GVP has been manufacturing high-performance, high-quality, and highly durable Pressure Sensors for the medical device, military, automotive, marine, and OEM industries for decades.
What is a Pressure Sensor?
A typical Pressure Sensor is designed to measure the applied force, or rate of change in the force, between two surfaces. Our standard sensor construction is comprised of thin film membrane layers. This film is typically made using a Polyester material, although there are a wide range of other material options that can provide added benefits for more extreme environments. The circuitry is constructed using a series of printed conductive inks and a specialized pressure sensitive conductive active area. It is within this process that separates a printed Pressure Sensor from other mechanical options. The use of printed conductive inks provides a greater cost advantage as well as reduced development and lead time from its mechanical cousin. Low profile construction design provides more enhanced form fit and function as well as user feedback options.
Pressure Sensor Industries and Applications:
- Medical Diagnostics
- Robotic and Medical Prosthetic Applications
Pressure Sensors are a perfect fit for several in-demand sectors, including the automotive, medical, industrial, robotics, and aerospace industries. These versatile flexible, low-profile sensors can be used as/for:
- Pressure feedback sensors for automotive, medical, dental, and aeronautical applications
- Medical Diagnostics
- Medical fluid level detection devices
- Joint rotation and movement for robotic and prosthetic applications
- Test Equipment
- Burst Sensors
- Security Pads
- Pressure Disbursement Applications
- Force Thresholds
Materials used for Pressure Sensors:
- Conductive Silver and Graphite/carbon inks
- Thin film Polyester, PEEK, or G10/FR4 films
- Pressure sensitive adhesives
Key Benefits for a Pressure Sensor:
Customized User Interface Options:
As our Pressure Sensors are built to order, as opposed to an off the shelf option, you have the ability to tailor the interface to meet your needs.
Low profile construction provides a greater space saving design option.
We are able to provide a fully sealed construction that can hold up to an IP65 rating.
Easy to Replace:
As this is a surface laminated component, a Pressure Sensors provides a faster low-cost option for field and refurbish replacements. Since the Pressure Sensor is all contained in one package, it provides a drop-in place option without the costly replacement of the circuit boards contained inside the unit.
Lower Cost and Lead Time:
When compared to mechanical sensors, a printed Pressure Sensor offers a greater cost reduction with respects to the upfront tooling costs and lead time.
Contact GVP For Custom Pressure Sensors:
At GVP, our Pressure Sensors are custom designed to your exact specifications and needs. With a wide range of materials and conductive ink options on-hand, your custom construction can be designed to best fit the operating and environmental conditions that your sensor will be exposed to during normal storage and use. With a sealed construction, these sensors can carry an IP rating of IP65 and can operate in high humidity environments as well as temperatures from -25º F up to 85º F. A Pressure Sensor provides a robust, economical, and simple to use alternative to a traditional mechanical sensor that can withstand a 1 million to over 10 million actuations depending on the construction.
Contact Us today and our engineers will be happy to assist you in the design of your custom printed Pressure Sensors for your next project!