Kistler Instruments Ltd. - PRODUCT NEWS
A SIMPLE WAY TO PROTECT MACHINE TOOLS.
Monitoring tool loading on machine tools and assembly machines is essential for quality control and prevention of overload damage and the Type 9234A self-contained strain sensor from Kistler Instruments (www.kistler.com) can be used on a wide range of manual and automatic machine tools from mechanical presses to riveting, clinching and spot welding equipment. Fixed to the machine frame by a single M6 screw, the sensor is exceptionally easy to install and use and measures both dynamic and quasi-static stresses indirectly.
The built-in charge amplifier with remote range switching provides an industry standard analogue ±10 volt output and the range can be changed from a dedicated remote control or directly by the machine PLC. Each of two measuring ranges can be adjusted to a specific value or signal curve in 100 steps. The signal can be displayed locally and remotely and used to stop the process via the machine PLC when an out of range load or a potentially damaging overload is detected. When required, the output signal can be processed as a relative value or calibrated against an appropriate standard to provide absolute measurements in N or kN.
Mounted on a clean, unpainted area of the machine frame, the sensor can monitor C-frame machine tools, such as presses and automatic assembly machines, to prevent overload damage, monitor riveting, clinching and resistance spot welding processes for quality assurance and detect of tool breakage or collision in a wide variety of machine tools. In addition, the sensor is ideal for use in research and development applications requiring ease of installation and precision combined with versatility and reliability.
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.
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