Pressure Sensors

Pressure sensors are devices that sense the applied pressure of gases or liquids. The output of the measurement is then converted into an electrical signal which reflects the amount of pressure applied.

There are various different technologies used within pressure sensors. Depending on the requirements, this can influence their sensing accuracy and reliability. When the mechanical displacement within the sensor is turned into an electrical output signal there are 5 ways this can happen.

Resistive - These types of sensors use the change in electrical resistance of a strain gauge connected to the diaphragm.

Capacitive - Are highly sensitive and are able to measure low-pressure under 10 bar while still withstanding large overloads.

Piezoelectric - These sensors use substances like Quartz to generate a charge on the surface when pressure is applied. Piezoelectric pressure sensors are ideal for measuring fast changing pressures.

Optical - These use interferometry to measure pressure changes in optical fibre. They are not disturbed by EMI and can be used in noisy or medical environments.

MEMS - This stands for micro-electro-mechanical system and contains capacitive or piezo pressure sensing mechanisms on silicon at micron level resolution.

Types of Pressure Sensors

Within the sensors, there are various properties which can be used to classify them. This includes what pressure range they measure, their operating temperature range or the pressure type they measure.

Absolute Pressure Sensor - This type of sensor measures pressure relative to the perfect vacuum (zero reference point).

Gauge Pressure Sensors - These are often used to measure atmospheric pressure and are sometimes referred to as relative pressure sensors.

Sealed Gauge Pressure Sensor - Similar to a gauge pressure sensor except they measure pressure relative to a fixed pressure, not the current ambient atmospheric pressure which can vary.

Differential Pressure Sensors - These can be used to measure the difference between two different pressures (differential pressure) which can be connected to either side of the sensor. They are often used to measure pressure drops, fluid levels and flow rates.

Pressure Sensor Applications

Pressure sensors are used in many applications in a large range of industries. These include medical, aviation, automotive and marine.


