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Load cell basics: load cells for silos, tanks and hoppers

Load cell basics: load cells for silos, tanks and hoppers

From the towering grain silos of the American plains to shiny stainless steel hoppers in food processing plants, we are all very familiar with the concept of storage of free-flowing bulk solids, liquids and gases.

Using large numbers of tanks, hoppers or silos is very common in the food and drinks industry for storage and dispensing of a whole range of food ingredients, from grain and flour to oils and fruit juices.

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The space rocket, the Tesla and the load cell

The space rocket, the Tesla and the load cell

Space rockets used to be the ultimate throw-away product, but the Falcon Heavy launch launch on February 6th 2018 changed all that. The SpaceX-built rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral with three individual boosters. Two of them returned safely with almost balletic precision (the third got a little confused and missed its robotic ship target).

The Falcon Heavy rocket boasts no less than 27 engines, which generate 22.8m newtons of thrust. It’s not the tallest rocket at just 70 metres tall, nor the heaviest, but at a mere $90m each, the Falcon Heavy is a quarter of the price of it’s nearest rival, the Delta IV Heavy, and can haul twice as much cargo.

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Pancake Load Cell Day

Pancake Load Cell Day

We can’t let an opportunity for a tenuous connection pass us by here at the Load Cell Shop, so on Tuesday 13 February, we’ll be celebrating Pancake Load Cell Day!

Pancake load cells, otherwise known as low profile load cells, are suitable for a whole range on measuring, testing and lab applications. Their low profile format enables pancake load cells to resist extraneous loads such as bending, torque and side loads. This makes them a highly effective tool for fatigue testing, in test rigs and for force measurement testing.

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Load cell calibration 101

Load cell calibration 101

Whether you use them for occasional testing or continual monitoring, load cells need to be accurate throughout their lifespan. Calibration ensures that your load cells are accurate against set standards and and functioning correctly.

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National Load Cell Awareness Day

National Load Cell Awareness Day

One of the fascinating aspects of designing and manufacturing load cells is the sheer number of diverse applications our products can be used for. To prove the point, we set ourselves the challenge of linking load cells to some of January’s more obscure awareness days. Here are the results!

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Our top load cell stories of 2017

Our top load cell stories of 2017

In 2017, our News blog has been covering some of the most innovative, interesting and entertaining uses of load cells in the UK and beyond. It’s been a real eye-opener to see how load cells are at the heart of a diverse range of industries; to test, to monitor and to help researchers develop new technologies.

Some of the most innovative work has been in three major fields: health, robotics and wireless monitoring. Whilst the use of load cells in all three markets are nothing new, what is impressive is the range of applications and their integration with other technologies to produce new methodologies impossible even five years ago.

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Load cells at Christmas

Load cells at Christmas

This Christmas, load cells will be working hard across the UK in a wide variety of applications, from monitoring bridges to weighing Christmas cake ingredients. So, we’ve uncovered some fascinating stats for the season where we know load cells will be involved in making Christmas extra special.

 

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The “12 load cells of Christmas” quiz

The “12 load cells of Christmas” quiz

Here at the Load Cell Shop, we’re busy fulfilling orders before our Christmas break. So, we thought we’d do a “12 load cells of Christmas” quiz to test your knowledge, and gently remind you of the wide range of load cells we have in stock. Here we go…

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Up and away: how load cells help airlines save fuel

Up and away: how load cells help airlines save fuel

At Alderney airport in the Channel Islands, travellers are often surprised as both they and their luggage are weighed ay check-in. What’s more, they will be seated in a specific place in the plane to even out the weight between the front and the back of the plane, especially if there is a heavy load of tomatoes or other fresh produce in the back!

The reason is simple; too much weight at the back, and the aircraft will fly nose up, which increases the amount of fuel it uses. The same principle applies to passenger and cargo planes; the weight of passengers or freight determines how much fuel is required.

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Let it snow: load cells and the white stuff

Let it snow: load cells and the white stuff

In most of the UK, heavy snow is very much the exception to the norm. We rarely have to think of the consequences beyond the inconvenience of travel and the fact that the snow shovel is somewhere at the back of the garage.

