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Pancake load cells have a symmetrical structure and are very compact. These load cells are also known as low-profile cells, and because of this low profile design it looks like a pancake. Pancake load cells can bear both tension and compression forces. Read More…

Pancake Load Cells Pancake load cells are suitable for use in weighing and force measurement applications. They can be used for both tension and compression measurements and are usually used in materials testing and component fatigue testing applications for axial force measurements where a high accuracy, low-profile device is required.
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West 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.

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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.

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ATI Industrial Automation, Inc. $$$

West 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.

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TyTek Industries $$$

Milan, 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.

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Load Cell Central $$$

Chatsworth, CA  |  818-700-7818

For over 20 years, Dytran Instruments has been an industry leader in the manufacturing of force sensors. We offer 34 models of force sensors that can gauge force from milli-pounds to thousands of pounds. We also offer calibration and repair of load cells and force sensors. Contact us today!

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Dytran Instruments, Inc. $$$
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Pancake load cells have a symmetrical structure and are very compact. These load cells are also known as low-profile cells, and because of this low profile design it looks like a pancake. Pancake load cells can bear both tension and compression forces. These load cells are often used for push and pull applications in compartment scales, silo scales, machine scales, container scales, special scales, platform scale, truck scale, rail weighbridge, and as a tension tester in various industrial processes.

Pancake Load Cells

Structure of Pancake Load Cells

  • Pancake load cells are made of stainless steel or aluminum material.
  • Pancake load cell is a hole-structured elastic element.
  • The whole structure of these load cells looks like a wheel. Spokes are formed between the hubs and tires which are symmetrically and mutually distributed.
  • The hub, spoke, and tire make multiple shear beams with fixed supports on both sides.
Hollow Disc or Pancake Type Load Cell

Characteristics of Pancake Load Cells

  • The external load is exerted on the upper end face of the wheel hub.
  • The whole-structured elastic element has a low appearance and good stability.
  • This structure is insensitive to the bending moment and also has good linearity.
  • The transverse stiffness is large and the resistance to loads is also strong.
  • The integrated structure of the pancake load cells is symmetric.
  • The thermal expansion in different directions is also consistent with each other.
  • The temperature coefficient of these cells is small.
  • The hole-structured elastic element adopts the simple drilling process.
  • The strain area is at the pure-shear stress state, which makes the root part with a small concentration.
  • This makes the pasting position of the resistance strain gauge more reasonable.
  • These types of load cells are ideally suitable for long-term use.
  • These cells work in harsh conditions and give precise and reproducible measurements and results in push-pull applications.

Pancake Load Cells Series

PNC770 and PNC772 Series

  • This series is a low-profile pancake cell and is designed for tension and compression application.
  • These force transducers are made of aluminum and suitable for weight-limited applications.
  • The PNC770 uses integral cable, while PNC772 is designed with a bolt-on flange electrical connector.
  • This series is also shock and vibration resistant.
PNC770 and PNC772 Series

PNC760 and PNC740 Series

  • The PNC760 and 740 series are fatigue low-profile load cells.
  • They are configured both for tension and compression applications.
  • The PNC760 and 740 series give high accuracy and low off-axis sensitivity.
  • The PNC760 series is made of high strength alloy steel with bolted-on stainless steel electrical connectors.
  • O-ring steel and gold plated pins are also present.
  • An optional base plate is also present to give more rigidity and a good mounting.
  • The PNC740 series is made of welded stainless steel.
  • Both series have shock and vibration resistance.
PNC760 Series
PNC740 Series

PNC720 and PNC710 Series

  • The series PNC720 is a low-profile pancake designed for compression force application.
  • The PNC720 series have an integral spherical load button and also welded diaphragms. These features are for improved accuracy and rigidity.
  • The PNC720 and PNC710 series are made of welded stainless steel for a very demanding application environment.
  • PNC710 is a high accuracy low-profile pancake design.
  • It is used for both tension and compression applications.
  • The PNC710 series has a threaded-through center hole with two diaphragms.
  • The diaphragms are welded to the sensing section and the mounting outer section.
  • The rigidity of the series increases by reducing the effects of both off-center loading and side loading.
  • The PNC710 series load cells have shock and vibration protection as well as barometric compensation.
  • The PNC710 series is designed to be universally interchangeable within industry.
PNC720 and PNC710 Series

PNC700 Series and Coiled Tubing

  • The PNC700 series is a highly accurate low-profile pancake design.
  • It is used for both tension and compression forces.
  • The structure is made of welded stainless steel with a threaded-through center hole.
  • The PNC700 series have vibration and shock resistance and also barometric compensation.
  • Coiled tubing injectors are low-profile designs.
  • The coiled tubing is used for tension and compression forces with a 4-20mA output.
  • The coiled tubing load cell consisted of a threaded-through center hole with a dual diaphragm which reduces off-axis sensitivity, and also improves rigidity and accuracy.
  • The body of coiled tubing is made of stainless steel to meet the demands of both onshore and offshore oil and gas applications.
  • These are designed to replace hydraulic load cells without redesigning the injector.
  • Other features are shock and vibration resistance.
PNC700 Series

Applications of Pancake Load Cells

  • Pancake load cells are used in weighbridge and lorry weighing scales.
  • They are also used in car weighing scales, tanks, and silo weighing scales.
  • Pancake load cells are also used for measurement of press-in and insertion forces.
  • Pancake load cells are also used in spring forces, cutting forces, force measurement, and control during assembly.
  • It is also used in measurement of pressure on drilling machines.

Pros and Cons of Pancake Load Cells

Pros of Pancake Load Cells

  • The pancake load cells are strong, have resistance performance, and lateral loading capacity.
  • These load cells are not affected by the loading point and supporting edge.
  • These load cells have a good linearity and can be fixed at one place.

Cons of Pancake Load Cells

  • The mechanical processing of pancake load cells is difficult.
  • Pancake load cells have a high manufacturing cost.
  • It has a great inherent lag and is also difficult to control.

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