Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

Posted by Seta Davidian on Feb 22, 2021 11:42:58 AM

What is a Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell?

dsc-header-1Solar cells convert solar light energy into electricity, but traditional models can be inefficient in some applications and environments. Dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) devices are optimized to generate power, even from ambient light energy. By affixing these cells to sensors, users can equip instrumentation, building monitoring systems, signage, structures, and more with the self-powering devices that do not require ongoing attention. The dyed cells enable high-efficiency energy production, even in low sunlight conditions.

These solar cells are commonly used in environments where other forms of energy production and storage — such as wired power or batteries — aren't possible. This includes any projects requiring a high number of sensors spread across a large surface area, remote and inaccessible locations, and areas in sub-zero temperature environments. 

 

How Do Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Work?

There are four key layers that sunlight passes through in dye-sensitized solar cells:

  1. The electrode: First, sunlight or artificial light passes through the glass conductor on the cell surface and through the electrode.
  2. The dye: Next, it touches the dye layer. The dye is photoactive and produces electricity once the light sensitizes it. The light and dye layer excite the surrounding electrons, and the dye pushes the electrons into titanium dioxide within the solar cell.
  3. The electrolytes: From there, non-crystalline titanium dioxide conducts the electron away, where a chemical electrolyte conducts the electron back towards the dye layer. The continual movement of electrons results in usable power.
  4. The counter electrode: This component catalyzes the electrolyte's redox reduction. By including a counter electrode, the solar cell is more stable and offers better performance throughout its lifespan.

More simply put, ambient light triggers the dye to start exciting and moving electrons. That energy can then be used by sensors, electrical devices, and more.

 

Features of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

dssc-sunlightDye-sensitized solar cells are remarkable because of their ability to operate in non-ideal light conditions, such as environments with relatively little light or poorly angled light. Modern dye-sensitized cells also offer these key benefits:

  • Simplified production. Dye-sensitized solar cells are cost-efficient to produce. Combined with the extended lifespan, the return on investment grows over time.
  • Energy efficiency. These solar cells have a high-conversion efficiency that's aided by the dye. Structures and signs can easily be outfitted with small panels that provide sufficient power. Fujikura DSSC products can operate anywhere from 100lx to 100,000lx.
  • Optional features. Dye-sensitized solar cells can be modified to meet a wide variety of application needs. 

Applications for Our Fujikura DSSC Products

Dye-sensitized solar cells are ideal for "fit and forget" applications — use cases when the structure may not be routinely inspected or visited, or in busy environments where maintenance demands are inconvenient. Some of the most popular applications for our dye-sensitized solar cells include:

  • Warehouse management. Dye-sensitized solar cells can power sensors for refrigeration units, humidity monitors, inventory monitors, and more. These devices provide direct power without the need for wiring.
  • Optimizing commercial HVAC systems. Building managers can monitor HVAC conditions such as power consumption, humidity, and moisture to stay ahead of developing malfunctions. Our DSSC products reliably provide power to sensors, so there's minimal risk of losing oversight.
  • Sensors and reporting systems. Sensors that monitor energy and water usage can be used in everything from retail stores and commercial rooftops to commercial and residential landscaping irrigation systems.
  • Disaster prevention. DSSC units have been used to power remote sensors near rivers that monitor potential rising water levels during flood seasons, alert organizations about landslides, and provide other early warnings for natural disasters.
  • Retail store beacons. Retailers can power Bluetooth low-energy (BLE) beacons with dye-sensitized solar cells for in-store monitoring, data, and logistics.

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Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells From Servoflo

At Servoflo, we specialize in offering high-performance solar cells that meet the unique needs and environmental constraints of every client we serve. Our DSSC products are built to provide efficient power even in poor lighting conditions and extreme environments. Contact us today to learn more about our capabilities or to start powering your next project. You can also visit our DSSC page on our website.

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Why Use Servoflo for Sensors

Posted by Seta Davidian on Feb 10, 2021 9:29:00 AM

Users of pressure and other environmental sensors enjoy a broad selection of models and manufacturers from which to choose. While detailed specifications of individual models are easy to come by, it often helps to understand more about the overall supplier. This blog post explains our approach to helping customers find the best part for their application.

