Conrad Electronic - PRODUCT NEWS

Conrad Business Supplies is now exclusively stocking OptoForce’s latest 3D Force Sensors: the OMD range.

OptoForce’s patented technology provides a radical new way of gripping and measuring forces. Using infrared light, combined with optical grade elastomers to detect even the smallest deformation in the shape of the outer surface, the OMD sensor can almost ‘feel’ like a human, offering users precise results of the direction and intensity of the applied force. OptoForce transducers are much more robust than strain-gauge based load cells and feature deforming surfaces physically separated from the actual sensing element.

With exceptional ruggedness, heat and cold resistance between -10 and 40 °C (40 and 85 °C on request) plus construction safely ‘overloadable’ up to 600%, OptoForce’s OMD sensors are suited to the most demanding tasks in tough operating environments. Adaptability and ease-of-use are key aspects of the design, with a standard USB interface bundled with OptoForce’s customizable DAQ software package offered as standard.

Conrad is stocking all types of OptoForce’s 3D sensor-development kits currently available, both in flat-top and semispherical form factors. Sizes range from 10mm in diameter to 30mm, and nominal capacities span 10N to 1600N.

Ákos Dömötör, Sales Manager at OptoForce commented: “The next frontier is automating fine assembly tasks that currently only humans can do. Technology developments are resulting in robotic solutions that are increasingly able to perform the delicate tasks previously only completed manually with human hands and fingers.”

Holger Morgenstern, Product Manager, Category Business Supplies at Conrad added, “Conrad is very excited to introduce such an innovative and advanced range of 3D sensors to our client base. We are certain that this new technology will appeal to facilities and equipment specialists, research organisations and industrial robot manufacturers of all scales and applications”.

OptoForce’s 3D sensors are exclusively available in Europe, from Conrad’s website, as part of their large selection of sensors for all uses and budgets.

About Conrad Electronic
Conrad Electronic is a German family business that was founded in 1923. With over 3.900 employees, Conrad operates in 17 countries through local-based subsidiaries and resellers. The company distributes its products to customers in 150 countries worldwide.
Conrad’s ever-growing product range includes a diverse and comprehensive portfolio from leading manufacturers and exclusive brands, from the smallest electronic components through to ranges of tools, the latest consumer electronic devices to computers and communications technologies.
Conrad Electronic is a strong and innovative partner for business and private customers alike. Complementing its product offering is a comprehensive range of services delivered through online and local retail facilities, e-procurement solutions and its own local sales force. Conrad is recognised and trusted for its quality services by many leading enterprises across multiple markets.
Since the end of 2013 Conrad possesses ESD handling facilities that are DIN EN 61340-5-1 certified by TÜV Nord as well as a new, state-of-the-art electrostatic protected area (EPA).

For more information, please contact:

Silke Fieml, Conrad Electronic
Tel: +49 175 571 0395

January 2015

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