Kistler in Germany has optimised its series of piezoelectric force sensors with improved linearity for industrial applications.
The SlimLine ring force transducers feature significantly improved linearity in low measuring ranges to address more Industry 4.0 designs.
The individual C series SlimLine sensors replace the predecessor models and offer additional benefits for operators: The design has been enhanced by a number of details, making the sensors in the new series significantly more sensitive. The new design also improves linearity, especially in low measuring ranges. The sensor handles force from 0 to 3 kN (674 lbf) to 0 to 80 kN (17.9 klbf) and measure 8 x 2.7 x 3 mm to 36 x 14.1 x 5 mm
Kistler is producing the quartz-based sensors in a clean room in Winterthur, Germany. The components are welded under nominal load conditions, reducing the recommended preload from 50 percent to 20 percent of the nominal range. This facilitates easy installation and often saves space.
The compact design with integrated cable is particularly relevant for the measurement of press-in or punching forces as well as large forces in force shunts, for monitoring progression tools and for small dynamometers. Thanks to their high rigidity, SlimLine sensors are ideally suited for monitoring dynamic forces –measurements over several minutes are now possible.
Optimizations in production also lead to significantly improved throughput, which increases availability. Additionally, high material quality is guaranteed thanks to complete traceability. The parameters stiffness, natural frequencies and temperature sensitivity coefficients were added to the data sheet to provide measurement engineers with additional information for challenging measurement tasks. Despite the upgrades, the new sensors are backwards compatible with their respective predecessors.
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