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Kistler Introduces Multi-Channel Connectors

October 21, 2012, Novi, Michigan, USA – Kistler (, a worldwide supplier of precision sensors, systems and instrumentation for the dynamic measurement of pressure, force, torque and acceleration, has announced the North American market introduction of Types 1708A01 and 1710A01, two multi-channel connectors with onboard sensor and mold identification capabilities, designed to increase mold startup efficiencies; facilitate cost-effective mold cavity pressure measurements; and support 100% zero-defect parts quality monitoring within plastics injection molding applications.

With support for either four (Type 1708A1) or eight (Type 1710A1) single-wire piezoelectric cavity mold pressure sensors, Kistler Types 1708A1 and 1710A1 are designed to offer mold identification capabilities in temperatures up to +125°C.  Design of these connectors features an integral electronic chip that is embedded onto a printed circuit board. The chip allows for current mold information, such as sensor location and sensitivity, to be collected and stored directly onto the chip. When connected to the Kistler Como Injection process monitoring system, stored data is immediately available for upload into the system. The resultant sensor and mold identification data, including location and sensitivity, is thus immediately available within the system for ease of mold startup. Additionally, the chip identifies whether pressure sensor cabling is properly installed for greater troubleshooting and reduced potential for associated downtime.

Kistler Type 1708A1 and Type 1710A1 multichannel connectors also feature the company’s own proprietary “cut and grip” technique for single-wire technology connection, allowing for the easy shortening of an individual cable to its required length. These Kistler single-wire cables transmit the necessary electrical charge for effective mold cavity sensing, with required shielding provided by the injection mold itself, with both cables and connectors completely integrated into the mold. Single-wire cabling is also fully field-repairable and exchangeable and may be cut to desired lengths. Cables can be fitted directly into mold cavity bores to minimize milling, protecting the bores from potential mechanical damage.

The effective onboard memory storage and troubleshooting capabilities of Kistler Types 1708A1 and 1710A1, as well as their capability to simultaneously support multiple measurement channels, make these multichannel connectors ideal for improving process efficiencies within electronic component, optical lens, liquid silicone rubber (LSR), medical component, and metal injection molding applications.

For additional details and specifications, please contact Kistler North America toll-free (in the US & Canada) at 1-888-KISTLER, via email at or visit

About Kistler Group

Based in Winterthur, Switzerland, Kistler Group is a leading global supplier of dynamic measurement technology for pressure, force, torque and acceleration. Kistler technology is used to analyze physical processes, control industrial processes and optimize product quality. Kistler has a full range of sensors, electronics and systems for engine development, vehicle technology, assembly technology, plastics and metal processing, as well as biomechanics. The Group maintains its global presence through 25 sales and manufacturing companies, with tech centers on all continents and 30 agencies, enabling the Group to maintain local customer contact and offer individualized application support. The company employs 1,200 people and generated revenues of CHF 235 million in 2011. K-Beam®, PiezoStar® and PiezoBeam® are registered trademarks of Kistler. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

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