Vacuum Measurement Sensors from Posifa Technologies

Posted by Seta Davidian on Jul 5, 2023 1:22:22 PM

Posifa's vacuum sensors are known for high resolution and performance. These sensors are excellent for measuring small amounts of vacuum changes. Typical applications include but are not limited to freeze drying, degassing, cryogenic storage, vacuum glove boxes, and more. Pressure sensors can also be used for vacuum measurement applications where resolution requirements are lower. 

pvc4000PVC4000 & PVC4001 Vacuum Sensors

PVC4000 are uncalibrated vacuum sensors with an I2C output, making them ideal for those who want to customize their measurement range.  The PVC4100 are similar to the PVC4000 except that they are fully calibrated, providing excellent value for customers seeking high resolution & precision. Both have measurement ranges of 0.001 to 760 Torr. Check out the video demonstration of the PVC4000 evaluation kit.


pvc5100PVC5100 Vacuum Transducer

Fully packaged in stainless steel housing, the PVC5100 has a connector-terminated wire harness with ISO-KF fittings.

These Pirani vacuum sensors have an overpressure of 27.5 bar and are excellent for leak detection in a closed-loop system. The vacuum range is from 0.1 mTorr to 760,000 mTorr (0.013 Pa to 101 kPa). A digital I2C output is provided.

PVC6100-photoPVC6100 Vacuum Transmitter

PVC6100 is a drop-in replacement for other manufacturers of vacuum sensors (contact us to find out if it is applicable to you). With a range of 10-4 Torr to ATM, the PVC6100 has a voltage output and a replaceable probe.

Excellent for medium vacuum applications such as freeze dryers, mass spectrometers, cryogenic cylinders, and more.



Vacuum measurement is especially important in critical applications where any type of leakage can cause problems. Let us help you find the right solution to your problem!

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How to Use a Gauge Pressure Sensor to Measure Negative Pressure

Posted by Seta Davidian on Apr 27, 2023 11:26:00 AM

There are two types of pressure sensors used for negative pressure or vacuum pressure applications: gauge sensors and absolute pressure sensors. The reference pressure is the differentiating factor between these 2 types of sensors. The diagram below illustrates how the different methodologies work.

measuring negative pressure using a gauge pressure sensor



In applications that rely on the principle of a vacuum, it is important to effectively measure negative pressure (also known as vacuum pressure). There are two basic ways to do so:

  • Measure the amount of pressure below local atmospheric pressure [typically 14.7 pounds/ square inch absolute (PSIA)]
  • Measure how much pressure is above absolute zero vacuum (0 PSIA)

Both methods of measurement utilize the same scale and pressure point. However, these two measurements will yield differing results over time because one measurement's reference point is a fixed quantity (absolute zero vacuum), whereas the other relies upon a variable amount (atmospheric air pressure, which can fluctuate).

  1. In the case of a gauge sensor, either a single port or dual port model can be used. In the case of a dual port gauge sensor, the "lower pressure" port measures the negative or vacuum pressure.
  2. By accessing the "lower pressure" port, the user is mimicking applying positive pressure to the higher pressure port as in pressure range.
  3. The advantage of using a gauge sensor is if the user wants to measure a vacuum smaller than the full vacuum range 14.7 psi, such as -3 psi, using a lower range focusing on the negative pressure range is more appropriate. This way, by using a smaller full-scale range pressure sensor, the user captures the full-range of the vacuum pressure measurements, thus obtaining more resolution and more design flexibility. For a single port gauge sensor, the single port is vented to the atmosphere.

For example, if a user is trying to measure the inhalation pressure in a respiratory application, the pressure range would be no more than 0.6 psi. If an absolute pressure sensor is used, only 4% of the pressure range would be used, hence wasting 96% of the sensor's calibrated range. By using a gauge sensor such as the AL4 Series, the user can capitalize on higher resolution and measure smaller negative pressure ranges.

Measuring Pressure Below Local Atmospheric Pressure Sources

Vacuum pressure is typically measured in terms of psi or pounds per square inch vacuum (PSIV). This measurement is generally relative to the surrounding atmospheric pressure. Vacuum pressure transducers can convert the inner negative pressure contained by an application into an electrical signal, and from there into a precise measurement.


