They are used widely in mechanical testing, ongoing system monitoring, and as components in devices such as industrial scales. Read More…
Strainsert CompanyWest Conshohocken, PA | 610-825-3310
Our load cells are manufactured with the highest attention to detail at all stages. Whether it is through the design stage, engineering stage, or through hundreds of tests run daily, we ensure that our products outshine all competitor products.$$$
ATI Industrial Automation, Inc.Apex, NC | 919-772-0115
We supply Multi-Axis Force/Torque Sensors. Our F/T Sensors measure all six components of force and torque. ATI F/T transducers use silicon strain gauges for low-noise and high overload protection.$$$
TyTek IndustriesWest Chester, OH | 513-874-7326
At TyTek Industries we manufacture load cells to suit all capabilities. Our expertise has provided insight and load cell solutions for a range of customers and industries. Our engineering team’s philosophy ensures we do everything humanly and technologically possible to match your requirements with quality, cost and delivery. We’re here to help you carry the load.$$$
Load Cell CentralMilan, PA | 800-562-3235
Founded in 1985, Load Cell Central has firmly established its reputation as a leader in load cell manufacturing, custom weighing system integration, and first-class load cell repairs. Load Cell Central offers a wide variety of popular load cell and component configurations for virtually every new or old weighing system, scale or component replacement possibility. Technical and after-sale support, attention to detail and to your special requirements, are unmatched in the industry.$$$
HBM, Inc.Marlborough, MA | 800-578-4260
For nearly 70 years, the name HBM has stood for reliability, precision and innovation all over the world. HBM offers products and services for an extensive range of measurement applications in many industries. HBM's product range covers sensors, transducers, strain gauges, amplifiers and data acquisition systems as well as software for structural durability investigations, tests and analysis.$$$
SENTRAN, LLCOntario, CA | 888-545-8988
SENTRAN's corporate charter is to manufacture and market premium quality load cells. SENTRAN serves the biomedical, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, material handling, aerospace, automotive, agricultural, fitness and health, petrochemical and off-shore industries. SENTRAN’s experienced and knowledgeable workforce is capable and ready to find the solution that’s right for you. Call now!$$$
Load cells are in essence just another term for force gauges, which can be made up of two kinds of sensors, in a variety of industries. Any company that needs to measure heavy loads, such as pallets of goods for shipping in industrial manufacturing, building materials in construction, and mass amounts of ingredients or packaging in food processing companies, requires the use of these load cells.
The two types of sensors utilized most often are strain gages and piezoelectric sensors, the first made up of metal coils and the second made up of crystals. They gather the information of force and translate it into electrical currents or signals that can then be read through analog or digital output.
Specifically, the strain gauges are deformed by the weight of the pressure, be it a separation stress like the tension load cell specializes in measuring, or a pushed together stress like the compression load cell is made to measure.
The crystals of the piezoelectric sensors are electrically neutral, but create a current when stress is applied. By gauging the amount of stress and the type of stress by the strength of the crystal reaction, a load cell or force gauge utilizing piezoelectric crystals can get a very accurate reading.
The main purpose of force gauges is to measure levelness and tension in load cells. The information they monitor is then signaled to a recorder or other computerized data collection system for further analysis.
The two basic components of a load cell are the sensing element and the circuit. The sensing element is often the force gauge and the circuit is the connection of these gauges throughout the load cell. Load cell outputs include analog voltage, analog current, analog frequency, switch or alarm, serial, and parallel.
The most basic designs consist of four gauges, which make up the measuring circuit. The connection between the four gauges is what makes up the circuit, which is also what connects to the analog or digital read out. More complex and detailed cells can have up to thirty gauges as part of the measuring circuit. The more gauges inside the load cell, the more sensitive the cell is in recording and monitoring variance in measurement.