Sensing Systems offers in-house and field strain gaging services. Our engineers and technicians are found in a wide range of locations, from hydroelectric plants in the jungles of Ecuador to bridges in New York City and shipyards in Wisconsin. All field and laboratory installations are performed using standard strain gaging procedures. Depending on the application we will also customize procedures to meet specific gaging objectives.
Extreme Temperature Range Capability
Sensing Systems routinely strain gages parts and components to be used in cryogenic environments and at very high temperatures. These units are designed to operate in a wide temperature range from -452˚F to 450˚F (-269˚C to 230˚C). We also instrument parts, equipment, and structures for use up to 1,300˚F (704˚C). These installations may also be done in the laboratory or in the field.
Sensing Systems designs and manufactures load cells and torque sensors for underwater or submersible applications. We can use the same submersible/underwater capable materials and procedures to instrument customer’s components if underwater operation is required. These installations also require special underwater cabling and/or submersible connectors.
Sensing Systems strain gages parts for customers on a continuous basis. For these customers we design and fabricate strain gaging fixtures to be used during the instrumentation process. These fixtures result in time savings, uniform and reliable installations, and long term cost savings.
QUARTER, HALF, AND FULL WHEATSTONE BRIDGE INSTALLATIONS
Our customers may specify the type of strain gage installation they desire. We will review the intended application and suggest and/or recommend the type of installation that meets the performance to cost criteria desired by our customer.
NUMBER OF STRAIN GAGES PER INSTALLATION
We routinely instrument components using one to thirty two strain gages in a single installation. We will apply as many gages as needed to measure the desired variable and compensate for all unwanted effects. We will use our expertise and experience to recommend the number, location, type, and wiring configuration to accomplish the best possible measurement.
Strain gage installations need to be protected from potential damage due to the environment in which they operate. Environmental conditions vary greatly between laboratory operation and exposed field conditions. Protection of strain gage installations should be commensurate with the environment in which they operate. Sensing Systems will recommend and use the materials and procedures that will ensure survivability of each installation.