Advantages of Servoflo

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At Servoflo, we distribute a broad range of pressure sensors, mass flow sensors, humidity sensors and other types from leading manufacturers, including Fujikura, TE Connectivity, Merit Sensors, Metallux and more. Some of our suppliers have no other distribution partners here in North America, giving Servoflo customers unique access to a range of technologies. Our pressure sensor products meet measurement requirements across different price and performance points for pressure ranges from well below 2-inch water column (WC) to several thousand psi for applications in the medical, HVAC, and industrial industries. We also offer a variety of packaging options from board level to completely packaged transmitters. Similarly, our mass flow sensors, humidity sensors and other products go across the price-performance continuum to provide many choices for customers.

Individualized Customer Service

We focus on providing individual attention to meet the unique needs of our customers rather than locking them into a single family of standard products that feature unnecessary features at additional costs. At Servoflo, we proactively start with the question, "What problem are you trying to solve?". From this point, we collaboratively identify for our customers a range of potential solutions from the variety of factories we carry. We discuss with our customers various differences in performance.

Additionally, some of our suppliers provide customers with the opportunity to produce modified sensor designs that fit their specific applications in very low volumes with little to no price premium or expensive upfront investment. This level of customer service and customizing is not available from many large providers (both distributors & large manufacturers).

Greater Flexibility and Added Benefits

In many cases, pressure is not the only parameter requiring measurement. Other critical parameters that may require monitoring include mass flow, humidity, and temperature. We consider all of these factors and more when curating our product selection to offer solutions that meet a broader range of applications at competitive prices. In addition, we can provide benefits like inventory management, stocking, responsiveness, and easy access to technical support.

How We Work Compared to Other Distributors

Active versus passive selling:  Most distributors carry many manufacturers, pick some random parts to put into their stock and passively wait for the right customer to come along. At Servoflo, we communicate with customers directly to proactively match the customer with a range of potential solutions from the variety of factories we carry. We discuss with our customers various differences in performance, features and price to find the best match for their application. Other distributors make the customer dig around their web site, comparing data sheets on their own and often wait to get answers from experts if those experts even exist. Our active approach gives customers a part that meets their needs quickly and accurately. There is no guessing or trying a part that may or may not fit their needs. 

After a correct part has been selected, we can then provide logistical services to ensure that inventory is available for your manufacturing process. Our active approach creates a strong relationship with our customers to allow for adjustments for market changes, parts and product modification, shipping and much more.

Let us know how we can help you by giving us an old-fashioned telephone call at 781-862-9572 or use the contact us button. 

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High Accuracy Capacitive Pressure Sensors by ES Systems

Posted by Seta Davidian on Feb 1, 2021 11:00:08 AM

ES Systems offers highly accurate capacitive pressure sensors in a variety of packages including a capsule, board level, and transmitter package.

ESCP-MIS1-headerThese sensors are ideal for those looking for extremely high accuracy and stability with media compatibility. In this blog post, we are going to share some key differentiating points of these sensors compared to traditional sensors for high demand applications.

Accuracy & Total Error Band: One of the most advantageous features of these pressure sensors from ES Systems is performance.

Before diving into the details, here is a quick refresher on the difference between total error band and accuracy. Total error band (TEB) is a single specification that includes all sources of error in a pressure measurement, and is it a comprehensive measure of a sensor's true accuracy. Accuracy is a component of TEB which comprises pressure non-linearity, pressure hysteresis, noise, and pressure non-repeatibility.  In addition to accuracy, other possible errors added into TEB include offset, full-scale span, thermal effect on offset, thermal effect on span and thermal hysteresis.

For the various standard ranges from 10 bar to 350 bar, the full-scale accuracy is ±0.125% FS. Next, the total error band is ±0.25%FS from 10 to 100 bar and ±0.5%FS for 200 & 350 bar ranges. Most pressure sensors vary significantly when the total error band is included, if the total error band figure is even provided. Remember that accuracy and TEB specifications are NOT reported in a uniform way. Hence, it is vital for users to read data sheets and the respective fine print very carefully.

High performance and stability is critical in many medical and HVAC applications.

High overpressure: Overpressure tolerance is typically 100x the pressure range. There are very few manufacturers that can provide this high degree of overpressure.

