Kistler Instruments Ltd. - PRODUCT NEWS


The new Type 8278A miniature, high temperature, high impedance accelerometer from Kistler Instruments ( is designed for use in testing lightweight structures with minimum mass loading.

The single axis sensor comprises an annular shear piezoceramic element in a hard-anodised aluminium housing. At only 700 mg, the Type 8278A is light but highly robust, it operates over a wide temperature range of minus75°C to plus 180°C and can survive mechanical shocks of up to 10,000g. The exceptionally low sensitivity to base strain errors from bending of the mounting surface ensures reliable and accurate response even when mounted on flexible structures and materials.

The 8278A provides a high frequency response of 10,000 Hz (±5 %) and 1.3 pC/g sensitivity. As a high impedance accelerometer, its output range is easily scaled with external electronics whilst the integral ground isolation protects signal quality against degradation by electrical noise and ground loops.

For convenience of use, the 8278A is mounted with adhesive and supplied with its own wrench for safe removal. The unique cable connector design ensures a reliable electrical connection; proof against shock and vibration and allows the cable to be replaced cost effectively by Kistler. Target applications include product testing and structural analysis in aviation and automotive fields.

Kistler Instruments Limited
Established in Wintherthur (Switzerland) in 1957, Kistler is represented in over 50 countries and has subsidiaries in Germany, France, Italy, UK, Japan, USA, China, Korea and Singapore. With a staff of more than 800, the Kistler Group is one of the world's leading providers of dynamic measuring instrumentation. The Kistler Group achieved turnover of 160 million Swiss Francs in the 2005 financial year.
Kistler's core competence is the development, production and use of sensors for measuring pressure, force and acceleration. Kistler's know-how and electronic systems can be used to prepare measuring signals for use in analyzing physical processes, controlling and optimizing industrial processes, improving product quality in manufacturing and improving performance in sports and rehabilitation.
Kistler offers a comprehensive range of sensors and systems for engine development, automotive engineering, plastics and metal processing, installation technology and biomechanics.
Heavy investment in research and development, 15% of staff worldwide are engaged in research and development, has generated a number of innovations using piezoelectric, piezoresistive and capacitive techniques to provide solutions to numerous force, pressure and acceleration measuring problems. These innovations include the world's first commercial quartz sensor, two-wire constant current technology to integrate sensors with microelectronic circuitry, high-temperature pressure sensors for use up to 400 Deg C and three-component force measuring sensors.


For more information, please contact :-

Kistler Instruments Ltd.
13 Murrell Green Business Park, London Road, Hook RG27 9GR
Tel: +44 (0)1256 741550
Fax: +44 (0)1256 741551

October 2007

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