Top Ten Achievements of 2007


1) ISO 9001:2000 Certificate
In March of 2007, FUTEK was accorded ISO 9001:2000 certification for our Quality Management System. Certification was granted by Det Norske Veritas (DNV) Certification Incorporated, recognized as one of the world’s leading ISO Certification bodies. This certification recognizes and ensures a management system capable of the highest level of product quality and customer support. The ISO 9001:2000 quality standard places greater accountability on executive management’s involvement and instills measurable objectives in the Quality Management System. Additionally, the standard now examines the extent to which a company’s Quality System contains customer–focused elements, including understanding needs, meeting requirements, and keeping customers informed as well as measuring their satisfaction.

2) ISO 17025 Accreditation
In January of 2007, FUTEK received full accreditation of its Calibration Services to ISO/IEC-17025:2005 through its independent accreditor, The American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA). This certification includes accreditation to ANSI/NCSL Z540-1-1994 and to the ILAC International Mutual Recognition Agreement. Futek Advanced Sensor Technology, Inc. has always offered a wide variety of Calibration services for all brands and models of force, load, torque and pressure sensors with full traceability to NIST.

3) FUTEK Load Cells Protect our Troops
Our soldiers are now a little bit safer thanks to a protection system installed on the Army’s Humvee vehicles. Previously, the Army’s Humvee vehicles were susceptible to a tactic used to disable vehicles and injure our troops. Insurgents would string steel wire or cable between buildings or trees that Humvees would run into, damaging the vehicle and causing serious or fatal injuries to the occupants. This tactic was often used at night when the steel wire or cable was harder to see.

4) Launching to New Limits – FUTEK Sensor Going to Space
In 2008 a NASA/MIT microgravity (ug) research study will be conducted on the International Space Station (ISS). FUTEK is currently supporting this SHERE experiment (Sheer History Extension Rheology Experiment) designed to measure the viscosity properties of certain complex polymer fluids. A weightless environment is critical to this experiment to prevent gravity from causing the fluids to sag during the test, giving erroneous results. Taking these special requirements into consideration, FUTEK’s engineering team developed a force transducer.

5) FUTEK LCB500 Load Cell selected among the 10 Best Sensors Products of 2007 by Sensors & Transducers Journal
FUTEK’s popular LCB500 is designed for possible use as a rod end load cell with mounting plates. This tension / compression load cell is typically used in inline actuators and hydraulic jacks with male/female threads. Although small and compact in size, it is well suited for low and high capacity ranges from 100 – 5k lbs. The flexure is made from Stainless Steel making it highly durable and ideal for endurance testing. Other benefits include welded & sealed covers and easy mounting provisions. The LCB500 can also be provided with a TEDS option.

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Top Ten Achievements of 2007

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6) FUTEK Production Goes Paperless
In 2007, we implemented paperless production system to help alleviate reliance of printed documents and have now established absolute document control.

7) FUTEK opens East Coast Office
In July of 2007 we opened our East Coast Office in Columbus Ohio to provide more intimate support for our east coast customers.

8) FUTEK Web Site Fully Integrated
The FUTEK beta site became a fully integrated website in 2007 allowing web users to customize their orders by adding accessories, instruments and calibration service per their own needs. Other useful tools such as order status, lead time, and order tracking were also provided to better serve our customers.

9) Cryogenic Load Cell – Too Cold But Not Too Challenging
Built for NASA and tested by JPL, our Cryogenic Load Cell has been an engineering wonder since its design. In December of 2007, FUTEK Engineers were informed of a incredible feat where our Cryogenic Load Cell was tested to withstand a g-force of 2,200 at full capacity.

10) IEEE 1451.4 – TEDS (Transducer Electronic Data Sheet)
In 2007, we implemented the IEEE 1451.4 standard in our instrumentation. The standard applies to most passive and active sensors and provides a common plug and play platform and compatibility with legacy sensors. TEDS has simplified the process for interfacing sensors and instrumentation.

Applications

Wind Tower

Utilizing a single or multiple load cells, you may monitor all stresses induced due to high wind activities on the towers located in remote areas. The load cells via a junction box are connected to inline amplifier and data acquisition computer system to record all data and make it available through internet connection via a cell phone. There fore all activities can be monitored through the internet anywhere and at any time.

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Ever So Thin Donut / Thru Hole Load Cells


FUTEK offers a variety of miniature donut / thru hole load cells. One of the more popular standard models is the LTH300. It has low profile robust construction available in 17-4 stainless steel with an I.D. range from 1/8” to 3/8” [3.40mm to 9.80mm] and available in capacities from 50 lbs to 1000 lbs. It comes standard with a 10 foot long 29 AWG 4 conductor shield Teflon cable with a very effective mechanical strain relief. The LTH300 has high stiffness due to its low deflection of 0.002” nominal and operating temperature of -60ºF to 200ºF. Some product highlighs ...


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Extraneous Load Factor Tool

In almost all sensor applications, it is difficult to calculate the effect of misalignments during loading on the precision of sensors. These misalignments are known as extraneous loading errors or factors. This means that forces imparted on sensors in other than the desired loading direction will have a negative affect on the precision. To support our customers, FUTEK Engineers have placed the Extraneous Load Factor calculations for many of our sensor products. If there’s a model you require that we haven’t listed, please contact us and we will support you.

You can also learn how we calculate extraneous load factor here.



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