Media compatibility: The seal type and filling oil allow for users to measure the pressures of gases and liquids including harsh media. O-ring options include FKM, EPDM, DBR, VMQ, HNBR. Standard material at the pressure port is stainless steel 316L with an option for titanium or Hastelloy.

Applications: As you can see from these specifications, applications for these sensors are for those needing precise accuracy. The sensors can be oxygen-cleaned if needed. In addition, vacuum measurement can be offered such as -100 kPa to 0 kPa. Here is a summary of models:

 

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How Do Mass Air Flow Sensors Work?

Posted by Seta Davidian on Jan 14, 2021 2:46:26 PM

What Are Mass Air Flow Sensors? 

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Mass air flow sensors are detection devices that are used to measure mass flow rate, and they play a critical role in the function of various med

ical equipment. Respirators, ventilators, anesthesia equipment, oxygen concentrators, and many other medical devices rely on mass air flow sensors to monitor and control the flow of air, oxygen, and other gasses for various diagnostic and treatment procedures.  

How Mass Air Flow Sensors Work

Mass air flow sensors detect the flow of gas, air, and oxygen. This data is converted into measurable signals and transmitted to the system’s computer to monitor flow rate, volume, and other important factors. The exact role of a mass air flow sensor depends on the type of equipment it is used in. Common equipment includes:

 

  • Ventilator systems. Mass air flow sensors are used in ventilation systems to monitor the patient’s breathing cycle. The flow of inhaled and exhaled gas is converted into electrical signals, which are transmitted to the processing unit to detect and monitor minute ventilation, inhaled and exhaled tidal volume, and flow rate. This data will help determine any abnormalities.
  • Anesthesia machines. Mass air flow sensors measure the flow of oxygen, air, and nitrous oxide to create the proper gas composition for the patient. It also detects the concentration of anesthetic gas to ensure that the machine administers a safe and effective amount.
  • Oxygen machines. Mass air flow sensors are used to monitor and control air flow rate from the oxygen machine.

How it Works

Mass air flow sensors contain a thermal sensor and a heating source. Once gas begins flowing through the heating source, it transports the heat away, which changes the temperature difference between the heating source and the thermal sensor. This change is used to determine the energy required to maintain the sensor at the same temperature, which is then interpreted into a value. This value is transmitted through a communication interface to calculate flow.

Popular Mass Air Flow Sensor Designs

There are two main types of mass air flow sensors, each of which measure frequency:

  • Analog Mass Air Flow Sensors. Analog sensors produce a variable voltage output.
  • Digital Mass Air Flow Sensors. Digital sensors produce a frequency output.

Partner with Servoflo

Mass air flow sensors are crucial to the accuracy and reliability of various medical equipment. At Servoflo, we offer cost-effective and high-performance mass air flow sensors for our OEM customers. While our primary focus is the medical industry, we are also proud to serve the energy, food and beverage, environmental, machinery, and many other industries. Our high-quality products, commitment to customer service, and expert product design services make Servoflo the ideal supplier for your mass air flow sensor needs.

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The Differences Between Capacitive & Piezoresistive Pressure Sensors

Posted by Seta Davidian on Oct 19, 2020 8:41:49 AM

This is a guest blog post reproduced with permission from ES Systems, a specialist in high quality pressure sensors for a variety of applications.

The majority of the pressure sensors currently installed in the field are based on MEMS technology and utilize either piezoresistive or capacitive measurement principle. In this article, we will be discussing their main differences and we will be highlighting the advantages of each.

How Piezoresistive Technology Works

The term piezoresistive is composed by the Greek word “piezo” (meaning squeeze or press) and resist. In piezoresistive sensors, four resistors are placed on a silicon diaphragm in order to measure the result of strain or physical pressure applied upon them. Any perceptible change in resistance is being converted, through a Wheatstone bridge circuit into an output voltage. The piezoresistive pressure measurement principle is one of the firstly developed in MEMS technology and it was developed many years before the capacitive one. As a result, it is most commonly used. Due to their widespread and low production cost, piezoresistive pressure sensors are widely used in consumer electronics and the automotive industry, as well as in household appliances.

diagram illustrating how a Piezoresistive sensor works

 

