- Machine monitoring, such as protecting mechanical presses against overload
- Quality assurance in production runs for joining processes, such as wobble riveting, clinching and resistance spot welding
- Monitoring machine tools, such as prompt detection of tool breakage or tool collision
The new piezoelectric strain sensor has two measuring ranges that can be adjusted to a particular value or signal curve in one hundred steps using either dedicated ManuWare software or directly by the machine’s own PLC. When the measuring range is adjusted, the setting is stored by the integral electronics. The range can be switched remotely, even under load conditions, enabling very low forces to be accurately measured.
Typical applications for the sensor are monitoring C-frame machine tools such as presses and automatic assembly machines, preventing overload of mechanical presses, quality control of riveting, clinching and resistance spot welding processes and detection of tool breakage or collision in a wide variety of machine tools.
The parameters of the integral charge amplifier are configured using the included ManuWare PC program. For test purposes the ManuWare software can also transmit digital measurement data (at a rate >20 Hz) for display on the screen. The robust construction provides a IP67 rating making the sensor suitable for use in dirty and wet environments. A major advantages of piezotechnology compared with foil strain gauge technology are high sensitivity, high overload resistance, virtually unlimited service life and high load cycle stability.
Cable connection is by a single M12-8-pin socket, mounted either on the end or upper face of the sensor, using screened cables available with straight or right-angled connector. The excitation voltage and measuring cycle, control range switching and communications interface data are carried to the sensor via the same cable used to transmit the measurement signal. Where the integral charge amplifier is not required, the similarly specified Type 9232A may be used.
Although designed for real world, industrial applications, the new strain sensors are equally suited to research and development applications requiring ease of installation and precision combined with versatility and reliability.