Ixthus Instrumentation Ltd

  • The Stables, Williams Barns
  • Tiffield Road
  • Towcester
  • Northamptonshire
  • United Kingdom
  • NN12 6HP (map)

  • Tel: 01327 353437
  • Fax: 01327 353564
  • Website: www.ixthus.co.uk

Contacts

  • John Tyrrell, Managing Director
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  • Number of Employees: 1 - 20

Sensors, Transducers and Measurement Systems


Ixthus Instrumentation suppliers of Sensors, Transducers and Complete Measurement Systems.

We specialise in non contact position sensors, using Eddy Current, Laser, Capacitive and Ultrasonic technologies. Railway wheel measurement systems from Riftek with supporting software packages..

Force and torque measurement from miniature and fatigue rated loadcells, custom designed clevis pins, internally strain gauged bolts, complete with instrumentation. Machinery condition monitoring with sensors and complete systems to API671 vibration monitoring.

As part of Variohm Holdings, we provide design, sales, technical support and calibration services for our equipment in the UK and Europe. Whether it be a standard product or a custom designed unit to exactly fit your application, we are here to help

Position Measurement


Position Measurement
Non Contacting Position Measurement using various measurement technologies - Inductive, Capacitive, Fibre Optic, Ultrasonic and Laser. With a measurement range from 0.05mm to 500 metres and possible resolution to 0.0001um. High-speed analogue and digital signal conditioning up to 200KHz frequency. Suppliers include Kaman, ADE Microsense, Philtec and Riftek.

Force and Torque Measurement


Force and Torque Measurement

Strainsert offer custom designs for load cells, clevis pins and bolts that will meet your exacting requirements. Burster offer miniature load cells, torque transducers and specialist instrumentation for automated assembly machinery. Custom designs are always an option for these products.

Vibration Monitoring


Vibration Monitoring

Vibration monitoring solutions from Metrix and Hardy Instruments products we offer a complete range of vibration monitoring equipment.

Once again the products can be combined to provide the perfect solution for your application - Accelerometers, Vibration Switches and Sensors, Impact Transmitters, plus Cables, Connectors and Accessories.

Weighing


Intelligent weighing solutions for all applications - tough environments and communications are the specialty.

For more information on weighing

Linear Position Transducers


Linear Position Transducers

This mini position transducer is designed for direct absolute measurement and available in stroke length up to 250mm. The mini design is suitable for mounting in instruments or machines with limited space.

An improved techniques for making connection to resistance track (Double Trimming Technique) ensures the higher degress of reliability and linearity, while multi-fingers wipers stabilise output signals, even in the most adverse working conditions.

More information on Linear position transducers

Complete Measurement Solutions


Complete Measurement Solutions

At Ixthus Instrumentation we can take any of our sensors and add that little bit extra that makes your life easier. This may include a mounting bracket, digital displays, traceable calibration, mains and battery power supplies or even a complete measurement system, even with software and data storage. In fact you tell us when to stop!

We can offer a complete design, installation, commissioning, calibration and routine maintenance services. We will provide the level of support required by your site engineers – mechanical, electrical and instrumentation.

 

For more information on complete measurement system

High Temperature Displacement


High Temperature Displacement

At Ixthus Instrumentation we have many years experience of supplying high precision measuring sensors and systems working under arduous temperatures up to 1,300 degC.

The non contact technologies used include Eddy Current (-195 to + 650 degC), Capacitance (up to 1,300 degC) and Fibre Optics (-150 to +482 degC) whilst withstanding pressures up to 350 bar.
 
In fact we have the product solution for your application, please contact us with your requirements.

For more information on High Temperature Displacement

Burster Miniature Loadcells


Burster Miniature Loadcells

Burster Miniature Load Cells for force measurement applications in automated production assembly.

Burster load cells are frequently applied to the monitoring of the forces used in the precision pressing of tablets. Also for monitoring bearing insertion forces, as well as test and development projects in automotive, aerospace and production environments.

The different designs available of Compression and Tension load cells cover all force measurement applications. This has capacities from 1N to 200KN, for static and dynamic measurements and with mechanical sizes to fit into the tightest spaces. Some offer integrated mechanical overload protection. The units can easily be retrofitted to existing presses, positioned between the tool and the press lifter.

Position Sensors


Position Sensors

Non Contact Position Sensors: Ixthus have the solution for every non contact position measurement application  We work in fluids, gases or vacuums, harsh environments with temperatures up 800deg C and withstanding pressures up to 400 bar- Still achieving excellent repeatable readings time and time again!

Force and Torque Measurement Transducers


Force and Torque Measurement Transducers

Force and Torque Measurement Transducers: Ixthus have been working with Strainsert from America and Burster from Germany for a number of years.
Each company complimenting each other. Strainsert offer custom designs for load cells, clevis pins and bolts that will meet your exacting requirements. Where as Burster offer miniature load cells, torque transducers and specialist instrumentation for automated assembly machinery.

Ixthus bring the technical application knowledge to ensure the correct sensor, transducer and instrumentation is used on your measurement project.

Intelligent Weigh Controllers


Intelligent Weigh Controllers

Intelligent Weigh Controllers: Ixthus Instrumentation have many years experience supplying high specification weighing systems for tough applications.

