Kistler Instruments Ltd. - PRODUCT NEWS

Ultra-miniature sensors for tensile and compression forces.

The Kistler Type 9215 piezoelectric force sensor for tensile and compression forces ranging down to a few millinewtons is exceptionally small. With a front, external diameter of only 5 mm, the Type 9215 is the smallest force sensor in its class but has extremely high rigidly against lateral forces and a measuring range from -20 to +. 200 N with two calibrated ranges (100% & 10%). The sensor body has an M5 x 0.5 external thread and the force is transmitted via an M2 threaded axial hole at the front of the sensor.

Ideally suited for use in constricted spaces, the very small size makes the sensor especially suited to the cost-effective testing of small switches, push buttons, connectors and springs. Miniature measuring platforms and sensor arrays can be produced with grid spacing as small as 7.5 mm allowing a number of components to be checked simultaneously. Typically, a simple rig can test all of the keys on a mobile phone in a single operation. In research and development applications, the high sensitivity and small size simplifies the accurate monitoring of very small forces in complex, precision assemblies such as micromanipulators.

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

July 2008

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