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 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 - Like 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. 455-4719
Mfr. Part No.3100B1000S2TB000
TWD4,280.00
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Gauge 0bar 1000bar 0.25 % Analogue Air Fluid, Hydraulic Fluid, Hydraulic Oil, Oil M12 4 → 20 mA DIN 43650 Type C - 1 ms - 8 → 30 V dc -
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TWD4,293.00
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Relative - 0.7bar 0.25 % Current Air, Gas, Water G1/4 4 → 20 mA DIN 43650 Type C - - - 10 → 30 V dc -
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Mfr. Part No.3100B1600S2TB000
TWD4,280.00
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Gauge 0bar 1600bar 0.25 % Analogue Air Fluid, Hydraulic Fluid, Hydraulic Oil, Oil M12 4 → 20 mA DIN 43650 Type A - 1 ms - 8 → 30 V dc -
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Mfr. Part No.3100B1000S2TE000
TWD4,235.00
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- 0bar 1000bar 0.25 % - Air Fluid, Hydraulic Fluid, Hydraulic Oil, Oil M12 4 → 20 mA M12 Connector - - - 10 → 36 V dc -
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Mfr. Part No.3100B1600S2TE000
TWD4,235.00
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Relative 0bar 1600bar 0.25 % Analogue Air Fluid, Hydraulic Fluid, Hydraulic Oil, Oil M12 4 → 20 mA M12 Connector - 1 ms - 8 → 30 V dc -
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Mfr. Part No.3100R0010G01B000
TWD4,280.00
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Relative 0bar 10bar ±0.25 % Voltage Fluid, Gas G1/4 0 → 5 V DIN 43650 Type A - 1 ms 4.5 mA 7 → 30 V dc -
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Mfr. Part No.3500R350MG01B000
TWD4,293.00
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Relative - 0.35bar 0.25 % Voltage Air, Gas, Water G1/4 0 → 5 V DIN 43650 Type C - - - 30 V dc -
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Mfr. Part No.3500B02B5G01B000
TWD4,293.00
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Relative - 2.5bar 0.25 % Current Air, Gas, Water G1/4 4 → 20 mA DIN 43650 Type C - - - 10 → 30 V dc -
RS Stock No. 455-4769
Mfr. Part No.3100R1600S2TB000
TWD4,280.00
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- 0bar 1600bar 0.25 % Analogue Air Fluid, Hydraulic Fluid, Hydraulic Oil, Oil M12 0 → 5 V DIN 43650 Type C - 1 ms - 7 → 30 V dc -
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Mfr. Part No.2600BGA1019M3HA018
TWD16,817.00
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Relative 0bar 1bar 0.25 % Amplified - - 4 → 20 mA Wire Lead - 0.5 ms 20 mA 7 → 35 V dc -
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- 15psi 60psi - SPST-NO Hydraulic BSP 1/4 - Spade Terminal - - 100 VA 42 V dc -
RS Stock No. 896-8428
Mfr. Part No.3500B0004G01B000
TWD4,293.00
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Relative - 4bar 0.25 % Current Air, Gas, Water G1/4 4 → 20 mA DIN 43650 Type C - - - 10 → 30 V dc -
RS Stock No. 455-4747
Mfr. Part No.3100B2200S2TB000
TWD4,584.00
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Gauge 0bar 2200bar 0.25 % Analogue Air Fluid, Hydraulic Fluid, Hydraulic Oil, Oil M12 4 → 20 mA DIN 43650 Type C - 1 ms - 8 → 30 V dc -
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TWD9,890.00
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Relative 0bar 6bar 0.25 % Analogue Fluid, Gas G1/4 4 → 20 mA DIN 43650 Type A - - - 7 → 35 V dc -
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Mfr. Part No.3100B0040G01B000
TWD4,280.00
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Gauge 0bar 40bar 0.25 % Analogue Air Fluid, Hydraulic Fluid, Hydraulic Oil, Oil G1/4 4 → 20 mA DIN 43650 Type A - 1 ms - 8 → 30 V dc -
RS Stock No. 455-4551
Mfr. Part No.22ISBGB1000ABUA001
TWD9,890.00
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Relative 0bar 10bar 0.25 % Analogue Fluid, Gas G1/4 4 → 20 mA DIN 43650 Type A - - - 7 → 35 V dc -
RS Stock No. 896-8531
Mfr. Part No.3500R0004G01B000
TWD4,293.00
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Relative - 4bar 0.25 % Voltage Air, Gas, Water G1/4 0 → 5 V DIN 43650 Type C - - - 30 V dc -
RS Stock No. 136-5025
Mfr. Part No.3100R0060G01B000
TWD4,280.00
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Relative 0bar 60bar 0.25 % Analogue Air Fluid, Hydraulic Fluid, Hydraulic Oil, Oil G1/4 0 → 5 V 9.4 mm DIN Connector - 1 ms 2 (Sink & Source) mA 8 → 30 V dc -
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Mfr. Part No.3500B0025A01B000
TWD5,316.00
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Absolute - 25bar 0.25 % Current Air, Gas, Water G1/4 4 → 20 mA DIN 43650 Type C - - - 10 → 30 V dc -
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Mfr. Part No.5266100BHTI
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Differential -100Pa 100Pa ±1 % Analogue Air, Non-Conductive Gas - 4 → 20 mA Terminal Strip - 1 s - 24 V dc -