At 0 PSIV—which is the same as typical atmospheric pressure, or 14.7 PSIA—the electrical output of a vacuum pressure transducer is 0 VDC. At full-scale, vacuum (14.7 PSIV or 0 PSIA), the output generally increased to about 5 VDC. A vacuum pressure transducer's output in volts increases proportionally to the increase in vacuum or negative pressure. On the other hand, an absolute pressure transducer emits increased positive voltage in proportion to decreasing vacuum.

Measuring How Much Pressure is Above Absolute Zero Vacuum Sources

The scale for absolute pressure begins at the high vacuum point of 0 PSIA. Unlike measurements that rely on atmospheric pressure as their main reference point, this methodology allows for more consistent readings.


An absolute pressure transducer features an electrical output of 0 VDC at 0 PSIA and increases to 5 VDC when it reaches full-scale pressure (14.7 PSIA). This output is expressed in positive voltage.

Pressure Sensors that Measure Negative Pressure

Vacuum pressure transducers and absolute pressure transducers measure the same thing using different points of reference. They are both crucial components for use in applications that require accurate and reliable negative pressure measurements for proper functionality and optimal performance.


When attempting to measure negative air pressure, it's important to use the proper equipment and to have that equipment calibrated to yield correct readings. Even small discrepancies between measurement and actual vacuum level could lead to performance issues.

Examples of classic applications where negative pressure measurements are needed include negative wound pressure therapy, breathing applications, pump control/performance monitoring, HVAC applications such as filter monitoring, and pressurized rooms such as cleanrooms and isolation rooms. One pressure sensor series which works well for these applications is the AP/AG Series from Fujikura.

To learn more, we have an e--book, How to Pick a Pressure Sensor.

[eBook Cover] Pressure Sensor Selection Guide

At Servoflo, we are an industry-leading supplier of high-quality pressure sensors, environmental sensors, and micropumps  Our many years of expertise allow us to provide detailed and practical assistance for engineers designing new components. 

If you are in need of exceptionally precise and reliable sensors for negative pressure applications, then utilize our pressure sensor selector tool to tell us about your specific needs. Our team will then suggest specific parts for you to review

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When to Use MEMS Capacitive Pressure Sensors

Posted by Seta Davidian on Jan 30, 2023 11:27:09 AM

Various technologies are used to make pressure sensors. 2 of the most common include piezoresistive and capacitive pressure sensors. Both can be used for gauge, differential, or absolute pressure measurement. While piezoresistive is found in low-cost sensors, there are situations where a capacitive pressure sensor is better suited for the application.

In capacitive pressure sensors, the electrical capacitance changes with pressure. In simplified terms, this change in capacitance is measured and converted to a pressure measurement. This capacitive element technique creates a pressure sensor with key advantages, including:

Robustness: Capacitive pressure sensors can easily withstand high proof pressures and overpressure.

Temperature performance: These sensors can operate over a wider temperature range than traditional piezoresistive pressure sensors. 

Power consumption: Capacitive pressure sensors use low power because no bias is required to operate the sensor.  This feature makes the sensors suitable for IIOT products where power use is critical. The sensors can be operated in extremely low power modes until activated when needed.

Accuracy: Low hysteresis, high repeatability and low sensitivity to temperature changes allow for highly accurate sensors. 

Long-term stability:  Minimal drift gives users superior long-term stability over other pressure sensors.

Newer packaging styles: Capacitive sensors have become much smaller compared to older generations which resembled a brick.

Because the production and calibration costs of capacitive sensors are higher, it is not expected to act as a replacement for lower-cost piezoresistive pressure sensors. Instead, these newer generation capacitive sensors open up opportunities for pressure measurement than cannot be done with piezoresistive pressure sensors. Some sample applications include: 

furnaceProduction Equipment: Automated pumps and valves need to be monitored for pressure. A capacitive sensor has the safety to be exposed to harsher environments.

Industrial Filter Monitoring:  Differential pressure measurement is required to monitor filter clogging in industrial equipment. The capacitive sensor offers excellent overpressure tolerance (typically 100 times) and has a minimum in-line pressure drop requirement.

Powerless Pressure Monitoring System: Due to its nature, a capacitive pressure sensor does not require DC bias for its operation, minimizing power requirements, and allowing the user to set up remote wireless monitoring.  Wireless level tank monitoring can be done by creating a sensor network with data sent to the cloud. The excellent overpressure tolerance and high accuracy combined with the low power requirement make the capacitive pressure sensors a unique solution to solving difficult pressure measurement situations.


