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New piezoelectric strain sensor has integrated fully digital charge amplifier

The new Type 9238B piezoelectric strain sensor from Kistler Instruments monitors the force-proportional strain on machine components and structures. The integrated charge amplifier produces an industry standard ±10V output making the sensor simple to integrate into existing systems and measuring chains.

Typical applications include:

* Machine monitoring, such as protecting mechanical presses against overload
* Quality assurance in production runs for joining processes, such as wobble riveting, clinching and resistance spot welding
* Monitoring machine tools, such as prompt detection of tool breakage or tool collision

The 9238B is much easier to install than bonded strain gauges. Secured to a suitable clean, unpainted position on the machine frame by a single M6 screw, the sensor is especially easy to retrofit to almost all types of machine tools. The sensor measures dynamic and quasi-static strain on machinery or structural surfaces. Force can be calculated knowing the material stiffness and component geometry. Alternatively, the signal can be calibrated against an appropriate standard to provide absolute measurements in N or kN.

The new piezoelectric strain sensor has two measuring ranges that can be adjusted to a particular value or signal curve in one hundred steps using either dedicated ManuWare software or directly by the machine's own PLC. When the measuring range is adjusted, the setting is stored by the integral electronics. The range can be switched remotely, even under load conditions, enabling very low forces to be accurately measured.

Typical applications for the sensor are monitoring C-frame machine tools such as presses and automatic assembly machines, preventing overload of mechanical presses, quality control of riveting, clinching and resistance spot welding processes and detection of tool breakage or collision in a wide variety of machine tools.

The parameters of the integral charge amplifier are configured using the included ManuWare PC program. For test purposes the ManuWare software can also transmit digital measurement data (at a rate <20 Hz) for display on the screen. The robust construction provides a IP67 rating making the sensor suitable for use in dirty and wet environments. A major advantages of piezotechnology compared with foil strain gauge technology are high sensitivity, high overload resistance, virtually unlimited service life and high load cycle stability.

Cable connection is by a single M12-8-pin socket, mounted either on the end or upper face of the sensor, using screened cables available with straight or right-angled connector. The excitation voltage and measuring cycle, control range switching and communications interface data are carried to the sensor via the same cable used to transmit the measurement signal. Where the integral charge amplifier is not required, the similarly specified Type 9232A may be used.

Although designed for real world, industrial applications, the new strain sensors are equally suited to research and development applications requiring ease of installation and precision combined with versatility and reliability.

Kistler Group
Kistler is the global leader in dynamic pressure, force, torque, and acceleration measurement. Cutting-edge technologies provide the basis for Kistler's modular systems and services.
Customers in industry, research, and development benefit from Kistler's experience as a development partner, enabling them to optimize their products and processes so as to secure sustainable competitive edge. Kistler plays a key role in the evolution of automobile production and industrial automation. Drawing on its vast application expertise and an absolute commitment to quality, Kistler drives innovations ahead in areas such as lightweight construction, vehicle safety, emission reduction, and Industry 4.0.
The Kistler Group is an independent, owner-managed Swiss corporation. Some 1 500 employees at 56 facilities worldwide are dedicated to the development of new measurement solutions, backed by individual application-specific support at the local level.
Since Kistler was founded in 1959, the company has grown hand-in-hand with its customers. In 2015, it posted revenue of GDP 231 million, about 10% of which is reinvested in innovation and research with the aim of delivering better results for every customer.

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

April 2017

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