Capacitive Technology Measurement Principle

Two parallel and electrically isolated conducting plates are needed to ensure that a capacitive pressure sensor operates efficiently. The bottom plate is fixed while the top one is sensitive to pressure changes. When pressure is applied, the top plate (or membrane) bends and a capacitance Δ is created. This variation in capacitance is then translated to an electrical signal where it can be read and conditioned by an ASIC or microcontroller.

diagram illustrating how a capacitive sensor works

 

Technology Comparison, Piezoresistive Vs. Capacitive

In comparison to piezoresistive sensors, capacitive pressure sensors offer many advantages. Even though they may require more complex signal conditioning circuits and calibration algorithms, they have higher accuracy and lower total error band. Moreover, capacitive pressure sensors have low power consumption since there is no DC current flowing through the sensor element due to its nature. Thus, very low power sensing systems, can be designed and implemented that require only a small bias to the circuit by an external reader, making them ideal for remote or implanted medical applications. The table below summarizes the pros and cons of the MEMS capacitive pressure sensors with respect to the piezoresistive ones.

Pros Cons
Burst & proof pressure Calibration complexity
Accuracy, total error band Production cost
Power consumption  
Long term stability  

 

 

Typical MEMS capacitive schematic and layout representation

MEMS capacitive pressure sensors also offer excellent long-term stability. This is a design attribute. As illustrated above, a typical MEMS capacitive pressure sensor element features two sense and two reference capacitors. The reference capacitors are not sensitive to pressure variations. The pressure calculation is performed using the following algorithm.

Long term stability is mainly affected by the aging of the sensing elements and therefore the drift in measurement accuracy over time.

Due to the layout of capacitive dies, the sense and reference capacitors are exposed to the same environment. That means that they are exposed to the same conditions and stimuli that cause aging to the sensors and therefore long-term drift. Since the sense and reference capacitors are exposed to the same conditions and are manufactured using the same materials and procedures, they also age with the same rate. Therefore, utilizing the pressure calculation algorithm and the layout of the MEMS die, the long-term drift effect is minimized and therefore an excellent long-term stability is achieved.

Last but not least, the major advantage of MEMS capacitive technology over piezoresistive is the overpressure tolerance (proof pressure and burst pressure). Due to their design, MEMS capacitive sensors can withstand up to 100x the rated pressure. This happens due to the fact that the sensor architecture consists of a fixed bottom plate and a suspended membrane which deforms with pressure. When overpressure is applied the deformation reaches the bottom membrane and inevitably stops without breaking. At the same time due to the distance traveled and the stresses exerted there are no plastic deformations. This translates into an unaffected sensor performance after the release of the overpressure.

Is capacitive technology ideal for overpressure?

As explained above, whenever overpressure is applied to automation equipment, conventional pressure sensors could get damaged. For that reason, sensors based on silicon capacitive process technology could be used. Understanding the advantages of capacitive technology and the various ways it can be applied to pressure sensors is important and could lead to increased productivity and lower maintenance costs. ES Systems has designed pressure sensors with capacitive technology that can offer high performance and precision along with great efficiency and reliability at a competitive cost.

Are capacitive sensors ideal for medical applications?

Medical applications can be enhanced by MEMS capacitive pressure sensors, as they could provide very high accuracy and long-term stability. More specifically, they are extremely tolerant of overpressure, making them suitable for use in applications where measurement safety is critical and sensor repair is not an option.

The cutting-edge MEMS capacitive technology can be applied in demanding environments regarding absolute, gauge, relative, or differential pressure measurements. For this reason, ES Systems offers three families of high-end capacitive pressure sensors for those needing superior accuracy. These families are:

  • ESCP-MIS1, designed to sustain high measurement quality in harsh environments and media. Available now.
  • ESCP-BMS1, ideal for industrial, medical and HVAC applications that require high accuracy and low total error band. Available early December 2020.
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ME78X/ME79X Ceramic Pressure Sensors Updated Data Sheets

Posted by Seta Davidian on Sep 25, 2020 10:04:22 AM

Servoflo is pleased to announce updated data sheets for the ME78X and ME79X ceramic pressure sensors from Metallux. These state-of-the-art ceramic pressure sensors have excellent accuracy and versatility for those users designing a pressure transducer or embedding a sensor in a pump, valve or other part of a pressure control system. A notable change is new designs for both the ME78X and ME79X will use an SSOP14 package rather than the previous DFN package.

