Kistler Instruments is upgrading its press force sensor range to provide full consistency throughout the measuring range from 0.1-700kN. The piezoelectric sensor element provides a compact design with a low sensor weight, offering significantly smaller dimensions and mass than equivalent strain gauge devices.
With three calibrated measurement ranges, the same sensor can be used for a wide spectrum of forces. The feasibility of switching measuring range when using suitable amplifiers bolsters this advantage while accommodating the general trend towards production and measuring stations handling a greater variety of parts. However, the wide-range measuring chain also offers critical advantages in laboratory applications, where frequent changes of sensor are common practice and the very high degree of overload protection eliminates the need for involved protective measures when using the lowest measuring ranges.
The range of eight force sensors has been developed specifically for use in production environments, especially for quality assurance monitoring in assembly applications. The piezoelectric sensors cover measuring ranges from 0.1kN to 700kN and are supplied as standard with 1 per cent, 10 per cent and 100 per cent measuring range calibrations. In most applications, the sensors may be fitted directly into presses, punches and rams but, where this is not possible, a variety of flanges and adapters are available.
For further details about Kistler's press force sensor range, go to www.kistler.com.