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Ted NachazelMay 7, 2024Blog / Events / ExpoMichigan Scientific is excited to announce that we will be attending the Eurosatory 2024 exhibition. Eurosatory is the essential global event for Defense & Security professionals. We will also be representing CVX Instruments, our subsidiary company that specializes in aerospace and defense. We will be located alongside other companies at the Michigan exhibition, in the U.S. Pavilion (Hall 5a B251).  Our dedicated team of experts is committed to delivering superior-quality instrumentation solutions to support innovations in aerospace and defense applications. We specialize in electromechanical devices and instrumentation. We are capable and experienced in custom, specialty devices. Stop by our booth to discuss mission critical applications involving slip rings, transducers, telemetry, signal conditioning electronics and many other standard and custom instrumentation solutions. If you are interested in setting up a meeting with us at the show, visit our Contact Us page and let us know!   [...] Read more...
Dottie LandisApril 25, 2024BlogMichigan Scientific Corporation (MSC) high-quality Extended Life (EL) slip ring assemblies provide a long-lasting solution for the development and validation of rotating equipment and machine components. The he SR36M/EL2 is designed to mount on the end of a rotating shaft and make connections to strain gauges, accelerometers, and other sensors, providing clean and quiet signal transmission for accurate and dependable data acquisition during durability, fatigue, and endurance (R&D) testing. The SR20M/EL2 and SR36M/EL2 excel in high-speed and industrial applications where continuous transmission of data signals is critical. MSC long life slip rings help companies avoid costly downtime. Typical applications for Michigan Scientific EL end of shaft slip rings include:  Instrumentation of large-scale test stands for automotive, heavy equipment, marine, aviation, and aerospace subsystems. Four (4) square test cells for powertrain and drivetrain component testing   Dynamometers (dynos) for internal combustion engine (ICE) testing (gasoline and diesel engines, vehicles, ships, generators, etc.) measuring load conditions and torque to ensure that the engine is operational and safe Reliable long-term signal transmission for testing and data collection on continuously rotating equipment across industries. Industrial machinery and automation equipment   Wind turbines   Large fan and blower systems   Gearboxes   Industrial generators and compressors  Commercial and military aircraft components  MSC technology allows our clients to accurately and efficiently test and launch new products that meet and exceed safety and performance standards. With no signal or bandwidth limits, MSC EL slip rings are ideal for continuous rotation applications that require a reliable long-lasting solution.   Contact our team of experts at MSC to create your best technical solution.  [...] Read more...
Ted NachazelApril 4, 2024BlogD2, D3, D3X Amplifier Background The current generation of Wheel Force Transducer (WFT) Amplifiers from Michigan Scientific prioritizes time efficiency, minimizing downtime, and offering enhanced data to users. The D2 WFT amplifiers are compatible with CT2 User Interface Boxes and feature an internal bi-axial accelerometer that measures accelerations in the X and Z directions up to 100 g. Meanwhile, the new D3 & D3X WFT Amplifiers are compatible with CT3 User Interface Boxes and are equipped with an internal tri-axial accelerometer that measures accelerations in the X, Y, and Z directions up to 100 g. Any D2 Amplifier is upgradable to a D3 or D3X Amplifier, with the primary distinction between D3 and D3X amplifiers being the slip ring model they pair with. Removable Smart Sensors Each D2, D3, & D3X type Wheel Force Transducer Amplifier is furnished with a removable Smart Sensor, containing all calibration information, recent zero values, and test set-up selections. Swapping out the Smart Sensor is as straightforward as changing a SIM card in a cell phone. Moreover, all D2, D3, & D3X amplifiers feature universal digitizing amplifier circuit boards compatible with any Michigan Scientific WFT. The unique information applicable to each transducer is stored within the removable Smart Sensor. Our customer-centric design aims to minimize potential downtime for our global clientele. In the event of a WFT issue stemming from the amplifier, another amplifier of the same housing size can be seamlessly substituted without a reduction in accuracy. Michigan Scientific and its international sales and service partners maintain a supply of ‘Spare’ amplifiers for such instances. To utilize a spare D2, D3, or D3X amplifier, detach the smart sensor from the problematic amplifier by removing the two #4-40 screws with a 3/32 inch Allen wrench, then extract it from the amplifier base. Next, install the Smart Sensor into the Spare amplifier following the same procedure as removal, ensuring the serial number of the Smart Sensor matches that of the WFT. The Spare amplifier can be utilized with the WFT in place of the original amplifier without sacrificing accuracy. D2 and D3 Amplifiers have proven instrumental in avoiding significant downtime for customers on multiple occasions. Michigan Scientific and its international sales and service agents have been able to provide a Spare amplifier the next day, which was quickly installed, and accurate testing was able to resume. Internal ± 100g Accelerometers D2, D3, & D3X Amplifiers share identical internal MEMs-based Accelerometer components rated to ± 120 g. Michigan Scientific currently restricts its output to a ±100 g range, which encompasses nearly all customer applications. These accelerometers feature an internal 1000 Hz (-3 dB) low-pass filter. Leveraging WFT Amplifiers’ internal Accelerometers provides users with additional valuable information at no extra setup time or cost. The accelerometer outputs are available on both the CAN and Analog signal outputs. Contact a Michigan Scientific representative today to begin discussing your Wheel Force Transducer needs and how our amplifiers can enhance testing. [...] Read more...
