Measurement Services and a Brief Overview of Load Cells

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There are a variety of measurement products and measurement tools required to complete engineering projects for various industries. Since measurements need to be precise, it’s essential to use high quality instruments to accomplish this task. What follows are just a few of the products that may be of interest for current, ongoing, or future projects.

The type of load cell that will be used will depend on multiple factors. This includes the primary and secondary element utilized to sense the force. Here is a list of the five types of load cells:

  • Diaphragm load cells
  • Hydraulic load cells
  • Ring type load cells
  • Spool type load cells

Load cells are used on a frequent basis as an integral part of a weighing system. This is because they have specific properties that are considered to be beneficial. In addition to being non-intrusive, they have proven to provide highly accurate load measurement data. When they are installed and calibrated properly, their accuracy rate is approximately 0.03 to one percent. This does, however, depend on the type of load cell that is being utilized and various other considerations.

Strain gauge technology is used by most load cells. It’s important to note that this technology has proven its effectiveness for over 40 years. In order to calibrate an instrument, the measurements of two instruments need to be compared. One of these instruments needs to be a standard device that is known to be correct. This is then measured against the unit being tested.

There are also a wide range of temperature conditions that various units are designed to operate under. Load cell and torque sensor units, for example, are designed for temperature ranges between -452 degrees Fahrenheit to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Another example is hydraulic load cells. These are designed to operate at -60 degrees Celsius, or -76 degrees Fahrenheit.

Do you need a measurement product or measurement service? When you contact a representative to learn more about available products and measurement services, they will be able to assist you with obtaining what is needed for your current or ongoing projects. At that time, you can also consult with them about any future project needs that you are anticipating.

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