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Kistler Instruments is organising two one-day force measurement seminars — due to take place on 7 October in Corsham, Wiltshire, and 9 October in Gaydon, Warwickshire. The company is offering a 25 per cent discount on the £200 delegate fee until the end of August.

Force sensors from Kistler

The seminars, which will provide an introduction to piezoelectric sensor technology for instrumentation engineers, will cover the theory and practice of piezoelectric measurement in both laboratory and industrial environments. They are relevant to anyone designing and building instrumentation and measurement systems, especially where long-term reliable operation is a priority.

According to Kister, an important quality of piezoelectric sensors is their ability to monitor highly dynamic impact or combustion events, often under harsh operating conditions. Although piezoelectric sensor technology has many advantages over other types of sensor technologies, a clear understanding of the measurement technology is essential for the full benefits to be obtained under real-world conditions.

The 25 per cent early-booking discount will apply to the £200 single-delegate fee and the reduced multi-delegate rate for all bookings made and paid for before 31 August 2014. The delegate fee includes all course material, refreshments and lunch.

Seminar topics

  • Design, principles and benefits of piezoelectric sensors
  • A practical exercise on fitting and mounting force sensors
  • Charge signal conditioning and system integration
  • Calibration and measurement

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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