Interface Module links strain gauges, load cells to Orbit 3.

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Strain Gauge Interface Module (SGIM) allows strain gauges and load cells to interface with Solartron Orbit® 3 digital measurement system. Four- and six-wire, full-bridge strain transducers can share Orbit® sensor network with Solartron digital displacement and dimensional measurement transducers, and sensor readings can be taken directly into PC, PLC, or Solartron Digital Readout. Capable of acquisition rates up to 3,906 readings/sec, digitizing circuit provides >0.02% FSO linearity.

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New Module Allows Strain Gauges and Load Cells to Interface with Orbit® 3 Digital Measurement System

Versatile Strain Gauge Interface Module Is Compatible With a Wide Range of Strain Transducers

Bognor Regis, West Sussex, UK -- AMETEK Solartron Metrology, a recognized leader in linear measurement and dimensional gauging, has introduced the Strain Gauge Interface Module (SGIM) that allows a wide range of strain gauges and load cells to interface with the Solartron Orbit® 3 digital measurement system.

The SGIM accepts a wide range of 4-wire and 6-wire full-bridge strain transducers and allows them to share the Orbit® sensor network with Solartron’s broad range of digital displacement and dimensional measurement transducers. Sensor readings can be taken directly into a PC, PLC or Solartron Digital Readout.

For PC applications, Solartron supplies the Orbit® 3 Windows® Support Pack.NET library, which allows readings to be acquired into any Windows application. Driver support is provided for LabVIEW® and other high-level software as well as for users’ own application programs. In addition, an Excel® Support Pack allows the interfacing of sensors that satisfy specific output criteria.

The SGIM incorporates a high-accuracy digitizing circuit capable of high acquisition rates of up to 3906 readings/second that provides better than 0.02% Full-Scale Output (FSO) linearity. SGIMs in an Orbit® 3 system also can be synchronized to acquire readings simultaneously. In addition, where higher resolutions are required, unwanted noise can be minimized by programming the measurement bandwidth stepwise from 6 Hz to 500 Hz.

Solartron Metrology is a world leader in design and manufacture of precision digital and analogue dimensional LVDT gauging probes, displacement sensors, optical linear encoders and associated instrumentation. The business is a unit of AMETEK, Inc., a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices with annual sales of US $4.0 billion.

Orbit® 3 Strain Gauge Interface Module

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