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All About Load Cells – The Applications and Benefits

27-06-2022

The load cell is everywhere, starting with a car seat, bathroom scales, electronic weighing devices, laboratories, and so forth. Let us explore this secret object that encompasses resistance to extraneous load and actively works on the functioning of scales.

A load cell is usually a force transducer that ambitions to convert a force such as pressure, compression, or torque into an electrical output that can be measured and standardised. These units are known for their first significant redesign change representation to the weighing applications. Industries benefit from using different types of load cells such as:

Bestech Australia supplies a wide range of load cells to support test and measurement applications in R&D, process automation and monitoring and manufacturing. Load cell types that we provide are used for impact & crash measurement, tension-compression force measurement, material testing machines, and more.

What Are The Uses of Load Cells?

The geotechnical domain uses load cells during research and development procedures and then in a phase while monitoring a structure.

Geotechnical instruments are in use for pre-construction and post-construction to ensure the safety of installations, dams, underpasses, and bridges.

The most intended use of these instruments is to measure the load on rock bolts, retaining walls, roof support anchors, piles, borehole extensometers, etc.

What Are The Applications of Load Cells?

Load cells have a wide range of applications in the geotechnical industry, and they are frequently used to monitor:

  1. Deep foundations: Tiebacks, struts, foundation anchors, soldier pile, and retaining walls use the load cell to observe compressive load and axial forces.
  2. Tunnel linings and shafts: Structural members like steel linings, piles, line tunnel walls, and support beams use load cells to monitor and measure compressive load.
  3. Dams: Concrete dams use load cells for long-run performance auditing and proof testing of tie-down anchors.
  4. Piles: Load cells are used on pile heads to measure lateral loads and on the pile, foot to monitor the base pressure.
  5. Borehole Extensometers: Extensometers utilise load cells to correlate data analysed for underground excavations and landslides.
  6. Labelling and Packaging: Digital load cells are used in check weigher, batching and filing to ensure the efficiency of the packaging system.

Other load cell applications are discovering load in experimental research, measuring shaft thrust, and determining roof convergence in underground mines.

What Are The Benefits of Load Cells?

Load cells are beneficial for many industry verticals because of their rugged and robust construction that offers reliability and long-term stability. Let’s consider some benefits of different types of load cells.

  • Using load cells is beneficial as they do not contain fluids and eliminate the chances of contamination of the procedure in case of diaphragm interruption.
  • Strain gauge load cells are less costly and provide precisions of between 0.03% and 0.25% of the full scale, making them widely used load cells across industries.
  • Aerospace, automotive, and industrial applications use Compression load cells to measure the force in a range of force-detecting devices to measure forces applied from all directions.
  • The force gauge is the robust force sensor that continues to benefit the rolling mill, truck weighing module, industrial scale, bolt strength measuring machine, and extremely-large platform scale to measure forces and weights.
  • Industries also benefit from using column type load cells for truck scale, rail weighbridge, hopper weighing, and weighing scale as it is operable under harsh conditions.

Summing Up

Whether you are looking for a built-in sensor for an OEM application or need a load cell for testing and measuring purposes, there are many aspects to know while choosing the right one. Check out our wide range of competitively priced load cell types to meet your most challenging testing and measuring requirements. Still, have doubts? Reach out to us at 0395405100 or drop your queries at enquiry@bestech.com.au.

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