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Kistler Instruments has launched a range of piezoelectric press force sensors with a measuring range of up to 700kN, designed for measuring dynamic and quasistatic forces.

The whole range is supplied preloaded and calibrated for three ranges.

The overload factor of 100 eliminates the need for expensive protection and the sensors are protected to IP65 with a detachable cable or IP67 with a welded cable.

The constant accuracy of the piezoelectric element allows a single sensor to be used over a wide load range.

Typically, the new 700kN sensor has three calibrated measuring ranges: 7kN, 70kN and 700kN.

This flexibility may be further extended by using the range switching capability of the Kistler ICAM charge amplifier.

This wide measuring range makes the sensors especially suited to production and measuring stations handling a variety of components.

The new 700kN sensor measures 145mm in diameter and 190mm in height, and has mounting flanges at both ends to facilitate interfacing in most applications.

Centring rings are supplied as standard to simplify axial positioning and the symmetrical shape simplifies installation on connecting rods or press plungers.

Where required, a range of accessories is available to suit more complex installations.

The range of Kistler piezoelectric press force sensors now extends from 100N to 700kN.

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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