cranes
  • Roofto cranes Applications
  • Backhoe dredgers
  • Civil works
  • 2-piece Boom Front
  • Forestry
  • Wheel loaders
  • Mini wheel loaders
  • Agricultural Tractors
  • Park & Garden Tractors
  • Balers
  • Compaction wheels
  • Pneumatic Rollers
  • Walk Behind Rollers
  • Single Drum Rollers
  • Trench Rollers
  • Rammers
  • Tandem Rollers
  • Vibrating Plates
  • AGV - automated guided vehicles
  • Warehousing robots

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Sensor Solutions For Heavy Duty Applications in Heavy Vehicle & Off-road (HVOR) Applications

• Joysticks
• Grips
• Controls
• Aerial Work Platforms
• Lift Trucks

Gearbox actuator non contact sensor.

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31500 Tudela - Spain

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