Rugged force transducers offer precision, configurability

August 22, 2014. HBM Inc., a manufacturer of data-acquisition systems, analysis and calibration software, strain gauges, and transducers and sensors, has introduced the C10 line of compressive force transducers. They have an IP68 rating, meaning that they can be used in environments where dirt and moisture can be a problem, and a stainless-steel version is hermetically sealed.

The C10 is available with various nominal forces ranging from 2.5 kN to 1 MN, in accuracy classes ranging from 0.03 to 0.06. Despite the high output signal (up to 4 mV/V), C10 transducers have a very low temperature coefficient. The zero point temperature coefficient, TC0, is only 75 ppm/10 K.

A variety of options are available, including a double-bridge option, TEDS (transducer electronic data sheets) option, and many different cable and connector options. Altogether, there are 2,304 different configurations.  C10 applications include propulsion testing, end-of-line testing, drop testing, and anywhere precision force in harsh environments is required.

According to Thomas Kleckers, product marketing manager for HBM, “No other sensor on the market made from rust free materials offers this level of performance.”


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