Strain Gage

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Strain gages have another spelling that is commonly known; strain gauges. This load cell sensor type may vary in construction and measurement method. The most popular type is foil that is adhered to the object. Other kinds include semiconductor, bonded metallic wire, and carbon resistive. Read More…

Strain Gage A strain gage is a simple measuring system that determines the amount of strain, which is the displacement and deformation that results from an object under stress. It measures mechanical quantities by converting tension, force and pressure into an electrical signal.

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West Conshohocken, PA  |  610-825-3310

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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. $$$

Hudson, MA  |  978-562-7800

Turn to Flintec for high quality load cells that come in a wide variety of configurations including beam, compression, single point, tension and planar beam. Flintec offer a custom load cell service, working in partnership with customers to achieve a desired configuration. Other products include various types of force sensor and a wide range of electronic and hardware accessories. Contact one of our representatives today to find out more.

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Rochester, NH  |  603-332-6150

With over 45 years of experience, Dover Flexo Electronics (DFE) is a recognized leader for tension control products. We manufacture, sell, and service a complete line of tension measurement, display and control products for a variety of industries worldwide. DFE transducers are the industry standard for direct tension sensing and measurement. Tension measurement and control systems for flexible packaging and paper, film and foil converting are our specialty.

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Scottsdale, AZ  |  480-948-5555

We offer standard tension, standard compression, hollow tension/compression and many other types of load cells for your convenience of choice. Each of our load cells is designed to meet ASTM specifications and our customers’ requirements to further ensure the exact product for you! All of our products are put through extensive testing before leaving our state of the art facilities to ensure the best products possible. To learn more visit our website today!

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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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When measuring the strain of an object, the temperature, material properties, the type of adhesive that bonds the gage to the object's surface and the stability of the metal all affect the resistance.

Strain gages are used to detect cracking in machinery parts, as crack propagation, as an extensometer, to measure temperature, to measure residual stress, to gage shear modulus and as a transducer. It is a vital part of a load cell, which is a measuring device concerned with identifying and measuring compression, tension, and shear forces.

Another product that does the same thing and also makes use of strain gages is the force transducer, which is like a load cell except a more complicated system that is able to do the same thing plus measure a couple other aspects of an object as well. Industries that utilize these products include construction, general manufacturing, automotive, aerospace, and robotics.

There are three main types of strains that are measured by strain gages. Poisson strain is the thinning and elongation that occurs when a bar is strained. Bending strain is determined by measuring the relationship between the force and the amount of bending, which results from a twisting action. Shearing strain occurs when stress causes angular distortion of the object being measured.

The most common type of strain gage, made of foil and adhesive, has an insulating and flexible backing, which supports the metallic foil pattern. It is attached to an object by adhesives. As the object deforms, so does the flexible foil. The deformation of the foil causes the electrical resistance of the foil to change which then alters the signal output of the gage. The electrical output is measured and used to quantify the strains on the object.

When a strain gage is working as part of another system, like the load cells and force transducers mentioned above, multiple strain gages are used, connected by circuits. The formation of the strain gages is called the Wheatstone bridge equation, which was developed in the early eighteen hundreds.

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