Applications

  1. a: a versatile, durable piezoresistive force sensor that can be made in a variety of shapes and sizes; b: a piezoresistive sensing device in which resistance is inversely proportional to applied force;
  2. a customizable, economical force measurement tool that is easily integrated into OEM products;
  3. a patented, ultra-thin (0.008"), flexible printed circuit that senses contact force; b: a force and load sensor that is available in three different force ranges, suiting a variety of applications for research and product development/testing.

Construction

The FlexiForce A201 force sensor is an ultra-thin, flexible printed circuit. The force sensors are constructed of two layers of substrate (polyester/polyimide) film. On each layer, a conductive material (silver) is applied, followed by a layer of pressure-sensitive ink. Adhesive is then used to laminate the two layers of substrate together to form the force sensor. The active sensing area is defined by the silver circle on top of the pressure-sensitive ink. Silver extends from the sensing area to the connectors at the other end of the sensor, forming the conductive leads. A201 sensors are terminated with male square pins, allowing them to be easily incorporated into a circuit. The two outer pins of the connector are active and the center pin is inactive.

How it Works

The FlexiForce single element force sensor acts as a force sensing resistor in an electrical circuit. When the force sensor is unloaded, its resistance is very high. When a force is applied to the sensor, this resistance decreases. The resistance can be read by connecting a multimeter to the outer two pins, then applying a force to the sensing area. In the image below, the plot shows both the Force vs. resistance and Force vs. conductance (1/R). Note that the conductance curvrce to the sensing area. In the image below, the plot shows both the Force vs. resistance and Force vs. conductance (1/R). Note that the conductance curve is linear, and therefore useful in calibration.

One way to integrate the A201 force sensor into an application is to incorporate it into a force-to-voltage circuit. A means of calibration must then be established to convert the output into the appropriate engineering units. Depending on the setup, an adjustment could then be done to increase or decrease the sensitivity of the force sensor. The chart to the right shows a typical sensor response (based on our recommended drive circuit).

Model#

Image

Force Sensor Length*

Sensing Size

Standard Force

Temperature Range (LOW)

Temperature Range (HIGH)

A101

15.6mm

3.8mm

45 N

-40°C

60°C

A201

190.5mm

152.4mm

101.6mm

50.8mm

9.53mm

4 N

111 N

445 N

-40°C

60°C

A301

25.4mm

9.53mm

4 N

111 N

445 N

-40°C

60°C

A401

56.9mm

25.40mm

111 N

-40°C

60°C

HT201

190.5mm

152.4mm

101.6mm

50.8mm

9.53mm

133 N 

445 N

-40°C

204°C

ESS301

25.4mm

9.53mm

4 N

-40°C

60°C

B201

228.6mm

9.53mm

111 N

667 N

4448 N

-40°C

60°C

WB201

190.5mm

9.53mm

111 N

667 N

4448 N

-40°C

60°C

*Does not include pin length

Die FlexiForce® Sensoren sind mit folgenden Optionen kombinierbar:

FlexiForce® Sensoren können für viele Anwendungen genutzt werden um Folgendes zu detektieren und zu messen:

  • Relative Veränderung der Kraft oder Gebrauchslast
  • Veränderungsrate der Kraft
  • Aktion/Schaltfunktion bei Überschreitung eines Kraftwertes
  • Kontaktkraft bei Berührung

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