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Techni Measure has added the Conax Technologies range of compression seal fittings and temperature sensor assemblies to its range of products.

Compression seal fittings allow electrical signals from sensors and other electrical equipment to pass from the enclosed operational area to the outside world.

They restrain the elements from moving as a result of pressure differentials, prohibit the leakage of gas/liquid media along the elements and can electrically isolate the elements from the mounting device.

Many different seals are available and the Conax soft-seal technology allows for high-pressure and high-temperature applications.

Typical applications include pressure vessels, autoclaves, furnaces, holding tanks and pipelines.

Typical systems include the PL series, which is for multiple power leads and comes supplied with eight to 20 AWG Kapton-insulated wires preinstalled.

The TG series is supplied with or without wires and is for low-voltage applications such as strain gauges and thermocouples.

Split seals are also available.

Single-element seals consist of a body, cap, sealant and follower, whereas multiple-element seals also include a seat, follower and anti-rotation pin to prevent wires/conductors from twisting and shearing.

The element to be sealed passes through the holes in the sealing assembly components and the cap is then torqued to the recommended value, thus translating an axial force on the follower.

This force compresses the sealant contained within the body housing so that the sealant conforms to the element, creating a seal.

The elastic nature of the sealant allows it to flow into any voids between the seal and the element.

One application involved several heater power feedthroughs for an autoclave in the aerospace industry.

While it was intended to be an exact physical replacement of an existing product, Conax developed a plug-and-play solution, offering several key-advantages updates to the design: improved performance, a longer life and ease of use.

These units can be rebuilt in the field and spare parts are kept in stock at the customer site.

Downtime is now limited to three to four hours to replace a few simple components, compared to three to four months for complete rebuilds of the previous design.

Performance and longevity are improved so that the heating elements can function at peak performance at all times, rather than a continuous degradation in performance until failure, as with the old design, according to the company.

Techni Measure are suppliers of strain gauges, transducers, potentiometers and pressure seals. Founded in 1971 and with ISO 9001 certification, we offer years of experience coupled with a quality service.

We stock a wide choice of strain gauges from the TML range and can offer advice on the best gauge to use for a particular application. There is also a very wide range of strain gauge transducers from simple load cells, to dedicated civil engineering sensors.

From the Dytran Instruments range we can again advise on and supply the most appropriate sensor. Piezo electric transducers are available for a variety of dynamic measurements including vibration, pressure and force, and there are also capacitive accelerometers for measurement down to 0Hz (DC).

From the Sakae range of precision potentiometers comes a low cost solution for displacement measurements, and from Schreiber Messtechnik comes a range of more rugged inductive displacements sensors. Capacitec supply a range of very accurate capacitive sensors for gap and non-contact displacement measurements.

MicroStrain offer a range of wireless and orientation products, as well as their unique miniature displacement sensors, and from Conax comes a range of temperature sensors and pressure seals.

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