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ShockWatch Flex impact indicator

is a flexible impact indicator optimized for mounting to irregular shaped surface ensuring the indicator will stay in place.
The Flex is ideal for monitoring tools or equipment that can become misaligned lose calibration or damaged if mishandled.

They are available in a single and double tube configuration.

ShockWatch Flex impact indicators

are a flexible impact indicator optimized for mounting to an irregular shaped surface ensuring the indicator will stay in place. The Flex is ideal for monitoring tools or equipment that can become misaligned lose calibration or damaged if mishandled.
ShockWatch Flex impact indicators are highly visible, mechanically-activated devices that turn bright red when an impact occurs. These solutions are ideal when you need to know if product mishandling may have resulted in misalignment, loss of product calibration or warranty-related repair issues

The single ShockWatch Flex impact indicators have one tube and will provide nearly 360 degrees of detection. The ShockWatch double Flex impact indicator has two tubes and gives a full 360 degrees of detection. ShockWatch Flex impact indicators are mainly used either embedded or attached to the exterior of handheld and calibrated products.

Lost Calibration for measurement equipment

Products such as measurement equipment, gyroscopes, weaponry or medical devices require precise calibration in order to operate properly. Impacts can result in misalignment of critical components.

ShockWatch Flex impact indicators indicate if an impact has been experienced that could potentially result in misalignment and the need for recalibration.

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Warranty Abuse

Most companies offer a warranty period during which non-functioning products are repaired or replaced at no cost to the end user. Service calls involve labour costs of making repairs and overseeing administrative processes, spare parts costs and the costs associated with unhappy customers.

In order to monitor for mishandling, ShockWatch Flex impact indicators can be integrated into or mounted on the product. These devices are excellent tools to improve customer handling and reduce warranty costs associated with mishandling.

Types of products that could be monitored

  • Hard drives
  • Sensitive electronics
  • Communications equipment
  • Avionics / Gyroscopes
  • Handheld electronic devices
  • Audiovisual / Broadcast equipment
  • Medical equipment
  • Laboratory equipment
  • HDTV equipment

Applications

  • Aerospace and Defense
  • Equipment Rental
  • Construction – Supplies and Fixtures
  • Electronics
  • Sports Equipment
  • Medical Devices and Supplies
  • Industrial Equipment
  • High Tech Equipment
  • Robotics
  • Office Equipment
  • Furniture and Fixtures
  • Scientific and Technical Instruments
  • Computer Hardware
  • Electronics
  • Lasers

ShockWatch Flex Impact Indicators Selection

To select the proper activation levels, determine if shock specifications exist for the product to be monitored. Most complex electro-mechanical products such as hard drives, avionics, analysis instruments, etc. have been through extensive testing to establish shock damage boundary data. If this information is available, the selection process is quite simple. Select the Flex type and sensitivity to match. Impact / Drop testing can assist in selecting the most suitable g force.

Product Name Sensitivity Activation Height
Flex 85 10G 50.8mm to 101.6mm
Flex 75 15G 76.2mm to 152.4mm
Flex 65 25G 101.6mm to 203.2mm
Flex 55 37G 152.4mm to 355.6mm
Flex 47 50G 203.2mm to 457.2mm
Flex 35 75G 482.6mm to 609.6mm
Flex 30 100G 609.6mm to 762mm

A Complete ShockWatch Flex Impact Indicator Program

Success of the Shockwatch Program is measured by a reduction in damage. Preventing mishandling is the key to damage reduction.
In order to prevent mishandling, communication with everyone in the supply chain is key.

Contact us for further information on the Shockwatch Program or if you would like any information on Flex Activation Curves.

Benefits

  • Acts as a visual deterrent to improper handling
  • Reduces mishandling through awareness
  • Provides indisputable evidence of mishandling
  • Alerts recipient to inspect contents before acceptance
  • Promotes chain of accountability for all product handling
  • Confirms effectiveness of packaging
  • Helps identify trouble spots in supply chain, from production to transportation and storage
  • Helps increase quality of product from dock to dock

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Specs

Operating Temperature
-25°C to 80°C
Single Flex Dimensions
32.5mm x 22.9mm
Double Flex Dimensions
32.5mm x 26.4mm
Sensitivity
25 to 100G
Guaranteed Activation
+/-15% of nominal value
Responsiveness
Responds to single impact
Duration
Ranges 0.5 to 50 ms
Adhesive
Acrylic
Shelf Life
2 years when stored at 20°C / 68°F, 1 ATM20°C / 68°F, 1
Storage Recommendations
ATM, 0-99% RH Non-condensing

FAQs

What is a ShockWatch Flex?
A ShockWatch Flex is an Impact Detection device that will activate (turn red) when an impact level exceeds the threshold of the unit.

Where is the ShockWatch Flex mounted?
A ShockWatch Flex is attached to the product itself and indicates excessive impact directly to the product. The Flex indicates whether the protective packaging was enough to absorb the damaging shock.

What can the ShockWatch Flex do for your bottom line?
The Flex can be used to:
Promote Handling Care – Promote care and reduce damage during the manufacturing processes

Aid in Detection of Hidden Damage – for example, ShockWatch Flex are affixed to avionics instrumentation such as gyroscopes. The instrument would not be used, or would be thoroughly checked if it was delivered with the ShockWatch Flex activated. The Flex products are more than damage prevention devices. They are also used for detecting possible damage or de-calibration.

A Quality Control Tool – Many products are received and inventoried for use or distribution at a later date. Hidden damage can lead to shortages, or even to distribution and usage of damaged or faulty products. A quick check of the ShockWatch Flex can reveal the product was subjected to a potentially damaging impact and that further inspection is warranted.

Documents

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ShockWatch Clips Sales Sheet