Force Transducer

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A system of parts rather than a single piece of machinery, force transducers are common in many industries for many applications. The manufacturing, automotive, medical, defense, and assembly line industries use force transducers in applications like quality assurance in manufacturing and assembly, press monitoring, biomechanics, product testing, materials testing, dynamic weighing of moving vehicles, and wheel force measurement. They are also used in the home as kitchen scales and small, portable tire pressure gauges. Read More…

Force Transducer A force transducer measures the applied force from the proportional deformation of a spring element and converts it into transmitted output signals sent to indicators, controllers, data acquisition systems and computer systems. As a general force measurement rule, the greater the amount of force, the more the spring is deformed.

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West Conshohocken, PA  |  610-825-3310

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Strainsert Company $$$

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. Our sensors are used in robotic assembly, robotic material removal, product testing, biomedical and biomechanical research.

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ATI Industrial Automation, Inc. $$$

Worthington, OH  |  614-430-0683

Tecsis LP specializes in designing and manufacturing load cells for the most challenging applications. Our in-house engineering team will create a one-of-a-kind sensor or modify our standard product to meet your needs. Our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility delivers all industrial load cell configurations including low profile pancake, donut, shear beam, canister, and in-line models, each one integrated with a complete offering of electrical connectors, outputs, and mounting options.

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Rochester, NH  |  603-332-6150

Dover Flexo Electronics Inc. (DFE), based in Rochester, NH, USA, manufactures and supports a full line of tension control products for materials processing manufacturers. We are a leader in developing web tension control products & technology, such as tension load cells, tension force sensors, automatic tension controllers, tension indicators, tension transducers, and pneumatic tension brakes.

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Wallingford, CT  |  203-294-5800

We have been committed to offering our customers quality and our expertise in load cells since we first opened our doors in 1979. With over 35 years of field industry experience our customers know that they can depend on us to come up with a custom solution to their most challenging load cell issues. We offer a variety of load cells including pancake load cells, dead shaft idler load cells and life shaft load cells as well as many others. Visit our website today!

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Strain Measurement Devices $$$

North Attleboro, MA  |  508-809-5099

At Acuity, our highly experienced team consistently delivers the latest technologies and solutions to enhance system performance, minimize downtime, and maximize productivity. We provide innovative solutions for storage, tubing management, and ergonomic improvements that enhance safety and operator comfort. Visit our website or call today for more information about our line of load cells.

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These force measurement systems produce data by analog or digital electronic, pneumatic, or hydraulic outputs. They are inexpensive to produce and long lasting.

They also vary in size and weight, depending on their intended use. A force transducer can be as large as hundreds of tons when it is meant for industrial building or as small as a gram for minuscule medical measurements.

Environmental hazards, placement, and size are all things that require consideration to make sure that those in the environment with a force transducer, particularly the larger ones, are safe.

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The object or material being measured by a force transducer must exhibit some elasticity in order to work correctly. Their components include a scale platform, electronic system for the output voltage, and a strain gauge sensor or load cell.

There are four main types of force transducers, all ranging in methods of measuring and construction.

Strain gauge load cells are the most common type and have multiple elastic elements that measure the force in certain spots.

Piezoelectric crystal force transducers use quartz under pressure, which produces an electrical charge that is proportional to the mechanical load applied.

Both are basically translating a deformation of their measurement structures, a coil for the strain gauge and a crystal for the piezoelectric, into a readable signal.

Hydraulic load cells use pressurized liquid to measure force, while pneumatic systems use force and pneumatic pressure. The counteracting pressure is measured and displayed.

Like load cells, force transducer models must be chosen with care by consumers, since there are many factors involved.

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