- June 14, 2016
June 14, 2016 – Hoffmann + Krippner, Inc. announced that their P-DMS Polymer Strain Gauge is now shipping. This solution for measuring pressure is based on Hoffmann + Krippner’s sensor paste technology printed onto a PCB board.
Sensitive to slight pressures, a small deformation to the paste generates a change of its electrical resistance generating an analog signal to enable measurement, input and control to a wide range of applications. Requiring no moving parts, this simple device can be very accurate and long lasting. As the strain gage can be directly printed on the application’s control board, it does not need to be connected by wires. This enables compact and affordable designs, as well as eliminating the failure points of wire failure and corrosion. It also eliminates electrical sparking as the key contacts come together.
Interesting applications include musical instruments such as a piano keys and electric guitars, control switches for DJ audio mixing gear, inside shoes to measure pressure distribution as someone stands or walks, for use in “silent” keyboards (no key clacking), inventory control for grocery store shelves and vending machines, automotive touch screens and function activators, as well as hazardous area applications where a tiny spark from keys closing an electrical circuit could set off a fire or an explosion.
Design engineers and developers can control costs and shorten development times by working directly with Hoffmann + Krippner to integrate the gauge into early stages of development. In addition, Hoffmann + Krippner offers in-house development, design and manufacturing expertise to customize the gauge design and specifications to customer requirements.