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
£3.108
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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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. 818-6947
Mfr. Part No.CMSS 200-02-SL
BrandSKF
£358.51
1 Box of 2
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- - - - - - - 33.66mm 68.26mm -20°C +85°C 33.66 (Dia.) x 68.26 mm -
RS Stock No. 533-2396
Mfr. Part No.MTN/1185ICQ-25
BrandMonitran
£305.90
Each
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- 20 mA - 32V - - 43mm 27mm 27mm -25°C +90°C 27 x 43 mm ATEX
RS Stock No. 123-8751
Mfr. Part No.VKV021
£194.92
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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. 893-7281
Mfr. Part No.1007079-1
£58.58
Each
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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. 455-3665
Mfr. Part No.ASLS 2.0
BrandAssemtech
£3.54
Each
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- 250 mA 24V - 10Ω - 18mm - - -20°C +85°C 18 x 4.6 mm -
RS Stock No. 533-2368
Mfr. Part No.MTN/1185CQ-10
BrandMonitran
£219.59
Each
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- 20 mA - - - - 27mm 27mm - -25°C +90°C 27 x 43 mm -
RS Stock No. 739-6737
Mfr. Part No.VKV022
£194.92
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0 → 50mm/s 500 mA - 32V - - 73.1mm - - -25°C +80°C 27 (Dia.) x 73.1 mm -
RS Stock No. 533-2239
Mfr. Part No.MTN/1100
BrandMonitran
£216.34
Each
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- 8 mA - - - - - - - -55°C +120°C 22 x 48 mm -
RS Stock No. 533-2374
Mfr. Part No.MTN/1185CQ-25
BrandMonitran
£219.59
Each
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- 20 mA - - - - 27mm 27mm - -25°C +90°C 27 x 43 mm -
RS Stock No. 170-4358
Mfr. Part No.1002794
£1.558
Each (In a Box of 1000)
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- - - - - - 25mm 13mm 0.205mm 0°C +85°C 25 (mm) x 13 (mm) x 205 (μm) -
RS Stock No. 893-7086
Mfr. Part No.1002794
£4.306
Each (In a Bag of 5)
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- - - - - - 25mm 13mm 0.205mm 0°C +85°C 25 (mm) x 13 (mm) x 205 (μm) -
RS Stock No. 533-2251
Mfr. Part No.MTN/1100CQ
BrandMonitran
£219.59
Each
Units
- 8 mA - - - - - - - -55°C +140°C 22 x 48 mm -
RS Stock No. 893-7177
Mfr. Part No.11028414-00
£9.26
Each
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- - - - - - 41mm 16mm 0.205mm 0°C +70°C 41 (mm) x 16 (mm) x 205 (μm) -
RS Stock No. 361-5116
Mfr. Part No.VS-102
BrandAssemtech
£1.57
Each
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- 309 mA - 9V - - 10mm 11mm 12mm -25°C +80°C 10 x 11 x 12 mm -
RS Stock No. 893-7301
Mfr. Part No.1-1002908-0
£10.18
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- - - - - - 41mm 16mm 0.04mm 0°C +70°C 41 (mm) x 16 (mm) x 40 (μm) -
RS Stock No. 170-4378
Mfr. Part No.1-1002908-0
£6.561
Each (In a Box of 100)
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- - - - - - 41mm 16mm 0.04mm 0°C +70°C 41 (mm) x 16 (mm) x 40 (μm) -
RS Stock No. 533-2273
Mfr. Part No.MTN/MS002
BrandMonitran
£8.56
Each
Units
- 20 mA - - - - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 170-4389
Mfr. Part No.PKGS-25SXAP1-R
BrandMurata
£0.63
Each (On a Reel of 3000)
Units
29400m/s² - - - - - 3.2mm 2mm 1.05mm -40°C +80°C 3.2 x 2 x 1.05 mm -
RS Stock No. 124-5983
Mfr. Part No.PKGS-25SXAP1-R
BrandMurata
£0.965
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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29400m/s² - - - - - 3.2mm 2mm 1.05mm -40°C +80°C 3.2 x 2 x 1.05 mm -