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Chatillon DFS-R Digital Force Gauge
 

 Chatillon DFS-R-ND Series Force Gauge for Smart Load and Torque Sensors


Chatillon DFS-R Digital Force Gauge
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The Chatillon DFS-R remote dedicated force gauge supplies accurate load and torque measurement in a common gauge. Accuracy is better than 0.1% of full scale when specified with a dedicated SLC load sensor. A large, easy to read, high resolution dot matrix LCD display supports a variety of standard gauge functions, including normal and peak readings, high / low limits, setpoints, pass / fail results, statistical results, load averaging, load comparisons, percentage and sharp break detection, sensor actuation and direction. Measurements are displayed in oz, g, lb, kg and N units or in oz-in, g-cm, lb-in, N-cm and N-m units.

The DFS-R gauge comes standard with an RS-232 cable, carrying case, battery adapter / charger and NIST Certificate of Calibration with data.

Features:

  • Dedicated sensors
    • Load and torque sensors
    • Accuracies to better than 0.1% full scale
  • Advanced Operating Modes
    • Normal
    • Peak tension, compression and torque
    • Percentage or sharp break detection
    • Load comparisons and load averaging
    • Contact closure
    • Load limits
    • Pass-fail limits
  • Statistical Calculations
    • Mean with maximum and minimum values
    • Coefficient of variation with mean and standard deviation
    • Standard deviation with variance and mean
    • Percent differentiation
  • Simple Operator Interface
    • High resolution dot matrix display
    • Menus with prompts for easy use
    • Dedicated and function keys with navigation pod
  • Standard Outputs - RS-232 serial data, Mitutoyo Digimatic, ±2Vdc Analog
  • NIST Calibration with Data - available IEC/ISO17025 cert with uncertainty
  • 2 year warranty
Model ounce pound Newton Price
DFS-R-250G 8 x 0.004 0.5 x 0.0001 2.5 x 0.0005 $1495.00
DFS-R-0002 32 x 0.004 2 x 0.0002 10 x 0.001 $1325
DFS-R-0010 160 x 0.02 10 x 0.001 50 x 0.005 $1325
DFS-R-0025 400 x 0.05 25 x 0.002 100 x 0.01 $1325
DFS-R-0050 800 x 0.1 50 x 0.005 250 x 0.02 $1325
DFS-R-0100 1600 x 0.2 100 x 0.01 500 x 0.05 $1325
DFS-R-0200 3200 x 0.4 220 x 0.02 1000 x 0.1 $13253
DFS-R-0500 - 500 x 0.05 2500 x 0.2 $1325
DFS-R-1000 - 1100 x 0.5 5000 x 2 $1325

Specifications

  • Accuracy: ±0.1% of full scale (dedicated SLC sensor) ±0.25% of full scale (interchangeable SLC or STS sensors)
  • Certification: calibration with NIST data, IEC/ISO17025 optional
  • Data Sampling Rate: 5000 Hz
  • Peak Capture Rate: 5000 Hz
  • Display Update Rate: 10 Hz
  • Tare Capacity: 10% full scale
  • Overload Protection: 150% full scale
  • Display Characteristics: high resolution, dot matrix LCD, 8 lines, 40 characters, adjustable contrast, invert and "hide" capability
  • Automatic Shut Down: configurable time. May be disabled.
  • Data Storage: 10 results, optional NEXYGEN software for unlimited storage and automated testing and analysis.
  • Test Stand Control: Compatible with Chatillon TCD series test stands and Chatillon TCM series test stands
  • Outputs: RS-232, Mitutoyo (Digimatic) and ±2Vdc analog
  • Power: Battery or direct AC operation. Universal Power: 120V / 230V, Rechargeable nickel metal hydride (supplied)
  • Battery Life: 30 hours, continuous use. Gauge may be operated with direct AC power source
  • Instrument Weight: 1.5 lbs
  • Operating Temperature: 40 to 100 F (4 to 38 C)
  • Warranty: 2 years

