HBM launches connection cables for force transducers

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HBM has introduced its new range of K-CAB-F connector cables for force transducers, designed to be suitable for a wide range of testing environments.

The work of HBM’s accredited EMC laboratory into the effects of electromagnetic fields on force transducers has resulted in the development of the new cables, which have a number of features designed to minimize the impact on test results. In particular, the shield of the sensor cable is galvanically connected to the transducer and the measuring amplifier cage to form a Faraday cage, shielding all the components of the measurement chain.

The K-CAB-F connection cables are available in three versions. The standard type is suitable for test environments up to 85°C (185°F) and is resistant to substances such as machine oils, seawater and diluted lye. A paired shielded version has double the insulation of the standard cable and is resistant to high TF and temperature change, making it suitable for reference measurement and large distances, while a highly flexible version has been designed with minimal outside diameter, making it suitable for mobile use and low-force impacts.

Each version is available in four different lengths between 3m and 20m, with connections for HBM amplifiers and HBM’s U10M, U10s, U15, C10, C15, U5, Z30a, Top-Z30a and KDB force sensors.

Thomas Kleckers, product manager for force sensors, commented, “Our new cables are a problem solver for all force measurements using strain-gauge-based load cells. The cables offer a proofed shielding so that they can be used under harsh electromagnetic fields. The choice between the different kinds of cables is easy due to our technical data sheet. The cables can be adapted to all our load cells with connectors and all our amplifier systems.”

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