Load Cells & Load Cell Manufacturers
Load cells are transducers that are designed as measuring devices. They gauge and monitor forces of compression, tension and shear by converting sensed mechanical force into measurable electrical signals. This technology is commonly employed for mechanical and industrial testing, ongoing system monitoring, as components in devices like industrial scales and other areas of the manufacturing, processing and testing industries.
The two categories that load cells measure most often are compression and tension force. To help with these measurements, both compression and tension load cells alike, use a small device called a strain gauge. Strain gauges measure an object’s strain, weight or force output by converting internal deformation into electrical signals. A less frequent companion of the load cell is the piezoelectric sensor, which utilizes piezoelectric crystals to strain, movement, weight and vibrations. Two common sensors that fall under the piezoelectric umbrella are pressure and force sensors. Similar to load cells, they measure applied force, pressure and strain of gas pressure, liquid pressure and altitude. Many are surprisingly strong for their size, able to hold or support several tons. For very small applications, operators use miniature load cells. Other available equipment that support strain gauges and load cells include: force transducers, torque sensors and load sensors. Regardless of the supporting equipment used, after the information is collected, it is sent to a recorder or another computerized data collection system. These systems are either analog, which uses voltage, or digital; of the two, digital load cells are more popular because they are faster, more accurate and have better resolutions. If and when they discover any variance in the system they’re monitoring, load cells sound an alarm or shut down completely until the issue is understood and corrected.
Some Leading Manufacturers
West Conshohocken, PA | 610-825-3310
Strainsert has been providing load cells for over 5 decades! We are pioneers in the force sensor industry. Our products are used in industries like aerospace, automotive, marine, and many other industrial applications. We provide in-house design and production for rapid prototyping, soldering, and design flexibility. Our products come with an extended warranty and we are dedicated to quality manufacturing. Call us today or visit our website to learn more about our load cells!
Worthington, OH | 614-430-0683
We manufacture a wide range of standard, modified, and custom load cell and force sensor solutions. With ISO 9001:2008 certification, you can count on tecsis to deliver quality load cells, built for performance and reliability. We offer many different load cell configurations, including pancake, compression, donut, cantilever, and many other load cells. Along with this vast offering, we also provide you with custom engineering services, so you can get the exact load cell that you need.
Apex, NC | 919-772-0115
ATI Industrial Automation is your reliable source for force and torque sensors and automation technology. Since 1989, we have been engineering and manufacturing high quality load cells for applications in robotics. Found in thousands of successful applications around the world, our load cells and automation products are the go-to solution for improved robotics productivity and reliability. Connect with ATI Industrial Automation for outstanding solutions today!
Chambersburg, PA | 717-217-2255
We are a leader in the design and manufacture of automation technologies, including load cells and signal transmission products. We manufacture all kinds of force sensors like load pins, force transducers, compression/tension load cells, tensiometers, and more. Over our long history, our products have earned a reputation for dependability, even in the harshest environmental conditions. Call us today or check out our website for more information!
Spartanburg, SC | 800-426-9010
Kistler-Morse is your reliable source for force measurements systems and technology. Since 1974, we have been engineering and manufacturing high quality load cells for applications in the plastics, food and beverage, chemical, biotech, and many other industries. Our load cells, force sensors, and weighing systems are used around the world and are the go-to solution for bulk and in-process weighing. Connect with Kistler-Morse for outstanding solutions today!