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Ted NachazelAugust 10, 2023NewsCustom Multi-Axis Load Cells: Solutions for Your Measurement Needs Michigan Scientific Corporation (MSC) designs and manufactures custom load cells to meet unique force and torque measurement needs. MSC employs some of the world’s most experienced and creative engineers and physicists in the field of the design of Multi-Axis Load Cells. With our extensive expertise and innovative approach, we are confident we can deliver a solution that will work for your application.  MSC Standard Multi-Axis Load Cells and Adaptation Michigan Scientific has been designing and manufacturing Multi-Axis Load Cells for over 30 years. We currently manufacture 17 different standard models of Six Axis Load Cells and 14 standard Three Axis Load Cell models. Many of these standard Multi-Axis Load Cells are kept in stock for quick delivery times. When you bring a measurement application to MSC, our engineers will review your application with you to determine whether a standard Multi-Axis Load Cell can be used. If a standard load cell solution is possible, MSC will recommend which load cell model and some mounting concepts that will meet your project requirements. In addition to the load cell, MSC can quote the entire system design and provide all necessary mounting adapters.  Meeting Unique Requirements with Custom Solutions For some applications, a standard solution is not the best choice or even possible, so a custom load cell should be considered. When a project requires a custom solution, MSC engineers will work with the customer to define their requirements including, the number of measurement axes, load capacity, size limitations, accuracy, and quantity of load cells. Design concepts will then be proposed based on the information provided. MSC can design load cells compatible with clean, medical industry standards to highly corrosive industrial environments, with IP67 protection being attainable for many applications. MSC has provided both standard and custom load cells for many industries including automotive, military, heavy equipment, agricultural, aircraft, industrial, energy generation, and ship development.  Michigan Scientific will design and manufacture custom load cells for any quantity. Six Axis Calibration Capabilities MSC has one of the world’s largest Six Axis Load Cell calibration stands, capable of calibrating load cells up to 667 kN force and 203 kN ∙ m moment. If higher calibration loads are required, larger calibration fixturing can be built. Our calibrations are accredited to ISO/IEC 17025:2017 and traceable to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Working with Michigan Scientific MSC will provide a free consultation to determine a system price and a basic design proposal.  After receipt of the PO or contract from a customer, the proposed design will be modified through direct consultation with the customer until a final design is approved.  To set up a load cell consultation, please fill out the Contact Us page. [...] Read more...