To learn more about the advantages of capacitive pressure sensors, check out these blog posts:

High Accuracy Capacitive Pressure Sensors

Learn the Differences: Rated Pressure, Overpressure, and Burst Pressure


Here are some capacitive pressure sensors offered by Servoflo!


If you are not sure what kind of sensor you might need, take advantage of our pressure sensor selector tool, and we will then provide you with specific options for your application!

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Converting Air Velocity Measurements to Volumetric Flow Rates

Posted by Seta Davidian on Dec 15, 2022 11:47:16 AM

This blog post is courtesy of European Sensor Systems (ES Systems), a provider of highly accurate pressure sensors and mass flow sensors. 

How do you convert an air velocity measurement to a volumetric flow rate? It is important to understand the various formulas and technical definitions to prevent errors in calculation. 

Volumetric flow rate is the volume of fluid that passes per unit of time.

Flow meter technologies such as differential pressure, magnetic, thermal, turbine, ultrasonic, and vortex all measure flow rate as a function of fluid velocity. Please refer to the respective flow meter datasheet for detailed information and specifications.

You can calculate the volumetric flow rate by using the equation shown below:

volumetric Flow Rate (Q) = Flow Velocity (V) × Cross-sectional Area (A)


Q is the Volumetric Flow Rate in m3/s

V is the Flow Velocity in m/s

A is the cross-sectional area in mm2

flow rate and flow velocity diagramFor example, if a gas had a velocity (V) 15 m/s and was traveling through a pipe of 20mm inner diameter then the volumetric Flow Rate (Q) would be 0.004712 m3/s which is equal to 282.74 l/min.

Converting velocity to mass flow rate

Similarly, the volumetric flow rate can be converted to the mass flow rate if the density of the gas measured is known.

Volumetric Flow Rate (Q)=(Mass Flow Rate (ṁ))/(density (ρ))Where,

ṁ is the mass flow rate in kg/s

ρ is the density in kg/m3

From the two equations above it can be derived that:

Mass Flow Rate (ṁ) = V × A × ρ

Using the same example as above, if the density was 998 kg/m3 then the volumetric flow rate of 282.74 l/min would be equivalent to a mass flow rate of 4.703 kg/s.

Velocity profiles – Laminar & turbulent flow

Laminar flow is described as fluid particles following smooth paths in layers, with each layer flowing smoothly past the adjacent layers with little to no mixing in fluid dynamics. The fluid continues to flow without lateral mixing at low velocities, and neighboring layers float past each other like playing cards.

Turbulence, also known as turbulent flow, is a fluid motion characterized by chaotic variations in pressure and flow rate in fluid mechanics.

laminar and turbulent velocity profiles

Laminar flow can be, in general, achieved by providing a 20x the internal diameter of the tube used straight tube length in upstream and downstream flow. For example, if a 25mm ID tube is used, if you connect a 50cm straight tube upstream and downstream of the flow meter, you can expect a laminar flow.

In most applications, turbulent flow is present in the application. This increases the flow noise observed by the flow meter.

Volumetric & mass flow rate units

Volumetric flow rate can be expressed in a variety of units with the most common being m3/s, m3/min, m3/h in metric units and the respective imperial units. Volumetric flow rate is also typically expressed in l/s, l/min, l/h.

Mass flow rate is usually referenced in kg/s, kg/min, kg/h in metric units and in lb/s, lb/min, lb/h in the respective imperial units. Mass flow rate can be also expressed in l/s, l/min, l/h but with one condition.

Due to the fact that for mass flow measurement the gas density must be taken into account, when using l/min unit for mass flow, the temperature and pressure reference conditions must be noted.

There are two common reference conditions for mass flow measurements. These are:

  • Normal, expressed at 0oC temperature and 1013 mbar pressure and denoted as ln/s, ln/min, ln/h
  • Standard, expressed at 20oC temperature and 1013 mbar pressure and denoted as ls/s, ls/min, ls/h

Converting mass flow from reference to ambient conditions can be achieved using the following formula:

〖Flow〗_ambient=〖Flow〗_reference×〖Pressure〗_reference/〖Pressure〗_ambient ×〖Temperature〗_ambient/〖Temperature〗_referenceWhere:

  • Pressure is in mbar
  • Temperature is in Kelvin

Converting differential pressure to flow velocity

Before going into how to convert differential pressure to flow velocity, it is important to note the definitions of static, dynamic, and total pressure.