me78x ceramic pressure sensorThe ME78X are a flush diaphragm, piezoresistive sensor with signal conditioning electronics embedded into the ceramic to provide a 0.5 to 4.5V ratiometric output or I2C output with pressure & temperature information. Calibration can be done in bar (0.5 to 600 bar) or psi (7.5 to 8500 psi). Furthermore, the sensor is available in a variety of configurations including absolute, gauge or sealed gauge. Accuracy choices include high accuracy, standard accuracy, no temperature compensation, or uncalibrated & uncompensated. The ME78X provides incredible versatility for users. The most updated information on the ME78X can be found here.

me790-headerME79X are monolithic piezoresistive ceramic pressure sensors. The Wheatstone bridge is screen-printed directly on one side of the ceramic cell by means of thick film technology and signal conditioning electronics generate 0.5 - 4.5V ratiometric output. Pressure and temperature calibration are done electronically with the on-board ASIC and can be performed in bar (3 to 400 bar) or in psi (50 to 5000 psi).

Electronics provide offset and span correction when the temperature changes. Aging detection is constantly performed. This new method guarantees good precision and long-term stability. The most recent data sheet includes a new mechanical configuration where springs are used for contacts. This innovative methods eliminates the need for soldering, increasing assembly speed, as well as improving ease of assembly resulting in lower overall costs. This mechanical configuration has been tested and validated in the automotive field for many years. Get the most recent information on the ME79X here.

You may notice that the ME78X is flush with a smooth side exposed to the pressure media and the ME79X are monolithic with a small indentation in the middle exposed to the media. Why choose one or the other? If a customer is making an absolute or sealed gauge sensor, then flush mount is ideal as they have a fixed reference. 

Both the ME78X and ME79X have excellent chemical resistance due to the AI2O3 ceramic, making them suitable for nearly all aggressive media.

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Data sheet links:

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Why Use Servoflo for Board Level Pressure Sensors

Posted by Seta Davidian on Jun 16, 2020 10:02:31 AM

Users of pressure sensors enjoy a broad selection of models and manufacturers from which to choose. While detailed specifications of individual models are easy to come by, it often helps to understand more about the overall supplier. The following blog post compares board-level pressure sensors from Servoflo and other providers of pressure sensors.

Advantages of Servoflo

At Servoflo, we distribute a broad range of pressure sensors from leading manufacturers, including Fujikura, TE Connectivity, Merit Sensors, Silicon Microstructures and many more. Our sensor products meet the board-level pressure measurement requirements across different price and performance points for pressure ranges from 2-inch water column (WC) to several thousand psi for applications in the medical, HVAC, and industrial industries.

By partnering with us, our customers benefit from our:

Individualized Customer Service

We focus on providing individual attention to meet the unique needs of our customers rather than locking them into a single family of standard products that feature unnecessary features at additional costs. Additionally, some of our suppliers provide customers with the opportunity to produce modified sensor designs that fit their specific applications in very low volumes with little to no price premium or expensive upfront investment. This level of customer service and customizing is not available from many large providers (both distributors & large manufacturers).

Greater Flexibility and Added Benefits

In many cases, pressure is not the only parameter requiring measurement. Other critical parameters that may require monitoring include mass flow, humidity, and temperature. We consider all of these factors and more when curating our product selection to offer solutions that meet a broader range of applications at competitive prices. In addition, we can provide benefits like inventory management, stocking, responsiveness, and easy access to technical support like we do.

Sample Overview of Fujikura Sensors

al4-headerFujikura’s AL4 pressure sensor is a low-pressure sensor with digital output. It consists of a silicon piezoresistive pressure sensing chip combined with a signal conditioning integrated circuit. This sensor amplifies the low-level signal from the sensing chip, applies temperature compensation and calibration, and converts it to digital data in proportion to the applied pressure. Highlighted features of this sensor include: 

  • Gauge: positive, negative, or bi-directional
  • Differential: new feature now available!
  • Pressure Ranges: 0–1 kPa (.145 psi) to 0–10 kPa (1.45 psi), depending on model
  • Pressure Media: non-corrosive gases
  • Supply Voltage (constant voltage): 5 +/-0.25 VDC, 3.3 VDC, or 3.0 VDC
  • Accuracy: +/-1.5% FS
  • Ports: dual barbed
  • Size: 11.36 mm x 10.32 mm x 10.32 mm SMT package

Typical uses include battery-operated devices, medical equipment, industrial pneumatic devices, and various consumer devices.