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RS Stock No. 111-5921
Mfr. Part No.PX3AG1BH010BSAAX
BrandHoneywell
$88.37
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Sealed Gauge 0bar 10bar ±0.25 % Analogue Air, Brake Fluid, Hydraulic Fluid, Oil, Refrigeration Fluid G1/4 0.5 4.5 V Metri-Pack 150 <2 ms 3 mA 4.75 5.25 V dc - Brass
RS Stock No. 235-5885
Mfr. Part No.24PCFFA6D
BrandHoneywell
$35.13
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Differential 0psi 100psi 0.2 % Unamplified Nitrogen Gas, Oxygen, Water - 156 → 294 mV Solder Tag 1 ms - 10 V dc - -
RS Stock No. 111-5920
Mfr. Part No.PX3AN2BS100PAAAX
BrandHoneywell
$93.35
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Absolute 0psi 100psi ±0.25 % Analogue Air, Brake Fluid, Hydraulic Fluid, Oil, Refrigeration Fluid NPT 1/8 0.5 4.5 V Metri-Pack 150 <2 ms 3 mA 4.75 5.25 V dc - Brass
RS Stock No. 111-5919
Mfr. Part No.PX3AN2BS250PAAAX
BrandHoneywell
$98.83
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Absolute 0psi 250psi ±0.25 % Analogue Air, Brake Fluid, Hydraulic Fluid, Oil, Refrigeration Fluid NPT 1/8 0.5 4.5 V Metri-Pack 150 <2 ms 3 mA 4.75 5.25 V dc - Brass
RS Stock No. 235-5891
Mfr. Part No.24PCGFM6G
BrandHoneywell
$34.86
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Gauge 0psi 250psi 0.2 % Unamplified Nitrogen Gas, Oxygen, Water - 145 → 280 mV Solder Tag 1 ms - 10 V dc - -
RS Stock No. 111-5907
Mfr. Part No.PX3AN1BH100PSAAX
BrandHoneywell
$95.89
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Sealed Gauge 0psi 100psi ±0.25 % Analogue Lubricants, Oil, Refrigeration Fluid - 0 4.5 V Metri-Pack 150 <2 ms 3.5 mA 5 V dc - Brass
RS Stock No. 111-5924
Mfr. Part No.PX3AG1BH046BSAAX
BrandHoneywell
$93.84
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Sealed Gauge 0bar 46bar ±0.25 % Analogue Air, Brake Fluid, Hydraulic Fluid, Oil, Refrigeration Fluid G1/4 0.5 4.5 V Metri-Pack 150 <2 ms 3 mA 4.75 5.25 V dc - Brass
RS Stock No. 111-5922
Mfr. Part No.PX3AG1BH025BSAAX
BrandHoneywell
$95.89
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Sealed Gauge 0bar 25bar ±0.25 % Analogue Air, Brake Fluid, Hydraulic Fluid, Oil, Refrigeration Fluid G1/4 0.5 4.5 V Metri-Pack 150 <2 ms 3 mA 4.75 5.25 V dc - Brass
RS Stock No. 169-7679
Mfr. Part No.26PCCFA2G
BrandHoneywell
$1,499.33
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Gauge 0psi 15psi ±0.25 % Wheatstone Bridge Nitrogen Gas, Oxygen - 0 100 mV PCB 1 ms - 2.5 16 V dc - -
RS Stock No. 169-7643
Mfr. Part No.PBN1B332-R6
BrandHoneywell
$2,575.20
1 Box of 25
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Gauge 24.9mbar 124.5mbar - Relay Air - - Tab - 40 mA 30 V ac/dc - PC
RS Stock No. 407-221
Mfr. Part No.PBN1B222-R7
BrandHoneywell
$79.79
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Gauge 127mbar 1.036bar - Relay Air - - Tab - 40 mA 30 V ac/dc - PC
RS Stock No. 169-7645
Mfr. Part No.PBN1B332-R7
BrandHoneywell
$97.889
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Gauge 127mbar 1.036bar - Relay Air - - Tab - 40 mA 30 V ac/dc - PC
RS Stock No. 407-237
Mfr. Part No.PBN1B332-R7
BrandHoneywell
$123.12
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Gauge 127mbar 1.036bar - Relay Air - - Tab - 40 mA 30 V ac/dc - PC
RS Stock No. 655-8173
Mfr. Part No.26PCCF A2G
BrandHoneywell
$81.88
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Gauge 0psi 15psi ±0.5 % Wheatstone Bridge Nitrogen Gas, Oxygen, Water - 100 mV dc PCB 1 ms - 10 V dc - -
RS Stock No. 169-7644
Mfr. Part No.PBN1B222-R7
BrandHoneywell
$1,600.62
1 Box of 25
Box(es)
Gauge 127mbar 1.036bar - Relay Air - - Tab - 40 mA 30 V ac/dc - PC
RS Stock No. 407-215
Mfr. Part No.PBN1B332-R6
BrandHoneywell
$128.39
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Gauge 24.9mbar 124.5mbar - Relay Air - - Tab - 40 mA 30 V ac/dc - PC
RS Stock No. 177-5940
Mfr. Part No.40PC100G2A
BrandHoneywell
$99.308
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Gauge 0psi 100psi ±0.2 % Amplified Gas - 0.5 → 4.5 V PCB 1 ms 10 mA 4.75 → 5.25 V dc - -
RS Stock No. 181-2113
Mfr. Part No.142PC15D
BrandHoneywell
$714.52
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Differential 0psi 15psi ±0.75 % Amplified Gas - 1 6 V PCB 1 ms 20 mA 7 16 V dc - -
RS Stock No. 177-5942
Mfr. Part No.40PC150G2A
BrandHoneywell
$100.056
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Gauge 0psi 150psi ±0.2 % Amplified Gas - 0.5 → 4.5 V PCB 1 ms 10 mA 4.75 → 5.25 V dc - -
RS Stock No. 286-692
Mfr. Part No.26PCCFA6D
BrandHoneywell
$46.98
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Differential 0psi 15psi ±0.25 % Unamplified Nitrogen Gas, Oxygen - 97 → 103 mV 4-Pin Connector 1 ms - 10 V dc - -