Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Sonic Tension Meter 507C

The Gate's Sonic Tension Meter 507C is an electronic device that measures the static tension in a belt by analyzing the harmonic characterisitcs of the belt when its vibrating. Belts, like strings, vibrate at a particular natural frequency based on the mass, span length, width, and tension. The 507C measures this natrual frequency and converts it to a static tension force.

How it works:

First, the belt mass constant, belt width, and measured span length are entered into the meter. Next, hold the meter sensor to the belt span, then lightly stum the belt to make it vibrate. Press the "measure" button to obtain the reading in either herts (Hz), kilograms (kg), pounds (lbs) or Newtons (N).

Features for the meter include:

  • Output readings measurable in hertz (Hz), kilograms (kg), pounds (lbs) or Newtons (N).
  • Frequency range from 10 - 5000 hertz.
  • Variable frequency range filters
  • Auto gain conrol automatically adjust meter sensivity.
  • 20 memory registers for belt constants.
  • LCD screen with back light.

Aside from the standard sensor, an optional flexible sensor for hard to reach areas and a magnetic inductive sensor for loud environments are also available.

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