Sometimes small parts, such as a broken ball bearing, can cause serious damage. Maintenance then wastes precious time while the costs of shutting down the machine accumulate. However, most of these failures can be avoided very simply by using a force transducer, as in many applications force is used to determine load, wear, and quality parameters.
Large production facilities equipped with conveyor belts usually have many ball bearings. These often do not require any maintenance, but sometimes the bearing fails and the result is costly machine downtime. The main reason for a bearing failure is usually its overload. The force sensors make it possible to detect these overloads and thus avoid machine breakdown. Based on the data resulting from the force measurement, it is possible to adjust the conveyor belts appropriately and to better organize the maintenance cycles.
There are also many other applications in which force sensors deliver important information: to monitor the quality of pressing processes, the holding force of a clamping device in a machining center or to determine the filling volume of a tank by measuring its weight.
With its new DLM force transducers, Baumer offers a range suitable for each application, offering different force ranges and mounting possibilities. This range includes 44 sensors, divided into three size categories. Sensors in the DLM range cover forces between 50 and 20,000 N. Three sensor designs are available for each force range: as a button model, for measuring compressive forces, and as a screw-in line model for measurements of pressure and traction.
The compact design of the load cells allows them to be installed even in small spaces. All Baumer force sensors detect varying forces extending over the entire nominal force range. In dynamic applications, such as punching or assembly, the sensor can thus be loaded over the entire measuring range.
Baumer is expanding its product range with new force sensors to ensure easy force measurement. Baumer also offers customized solutions for force measurement as well as strain sensors for large force ranges.
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