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In this white paper, Mark Ingham of Sensor Technology discusses the importance of equipment rentals in helping companies supplying sensors and detection equipment to overcome the hurdle of finding capital to fund development and verification projects.

Typical projects include the verification or reverification of a product range to an international standard, the development of a different-sized unit within a product range to address an emerging market requirement, the modification of a design or an entirely new development.

According to Ingham, Sensor Technology already has a rental option in place for its Torqsense range of torque sensors. Potential users can choose to rent the equipment, rather than purchase it, thus avoiding the bottleneck of raising capital purchase approval.

He said that renting is a popular option. For instance, many of the company’s customers are working on a project where they need to measure torque, but when they are finished they will no longer have any requirement for the Torqsense equipment.

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Sensor Technology

Sensor Technology are manufacturers of TORQSENSE Transducers, the world’s first low cost non-contact rotary torque transducers designed for OEM applications. Rotary torque measurement has always been difficult and expensive.

The patented method uses a surface acoustic wave device as a frequency dependent strain gauge and measures the change in resonant frequency caused by the applied strain in the shaft.

The signal is transmitted via an RF couple from the rotating shaft to a fixed pick-up.

By using a frequency-based device, the signal bandwidth is increased, and the problem of electronic interference common with analogue signals is eliminated. The torque sensors are designed to operate direct from a PLC or a PC.

They require minimum length of shaft, have low inertia, no physical contact between shaft and housing, wide bandwidth, high resolution and accuracy resolution to better than one part in a million, and excellent noise immunity.

The technology lends itself to design of OEM transducers for specific customer applications. Applications include automotive, manufacturing machines, condition monitoring where knowledge of torque is critical, torque control of tightening procedures, and monitoring of viscosity during mixing where consistency is required. The technology replaces existing types of rotary torque sensors by providing better performance at a lower price.

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