Strain Gauge or Load Cell Amplifier/Conditioner Interface

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 4 customer ratings
(4 customer reviews)

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Description

The embedded strain gauge signal conditioner amplifier is a low cost and
embedded solution to your strain measurement needs. This miniaturized strain gauge amplifier accepts or completes a single Wheatstone bridge arranged in
quarter, half, or full bridge mode and can also accept a standard load
cell. Gain and offset adjustment can be controlled manually via gain select dip switch and offset adjust potentiometer (M version) or programmatically (X version). Easily interface with your
microprocessor, ADC, or PLC for reliable and low cost measurement of strain
signals. Additionally, this strain gauge amplifier can be interfaced directly with any analog LabVIEW DAQ or other data acquisition system.

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Amplified analog voltage out 0-5 V range and optional 4-20mA (C version)
RS-232 Output available (X version) with configurable setpoint output (open drain)
Upgradable firmware via RS-232 bootloader (X version)
Unipolar operation eliminates the need for bipolar data acquisition device
+5V on board excitation
Flexible on-board bridge completion circuit (completion resistors sold separately):

Bridge resistors can be through hole or surface mount
Through hole resistors can be soldered in place or plugged into provided socket
Surface mount option allows placement of 0805 package resistors

Precision gain (.1% tolerance)
Vibration resistant circuitry for harsh environments (no low voltage piezoelectric effects)
Ability to handle low bridge resistances (down to 10 ohms in special cases)
Gain: 110, 220, 550, 1100, 2200, 5500, 11000
Calibration offset

Use a simple potentiometer to adjust for offset errors or allow the on-board microcontroller handle this (X version)

Anti-aliasing and noise elimination filters

(Factory Default: -3dB at 70Hz C and M versions)
Can be customized per your application

Pluggable connectors or headers (upon request)

Additional plugs can be ordered here

This load cell amplifier features mounting holes and optional enclosure
Small profile (1″ x 3″)

Additional information

Weight0.2 lbs
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4 reviews for Strain Gauge or Load Cell Amplifier/Conditioner Interface

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ted Agerton

    I am currently using 9 of these boards. Chris Lange of Tacuna systems has been very helpful in assisting with setup, debugging, and tailoring the boards to my specific needs. I am using 8 of them to amplify quarter bridge strain gauges that get the resonant frequency of a vibrating tank. I am acquiring the data with LabView at 2000 samples per second. After some adjustments and tinkering, the boards are working flawlessly at 1000X gain with minimal noise. I am using a ninth board in full bridge mode to modify a digital hanging scale. The scales accuracy has gone from 100 grams to 0.6 grams and now connects to a computer instead of a small digital display. It rivals in precision and accuracy to scales costing many times more. I would highly recommend this product for your strain gauge amplification needs. Easy to use, relatively inexpensive, and highly sensitive and flexible.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Brendan Palmer

    At first I couldn’t tell if the chip would work for my application. After explaining my application to the technical support they not only told me it would work but helped me through every stage from purchasing to installation. They even followed up just to make sure that I was satisfied and happy with the way the chip worked.
    If I needed another signal conditioner I would get this one without hesitation!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sara Hashmi (verified owner)

    excellent little board! i needed to reduce signal noise in a very sensitive temperature-control experiment. after my keithley instruments failed i turned to tacuna systems to rebuild — glad i did!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Paul Brunkow (verified owner)

    Ordered this product as part of a research project at a university. Order was shipped promptly and the conditioner works as intended. The biggest plus here? Absolutely fantastic help! Chris Lange was able to walk me, an admitted and unrepentant amateur, through connections issues I had on my end and provide advice on the use of the product. He even accepted email photos of my set-up and consulted with engineers on his end to determine the best way to use the conditioner. Practically the same as having a knowledgeable technician right there in the lab with me.

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