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Sensortechnics GmbH offers thermal mass flow sensors for use with medical ventilators

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article image Sensortechnics’ thermal mass flow sensors offer fast response times of less than 10 milliseconds

Thermal mass flow sensors from Sensortechnics GmbH are highly sensitive devices suitable for use with air and gases that offer measuring ranges up to 500 l/min.

Custom models of these flow sensors are available that have been designed to meet the demanding requirements of medical ventilators. These units feature two sensing elements that offer excellent resolution and accuracy over the complete measuring range.

One sensor chip in these devices is located in the middle of the main stream for the measurement of very small flows around the zero flow point. A second chip is arranged in a bypass configuration and measures higher flows up to full scale.

A microcontroller controls digital signal processing, as well as allowing for continual switching between the two sensing elements.

High quality medical ventilators need to be capable of early detection of the inhaling phase of a patient, as well as to provide high resolution and accuracy over the complete flow range.

The custom thermal mass flow sensors from Sensortechnics can meet both these requirements perfectly due to their two sensing elements.

Sensortechnics’ thermal mass flow sensors feature:

  • flow ranges up to 500 l/min air or gas
  • fast response times (below 10 ms)
  • very high resolution due to two sensing elements
  • microcontroller based digital signal processing; and
  • analog output signal and digital I²C or SPI bus interface.

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