This includes: weigh filling to weights and measures legal requirements, dosing and batching systems, in-flight conveyor weighing, hopper and silo weighing.

Complete Measurement Solutions


Complete Measurement Solutions

Complete Measurement Solutions : At Ixthus Instrumentation we can take any of our sensors and add that little bit extra that makes your life easier.
This may include a mounting bracket, digital displays, traceable calibration, mains and battery power supplies or even a complete measurement system, even with software and data storage. In fact you tell us when to stop!

We can offer a complete design, installation, commissioning, calibration and routine maintenance services. We will provide the level of support required by your site engineers – mechanical, electrical and instrumentation.

Custom Laser Transducer Design


Custom Laser Transducer Design

Custom Laser Transducer Design : When Ixthus Instrumentation was asked to look at a new design for the housing and mounting of a Laser Displacement Sensor, they went back to the drawing board to offer a new and novel solution.

Taking the existing well proven RF603 laser and electronics the design engineers came up with a tube design with a diameter of only 30mm. This makes sealing the aluminium tube construction very easy. The laser beam emits from the side of the tube with measurement ranges up to 500mm with an update speed of 0.125msecs (8KHz).

Various outputs are available, both digital for setup programming and analogue 0 to 10Vdc and 4 to 20mA for data loggers with a power supply requirement of 12Vdc.

The RF607 has many more features built in as standard. Why not call Ixthus now to hear more information?

NCTE - Novel Torque Transducer


NCTE - Novel Torque Transducer

NCTE - Novel Torque Transducer: Novel torque transducer technology can be integrated in critical power transmission components.

A patented torque and force transducer technology called Pulsed Current Modulated Encoding (PCME) that offers exceptional performance even in extreme temperatures and harsh environmental conditions has been developed by NTC Engineering. The technology is available in a range of standard products and can be integrated directly into one off custom designs and OEM applications.

With measurement ranges up to 3000 Nm - shaft speeds to 20,000 rpm and bandwidth to 30 kHz. Environmental conditions can include submerged in oil and high temperatures.

The technology has been successfully applied across a wide range of application areas including motorsports, automotive, aircraft & railways, engine & plant construction, and industrial test & measurement. Specific applications include load pins for shear force measurement on cranes, regulation and speed sensing for electric cycles, torque measurement on high speed wind turbine couplings, torque regulation on heavy duty materials processing, and KERS torque measurement for F1.

Flight Test Sensors


Flight Test Sensors

 Flight Test Sensors: The new FTS fibre optic displacement sensors are designed for flight test applications.
Weighing just 175 grams, the sensor electronics feature a 25 x 50 x 75 mm enclosure with MIL-DTL-83513 Micro-D connector for power and output signals.

Philtec provides customized non-contact fibre optic sensors which are ideally suited for the extreme environments of many aerospace applications. Small probe size, wide sensor bandwidth and extreme temperature ranges are key advantages. These devices measure linear distance and displacement up to 50 mm. Typical applications include valve and actuator measurements, turbine shaft and blade tip dynamics, as well as satellite component testing in cryogenic chambers.

Call : 01327 353437 or email info@ixthus.co.uk for more information.

Down-hole strain gauging technology


Down-hole strain gauging technology

Down-hole strain gauging technology is getting smaller and lower forces can be measured.

Patented strain gauge technology enables space saving and well protected force measurement transducers to be directly embedded into custom designed structural components. Towcester  UK  May 2008. A patented technology that allows strain gauges to be mounted directly inside the customers components, saving space, removing extraneous errors and enabling design innovation, is available from Ixthus Instrumentation Ltd. The durable down-hole strain gauge technique from leading USA strain measurement specialist Strainsert Inc, provides an elegant load measurement solution and recent developments now allows the technology to measure forces as low as 100 N.

Design miniaturisation also means they can be built into even smaller areas of just 3 mm diameter and within lengths of only 100 mm.

The technology is available through Ixthus in Strainsert's standard load sensing product range that includes flat load cells, load sensing bolts and studs, tension links, and clevis pins but Ixthus are also able to provide OEMs and research organisations with these miniature strain gauges directly assembled into customised load bearing components and structures; either built to design or assembled into free-issued parts with full calibration and certification as required. Unlike strain gauges that are attached on the outside of load bearing components, the down-hole strain gauge, typically bonded into a small hole in the neutral axis of the load sensing path, is insensitive to off-centre loading, bending and extraneous load forces. Furthermore, the sealed and encapsulated miniature assembly is extremely well protected against harsh environments and materials can be selected to comply with application fatigue ratings and international safety standards. Compensation for pressure, temperature and safety redundancy can also be built into customised designs and the technology also lends itself to space restricted precision shear and torque measurement.

The typical force measurement range across standard and customised down-hole strain gauges is between 100 N and 5 MN, with 0.1% linearity.

Ixthus Instrumentation provides complete technical and sales support for the entire range from Strainsert and are on hand to advise and assist customers with standard products and customised applications. Ixthus have applied and adapted these innovative products over several years in all areas of industry and research for demanding applications in military, aerospace, marine and subsea, oil and gas, mining and quarry, hoist and crane, and automotive.

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