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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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Load cells and big data: opportunity knocks

Load cells and big data: opportunity knocks

As business people, big data is nothing new. As part of our everyday work practices, we collect, analyse and create gigabits of data every day without even thinking about it. Big data is simply the data we collect from every available point, as frequently as possible, and use to give a holistic picture of our activities.

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Optimum packaging using load cells

Optimum packaging using load cells

Multi-purchase packaging. It’s a big deal for online retailers. How can they maximise the packing of various irregular shaped objects and reduce the amount of empty box space, yet deliver the goods in optimum condition?

A new dimensioner system developed in the US might have the answer. The Cubiscan combines an infrared scanner and multiple load cells to accurately capture the weight and dimensions of any object, from lightweight poly-bagged clothing to paint rollers and ski poles.

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Load cells at the centre of rubbish recycling

Load cells at the centre of rubbish recycling

We’ve probably all thought it at some stage - why can’t we use non-recyclable waste as fuel, rather than just dumping it into landfill?

A new plant in Derbyshire aims to do just that, by generating green electricity from household rubbish. The Sinfin site in Derby will feature a mechanical biological treatment plant, a recycling plant and a new gasification system to create energy from waste process. Resource Recovery Solutions (RRS) in a joint venture between Renewi and Interserve Group plc, the plant aims to divert up to 98% of household residual waste from landfill. 

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“Load cell braking delight”; enter the world of sim racing

“Load cell braking delight”; enter the world of sim racing

Ever wanted to race around a track like Lewis Hamilton, but don’t have the multi-million pound budget, F1 car or years of training and experience? Then sim racing is for you!

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Getting social with load cells - the Season continues

Getting social with load cells - the Season continues

Load cells crop up in applications used in a variety of special events throughout the year. Here are some more load cell appearances on the social calendar we can look forward to in the coming months.

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Accurate every time: the importance of load cell calibration

Accurate every time: the importance of load cell calibration

Load cell calibration is essential to ensure accurate readings from first use to last.

What is load cell calibration?

Calibration compares the accuracy of a load cell against a recognised national or international standard.  Load cells can be calibrated:

  • on initial delivery
  • as part of a regular maintenance programme
  • after hires or loans
  • when moved from one project or application to another
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Holiday projects for kids using load cells

Holiday projects for kids using load cells

At the Load Cell Shop, we love discovering new and innovative ways clients use our load cells in a huge range of professional and commercial applications. We’re also conscious of the need to train and educate the engineers of the future, and how building fun projects at home using load cells can help spark their interest.

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Load cells 101: what load cell types are best for your project?

Load cells 101: what load cell types are best for your project?

Load Cell Types Guide

There are many different types of load cells, so how do you know which one is the right one for your requirements? Take a look at our guide below to find the ideal load cell for your project.

 

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Da Vinci to Pizzas: Load Cells in Robotics

Da Vinci to Pizzas: Load Cells in Robotics

Load cells have a surprising number of varied uses, from enabling environmentalists to weigh large animals in the wild to safety testing for spaceship parachutes. With new technological advances being introduced at breakneck speed, it’s no wonder that load cells have found their way into the development of all branches of technology, including robotics.

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