A measuring system is comprised of all elements from the force sensor to the output device. Each element has the potential to introduce error. This article discusses the importance of calibration to the accuracy of the measuring system’s output.
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Large-scale, complex weighing systems often require a combination of multiple load cells to record accurate measurements. In this case, a junction or summing box combines measurement signals from these distributed load cell devices. The load cell trimming process is crucial to ensure combined signal accuracy.
In force measurement, environmental noise such as voltage interferes with sensitive load cell applications, leading to errors. Learn best practices on how to reduce the unwanted effects of electrostatic and electromagnetic noise.
Load cell specifications generally cover three things: (1) what output voltage can you expect for a given load, (2) how much error can you expect for a given output and (3) how to safely operate the load cell. This article explains some of the most common load cell manufacturer’s specifications.
The key to starting any job is having the right tools and equipment. This is especially true for load and force-measurement applications. Choosing the right load cell is critical to obtaining high-quality, accurate readings. This article explains the ideal load cell choice based on tasks, size, orientation, durability, environmental factors, and required signal outputs.
While selecting the appropriate load cell model for an application is important, accurate measurements also depend on proper mounting and installation. Guarantees ease of use and safe operations. Tips and starting points for setting up your load cell configuration.
While selecting the appropriate load cell model for an application is important, if the right amplifier or conditioner is not used, the load cell measurements might be rendered useless. Properly operating the load cell amplifier is critical to obtaining high-quality, accurate readings.
The ability to transmit data wirelessly has become standard in most technology applications today. Load cell applications are no exception. Learn about wireless load cell advantages and available solutions.
In manufacturing, “instrumentation” often refers to a combination of subsystems used to accurately measure, control, or observe another system. Learn about an instrument that connects a force sensor to a data acquisition (DAQ) device.
From time to time, load cells may encounter faults that disrupt their performance. This article highlights how to troubleshoot common strain gauge load cell faults like unstable readings, overloads and erratic output display.
The minimum weight, or even change in weight, that a load cell can sense is important information when selecting the right load cell for a force measurement application. This article explains how to uncover this critical piece of knowledge.
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Piezoelectric force transducers are small in size and well-suited for applications requiring miniature components or dynamic force measurement. This article outlines installation requirements for mounting a piezoelectric force transducer.
Various issues relating to the electrical connections of a strain gauge transducer. Focuses specifically on strain gauge load cells. Compensating techniques for power can be applied to other transducers.