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Kistler has introduced the Type 1712A and Type 1714A contact elements, which are designed to enable seamless plastics injection mould changes without typical sensor dismount or removal requirements, minimising downtime and increasing throughput capabilities.

Designed for use with all Kistler single-wire mould cavity pressure sensors, the single-channel Type 1712A (used with the Type 1300A131 mounting socket) and four-channel Type 1714 (used with the Type 1419 retaining plate) provide electrical connection for each installed element between cables within different mould components.

During mould assembly, the cables are connected via the contacts of both elements, allowing for the connection of any Kistler single-wire sensor between a mould insert and its frame or mould plate.

The elements are suitable for use within complex plastics injection moulding systems, such as insert moulding, medical moulding, high-cavitation moulding with mould inserts and family moulds.

Key benefits

  • The 1712A and 1714A contact elements enable quick injection mould insert and mould module plate exchanges of up to four sensors simultaneously, without sensor dismount or removal.
  • Kistler single-wire cables have crimped contacts and can therefore be removed or replaced using the ‘cut-and-grip’ technique.
  • In contrast with conventional mould connection systems, Kistler contact elements facilitate the equipment of complex modular injection moulds with pressure-sensing systems.
  • Using contact element methodologies, mould pressure sensor cables no longer require guidance through several mould plates — instead, individual cables within the plates feed to contact elements, which are automatically connected during installation; this eliminates both cable damage and time-consuming, costly and complicated cable handling during sensor and mould installation.

Kistler Instruments

Established in Winterthur (Switzerland) in 1957, the Kistler Group now has a worldwide presence with 23 group companies and 30 distributors ensuring prompt, local application support and short delivery times. With a staff of more than 1,000, the Kistler Group is one of the world’s leading providers of dynamic measuring instrumentation.

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.

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