Spotlight: How Force Sensors Work

Spotlight: How Force Sensors Work

Force sensors are a fantastically flexible instrument. In our last article Force Sensors and Load Cells: Types and Applications, we looked at the wide array of scenarios in which force sensors and load cells can render accurate weight and force measurements, and the...
Force Sensors and Load Cells: Types and Applications

Force Sensors and Load Cells: Types and Applications

Every day, hundreds of thousands of cars and trucks might pass over a major bridge. How do engineers measure the pressures acting on the bridge from those vehicles to ensure it maintains structural integrity? Simultaneously, each of those vehicles — particularly...
What is a membrane potentiometer?

What is a membrane potentiometer?

Potentiometers have long served as key components of electrical controls as well as position sensing. However, their size and expense make traditional potentiometers inappropriate for many applications, such as flat-screen touch input devices. As the name suggests,...