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Vertex Sensor

The pressure range for Vertex is now available from 250 - 10,000 PSI.  Vertex is more accurate within our Polymer Test  equipment than any other mercury-filled sensor and is ideal for industrial applications that require low pressure. Not only is this an overall improvement to one’s process, but it helps with customers that are focused on sustainability and zero-waste. 

  • No fill material
  • RoHS compliant for sustainability programs
  • Robust, thicker Inconel diaphragm is coated with DyMax®
  • Optional Type J or K thermocouple is available to provide a melt temperature signal as well as a 4-20 mA temperature output
  • Equipped with a 1/2-20 UNF for installation in standard transducer mounting holes
    • Also available to install 1/2-20 UNF units into a Button Seal application
  • Diaphragm composition of Inconel 718 coated with the abrasion resistant properties of DyMax®
  • Sealed, welded shell and electrical connection available if washdown capability is needed for food or mechanical applications (not available if thermocouple option TCx is selected)
  • Available with thermocouple temperature output
  • 250-10,000 PSI pressure range capability
  • HART digital communication available
  • Direct measurement tip is a simple and elegant design with a more robust diaphragm
  • Direct measurement of process reduces errors transferred by complicated internal support structures, transmission fill materials, or moving push rods
  • Designed to work with universal pressure indicators


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Dynisco Pressure Sensor Care and Maintenance

Learn about the proper care and handling of your Dynisco Pressure Sensors


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Dynisco’s Online Shop is where you can have access to ordering all Dynisco parts from Polymer Testing Equipment to Sensors to accessories- all to optimize your application.

Dynisco Pressure Sensor Care and Maintenance

In order to maintain your Dynisco pressure sensor's reliability and accuracy over time, certain maintenance and cleaning procedures should be followed. This video focuses on the removal, care, and maintenance process of a Dynisco pressure sensor from an extruder

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At Dynisco, we offer a diverse portfolio of pressure transducers for your unique application. Whether you're looking for industry-leading accuracy and pressure capability, sustainability without sacrificing performance, or reliability on a budget, our sensors can be configured to fit your specific niche.

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Divided into 3 sections, obtain a general understanding of pressure transducer basics, the types of plastic extrusion, and the benefits of pressure transducers.

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Oil Fill Offset

An oil‐filled sensor has the advantage of being non‐toxic and therefore compliant for many food, medical or other critical applications. A disadvantage of an oil‐filled system is that the organic oil fill can degrade over time at high temperatures.

I'm afraid that I have to respond to your question with a question. Do you want an accurate signal from the transducer during the vacuum part of the process? If so, the answer to the original question is "no"!

If the real question was, "Will the transducer be harmed by a vacuum?", then the answer is "no". Remember a full vacuum is 0 psia or -15 psig. Compared to the full scale range of a transducer of 0-500 psig and probably higher, 15 psi is almost nothing. The transducer will barely notice anything different. The construction of the tip and diaphragm is such that a vacuum causes only a tiny fraction of stresses that it is designed to withstand.

"But suppose," I hear you ask, "I want just an indication of vacuum, not absolute accuracy." Now I must become equivocal. It will probably work. We have performed some testing here, on units from our stock, that indicates a fairly accurate negative output corresponding to increasing vacuum, i.e. output becomes more negative as pressure goes below atmospheric. But this depends on a perfectly filled capillary system. In an ideal world, I would have no qualms about recommending melt pressure transducers for these applications. Since reality is often not ideal and the transducer may not be perfect, a fact we do not like to admit, the output in vacuum may not have the same accuracy as it would for a pressure measurement. Nevertheless, most transducers should give a negative signal in vaccum.

Two caveats - Do not try this with an amplified model such as a 2-wire transmitter. The output cannot go below 4 mA enough to be meaningful. Secondly, if there are significant temperature variations in the process the change in tip temperature could cause a much greater change in output than the vacuum.

Perhaps it is time for a little lesson on screw threads! I am sure that everyone knows that "1/2" is the major diameter of the thread in inches and "20" is the number of threads per inch. For those who don't know, the UN refers to United Screw Thread which is one of the thread forms recognized as an American National Standard. The standard further defines the dimensions, shape height, depth, angles, tolerances, etc. of each thread. The "F" following the "UN" designates "Fine-Thread Series". These series (there are also "C" for "Coarse-Thread Series" and "EF" for "Extra-Fine-Thread Series") are particular combinations of diameter and threads per inch that are selected based on the application. For example, Coarse-Thread devices are used for threading into lower tensile strength materials and softer materials or where rapid assembly/disassembly is desirable or where corrosion or damage to threads is likely. The Fine-Thread Series are found in most other applications where the Coarse threads are not appropriate.

