Interfaces improve flexibility of charge amplifier for force measurement in control systems

HBM has introduced an Ethernet interface and free software solutions to simplify the integration of its CMD600 charge amplifiers at higher levels in the automation and control systems of complex machines.

One free software solution is for connection to a PLC via the TCP/IP channel of the real-timeEthernet protocol Profinet®. This solution enables the CMD600 to be controlled and parameterized from the PLC program. In addition measured values can be transmitted to the PLC along with diagnosis and configuration data.

Alternative software is available that utilizes the so-called virtual instruments (VIs) in National Instruments Labview® platform. Using Labview® as a measurement programming tool gives access to the full functionality of the CMD600 amplifier.

Force measurement is an important consideration for machines and systems, both inproduction and automation technology as in research and development.

Sensors measure the force that generates a charge due to the piezoelectric effect. This signal is then amplified by the CMD600 charge amplifier and rapidly output at up to 30 kHz. The peak and limit value outputs integrated in the amplifier can be used for the rapid evaluation of the force response.

HBM also offers piezoelectric force sensors to complement the corresponding CMD600 type charge amplifier for all applications where rapid and reliable force measurement is required.

The software, along with examples showing various options, is available as a free download at www.hbm.com/en/menu/products/industrial-amplifiers


About HBM:
HBM (www.hbm.com) is a globally operating company specializing in test and measurement. HBM provides complete measurement solutions - from sensor to software - based on high quality products as strain gages, load cells, tranducers, signal conditioning and data acquisition electronics and software.

With development and manufacturing operations in Europe, America and Asia, HBM provides measurement solutions to a wide variety of companies in the automotive, aerospace, marine, rail transport, medical equipment, packaging, appliance, automation, and scale industries.

With a 50 year history of quality and precision products, the HBM name has become synonymous with "Measurement with Confidence.

Founded in Germany in 1950, HBM is today the technology and market leader in the field of test and measurement. HBM's product range comprises solutions for the entire measurement chain, from virtual to physical testing. The company has production facilities in Germany, USA and China and is represented in over 80 countries worldwide.

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November 2011

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