What’s pressure?

The constant physical force exerted on or against an object by something (such as air) in contact with it is known as pressure.

What’s static pressure?

The pressure you get when the fluid isn’t flowing or when you’re moving with the fluid is called static pressure. While now moving, air would press against you equally in all directions. Because of the conservation law, static pressure decreases as the speed increases.

What’s total pressure?

The pressure a fluid exerts when it comes to a full stop is known as absolute (or total) pressure. When you face the wind and the air collides with your body, total pressure acts on you.

What’s dynamic pressure?

Dynamic pressure is the pressure exerted by a fluid as it travels. It refers to the difference between total and static pressure.

In order to measure flow via differential pressure, a deliberate obstacle has to be introduced in the flow line in order to impose the increased differential pressure measurement. The obstacle can be anything, from an orifice to a simple narrowing of the tube.

Using Bernoulli’s principle, you can correlate flow velocity with differential pressure using the following formula:

using bernoulli’s principle to corelate flow velocity with differential pressure 

Measuring velocity and airflow


  • ESCP-BMS1 – a series of board mountable pressure sensors for applications requiring high resolution and accuracy. Total error band of 0.25% FS from 0-60C.
  • ESRF-ESF – an inline gas flow sensor based on the hot-film anemometer principle for mass gas flow measurements.
  • ESRF-HF – a family of insertion gas flow transmitters based on the hot-film anemometer principle for mass gas flow measurements.

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Electronic Manufacturing Services from Metallux Specializes in Hybrid Circuits and Power Modules

Posted by Seta Davidian on Sep 27, 2022 10:13:12 AM

Metallux of Switzerland is expanding its offering of electronic manufacturing services. These state-of-the-art manufacturing and engineering services help customers get to market quickly. Reliability and flexibility allows Metallux to engineer, prototype, and produce over 4.5 million products every year.

Services include:

Electronic assembly & manufacturing Encapsulation & coating on various substrates
Reliable hybrid circuits Finishing & injection with coatings, epoxy, silicon, resins
Multi-layered hybrid circuits with integrated components Automated inspection & testing
Automated & manual screenprinting lines Climatic chambers for calibration
Laser trimming

X-ray & AOI testing

SMD, chip-on-board & reflow line EMC compliance testing
Active & passive SMT, from 0402 to BGA and μBGA End-of-life & test equipment for QA
Chip & wire: die attach, wedge & ball bonding Production, assembly & packaging in a DNA-free environment



To help better understand the capabilities available, here is a Q&A about these Metallux services.

What experience does Metallux have with power hybrids?

Metallux has long-term knowledge about chip & wire processes to interconnect bare chips to several types of different substrates by wedge & ball bonding. In the last two years, Metallux technicians attended several courses and learned relevant information about recent developments in the same processes for power dies.

What technologies and processes does Metallux have for the production of power hybrids and what investments are needed to produce them?

Metallux has many years of experience in screen printing on ceramic (alumina) and metal (steel) substrates, soldering, and various wire bonding techniques including standard hybrid technology (A12O3), thick film technology, die-bonding, standard wire bonding, and more. We have invested heavily in any additional processes and equipment necessary for power modules and expect to be able to produce samples in 2023. The same equipment can also be used for producing several tens of thousands of power devices.

What kind of information does Metallux need from the customer to provide samples?

Standard information such as application details, technical specifications, environmental situations, commercial (price target, quantities, desired production schedule), specific technology required, and reason for inquiry. For example, if there already is an existing supplier, what are the current stumbling blocks? In addition, we would also need a BOM, schematics, dimensions, operating temperature range, operating voltage, operating current, and power dissipation.

Learn more about hybrid circuit & power module manufacturing from Metallux.

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Topics: Pressure Sensors

Microfluidics & Life Science Webinar on May 12, 2022

Posted by Seta Davidian on Apr 28, 2022 11:33:32 AM

Learn how microfluidics is helping transform the rapidly changing Life Science industry.

