Kistler Instruments Ltd. - PRODUCT NEWS
Lightweight miniature press force sensor has wide measuring range
The Type 9313 piezoelectric press force sensor from Kistler (www.kistler.co.uk) is particularly suited to measuring both dynamic and quasistatic forces. Preloaded and provided with practical adaptation options, the sensor is ready for immediate use.
It comes in two different sizes which not only differ in their dimensions but also in their measuring ranges; 0-50 N and 0-20 kN. Each variant is calibrated for three compression measuring ranges; 1%, 10% and 100% of full range and can measure uncalibrated tensile forces up to 10% of the maximum compression force.
The square shape and small size makes the sensor easy to install where space is limited and the low weight introduces minimum effect on the dynamic force curves. Mounting by axial threaded bores brings advantages in difficult mounting situations.
The special properties of the piezoelectric measuring element mean that measuring accuracy is practically constant over a wide range of forces allowing the same press force sensor to be used for a large spectrum of forces. The facility to switch measuring ranges by using a suitable amplifier provides an additional advantage allowing for the general trend towards more component diversity in manufacturing and measuring stations.
The wide-range measuring chain also offers decisive advantages in laboratory applications by minimising the need to change sensors frequently. In addition, the extremely high overload capacity, when using the lower measuring ranges, makes protective measures unnecessary.
Established in Winterthur (Switzerland) in 1957, the Kistler Group now has a worldwide presence with 25 group companies and 30 distributors ensuring prompt, local application support and short delivery times. With a staff of more than 1050, the Kistler Group is one of the world's leading providers of dynamic measuring instrumentation with a turnover of 210 million Swiss Francs (GBP 145M) in the 2010 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 analysing physical processes, controlling and optimising 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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