PSD - Handheld Strain Gauge Displays

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Portable strain gauge indicators combine extremely high resolution and low power with the convenience of a handheld display and keypad. The 7 digit LCD display has peak and valley hold facilities with the option of a RS232 data port.


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Q: Can I use the handheld to indicate different engineering units?

A: Yes, 2 separate ranges are available, which enable the instrument to read and display two separate engineering units; i.e. lbs/kg, tonne/kN, etc. The menu options provide the user with the ability to completely tailor the operation of each range such as the display update rate, low power operation and RS232 output along with the resolution and decimal point position. Each range tracks its own peak and trough as well as its Gross/Net state all of which are saved on powering.

Q: How do I calibrate to the PSD?

A: The PSD is factory set to enable calibration with sensors generating an input signal of 5mV/V or less. In the majority of cases it will not be necessary to read higher signal levels.

The best method of calibration, if it is possible to do so, is via the Live calibration (via the PSD’s menu programme), as this reads in the sensor signal at two calibration points and scales the PSD automatically. If this is not possible, then the sensitivity figure (in mV/V) from the sensor calibration certificate can be used to scale the PSD, by using the Table (via the PSD’s menu programme) calibration. This may be the only option available if you are unable to apply a known stimulus to the sensor, which quite often is the case.

Q: Can I connect to RS232 using the PSD?

A: Yes, via the PSD232. This handheld can connect to most RS232 interface whether it’s a PC or simple data logger.

The PSD232 sends the displayed value to the RS232 port at 9600 baud in an ASCII format, terminated by a carriage return and line-feed making it suitable for stand alone data loggers, larger serial displays as well as interfacing onto a PC for logging which can provide a useful record during a calibration or load cell test.

The RS232 output is provided at the same time that the display is updated The update rate is user configurable with updates rate of up 10Hz.

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