The Bartels Conference 2022 is on May 12, 2022, from 1 pm to 5 pm Central European Time, which translates into 7 AM Eastern Standard Time. We know the time is difficult. Therefore, all registrants will be able to access the webinar after the event. The conference is in English and free of charge.


Here is an introduction to one of the presentations

Microfluidics Market Dynamics & Trends in Life Sciences

In a world where healthcare is more than ever a priority, micro-technologies are fundamental to building the medical devices that are needed for patient care, diagnostics, and monitoring. Wherever we look, in most applications, we’re in a period where volumes are ramping up rapidly. The overall microfluidic-based point-of-care testing market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) 2019-2025 of 13%, primarily driven by diagnostics segments. Besides point-of-care testing, the market is driven by tools for pharmaceutical and life science research. These include DNA sequencing, other genomics, and proteomics tools. Moreover, COVID-19 has had a profound impact on the diagnostic ecosystem. Will the pandemic drive the use of point of care testing in new locations, such as the workplace, airports, public transportation, or public places? How does it influence the increasing use of Next-Generation Sequencing for research?

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Servoflo is the distributor for Bartels micropumps in North America. We are proud to be a leading provider of micropumps, pressure sensors, and other environmental sensors.

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Lessons Learned & Staying Relevant In Today's World

Posted by David Ezekiel on Mar 8, 2022 12:53:35 PM

air-pressure-pressure-head-resized-600It's an understatement to say "the world has changed" over the past 25 years. Aside from the multitude of external factors surrounding our lives, the traditional method of transacting business has changed, but not all of it is helpful for engineers in the sensors world.

For an engineer, the wealth of product information available with just a few keyboard clicks is empowering yet overwhelming. We see the value our website brings to customers with the ease of finding products and respective technical information. However, many sensor providers fall short of providing the accessibility sometimes needed when questions arise. We also noticed the diminished use of the telephone when customers have questions. Email, chat boxes, and forms are the primary methods when customers have questions. Creating relevant, useful content on both our website and blog has proven to be of utmost interest to our audience. Nevertheless, we encourage our customers to continue to chat one-on-one (telephone, online meeting, etc.) because often a 5-minute conversation can make a difference when choosing a part number. With the plethora of choices available, it is very easy for an engineer to overdesign (and overpay) for a part or accidentally pick the wrong part for their application. 

To stay relevant, Servoflo focuses on providing useful, application-specific information for our audience. Additionally, the value of relationships plays a vital role in helping customers choose the best part for their needs. Some examples of where direct relationships play an important role include:

  • Working with purchasing to maintain and manage inventory requirement
  • Connecting customers to suppliers to discuss in-depth technical understanding
  • Customizing a physical attribute of a sensor such as providing special packaging or terminations
  • Modifying sensor performance to focus on the specific range of high performance needed by a customer

Servoflo provides the one on one service that has fallen by the wayside in today's world. Our core values keep us focused on providing customers what they need when they need it. Founded by engineers for engineers in 1968, these values include:

  1. Only offer those products and services which provide our customers BOTH high value (price/performance) and reliability
  2. Always make it easy and simple for engineering and purchasing professionals to work with us
  3. Never take an opportunity to work with a new or existing customer for granted - treat every application with thoroughness and urgency
  4. Never misrepresent the capability of any product we carry

Our goal is to stay true to these values while adjusting the delivery of these values to meet today's business models.

While it may feel "easier" to browse anonymously online for parts without feeling pressured by salespeople, we ask that you remember at Servoflo, we pride ourselves by focusing on YOUR needs and requirements. We promise that you will save time, gain efficiency, and obtain the best possible solution for your application. A few minutes can save you significant amounts of time and reduce endless browsing.

Please reach out to us to let us know what you see happening in engineering design decisions by contacting us or leaving a comment below!

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Learn the Difference: Rated Pressure, Overpressure & Burst Pressure

Posted by Seta Davidian on Nov 12, 2021 12:45:18 PM

In many applications and industries, it is not uncommon to come across the risk of excessive pressure, or overpressure, within the pneumatic or hydraulic network of equipment, especially in facilities with a high degree of automation. If this phenomenon is not controlled properly, it may cause permanent damage to equipment and production lines which is why pressure sensors are commonly used as some form of protection in several operations such as industrial, medical, bioprocessing, and pharmaceutical.

