YOUR GUIDE TO LOAD CELLS
WHAT IS A LOAD CELL?
In technical terms, a Load Cell is a force gauge that consists of a transducer that is used to create an electrical signal whose magnitude is directly proportional to the force being measures, Thus, giving you a measurable electrictral output.
Load Cells are used in everyday life for a number of businesses, and you will likely have come across one if you're around an industry that utilises a wide range of lifting equipment. The chances are, you have seen one but didn't know what this piece of load-measuring equipment actually was.
It usually comes as a surprise to many that they're often used in modern weighing scales and other items that convert energy into an electrical signal. This type of measuring equipment can provide you with a more permanent load-monitoring solution for an extensive range of applications.
This type of measuring tool is ideal for your team to understand what weights are being lifted, with accuracy, which also means it's an excellent tool when health and safety must be considered. It will give you a reading to better gauge how heavy items are and, usually, with heavier weights comes higher risks to employee health and safety
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF USING LOAD CELLS?
Now that you have a better understanding of what a load cell is, it's important for you to know the benefits of this equipment. Below, we have provided an overview of the benefits you will receive from purchasing a Load Cell. Firstly, please consider what you will be using it with, as all benefits may not be present at the same time, depending on the application.
- Rugged and compact construction
- No moving parts
- Highly Accurate
- Wide range of measurement
- Can be used for static and dynamic loading
- Health and safety for the team knowing what's being lifted
DIFFERENT LOAD CELL VARIATIONS
Although you might have a better understanding of Load Cells and their benefits, you may still be wondering how accurate these reading tools are. Below, are a number of examples that illustrate how this measurement tool can help you with lifting loads to the right measurement, safely.
STRAIGHTPOINT WIRELESS & CABLES DIGITAL DISPLAY HHP
This example is handheld, rugged, and very hard-wearing with a digital display that has a broad range of features and is suitable for all of your other Straightpoint products.
This type of measuring equipment has features that include selectable units of measure (tonnes, lbs, kg, and kN), has an overload alarm counter which keeps it in line with the highest standards of safety and quality control, and has a range of up to 700m.
TRACTEL DYNAFOR LLZ2 LOAD INDICATOR
This example uses a strain gauge sensor as it's designed specifically for use between shackles and/or brackets, showing how you can get versions for different applications in your workplace.
This particular piece of measuring equipment has units that operate in all positions for forces measures, and vertically for load checking and measurement, which allows you to be sure of the exact weight that you are wishing to lift.
YALE TZL CRANE WEIGHT (WITHOUT REMOTE CONTROL) 0-20 TONNE RANGE
This premium example from Yale is one of high quality that comes with extremely compact units, perfectly engineered for the weighing of loads ranging from 0 to 20 Tonnes - depending on the model that you choose.
This particular product, like a number of others available, has a digital display for your team to easily read the loads, while having the ability to show either the net or gross load to ensure that you and your team are kept safe, and reduces the chance of overloading and leading to personnel, property, and goods damage.
Due to its unique and flexible design, the TZL load indicators can be used for a wide variety of applications. For example, you can use it as a standard Crane Scale, or for measuring the force of a rigging structure.
DO I NEED THEM FOR MY BUSINESS?
You've now got a great understanding of what this innovative piece of measuring equipment is and how it can help your business by getting precise readings on your and your customer's lifting projects.
If you think that a Load Cell would be a good fit for your business, but are unsure which one is the best for you, why not contact our fully trained Sales Team who can talk you through your options in detail, resulting in the most informed decision based solely on your business.