The "2A" or "2B" calls out the thread class. Without going into a long dissertation, this defines the tolerances and allowances on all the parameters of the thread. The "_A" classes are for external threads and the "_B" for internal threads. (Now, I hope you see why the transducer is specified with the "-2A" designation and the mounting well is "-2B".) The Class 2 fit is used on most high quality commercial products. Class 1 is looser and used only for rapid assembly/disassembly and where shake or play is not objectionable. Conversely, Class 3 is found on exceptionally high precision products.

Anyone, with an insatiable curiosity, can consult any mechanical engineering handbook for pages of tabulations of all threads, their dimensions and tolerances. I am indebted to the Dynisco Drafting Department for their assistance in providing me with more information than I ever wanted to know about threads.
Our efficient repair department checked our your transducer and found it to be functioning, so we then performed a "calibration". This confirmed that your unit was not only working, but was operating within published specifications. We assess a small fee to cover the time to do this and prepare the documentary evidence of our test. This "calibration" is traceable to NIST and conducted under a quality system, certified by BSI to be in compliance with ISO9001.

To many people, the word "calibration" implies that something was adjusted in a device. Our office dictionary confirms that "to calibrate" is "to fix, check, or correct the graduations on a measuring instrument". However, in our industry, the word "calibration" (as defined in the Instrument Society of America's Standard for Electrical Transducer Nomenclature and Terminology, S37.1) means, "A test during which known values of Measurand are applied to the Transducer and corresponding Output reading are recorded under specified conditions." The applicable ISO standard uses a similar definition but with a lot more words.

When we do a "calibration" nothing is adjusted or changed. The document you received with your transducer is a tabulation of a very accurate known pressure, applied to the unit, vs. the actual output signal. During the standard Dynisco "calibration", we apply pressure in 20% increments and record the output of the transducer. In addition, there is a calculation of the error, at each point, expressed as a percentage of full-scale output. You will note on the top of this paper, that, in an attempt to reduce confusion, we avoid the use of the word "calibration" and call this a "Data Validation". (Aside: If the unit has an amplified output and accessible zero and span adjustments, it is possible to set zero and full scale output, but it is not possible to linearize, or improve the accuracy of, the output over the whole range. This adjustment, technically, is not a "calibration".)

It seems only fair that we discuss the pressure fitting of the general purpose transducers, after a dissertation on the threads of the standard melt pressure models. This should satisfy the equal time requirement.

Providing a good seal in plumbing connections, where system pressures exceed 10,000 psig, presents a significant challenge. O-rings and gaskets may leak. Pipe threads cannot withstand the forces generated by the high pressures. (Please remember that we must test the units to at least 1.5 times rated pressure for our overpressure specification.) Over 50 years ago, NBS (now NIST) developed a design for high pressure fittings that addresses these issues. This cone and thread style was further refined by Autoclave Engineers and others, but most people in our industry refer to the numbering system used by AE. (In "F250C" the "F" means a female fitting and "250" designates its use for 1/4 inch heavy wall tubing.)

As you can see in the above sketch, the high pressure fitting eliminates the need for sealing material by substituting a small diameter 60° cone as a metal to metal seat. By subjecting the pressure to a limited area, the forces that must be held by the threads is reduced to acceptable levels

To give the most precise answer, I will need to know your exact model. There are many variables that influence the transducer response, e.g. pressure range and mechanical configuration. However, you can use the following guidelines for the general types of Dynisco Pressure Transducers.

We calculate response time from the natural frequency of the pressure sensing element or assembly as determined from shock tube testing or computer simulation. For a conservative approach, we take 20% of the natural frequency as the safe, usable, frequency. (Some would suggest that 40% of the natural frequency could be used for this calculation. This approach would halve the estimated response time.) The response time is calculated as 67% of one fourth of the period (the reciprocal of the safe frequency).

Melt Pressure Transducers – In most applications, the response time will be less than 15 milliseconds. (Frequency response better than 10 Hz)

General Purpose Transducers – I can only supply the response of the sensing element. This does not take into account any dampening in the system due to the plumbing to the transducer.

For units with rated pressure range 500 psi and below, response time is less than 300 µseconds (frequency response better than 800 Hz). Models 1000 psi and over have a response time of less than 25 µseconds (frequency response better than 9000 Hz).

In some models with built a built-in amplifier, the frequency response of the electronics becomes the gating factor and limits response time to 100 µseconds (frequency response 2000 Hz min.).

Again, these numbers are approximations. Call with your particular model and pressure range, for more accurate information.

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