ESCP-MIS1-headerNevertheless, pressure transducers are not always able to handle extreme levels of pressure. In order to survive extreme pressures, engineers and designers have defined pressure ratings that can describe the conditions a pressure component can withstand without affecting its operational performance. These are divided into:

            • rated pressure
            • overpressure
            • burst pressure

The maximum pressure that the manufacturer assigns as the desired pressure at which a device will function properly is normally outlined as rated pressure. An overpressure value is a condition where the pressure transducer can withstand excessive pressure without affecting performance or compromising subsequent measurements. Often overpressure is mistaken for burst pressure, which is defined as the maximum pressure that can be applied without physically damaging the body of the sensing component.

For example, if a pressure sensor has 2 bar rated pressure, 5x overpressure, and 10x burst pressure, this means that the sensor can measure pressures up to 2 bar, it can withstand overpressures up to 10 bar without being damaged, and if the pressure reaches 20 bar the sensor sealing will burst. From 10 to 20 bar, the sensor does not burst but it is damaged and will not operate as expected.

What can cause overpressure?

Different factors can trigger overpressure, including unintentionally increased heat, uplift, a faulty pressure regulator, process synchronization, or an amalgamation of all these factors.  These causes are common in industrial applications where there are solenoids, centrifugal pumps, regulators and valves.

How capacitive sensors can prevent catastrophic failures due to overpressure

Due to their design and measurement principle, MEMS capacitive pressure sensors can handle up to 100x overpressure, making them the only available sensor technology in the market that can withstand high overpressure.

The overpressure tolerance along with the excellent accuracy and total error band specification make capacitive sensors ideal for any application that uses pumps or valves, especially in automation equipment, where overpressure is frequently experienced. 

Before selecting a sensor, the maximum pressure value needed for the application should be taken into consideration. Understanding the advantages of each technology, the dynamics of their system, the limits of the sensor, and the various ways it can be applied are important to increase productivity and lower maintenance costs.

In the following figure, you can see an application example of the overpressure performance of a 10 bar absolute calibrated sensor from ES Systems. The sensor's maximum expected operating pressure (MEOP) is 10 bar. The sensor is measured at a reference pressure of 9.3 bar absolute and then pressurized at the following pressure steps as seen in the graph below.


As predicted, the sensor returns to nominal performance even with 100x overpressure is applied for a long period of time. 

Pressure sensors with high overpressure tolerance

ESCP_BMS1-header-newES Systems has developed high-end pressure sensors with cutting-edge MEMS capacitive technology and overpressure tolerance. Because of their revolutionary design, they can withstand up to 100X the rated pressure with no plastic deformation and can be replicated in any harsh environmental condition. Furthermore, the total error band is unsurpassed in the pressure sensor market (see our post about accuracy).

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Pressure Sensors for Medical Ventilators

Posted by Seta Davidian on Jul 8, 2021 4:04:35 PM

Medical ventilators supply air or other gaseous mixtures to patients through the use of pressure. These devices are used when patients require assistance breathing or are entirely unable to breathe on their own. One vital component that these systems use to function is a pressure sensor.

In this blog post, we'll review how medical ventilators work and the role that pressure sensors play in the functionality of these devices.


How Does a Ventilator Work & When Are They Used?

Hospitals often use medical ventilators as life support devices for patients who are either unable to breathe on their own or experience difficulty breathing. There are both invasive and non-invasive ventilators available. While noninvasive ventilators use an airtight external mask, invasive ventilators involve inserting internal tubes via tracheostomies or intubation.

Medical ventilators are normally used as a temporary measure to assist with breathing for a limited time, such as when a patient is undergoing surgery. Anesthesia may slow patients' breathing, warranting the use of a ventilator throughout a surgical procedure. In some cases, patients with serious medical conditions that affect their breathing may require ventilation during the recovery process, usually while receiving treatment in a hospital's critical care unit (CCU) or intensive care unit (ICU).

Other conditions that may require the use of a ventilator include acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), pneumonia and other respiratory infections, lung diseases, brain injury, drug overdoses, or strokes. 


Where Are Pressure Sensors Used on a Ventilator?