Overview of Silicon Microstructures Sensors

sm933x-headerMEMS pressure transducer technology and CMOS mixed-signal processing come together in the SM9333/SM9336 ultra-low differential pressure sensor. These sensors offer digital, fully conditioned, and multi-order pressure and temperature-compensated sensing. The highlighted features of this model include: 

  • Pressure Range: 125 Pa to 250 Pa differential
  • Digital Interface: 16 bit I2C
  • Compensated Temperature Range: -20° C to 85° C
  • Total Accuracy: +1% full-scale
  • Insensitivity to mounting orientation
  • Robust JEDEC SOIC (16 package with a dual vertical porting option)

Quality Sensors From Servoflo

The above highlighted products are 2 examples of our extensive product offering. We have many more product options that fit a wide variety of needs. High-quality products, individualized customer service, product design flexibility, and a variety of added benefits make Servoflo the better choice for board-level pressure sensors. Contact us to learn more about our board-level pressure sensor solutions or request a quote for our products from one of our experts.

 

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Additional Solutions From Servoflo’s Mass Flow Sensors

Posted by David Ezekiel on Feb 6, 2020 9:28:14 AM

Companies across a range of different industries use mass flow sensing technologies to meet specific application requirements in a variety of applications. Here, the team at Servoflo provides a few examples of the advantages of mass flow sensors in machines and mechanisms being designed today.

Solutions for Servoflo’s FS6122 Bi-Directional Medical Respiratory Sensor

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In the medical industry, mass flow sensors play a key role in the functionality of respiratory monitoring equipment, such as CPAP or anesthesia delivery systems and other types of medical equipment. For example, the Servoflo FS6122 Bi-Directional Medical Respiratory Sensor has been especially designed for suitability in medical applications. It is an energy-saving, fast-responding sensor that can measure mass flow rate in the range of -250 to 250 SLPM (standard litres per minute). This bi-directional sensor also has a unique additional feature of an optional humidity sensor, giving users even more environmental measurement capability.

Some typical flow sensor applications in the medical industry include:

· Air mattresses and cushions

· Anesthesia equipment

· Asthma detection products

· Biological chamber air circulation devices

· Drug delivery solutions

· Endoscopes

· Gamma knives

· Infusion pumps

· Oxygen concentrators and conservers

· Other oxygen therapy tools

· Respirator and breath detection machines (especially for cases of sleep apnea)

· Smart oxygen homecare cylinders

· Spirometers

· Veterinary machines and tools

Solutions for Servoflo’s FS5001B MEMS Mass Flow Sensor

Other mass flow sensors from Servoflo have exceptional operational capabilities for industrial and electrical applications, among many others. For instance, the FS5001B MEMS Mass Flow Sensor has the following key attributes:

· An effective operational range anywhere from 0 to 200 SCCM (standard cubic centimeters per minutes) up to 0-1000 SCCM

· An exceptionally quick response time of 10 milliseconds

· A pressure rating that can go up to 5 bar (72 psi)

· A small form factor of 48.5 x 48.5 x 18.5 mm

· Accurate readings within a range of ±2.0%, in addition to a ±0.5% range for full scale readings

· Outputs that include linear analog from 0.5 to 4.5 volts, digital RS232, or I2C

Additional Applications of Mass Flow Sensors

Mass flow sensors are highly versatile. For instance, most car engines use mass air flow sensors to inject the correct mix of fuel and air into the engine’s combustion chambers. Mass flow sensors also allow welders that use oxy-fuel equipment to work safely.

