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The strain gauge, also known as the strain gage, is best known as the sensory aspect of a load cell. Load cells measure the compression, tension, and/or shear force of various materials, including solid objects, liquid, and gas. Read More…

Strain Gauges A strain gauge is a device used to determine the amount of strain, or change in dimensions, when stress is applied. Strain gauges measure mechanical quantities by converting tension, force, and pressure into an electrical signal.
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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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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. $$$

Cincinnati, 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 $$$

York, PA  |  717-843-0081

Morehouse is an experienced leader in force and torque measurement helping to create a safer world. We use our knowledge to provide solutions including accurate measurement data and data analysis software. The goal is to help customers make better measurements which can make the difference between success or failure of everyday technology. We offer ISO/IEC 17025 accredited calibrations accurate to 0.002 percent of applied force up to 120,000 lbf and 0.01 percent up to 2,250,000 lbf.

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Morehouse Instrument Company, Inc. $$$

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 $$$

Norwood, MA  |  800-877-6674

Founded in 1946, Instron® is the recognized worldwide market leader in the materials testing industry.Instron’s largest product lines include universal and fatigue testing instruments. Other product lines include impact, hardness, and torsion testing systems. Additionally, Instron’s IST division manufactures systems to test complete structures and components, mainly for the automotive industry.

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Instron® Corporation $$$

San Dimas, CA  |  909-593-2306

Since 1987, Force Switch has designed and manufactured force sensors for aerospace, industrial, medical and transportation applications. Among our product offerings are miniature button force sensors and a 2-axis force-actuated transducer. We are able to make individual sensors, complete assemblies or custom products as you have need. We also repair load cells! Contact us today if you have questions or need assistance.

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Force Switch $$$

Woodland, CA  |  530-661-3677

Founded in 1983, JR3 sensors are produced in a wide variety of load ratings and bolt patterns. The physical size of the sensor varies depending on factors such as force and torque ratings and required mounting dimensions. A drawing of your specific sensor including overall dimensions and mounting details, and a detailed specification sheet are provided with your sensor. Visit our website soon for more information!

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JR3, Inc. $$$
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The strain gauges are the essential part of the load cell since they are the component that detects the inconsistencies in a substance and turn that into an electrical signal that is translated through a computer as a readable measurement.

When part of a load cell, there are multiple strain gauges being used, connected by circuits that pass along the electric signal. Multiple strain gauges are used in the construction of load cells to help enhance the precision of the load cell's measurements. The more strain gauges present in a load cell, the more precise the load cell measurement.

Strain gauges are also often a part of force transducer systems, which serve just about the same purpose as load cells. These sensors can be substituted with piezoelectric crystals. However, the variety of strain gauge styles allows for consumers to pick the one that will best suit the substance they need to measure.

The most common types of strain gauges are piezoresistive or semiconductor, bonded metallic wire, carbon-resistive, and foil gauges. In particular, the foil gauge looks like a flathead version of a spatula, without the arm or body. It is a flat surface, which can be adhered to the body of the material it is measuring.

The electrical resistance in each type of strain gauge varies linearly with strain. The operating temperature, the state of strain, and the amount of stability needed are important factors when choosing a strain gauge. The gage factor, gauge length, nominal resistance, and strain sensitive material must also be considered. Typical characteristics of strain gauges are lead wire, solder tabs, ribbon leads, cryogenic use, encapsulated, embeddable, waterproof, and weldable.

Strain gauges can be used for measuring temperatures, detecting cracks, propagating cracks, extensometer, residual stress, transducer gauge and shear modulus gauge, among other applications. They are often utilized in a variety of industries, including construction, aerospace, marine biology, automotive manufacturing, industrial manufacturing, tooling and machining, the medical field, and electronics.

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