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Order Code: VSMT-FORCE

The VSMT Force Sensor is a "do-it-yourself" force sensor. Integrate it into your own experimental devices to measure forces up to 1000 N. It is set up to measure forces in tension.

The VSMT Force Sensor is rated to 1000 N and will connect to our standard suite of interfaces using a BTA connector.

Note: Vernier products are designed for educational use. Our products are not designed nor are they recommended for any industrial, medical, or commercial process such as life support, patient diagnosis, control of a manufacturing process, or industrial testing of any kind.

What's Included

  • Load cell
  • Threaded eye-bolt
  • Quick link for connecting hardware

Compatible Software and Interfaces

Choose a platform below to see its compatibility requirements.

LabQuest
InterfaceLabQuest App
LabQuest® 3Full support
LabQuest 2 (discontinued)Full support
LabQuest (discontinued)Full support
Computers
Software
InterfaceGraphical Analysis App for Computers
Version 4.10
Logger Pro
Version 3.16
Logger Lite
Version 1.9.4
LabQuest MiniFull supportFull supportFull support
LabQuest® 3Full supportFull supportFull support
LabQuest 2 (discontinued)Full supportFull supportFull support
LabQuest StreamFull support 1Full supportFull support 2
Go!LinkFull supportFull supportFull support
LabQuest (discontinued)Full supportFull supportFull support

Compatibility Notes

  1. Connect LabQuest Stream via USB. Future software updates will support connection via Bluetooth® technology
  2. Connect LabQuest Stream via USB. Wireless connection is not supported.
Chromebook
Software
InterfaceGraphical Analysis App for Chrome
Version 4.10
LabQuest MiniFull support
LabQuest® 3Full support
LabQuest 2 (discontinued)Full support
LabQuest StreamFull support 1
Go!LinkFull support
LabQuest (discontinued)Full support

Compatibility Notes

  1. Connect LabQuest Stream via USB. Future software updates will support connection via Bluetooth® technology
iOS
Software
InterfaceGraphical Analysis App for iOS
Version 4.10
Graphical Analysis GW for iOS
Version 4.0.6
LabQuest StreamFull supportFull support
LabQuest® 3Full support 1Full support 1
LabQuest 2 (discontinued)Full support 1Full support 1

Compatibility Notes

  1. iOS and Android devices can only connect to LabQuest 2 or LabQuest 3 via Wireless Data Sharing.
Android
Software
InterfaceGraphical Analysis App for Android
Version 4.10
Graphical Analysis GW for Android
Version 3.2
Google Science Journal
Version 1.2.259
LabQuest StreamFull supportFull supportIncompatible
LabQuest® 3Full support 1Full support 1Incompatible
LabQuest 2 (discontinued)Full support 1Full support 1Incompatible

Compatibility Notes

  1. iOS and Android devices can only connect to LabQuest 2 or LabQuest 3 via Wireless Data Sharing.
Arduino
Software
InterfaceArduino
Vernier Arduino® Interface ShieldFull support
LabVIEW
Software
InterfaceNI LabVIEW
SensorDAQFull support
Vernier myDAQ AdapterFull support 1
Go!LinkFull support
LabQuest MiniFull support
LabQuest StreamFull support 2
LabQuest® 3Full support
LabQuest 2 (discontinued)Full support
LabQuest (discontinued)Full support

Compatibility Notes

  1. You can only read the raw count/raw voltage output by this sensor. You must do the programming to convert to proper sensor units.
  2. Connect LabQuest Stream via USB. Future software updates will support connection via Bluetooth® technology
Texas Instruments
Software
InterfaceEasyData
Version 2.4/4.0/5.2
TI-84 SmartViewDataQuest
Version 4.2
TI-Nspire Software
EasyLinkFull support 1Full support 2Full supportFull support 2
CBL 2Full support 3IncompatibleIncompatibleIncompatible
TI-Nspire Lab Cradle (discontinued)IncompatibleIncompatibleFull supportFull support

Compatibility Notes

  1. Use with TI-84 Plus calculators only.
  2. Requires an Easy to Go! adapter
  3. CBL 2 and LabPro interfaces cannot be used with TI-84 Plus CE calculators.

Getting Started

  1. Connect the sensor to the interface (LabQuest Mini, LabQuest 2, etc.).
  2. Start the appropriate data-collection software (Logger Pro, Logger Lite, LabQuest App) if not already running, and choose New from File menu.

The software will identify the sensor and load a default data-collection setup. You are now ready to continue your experiment.

If you are collecting data using a Chromebook™, mobile device such as iPad® or Android™ tablet, or a Vernier wireless sensor or interface, please see the following link for up-to-date connection information:

www.vernier.com/start/vsmt-force

Using the Product

Connect the sensor following the steps in the Getting Started section of the user manual.

Calibration

You should not have to perform a calibration when using the VSMT Force Sensor. The VSMT Force Sensor comes pre-calibrated, and you can simply use the appropriate calibration value that is stored in the data-collection program. If you want to improve the calibration, recalibration is allowed. Follow the same procedure used in calibrating most Vernier sensors—a two point calibration. One of the points is usually with no force applied. Select the calibration option in the program you are using and remove all force from the sensor. Enter 0 as the first known force. The second point can be set by lifting an object of known mass with the VSMT Force Sensor. Enter the weight of the object for the second calibration point. This must be determined with a properly calibrated scale. For best results the sensor should be calibrated in the same orientation in which it will be used.

Specifications

Operational range

0 to 1000 N

Safety range (maximum force without damage done to sensor)

0 to 1300 N

12-bit resolution

1 N

Stored calibration values

  • slope: 241.9 N/V
  • intercept: –107.6 N

Safety

The VSMT Force Sensor is capable of measuring (and therefore storing) significant forces. When structures fail under stress they can release that energy very quickly. Note: Care should be taken to protect people and property from damage due to the potential release of this energy. Vernier recommends the use of safety glasses to protect eyes from flying debris when using the VSMT Force Sensor.

It is also important to connect any hardware securely. Threaded parts should be attached so that a sufficient amount of the threaded component is engaged.

Troubleshooting

For troubleshooting and FAQs, see www.vernier.com/til/3344

Repair Information

If you have followed the troubleshooting steps and are still having trouble with your VSMT Force Sensor, contact Vernier Technical Support at support@vernier.com or call 888-837-6437.

Warranty

Vernier warrants this product to be free from defects in materials and workmanship as delivered to the customer. This warranty does not cover damage to the product caused by abuse or improper use. Due to the nature of this device this warranty extends only to the initial delivery of the equipment.

Contact Support

Fill out our online support form or call us toll-free at 1-888-837-6437.

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