However, for many countries, the in-depth study and analysis of snowfalls and snow compaction is crucial. Load cells are helping scientists understand and monitor the nature and behaviour of snow, from examining snowflakes under a microscope to predicting the volumes of snow melt water.

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Load cells and NASA: a match made in heaven

Load cells and NASA: a match made in heaven

There are some jobs involving load cells that make us, frankly, green with envy, and often it’s NASA projects that tops our ‘envy-list!’

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Load cells and Halloween

Load cells and Halloween

Planning to celebrate Halloween this year? We’ve found some surprising links between load cells and Halloween traditions that date back centuries.

 

The origins of Halloween

Halloween’s origins are in the Celtic Festival of Samhain, translated as summer’s end. This festival marked the start of winter and also the day with the dead returned to walk the earth. The Celts lit bonfires and flames from that secret fire were taken back to their homes to light their own fires, ready for the winter.

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Recurve, compound and draw weights: load cells in archery bow testing

Recurve, compound and draw weights: load cells in archery bow testing

The World Archery Championships last weekend in Mexico City drew huge crowds to the city’s main square. Thousands watched the world’s best archers compete for the World Championship title shooting at a target centre as little as 8cm in diameter from 70 metres away!

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Load cells, coconuts and concrete: making earthquake proof buildings

Load cells, coconuts and concrete: making earthquake proof buildings

The 21st Century is seeing huge leaps forward in technology in all fields, often looking to nature to solve many challenges facing us. You may think this is mainly in the medical field, but looking to nature for answers is beneficial in engineering and architecture.

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After the storm: load cells in bridge safety testing

After the storm: load cells in bridge safety testing

Over the late summer of 2017, TV bulletins were filled with images of massive storms swirling across the Caribbean Sea - and the devastating results of their destructive landfalls. 

While some populations had to hunker down and sit it out, others were able to leave. Hurricane Irma forced the residents of the Florida Keys to evacuate their homes, with the result that almost the entire population drove across the chain of road bridges that link the Keys to the relative safety of the Florida mainland. 

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How to give a crane a leg lift

How to give a crane a leg lift

The cranes at the Port of Los Angeles are definitely going up in the world. No less than 10 ship-to-shore Noell cranes needed to be raised a further 33 feet, to accommodate lager ships calling at the American port.

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Load cells in tyre modelling

Load cells in tyre modelling

When you’re developing a new product design, CAD and CAE methods can save a lot of time and effort and also improve the quality of the end product.

Except if you are in the business of making tyres. According to an article in DPA (Design Products and Applications), the ability to model tyre performance is less advanced. However, Jaguar Land Rover  have developed methods to generate sufficient real world data for reliable tyre modelling.

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Using load cells for bite analysis

Using load cells for bite analysis

One story that caught our eye this month was the simulated 100m race between swimmer Michael Phelps and a great white shark. Programmes on the Discovery Channel celebrating Shark Week 2017 also highlighted an innovative experiment to measure the force of a great white shark’s bite.

Previous measurements had put the bite force at 6000N. By creating a shark prey-shaped mould mounted with load cells and encouraging the shark to take a bite, the team measured a bite force of 10,000 N. This is the equivalent of a car hitting a wall at over 160km/h. In a similar style experiment for Spike TV’s “Deadliest Warrior” program, researchers measured the bite of an alligator at nearly 1,800lbs.

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Load cells and dementia: detection, and monitoring in the home

Load cells and dementia: detection, and monitoring in the home

Dementia affects over 850,000 people in the UK, and 42,000 of them are aged under 65. It’s a disease that is often hard to first diagnose, and as it progresses, involves major changes in lifestyle and care requirements.

Dementia is not a natural part of ageing. It a disease of the brain and can be of varying types, such as Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia or frontotemporal dementia.

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Tracking your COG: how load cells help golfers improve their swing

Tracking your COG: how load cells help golfers improve their swing

After a week of birdies, eagles, condors and bogeys, the PGA Golf Championship in Charlotte NC is ending this weekend (13th August). No doubt athletes and players will be returning home with video of their performances to analyse and improve their game.After a week of birdies, eagles, condors and bogeys, the PGA Golf Championship in Charlotte NC is ending this weekend (13th August). No doubt athletes and players will be returning home with video of their performances to analyse and improve their game.

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