SLC Loadcells and STS Torque Sensors

SLC Series Loadcells for DFS-R Gauges:

The Chatillon SLC series loadcells are full-bridge strain gauge sensors complete with 15-pin plug. These loadcells are used exclusively with the Chatillon DFS-R series gauges. The loadcell values and sensitivity factors are stored in memory within the sensor plug. When connected to a DFS-R gauge, the capacity and calibration points are automatically recognized by the instrument. The instrument then becomes a full-featured load measurement instrument. The SLC loadcells meet ASTM E4 and BS EN ISO 7500 part 1 for a ±0.25% accuracy sensor. The loadcells are connected to the DFS-R gauge with a retractable cord that extends fully to nearly 9 feet (3 meters).

STS Series Torque Sensors for DFS-R Gauges:

The Chatillon STS series torque sensors are full bridge strain gauge sensors complete with 15 pin plug. These sensors are used exclusively with the Chatillon DFS-R gauge. The sensor's torque values and sensitivity factors are stored in memory within the sensor plug. When connected to a DFS-R indicator, the capacity and calibration points are automatically recognized by the instrument. The instrument then becomes a full-featured torque measurement instrument. The STS series torque sensor meet ASTM E4 and BS EN ISO 7500 part 1 for a ±0.25% accuracy sensor. The sensors are connected to the DFS-R gauge with a retractable cord that extends fully to nearly 9 feet (3 meters).

Do More... Pay Less!

The new Chatillon DFS-R series force gauges deliver more features without compromising easy of use, accuracy and, very importantly, costs to you. You'll do more with a Chatillon DFS-R series gauge and you'll get the reliability and quality that you've come to expect from Chatillon force measurement instruments.

Easy to Read Display

A large, easy to read dot matrix display can display up to eight lines of information. The high resolution display features contrast adjustments and can be inverted when required. The display can even be "hidden" at the press of a button. A load bargraph indicated load direction, measured load and safe load and helps to prevent overloads. The integral loadcells feature mechanical overload protection of 150% full scale.

Single Touch Operation

The rubber keypad features dedicated and dynamic function keys. The function keys correspond to displayed options and guide the user during operation. A navigation pod lets you navigate through the menus and to scroll and change values quickly. The innovative i key can be used to display critical information on the gauge such as gauge capacity and resolution, battery life, loadcell overload history, even service information including last calibration date or the location of service centers.

Data Outputs and Personal Computer Integration

The DFS force gauge features RS-232 and Mitutoyo Digimatic digital outputs. the gauge also features a ±2Vdc analog output. Measured values may be transmitted to an external device using a manual command at the gauge, or a measured value may be transmitted based on an an externally driven command, e.g. from a personal computer or other serially interfaced device.

Comprehensive Results

The rubber keypad features dedicated and dynamic function keys. The function keys correspond to displayed options and guide the user during operation. A navigation pod lets you navigate through the menus and to scroll and change values quickly. The innovative "i" key can be used to display critical information on the gauge such as gauge capacity and resolution, battery life, loadcell overload history, even service information including last calibration date, or the location of service centers.

Dependable Measurements

The DFS-R series force gauge features an internal loadcell sensor that delivers repeatable, accurate results. The innovative load bargraph shows dynamic load, direction of load and warns you of pending overload conditions.

Calibrate and Verify Status

The DFS-R-series force gauge incorporates flash memory and hosts a set of self-diagnostic functions for monitoring the display, keypad and electronics. Using the "i" key, you have immediate access to battery conditions, including estimated battery life remaining. You can also view loadcell status, including the number of overloads that have been applied to the gauge. Zero offset verification is standard and a step by step calibration procedure is built into the gauge, allowing you to calibrate your DFS-R gauge with certified standards.

Normal and Peak Modes

The DFS-R digital force gauge will display Normal and Peak tension and compression loads. Results may be displayed in ounces, pounds, grams, kilograms or Newtons. Use the UNITS key to sequence through the available units. You may define and establish your Default Units during instrument setup. You can increase the size of the displayed information using the keypad.

