Industrial Force / Process Monitoring Sensors
January 23, 2006, Depew, NY, USA – Piezoelectric sensors from the Force/Torque Division of PCB Piezotronics, Inc. (PCB®) utilize piezoelectric quartz sensing elements to measure dynamic and quasi-static forces on machinery structures. Piezoelectric sensors feature high rigidity and have no internal moving parts and thus are not susceptible to fatigue or sensitivity over millions of cycles. This makes them ideal for industrial process control and product quality assurance applications which require repetitive cycle measurement. In typical applications, upper and lower control limits are set to follow a desired force curve for the process; if the actual force curve deviates from the pre-set control limits, the process is shut down. This prevents acceptance of non-conforming parts as finished goods.
Applications include clinching, crimping, metal forming, plastic injection molding, pressing, punching, spot welding, stamping, and automatic assembly operations. PCB Series 208C General Purpose Force Sensors, Force Rings, Force Links, and Series M240 Strain Sensors are easy to install, and can be powered by any ICP® sensor signal conditioner.