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For your reference, Tacuna Systems has compiled the following list of acronyms and abbreviations related to the force measurement and load cell industries. This guide to force measurement acronyms and abbreviations is divided into two sections: Industry Acronyms, and Abbreviations for Units.

Load Cell Industry Acronyms

AC

Alternating Current

CE

Conformité Européene (European Conformity, a label of compliance to EU legislation)

DAQ

Data Acquisition System

DIP

Dual In-line Package (a type of electronic switch)

E+

The positive excitation terminal of the load cell

Exc+

The positive excitation terminal of the load cell

PCB

Printed Circuit Board

PLC

Programmable Logic Controller

ROHS

Restriction of Hazardous Substances (marking on a load cell)

RS232

Recommended Standard 232 (an electronic communication protocol)

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S+

The positive terminal of the output signal of a load cell

SI

Système Internationale (or International System, i.e.: metric units)

Sig+

The positive terminal of the output signal of a load cell

Abbreviations for Units

ABBREVIATION

UNIT

UNIT OF (UNIT SYSTEM)

A

ampere

current

C

Celcius

temperature (SI)

F

Fahrenheit

temperature (English)

ft

foot

length (English)

ft-lb

foot-pound

energy (English)

g

gram

mass (SI)

Hz

hertz

frequency

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in

inch

length (English)

in-lb

inch-pound

energy (English)

K

Kelvin

temperature (SI)

kg

kilogram

mass (SI)

kgf

kilogram force

force (SI) (kg x acceleration due to gravity)

lb

pound

weight (English)

lb-ft

pound-foot

torque (English)

m

meter

length (SI)

mm

millimeter

length (SI)

mA

milliampere

current

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mV

millivolt

electrical potential difference

mV/V

millivolt per volt

unitless measure of load cell sensitivity

N

newton

force (SI)

Nm

newton-meter

torque (SI)

psi

pounds per square inch

pressure (English)

t

ton

weight (English)

V

volt

electrical potential difference

W

watt

power

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