Miniature Sensors Support High-Volume

Description

A range of miniature, lightweight hybrid sensors offer cost-effective force, displacement, pressure, strain, and acceleration measurements within high-volume OEM and test applications.

 

Design of the hybrid sensor range incorporates the brand’s own renowned precision foil strain gages, adhesively bonded to flat substrates, constructed of either metal, composite, or polymer. Hybrid sensors are manufactured by VPG using the same high-volume production equipment as those used to create its precision strain gages. The result is a cost-effective family of strain-gage based hybrid sensors with consistent batch-to-batch performance characteristics. Customers may further incorporate an optional miniature signal amplifier, as either a stand-alone component or attached to the sensor. Hybrid sensors may be attached via mounting holes with choice of screws, spot welding, or clamping, thereby eliminating adhesive bonding requirements. The hybrid sensors are further optionally available with pre-attached lead wires and connectors, for simplified customer handling without soldering requirements.

 

Hybrid sensors can effectively support a variety of high-volume OEM consumer product, process control, automotive testing, non-critical medical device, educational research, and industrial requirements. Typical consumer product applications include appliances, sporting equipment, hand tools, and lawn and garden equipment. Process control applications include HVAC, liquid-level sensing, motor control, and vibration monitoring. Automotive testing applications include passenger weighing, foot-pedal pressure, seatbelt tension, emergency braking, suspension control, and engine monitoring. Medical applications include pumps, respirators, and other non-critical devices. Industrial applications include elevators, tank monitoring, bearing insertion, safety systems, gas and liquid cylinder pressures, and load monitoring.

Specs

Features:

  • Miniature, lightweight sensors with foil strain gages
  • Measure force, displacement, pressure, or acceleration
  • Custom and standard designs available
  • Substrates made of metal, polymer, or composites
  • Pre-attached lead wires and connectors available
  • On-board or separate signal amplifiers available

 

Benefits:

  • Eliminate strain gage adhesive bonding
  • Increase productivity of assembly operations
  • Achieve consistent performance characteristics
  • Eliminate soldering for hybrid sensors having preattached lead wires and connectors
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