Kistler Instruments Ltd. - PRODUCT NEWS
RUGGED CHARGE AMPLIFIER FOR MANUFACTURING SYSTEMS.
With quality control systems relying increasingly on automatic monitoring of manufacturing processes, the Type 5073A charge amplifier from Kistler (http://www.kistler.com/) provides a flexible and reliable method of acquiring data from piezoelectric sensors in the manufacturing environment.
Available with between one and four channels with wide, variable measuring ranges, ±100 to ±1,000,000 pC, each channel has two independent, switchable on-line measuring ranges. Housed in a rugged metal case, the Type 5073A is tolerant of supply voltage variations from 18 to 30 volts and can be supplied with protection up to IP65 for use in harsh industrial environments.
Basic settings can be made via the RS-232C serial interface whilst the LabView software, supplied as standard, provides a more detailed and flexible configuration capability. The output signals may be used for monitoring, closed-loop control and process optimisation applications. The floating potential digital inputs for reset/measure and range selection make the charge amplifier ideal for integration into machine control systems.
Designed specifically to meet the need for an easy to use means of converting the charge output of piezoelectric transducers to a proportional voltage for control and recording purposes in manufacturing systems, the Type 5073A charge amplifier is an effective interface between piezoelectric transducers on production machines and production control and recording systems.
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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