The following list includes several examples of common use cases for mass flow sensors:

· Medical: specifically the FS6122 Bi-Directional Medical Respiratory Sensor

· Electronics

· HVAC Engineering: particularly for variable air volume (or VAV) systems, cleanroom management, and refrigerant monitoring

· Industrial: for use in process gas monitors, gas mixing solutions, and welding gas controls, among many other applications

· Food and Beverage: for oven flow monitors, food freshening solutions, and even food packaging

Servoflo’s High Quality Mass Flow Sensors

Mass flow sensors are critical for organizations that run the gamut of commercial and industrial sectors. High quality mass flow sensors lead to better products, durable applications, and benefits for all.

At Servoflo, our expertly trained and dedicated professionals are committed to providing only the best mass flow sensor solutions for our customers. To learn more about our sensor products, request a free quote today.

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Pressure Sensors for the Medical Industry

Posted by Seta Davidian on Dec 4, 2019 1:05:40 PM

In the medical industry, board level pressure sensors are commonly used in patient monitoring equipment. When used in treatment equipment, such as drug delivery systems or respiratory devices, they can act as monitors that trigger upon reaching a preset threshold and tell the control units to continue, change, or cease treatment.

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Servoflo has worked with Fortune 500 major medical equipment manufacturers by providing pressure sensors and other environmental sensors in applications such as:

 
  • Respirators and breath detection equipment
  • O2 concentrators and conservers
  • Deep vein thrombosis treatment
  • Infusion pumps
  • Inflatable mattresses
  • Blood pressure measurement

Pressure Sensors for Respirators and Breath Detection Equipment

Our pressure sensors for respirator and breath detection equipment generally monitor low-pressure conditions. They come in a variety of gauge or differential models, digital or analog outputs, and supply voltages. A good example of a pressure sensor is the AL4 Series.  The AL4 has various pressure ranges as low as 0-1 kPa (0.145 psi) with a digital output. What makes the AL4 special is that it has a high overpressure of 15 psi.

 Check out the industry page to review our wide selection of respirator and breath detection equipment pressure sensors.

Pressure Sensors and Oxygen Sensors for O2 Concentrators and Conservers

Oxygen concentrators take in air, filter out impurities and other gases, and deliver pure oxygen to patients who require oxygen therapy, such as ones undergoing surgery or treatment for lung disease. Due to their critical function, these machines require highly accurate and consistent pressure sensors that can ensure precise and accurate control over treatment.oxygen-concentrator-header (1)

There are two applications for pressure sensors. The first is breath detection, similar to the respirator application described above. The second is to monitor the pressure in the oxygen line, which typically runs between 30-40 psi.

In this pressure range, there are many choices for sensors. Because there are so many options to choose from, Servoflo can help narrow down the choices for you by helping you choose a sensor based on your exact requirements. This way, you will not pick a sensor that is neither not accurate enough nor too accurate (& higher cost) for your application.

We also offer oxygen sensors that monitor the oxygen percentages delivered to the patient. Check out the product page to more about our selection of pressure sensors and oxygen sensors for O2 concentrators and conservers.

Pressure Sensors for Deep Vein Thrombosis Treatment

Deep vein thrombosis, also referred to as DVT, occurs when a blood clot develops in a vein located deep within the body. Pneumatic compression devices can prevent DVT or facilitate treatment by promoting circulation and lymphatic drainage. Typical pressures run about 5 psi.

Our pressure sensors for deep vein thrombosis treatment equipment feature a variety of specifications, including in regard to outputs, pressure ranges, and accuracy levels, to ensure that individualized DVT treatments occur as expected. Check out the product page to more about our selection of deep vein thrombosis pressure sensors.

Infusion Pumps

Medical professionals use infusion pumps in hospitals, medical offices, nursing homes, and private residences to deliver vital fluids, such as nutrients, medication, or saline, to a patient’s body. These machines need accurate pressure sensors to maintain a controlled flow. The pressure sensors are used to monitor the pump’s backpressure to ensure that the pump is working correctly.

infusion-pump-2 (1)Our infusion pump pressure sensors meet a variety of pressure range demands. The sensors are temperature-compensated and have chips that provide data for smart infusion pump equipment. Check out the product page to more about our selection of infusion pump pressure sensors.

Inflatable Mattresses

Medical inflatable mattresses have more specialized functions than traditional inflatable mattresses. They enhance circulation to prevent soreness, stress, or decreased blood flow while providing support and comfort. Patients use medical inflatable mattresses during extended periods of bed rest to reduce the risk of skin shearing and pressure sores. Different varieties of these mattresses need pressure sensors, typically 3 psi and below, to prevent air loss or replenish lost air.