Pressure sensors are integral to medical ventilators. Depending on the type of system, medical industry pressure sensors are used in several places on a ventilator, including:

  • Measurement of the pressure between the regulator and filter from the starting oxygen and air inputs
  • Measurement of pressure when the patient inhales, along with the pressure of the gases leading to external humidifiers
  • Measurement of pressure when patients exhale into medical ventilators
  • Measurement of barometric pressure to offset changes in elevation

Depending on the role of a pressure sensor in a ventilator, several sensor solutions are available for different applications. These include filter monitoring, airflow control, O2 flow control, O2 source pressure, CO2 level, and humidifier solutions. 


Pressure Sensors from Servoflo

Based on what our customers require for their medical ventilators, Servoflo offers multiple pressure sensor solutions. Our pressure sensors meet various measurement requirements across multiple performance and price points. We have compiled a detailed list of sensor suggestions for medical ventilators which can be found here.

Servoflo offers pressure sensors ranging from under 2-inch water column to as much as several thousand psi in a variety of packages and configurations. In addition to top-quality pressure sensor products that work with medical and other applications, we can provide individualized customer service to ensure our customers get the most from their products.

When you work with the professionals at Servoflo, you'll benefit from increased flexibility and other advantages. For example, we consider other critical parameters that may need consistent monitoring such as humidity, mass flow, and temperature. Regardless of what you require for your systems, we have the resources and expertise needed to provide the right solution.

For more information about our selection of pressure sensors for all medical applications, please visit our medical equipment page.

Adapting Pressure Transducers for Your Applications

Posted by Seta Davidian on Jul 1, 2021 9:44:46 AM

Choosing the right pressure transducer for a specific application can be overwhelming. There is a vast array of choices, many of which duplicate performance. If you don't find the right combination of features, many manufacturers don't offer modifications or customizations without a large order. That leaves you with little choice but to try to make do with the closest fit. 

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To combat this, Servoflo has been offering services to help companies solve their pressure sensing measurement needs for over 30 years. Our customers don't have to make do with the closest available option. We offer many customizations to fit the needs of their pressure transducer applications, regardless of order size. 

Customizations and Requests Servoflo Can Help With

A custom pressure transducer is manufactured with specifications to fit a particular non-standard application. Servoflo is proud to offer modifications or customizations for special features on our pressure transducers. Our strong, long-term factory relationships enable us to provide pressure transducer customizations and special requests relatively quickly and easily. We work directly with your engineering team to produce a pressure transducer that meets your most demanding specifications and requirements.

Our custom engineered pressure transducers are made with the utmost engineering design expertise and quality manufacturing capabilities. We offer the following special requests and customizations:

  • Electronic connections
  • Full or partial housing
  • Measurement parameters, including pressure range and calibration accuracy
  • Process fittings 
  • Wetted materials, such as seals and housing materials

Standard Packaged Transducers from Servoflo

Servoflo is committed to offering the widest choice of standard packaged transducers representing a wide variety of price/performance variations. Some of our featured sensors include:

  • Anfield Sensors. Anfield Sensors Inc. is an industry-leading manufacturer of pneumatic and hydraulic sensors known for faster delivery and industrial performance. They specialize in vacuum, differential, pressure, and temperature switches and transducers for the foodservice, industrial, medical, military, and mobile industries.
  • American Sensing. Our newest line focuses on high accuracy, high temperature, and low power supply for IIoT applications. American Sensing provides vast experience in sensing technologies and manufacturing, and they deliver cost-effective solutions for the aerospace, industrial, and military industries, as well as many other demanding applications.
  • Microsensor. Micro Sensor Co., Ltd. is known for its variety of product options. They are leading manufacturers of level sensors, pressure sensors, and pressure transmitters. Their products are differentiated by their features, including data collection through a bus, digital wide temperature compensation, and non-linearity correction. 

Servoflo: Providing High-Quality, Cost-Effective Solutions for Over 30 Years

Servoflo has been an industry-leading provider of pressure sensors, mass flow sensors, oxygen sensors, micropumps, and humidity sensors for over 30 years. We serve a vast array of industries, including automotive, consumer, HVAC, industrial equipment, and medical. Our customers know that they can depend on our in-house technical support and FAE resources to ensure the optimal sensor choice for their application. 

Servoflo provides only services and products that offer the highest value and reliability for customers across diverse industries and applications. Our team has a wealth of in-depth expertise for client businesses to draw upon when designing their solutions. For more information, contact us today or request your customized pressure transducer online.

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