How Does an Optical Strain Gauge Work?

How Does an Optical Strain Gauge Work?

Preface As science and engineering improve, technology and materials become lighter, faster, stronger, and more efficient.  The need for smaller and more reliable instrumentation grows as fast as the technology industry using it.  This has driven the...
How to Read a Load Cell Data Sheet

How to Read a Load Cell Data Sheet

Preface Every load cell on the market comes with a manufacturers’ data sheet. It lists the load cell’s performance specifications needed to determine if it meets an application’s requirements. These performance metrics also matter when determining if...
Choosing the Right Load Cell for Your Job

Choosing the Right Load Cell for Your Job

You would not buy a sports car if you planned on towing a trailer, the same way you wouldn’t rent an excavator to dig a fence post-hole. The key to starting any job is having the right tools and equipment. This is especially true for load cell and force measurement...
What Is the Lowest Weight a Load Cell Can Measure?

What Is the Lowest Weight a Load Cell Can Measure?

Preface The minimum weight that a load cell can sense is important information when selecting a load cell for an application. Likewise, how to determine the load cell resolution, or smallest change in weight the load cell can detect is equally important. This article...
External Wiring in Strain Gauge Load Cells

External Wiring in Strain Gauge Load Cells

Preface In the article, The Versatile Strain Gauge Load Cell, we explain the internal bridge circuitry of this measuring device. Knowledge of this internal Wheatstone bridge circuit naturally leads to the conclusion that it is a four-wire system. These four wires...