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Agricultural Seed Planter Depth Control Using Pressure Transducers

Since its invention, the seed planting machine has helped to greatly increase harvest yield. Today’s machines have adjustable downforce to make planting accuracy even easier. To do this, an air compressor on the tractor provides the pressurized air to the cylinders which act as an air-bag system.  The operator can put more or less air in the air-bags which in turn puts more or less weight on the planter wheels and allows the planter to plant the seed deeper in the soil.

BLOODHOUND SSC Update: Pursuit of reaching new World Land Speed Record

On October 26, BLOODHOUND SSC, a British supersonic land vehicle that is currently in development, made its first public run. In front of assembled media and guests, the 5.5-ton vehicle accelerated to 210 mph in 8.0 seconds from stationary. The trial was a significant milestone in testing the car’s systems as it continues its pursuit of reaching new World Land Speed Record of 800 mph in 2019 and 1,000 mph in 2020.

5 Types of Pressure Sensors You Should Know

Just like a drill won’t work with a nail, the type of pressure sensor you’re using for a given application matters. What performs well when measuring oil and gas, for example, may not be the best fit for hydraulics.

Gems Supports Project to Set New World Land Speed Record

The current land speed record is 763.035 mph. The BLOODHOUND SSC Project hopes to set a new record of 1000 mph.

How does a pressure transducer work?

Not all of us respond well to pressure, but that’s exactly what happens with a pressure transducer. If you’ve wondered how they work, these devices convert pressure into an electrical output signal such as voltage, current, and frequency. Sensors, meanwhile, allow the transducers to proportionally react to the applied force of the pressure.

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