Normal and Peak Modes

Auto Scaling

The DFS-R gauge, when equipped with a load sensor, will display loads in the following units: oz, g, lb, kg or N. If equipped with a torque sensor, selecting the Units key will display torque in in-oz, g-cm, in-lb, kg-cm and N-m. You may define and establish your default units during instrument set up.

High and Low Load or Pass-Fail Limits

The DFS-R series gauge may be configured with High and Low Load Limits or Pass-Fail Limits. Load limits allow you to establish setpoints for your testing. If the gauge exceeds a setpoint value, the gauge can provide a visual and audible alarm. You can also set up the gauge to operate as a pass-fail system. You can set up a pass-fail limit based on a limit range or a nominal value with a percentage bandwidth. Based on your setup, the gauge will provide you with a Pass-Fail indication

High and Low Load or Pass-Fail Limits

Contact Closure

The contact closure feature can be used to freeze the display at a load value equal to the "make" or "break" on an electrical contact.

Load Averaging

Two methods of load averaging are standard with your Chatillon DFS force gauge. Load averaging is useful to determine load characteristics of long test periods or for samples with characteristically noisy load readings

Load Method
This method allows you to define a load threshold. The gauge will begin taking readings once the load threshold has been reached and will continue to take and average readings until the measured load falls below the threshold value.

Load Method

Load Method

Time Method
The Time method allows you to establish your load averaging based on a load threshold and time duration. The load threshold determines the start of the averaging, while the time duration defines the length of the test period. The gauge will begin taking readings when the threshold is reached and will continue to take and average readings until the time duration has expired.

Statistical Results

You may save and store up to 10 results in instrument memory for later recall or to calculate statistical results. The gauge labels each result and indicates memory capacity. The gauge will alert you when memory is full. Statistical results include:

  • Calculate Mean and also show you the MAX and MIN values for your calculation
  • Coefficient of Variation is calculated and displayed with the Mean and Standard Deviation value
  • Standard Deviation is calculated and displayed with the Mean and the Variance value. Total Population and Sample (n-1) methods are supported
  • Calculate and display percentage difference between consecutive test results.

Statistical Results

Simplified Setup

Menus and intelligent prompts make gauge setup fast and easy. Gauge options are presented in "List Format". Using the navigation pod and function keys, you simply select the functions and parameters required. The gauge will guide you through the setup process. Default settings are provided and a "Quick Reset" allows you to re-establish defaults with a single key press. Using the standard RS232 output, you can print your gauge setup parameters for record archiving or to use as a setup template for other DFS force gauges in your plant.

Simplified Setup

Percentage and Sharp Break Detection

Break detection is provided and two types of breaks are supported. A sharp break can be used to detect whenever the load measurement drops 5% from a peak load. Alternatively, you may override the sharp break and set up the gauge with a percentage break detector. The percentage break detector allows you to set the drop percentage that is used to define a break. This type of break is useful on samples with high elastic characteristics.

Percentage and Sharp Break Detection

Load Comparison

Load comparisons of up to two sets of 5 results may be measured using the DFS force gauge. The gauge will measure and store up to 5 results for each of two tests (10 results). The gauge will then display the first set of results with the second set of results and calculate statistical relationships such as percentage difference, COV, variance and standard deviation. This feature is ideal for functional capacity testing.

Load Comparison

Self Diagnostics

The DFS-R series force gauge incorporates flash memory and hosts a set of self-diagnostic functions for monitoring the display, keypad and electronics. Using the "i" key, you have immediate access to battery conditions, including estimated battery life remaining. You can also view loadcell status, including the number or overloads that have been applied to the gauge. Zero offset verification is standard and a step by step calibration procedure is built in, allowing you to calibrate your DFS-R gauge with certified standards.

 Chatillon DFS-R-ND Series Force Gauge for Smart Load and Torque Sensors
DFS-R shown with STs torque sensor above

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