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General Information page.

This page is meant as a general help page and is not specific to a particular product. The load cell you may be looking at may not have all the options below.

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The stock on this site is not ‘live’ so this is a estimated dispatch time only. If you have a deadline, please call us before placing your order.

Capacity:

This is the maximum capacity the load cell is designed for. The load cell will output a signal that is proportional to any force applied up to and beyond this value. In general, it’s not recommended to exceed the capacity by more than 10% or damage may result.

Termination:

Connector:

A connector is physically attached to the load cell. You will require a matting connector (usually sold separately).

Cable 2, 5 or 10m:

The cable is connected directly to the load cell and exits through a cable gland. The cable end will have flying leads and a screen for connection to your equipment.

Output Module:

mV:

This is the standard output of a load cell. When a voltage is applied to the load cell the output signal is a mV value proportional to the load applied. eg If the load cell is a 2.0 mV/V and is powered by 10V the signal at full load would be 20mV (2.0x10V); at half load 10mV etc…. If the same load cell was powered by 5V the output at full load would be 10mV (2.0x 5V); at half load 5mV; etc…. Load cells produce an analogue signal, so the resolution you can see will be dependent on the electronics, not the load cell.

PC USB Module:

This is a small in-line module, which converts the standard mV output into data that can be displayed directly on a PC/laptop/tablet*. The free software will display real time values for one or multiple load cells. The software can also record this data to a .CSV file, which can be imported into a program such as Excel.

(*If using a tablet it must be a Windows tablet)

Handheld Display:

Supplied with our Amp4 Handheld Display. The load cell and display will be supplied set up together, so they can be used straight out of the box.

0-5V:

This module outputs a voltage signal rather than a mV signal. Please note the signal is +ve only. Please let us know how to calibrate your load cell. eg 0-5V = 0 to full compression, 0-5V = 0 to full tension or 0-5V = full tension(0V) to no load(2.5V) to full compression(5V). If you don’t specify otherwise we will set the load cell up as 0-5V = no load to full compression only. You can let us know how you would like the load cell set up by selecting it in the Module Set Up option.

0-10V:

This module outputs a voltage signal rather than a mV signal. Please note the signal is +ve only. Please let us know how to calibrate your load cell. eg 0-10V = no load to full compression, 0-10V = no load to full tension or 0-10V = full tension(0V) to no load(5V) to full compression(10V).If you don’t specify otherwise we will set the load cell up as 0-10V = no load to full compression only. You can let us know how you would like the load cell set up by selecting it in the Module Set Up option.

+/-10V:

This module outputs a voltage signal rather than a mV signal. eg full tension = -10V; no load = 0V; Full compression = +10V.

4-20mA (3 wire):

This is current based module which outputs 4-20mA.The module has a separate supply and signal line. Setup – please see 5-10V modules above.

4-20mA (2 wire):

This is current based module which outputs 4-20mA.The module is ‘loop’ powered. Setup – please see 5-10V modules above.

Wireless Transmitter:

The load cell is supplied with our Amp7 Midi transmitter. The transmitter works with all our wireless telemetry products (Wireless Load Cell Telemetry). If you don’t already have a compatible Handheld Display or Wireless PC-USB module, you’ll need to add one to your basket, or you won’t be able to see/read the data. Normally the transmitter is mounted close to the load cell and connected via a short length of cable (see Termination option). There are screw terminals in the transmitter to allow easy connection/disconnection from the load cell.

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Calibration:

We provide the following calibration traceable to national standards (If you require UKAS calibration then please add this as a separate item. You can find all UKAS option here).

Single Point Calibration Certificate:

This is the standard calibration certificate supplied with a new load cell and it provides the load cell output at full load (eg for a 10kN load cell you may get the calibration point 1.9998 mV/V @ 10.0 kN). Most instruments draw a mathematical straight line between Zero and the maximum output and display any input as a value extrapolated from this line. The calibration certificate will also provide confirmation that the load cell conforms to the specification.

5 Pont Calibration

Tension or Compression:

If you select this option we will provide a 5 point calibration certificate instead of the single point certificate. Output values are provided at the following percentages of full load 20%, 40%, 60%, 80% and 100%.

Tension and Compression:

As above but with 5 points in tension and 5 points in compression.

UKAS accredited Calibration:

UKAS Certified Calibrations Certificates for your load cell or load cell and indicator. We can arrange for your calibration to be carried out by a UKAS accredited lab.