Our line of sensors facilitates the maintenance of stable, comfortable pressure levels and monitor the mattress’s fluid conditions to protect the patient. Check out the product page to more about our selection of inflatable mattress pressure sensors.

Blood Pressure Measurement

Blood pressure measurement is one of the main applications of medical pressure sensors. The sensors allow for non-invasive measurement of blood pressure, providing insight into a patient’s condition during routine appointments, extended hospital stays, and medical treatments. The pressure sensors are used in electronic blood pressure equipment (not the traditional mechanical units used in a doctor’s office).

Our pressure sensors come in a variety of power requirement, display, pressure threshold, and size options. We have pressure sensors designed specifically for blood pressure instrumentation. The models include the AP3/AG3NIBP. This is a standard sensor specially calibrated  for +/- 3 mm of mercury. The datasheet can be accessed here.

Contact Servoflo for Your Medical Pressure Sensor Needs Today

Pressure sensors serve an important role in many medical applications. As such, it’s crucial to choose high-quality sensors that exactly suit the nature and requirements of the application. To learn more about our pressure sensors, contact us today. For assistance choosing one for your application, download our eBook or request a quote.

 

Topics: Pressure Sensors

Why Humidity Measurement is Essential to the Success of an Industrial Process

Posted by Seta Davidian on Dec 3, 2019 1:21:33 PM

Moisture, whether in liquid or gaseous form, is one of several process variables that industry professionals must measure, monitor, and control. In industrial applications, moisture levels—i.e., humidity—can significantly impact the lifespan of the process equipment, the quality of the end product, and the overall performance of the process operation. Mitigating these potential consequences of moisture in industrial processes necessitates understanding its fundamentals.

The following blog post provides an overview of moisture, outlining its unique properties and why measuring its levels in industrial processes is important.

Fundamentals of Moisture

Like with temperature, pressure, and fluid flow, project managers and equipment operators must account for moisture when planning and performing a process operation. However, unlike these other variables, moisture offers the following challenges:

  1. In dynamic processes, it is more difficult to accurately and consistently measure.
  2. It serves as a contaminant that often results in more severe damage to process equipment, end products, and industrial processes.

These two qualities underline the importance of acquiring a comprehensive understanding of moisture to control its presence in industrial processes more effectively.

Why Measure Moisture?

humidity-group-newMoisture exists naturally in industrial gases and the surrounding environment. Within controlled industrial settings, industry professionals generally consider this moisture as an undesirable contaminant as it significantly impacts the quality and consistency of a process. If left unchecked, excess moisture causes condensation, corrosion, and contamination, which may result in:

  • Penetration of the vast majority of surfaces, resulting in corrosion and/or loss of integrity
  • Interference with test results, potentially rendering them useless
  • Reduction in product quality
  • Damage to process tubing
  • Formation of ice in process equipment (at low temperatures)
  • Premature failure and wear of process equipment
  • Unexpected reactions between process substances such as chemicals or gases 

With these consequences in mind, industry professionals often implement protocols that accurately measure moisture levels to control or eliminate moisture as needed. Measuring and managing moisture allows them to:

  • Minimize the amount of damage experienced by process equipment
  • Increase the quality and consistency of end products
  • Reduce energy usage and related costs
  • Lower overall operational costs

Altogether, the above advantages of measuring moisture levels in process operations allow companies to better meet contractual obligations, often resulting in greater customer satisfaction, enhanced brand reputation, and higher profits.

Contact Servoflo for Your Moisture Measurement Needs

At Servoflo, we understand how critical moisture levels are to the success of a project. Our broad selection of humidity sensors and other sensing tools facilitates the accurate measurement of moisture in processes regardless of the industry or application. For design engineers or original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), we offer a variety of durable, reliable, and versatile elements suitable for use in moisture or humidity measurement instrumentation, including:

To learn more about our sensor offerings, contact us today. If you need assistance choosing one for your next equipment build, request a quote. One of our knowledgeable team members will be glad to assist you with any concerns that you may have. 

Topics: Humidity Sensors