Kistler Instruments Ltd. - PRODUCT NEWS

Kistler announces Type 8688A IEPE triaxial TEDS accelerometer with industry-exclusive, patented low mass design.

Sensors Ideal for Modal and Structural Analysis, General Purpose Vibration Measurements

Kistler Instrument Corporation (, a worldwide supplier of precision sensors, systems and instrumentation for the dynamic measurement of pressure, force, torque and acceleration, has announced the debut of Type 8688A, a globally patented (U.S. patent number 12,088,325) series of low-cost high-sensitivity IEPE triaxial accelerometers, with optional TEDS, designed to simultaneously measure vibration in three orthogonal axes.

Available in ranges of ±5g, ±10g and ±50g, with choice of 100, 500 or 1000 mV/g sensitivities, the Type 8688A IEPE triaxial range incorporates Kistler PiezoBeam® technology, with an integral ceramic cantilevered beam, enclosed within a lightweight (less than 6.7 grams for 1000 mV/g), robust, welded titanium housing. Sensing elements are designed to provide outstanding amplitude and phase response over a wide frequency range and are temperature compensated using Kistler's own patented methods.

Type 8688A sensors feature an integral low-noise charge amplifier that converts the charge signal to a proportional high level voltage signal, at an output impedance of less than 500 ohms. Units are ground isolated when mounted with a mounting clip or adhesive mounting adapter.

Type 8688A triaxial accelerometers offer an integral 4-pin connector, facilitating easy mounting and installation into space confined areas. Sensors may be mounted on any of three faces. The accelerometer operates directly from the internal power source found in most FFT analyzers, Kistler Piezotron® power supply couplers or any industry-compatible power source.

With its industry-exclusive low mass design, high sensitivity, high dynamic range and low noise operation, this precision triaxial accelerometer series is ideal for multi-channel modal and structural analyses of small components or subsystems, aerospace and automotive vehicle testing, and select general purpose vibration sensing applications, particularly those where mass loading may be a concern.

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

March 2010

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