Ted NachazelApril 11, 2022Custom Strain Gauge Transducers Michigan Scientific specializes in designing and creating custom strain gauge transducers. Our engineers have expertise in gauging a wide variety of stock components. We develop and fabricate vehicle component strain gauge transducers that measure vehicle suspension forces, powertrain torques, steering component forces, engine and motor loads, and braking torques on vehicles in the field. Michigan Scientific is able to help customers obtain accurate data on the forces experienced by a part, while maintaining its strength and other characteristics as much as possible. Michigan Scientific engineers and technicians have completed applications across several industries. We specialize in custom applications.  Shaft Torque Transducer When applying strain gauges to a shaft, the goal is to obtain accurate data on the forces experienced by the shaft, while changing its strength and other characteristics as little as possible. The shaft then acts as a transducer itself. The strain gauged shaft, now a transducer, can be used in the same way as a standard shaft to measure the forces that occur in normal usage. Half Shaft Strain Gauging We strain gauge OEM half shafts to measure torque. The signals are amplified using our wheel instrumentation package (WIP) before they are transmitted by our ERT slip ring assembly. The ERT can provide speed and angular measurement signals too. The model PS-DC Remote Amplifier Control Unit controls the WIP and supplies power to the ERT. Driveshaft Strain Gauging Driveshafts can be gauged for torque and thrust. Michigan Scientific has developed a compensation bridge to reduce cross-talk from torque into the thrust bridge. After the shaft has been gauged, the data can be transferred from the shaft via telemetry or slip ring.  Crankshaft Transducer One of the more complex examples of a custom strain gauge transducer is creating a crankshaft transducer. Strain gauges are applied on a standard crankshaft in order to measure engine torque. The wires are routed through the crankshaft to connect to spinning amplifiers and a slip ring or telemetry system mounted on the pulley at the front of the engine. In these applications, multiple channels of strain measurements are collected for analysis. Axial Force Gauging Our custom tie rod end transducers can measure the axial forces acting on the tie rod during steering. Tie rod end transducers can replace the inner or outer tie rod end, based on customer needs. The custom tie rod transducer does not take up any additional space underneath the vehicle and no modification to the vehicle is required. Almost all tie rods can be made into custom tie rod transducers.  Shear Pin Transducer Each application is custom designed to fit your application. The transducers are all machined from transducer-grade stainless steel and have a weatherproof coating. Our shear pin transducer is suitable for in-field data collection in addition to laboratory test setups. The shear pin transducer is easily adaptable to a wide variety of applications, is designed to not change the position of other vehicle components, and requires minimal modification to other parts.   Check out our Common Custom Transducers blog for more information on how we instrument parts to be used as transducers. On-Site Strain Gauging     Michigan Scientific is capable of installing strain gauges on-site, at customer locations. Both component and structural applications can be instrumented for measurement and analysis. The customer’s components can be instrumented and data recorded to support a wide range of test and development activities. Components can be recorded during the manufacturing processes or in-service use. Michigan Scientific also has experience instrumenting structural beams for deflection and stress testing. Instrumentation applications range from circuit board instrumentation for monitoring stress, thermal chamber door panel monitored for deformation during manufacturing, and fully instrumented industrial sized drive shafts. In the large drive shaft application, torque, acceleration, and rotational velocity were measured on a 16 inch diameter drive shaft of a large cement plant ball mill. Michigan Scientific also collected and analyzed the data from this project. Michigan Scientific also uses decades of experience to install strain gauges in holes up to six inches deep and with a minimum diameter of 0.5 inches. Data Acquisition and Reporting Michigan Scientific provides on-site and remote data acquisition services for recording instrumented components under test. Additional data processing, analysis, and reporting services are also offered. [...] Read more...
Ted NachazelMarch 15, 2022NewsWheel Force Transducers (WFTs) are used to measure vehicle reaction forces during durability and vehicle dynamics testing. MSC WFTs are known for their durability, accuracy, simple installation, and ease of use. Installed on cars, SUVs, all sizes of trucks, ATVs, agriculture equipment and construction machinery, MSC has a wide range of WFT capacities to fit almost any wheeled vehicle. Wheel Force Transducer Michigan Scientific Corporation WFTs output three forces, three moments, two accelerations, wheel speed, and wheel position signals to provide complete spindle load data with extreme accuracy. All WFTs include both CAN and Analog signal outputs. Every system combines a high strength, lightweight transducer with weatherproofed protective coatings to function in a variety of driving conditions. Product engineers determine appropriate WFT rental models for any application providing availability, pricing, and customized adapter options. Rental systems can be shipped immediately if Michigan Scientific has already manufactured the hub and rim adapter. CAD models of the WFT adapter layout guidelines and design review are provided at no additional charge. Rental periods can be as short as two weeks, for customers who only need short term use.  System Components Michigan Scientific WFT rental systems include the WFT and the built in amplifier in either the Slip Ring or Telemetry system. The Stator Angle Corrector adjusts the real-time rotational angle signal from the wheel. The adjusted rotational angle signal is used in the coordinate transformation to prevent any error while the wheels are steered during dynamic testing. The WFT User Interface Electronics (CT2) provides high level CAN, Ethernet, and analog outputs. The CT2 accepts either analog or digital signals from the WFT. In addition, CT2 can also accept built in WFT accelerometer signals. All the signals together can be transmitted to the data acquisition system or computer through the digital outputs. The CAN signal cable is included, as well as the cabling for analog signal outputs. All the required cabling and fasteners are included to ensure easy setup. Adapters can be made available as needed. All systems are shopped in rugged packaging or shipping containers. Support Comprehensive support is available through phone, email, or on-site instruction. Michigan Scientific will provide on-site training and support at no charge if the facility is within 50 miles of Michigan Scientific. If the distance is greater, a travel fee would be charged.   [...] Read more...