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    Howdy again bio-netters:

    Thank you to everyone that reponded to my request for information on
    accelerometers. Following is the edited responses that I recieved.

    You may try Omega Engineering. I called them yesterday and asked
    them the exact same question. They are sending me their catalogs on
    various transducers, including accelerometers. Their number is:


    Good luck. Please post any of the other replies that you get.

    Brian Bergemann, Ph.D.
    United States Sports Academy
    Chairman Sports Research


    Another source for accelerometers is:

    PCB Piezotronics Inc.
    3425 Walden Ave
    Depew, NY 14043


    PCB has been an excellent company to work with. They have generally been
    willing to help researchers with educational discounts and/or equipment
    donations when projects are on "shoe-string" budgets.

    Gerald Smith, PhD
    Biomechanics Lab, WB-15
    Oregon State University
    Corvallis, Oregon 97331

    phone: 1 - 503 - 737 - 5928


    I bought a Dytran 3016A triax accelerometer for $950 (10mV/G sensitivity) and
    power supply $345 and assorted cable $50 about a year ago.

    Dytran Instruments, Inc.
    21592 Marilla St.
    Chatsworth, CA 91311
    (818) 700-7818
    In TX they are represented by Jim Bruton of
    Technical Products
    1023 S. Main Street #203
    Grapvine, TX 76051
    (817) 424-3441

    There are many other companies that make all sizes and kinds of

    Endevco: (800) 982-6732

    Entran: (800) 635-0650

    Kistler: (716) 691-5100

    PCB Piezotronics (716) 684-0001

    Duane Knudson, Ph.D.
    Department of HHPR
    Baylor University

    Date: 1/20/95 2:35 PM

    Here is one company that makes triaxial accelerometers:
    30700 Rancho Viejo Road
    San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675


    You can contact Analog Devices. They make accelerometers for air-bags. It is about
    $50-100 each dependent on quantities.

    Jiping He, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
    Chemical, Bio and Materials Engineering
    Arizona State University
    Tempe, AZ 85287

    Hi Fabian:

    There are several companies that make triaxial accelerometers. The
    subminiature ones are quite expensive. PCB electronics makes some "cheap"
    ones. They will run for between $1000 and $1500 for a triaxial set. The
    cheaper accelerometers that you are talking about I was told are rather coarse.
    In an airbag design you only need to make sure that above a certain
    acceleration the airbag employs, so you don't really care what happens at the
    lower end. Kistler makes some excelent accelerometers, but they are rather


    Analog Devices makes two models of uniaxial accelerometers. I think one is
    model AD50. ONe model has built in amplifier circuits. I don't know their
    address, but they are a large semiconductor company.

    Try Endevco. They make accelerometers and the instrumentation that
    go with them.

    -Lynne Bilston
    __________________________________________________ ________________________
    Lynne E. Bilston, PhD
    Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering Tel (02) 351-2344
    Room 426, Building J07 Fax (02) 351-9169
    University of Sydney, N.S.W., 2006
    __________________________________________________ ________________________

    Dear Fabian

    Kistler makes a wide range of accelerometers. Your request for information had
    been forwarded to:

    Kistler Instrument Corp.
    75 John Glenn Drive
    Amherst. NY 14228-2171

    Tel: (716) 691-5100
    Fax: (716) 691-5226

    Best Regards

    Christian Calame

    Kistler Instrumente AG Winterthur, P.O.Box 304,
    CH-8408 Winterthur, Switzerland
    Tel: +41 52 224 11 11, Fax: +41 52 224 14 14
    Telex 896 296 KAG CH,

    Dear Fabian,

    Why don`t you check the Danish Company "Bruel and Kjaer" and Kistler.
    B&K`s triaxial accelerometers are highly qualified and miniature in
    structure. Also one of the netters had came out with the same question
    and I have put her responses to my archive, I will send you the responses
    in the nearest time.
    I wish you success in your work.

    Ozan Akkus

    We use uni- and tri-axial accelerometers for examining impulsive
    loading during gait. We have typically used IC Sensors and Entran
    devices, but we are always looking for smaller and/or less expensive
    options. I would be interested in seeing the other responses you receive.

    I know of two companies that make inexpensive accelerometers designed
    for automotive use, but possibly well suited for biomechanics as well.

    1. AMP part no. ACH04-08 (about $40 ea.) measures two linear and one
    rotational components, with built-in signal conditioning, designed
    for higher-g ranges (> 3g, 125 rad/sec*sec). Sorry - I have no contact
    info for AMP.

    2. Analog Devices part no. ADXL-10, ADXL-50: single-chip monolithic
    design, uni-axial, low-cost, with built-in signal conditioning,
    DC-1kHz response, 0-10g or 0-50g range, single +5v supply. Contact
    Analog Devices (One Technology Way, P.O. Box 9106, Norwood, MA 02062,
    USA) at (617) 329-4700.

    We have no experience with the AMP device, but we have experimented a
    little with the Analog Devices chip - it looks pretty good so far. We
    have talked about trying to assemble a small triaxial system with 3 of
    these, but we haven't done anything about it yet.

    If anyone has experience with the AMP device, I would be interested in
    hearing about it.

    ************************************************** **********************
    Scott Tashman, Ph.D.

    Head, Motion Analysis Section Assistant Professor
    Bone and Joint Center Department of Orthopaedics
    Henry Ford Hospital School of Medicine
    2799 W. Grand Blvd. Case Western Reserve University
    Detroit, MI 48202

    Voice: (313) 876-8680 or 876-7572
    FAX: (313) 556-8812 or 876-8064
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    Hello Dr. Pollo,

    I cannot answer your question about who makes the automobile air bag
    accelerometers, but I do have some other company names that are accelerometer
    manufacturers. Hope this helps.

    Bruel & Kjaer Instuments, Inc.
    Marlborough, MA USA
    (508) 481-7737

    Entran Devices, Inc.
    Fairfield, NJ USA
    (800) 635-0650

    Nat Ordway
    Dept of Orthopedics Phone: (315) 464-6462
    SUNY Health Science Center Fax: (315) 464-6470
    Syracuse, New York USA Email:

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    I hope this helps, it sure helped me.

    Thanks again to everyone.