Vibration Sensors

Vibration sensors, also known as piezoelectric sensors, are versatile tools for the measurement of various processes. These sensors use the piezoelectric effect, which measure changes in pressure, acceleration, temperature, strain or force by converting them to an electrical charge. A vibration sensor can also be used to determine aromas in the air by simultaneously measuring resonance and capacitance.

Vibration sensor devices are ideal for measuring the amount and frequency of vibration in machines or equipment. The measurements can then be used to detect and monitor certain issues like imbalances to help highlight future breakdowns in the machine. The range of vibration can vary greatly so you should always specify vibration sensors to measure the maximum vibration range of your application.

Who would use a piezoelectric sensor?

  • Medical industry
  • Engineers
  • Vehicle designers
  • Nuclear Technicians

Different types

  • Ohms rating differs for contact resistance
  • Various sizes are available
  • Maximum vibration reading can hit 29400 m/s²

What is the difference between a vibration sensor and an accelerometer?

Accelerometers measures acceleration but not necessarily vibration. However, vibration sensors can measure a quantity of acceleration and for this reason are a type of accelerometer.

Things to consider when choosing a vibration sensor

  • Vibration range and sensitivity - General thinking is that if a machine produces high amplitude vibrations a low sensitivity sensor is better. If the vibration is less than 10 g rms, a 100 mV/g sensor should generally be used.
  • Frequency - important to know the frequency span you need to measure
  • Temperature - high temperatures can affect the performance
  • Exposure to chemicals or debris - contact can affect the reliability of the measurements and monitoring
  • Environment - hazardous atmospheres require specifically designed devices for use in dangerous areas
  • Where the vibration sensor is located - top exit, side exit or low profile are available

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RS Stock No. 285-784
BrandRS PRO
SGD5.928
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- - - - - 100 Hz 15mm 1.5mm 0.6mm -15°C +55°C 15 x 1.5 x 0.6 mm -
RS Stock No. 533-2396
Mfr. Part No.MTN/1185ICQ-25
BrandMonitran
SGD595.02
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- 20 mA - 32V - - 43mm 27mm 27mm -25°C +90°C 27 x 43 mm ATEX
RS Stock No. 533-2368
Mfr. Part No.MTN/1185CQ-10
BrandMonitran
SGD394.44
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RS Stock No. 123-8751
Mfr. Part No.VKV021
SGD316.30
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25mm/s 500 mA - 32V 500Ω - - 27 (Dia.)mm 73.1mm -25°C +80°C 27 (Dia.) x 73.1 mm -
RS Stock No. 533-2267
Mfr. Part No.MTN/MS001
BrandMonitran
SGD14.64
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Mfr. Part No.MTN/MS002
BrandMonitran
SGD14.41
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RS Stock No. 818-6947
Mfr. Part No.CMSS 200-02-SL
BrandSKF
SGD797.28
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- - - - - - - 33.66mm 68.26mm -20°C +85°C 33.66 (Dia.) x 68.26 mm -
RS Stock No. 533-2374
Mfr. Part No.MTN/1185CQ-25
BrandMonitran
SGD431.39
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- 20 mA - - - - 27mm 27mm - -25°C +90°C 27 x 43 mm -
RS Stock No. 533-2251
Mfr. Part No.MTN/1100CQ
BrandMonitran
SGD431.39
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- 8 mA - - - - - - - -55°C +140°C 22 x 48 mm -
RS Stock No. 893-7281
Mfr. Part No.1007079-1
SGD81.96
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- 100 μA - 30V - 5 kHz - 18.2mm 11mm +5°C +60°C 18.2 (Dia.) x 11 mm -
RS Stock No. 893-7250
Mfr. Part No.1005940-1
SGD8.00
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- - - - - 75 Hz 17.8mm 6mm 1.7mm -20°C +60°C 17.8 x 6 x 1.7 mm -
RS Stock No. 170-4375
Mfr. Part No.1005940-1
SGD4.143
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- - - - - 75 Hz 17.8mm 6mm 1.7mm -20°C +60°C 17.8 x 6 x 1.7 mm -
RS Stock No. 893-7177
Mfr. Part No.11028414-00
SGD15.59
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- - - - - - 41mm 16mm 0.205mm 0°C +70°C 41 (mm) x 16 (mm) x 205 (μm) -
RS Stock No. 170-4380
Mfr. Part No.1005447-1
SGD4.396
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RS Stock No. 170-4382
Mfr. Part No.1005939-1
SGD5.44
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- - - - - 75 Hz 17.8mm 6mm 1.7mm -20°C +60°C 17.8 x 6 x 1.7 mm -
RS Stock No. 893-7376
Mfr. Part No.1005939-1
SGD8.14
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- - - - - 75 Hz 17.8mm 6mm 1.7mm -20°C +60°C 17.8 x 6 x 1.7 mm -
RS Stock No. 524-5747
Mfr. Part No.EM2000W
BrandABUS
SGD55.04
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- 150 mA - 16V 10Ω - 85mm 25mm 23mm -20°C +60°C 85 x 25 x 23 mm -
RS Stock No. 893-7341
Mfr. Part No.1005447-1
SGD7.24
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RS Stock No. 123-8756
Mfr. Part No.VNB001
SGD659.02
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500mm/s 100 mA - 30V 500Ω - 37.6mm 62.4mm 36mm -30°C +60°C 37.6 x 62.4 x 36 mm -
RS Stock No. 533-2239
Mfr. Part No.MTN/1100
BrandMonitran
SGD431.39
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- 8 mA - - - - - - - -55°C +120°C 22 x 48 mm -