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Oct
30

Tensile or shear? Load cells for materials testing

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Every manufactured product will require testing at some point in its creation, not just for quality but to assess its characteristics. Load cells are at the heart of materials testing techniques, so here is our Basics 101 on some of the various types of materials tests.

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Oct
17

Load cells and Raspberry Pi

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The Raspberry Pi has been a game-change. The simple, cost-effective computer has put the power of coding into millions of hands across the globe, and inspired some amazing projects.

Housed on a single circuit board, the latest Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ boasts a 1.4GHz 64-bit quad-core processor, dual-band wireless LAN, Bluetooth 4.2/BLE, fast Ethernet, and Power-over-Ethernet support (with separate PoE HAT). The Starter Kit includes everything you need to get cracking, including power supply and housing, all for just £60.

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Sep
18

Bringing in the harvest: load cells on the farm

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Many of us have a fascination with big farm machinery that bring out the awe-struck child in all of us. (Even when we’re stuck behind one on a narrow Hampshire lane!). We look at the role of the humble load cells used in a wide variety of machinery in farming, helping our British farmers make the most of their time and resources.

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Sep
13

Best hoof forward: load cells and equine research

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It’s a busy time for horse lovers, with the Burghley Horse Trials just ended and the Blenheim Palace Horse Trials about to start, and race horse owners preparing for the main part of the UK racing season from November onwards. So, we’ve taken a look at the role played by load cells in equine care and research.

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Aug
31

All at sea: load cells in the offshore oil industry

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Offshore oil exploration and extraction involves working in extreme weather and hostile environments where safety and accuracy are paramount. That’s why you’ll find load cells used across the industry, from the initial building of an rig to the final delivery of oil to a refinery.

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Aug
23

Load cells: innovations and treats

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In our search for innovative uses of load cells, we come across some great ideas to solve problems that, frankly, very few of us actually have!

 

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Aug
16

Can you hear me at the back? Load cell amplifiers

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Load cells don’t shout out their data, they whisper it!! Their mV/V signal output, normally in the order of a few millivolts, may therefore need a boost or conversion to another type of signal, whether analogue (mA/V) or digital (RS232, RS485).

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Jul
31

Measuring fluid levels with load cells

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Measuring fluid levels is something we do every day, from checking the oil level in our cars with a dip stick to assessing much milk is left in the carton (followed by the obligatory, precautionary sniff of course!).

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Jul
24

Load cells and the art of dance

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It’s hard to picture a less obvious collaboration; the hard engineering of science and the seemingly effortless elegance of classical dance. However, dancers are at their heart athletes, capable of extraordinary feats of stamina and strength - and with resulting injuries too. Just as sports science has helped field and track athletes improve, so it is now helping dancers to improve their performance - and load cells are playing a vital role.

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Jul
17

Sky high: load cells in military and civil aircraft

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The Farnborough International Airshow 2018 roars into action this month, a spectacular display of flying skills, precision engineering and molecule-rearranging engine noise! And we’d lay a bet that very few of the planes in the skies above the Hampshire town would be up there without load cells playing a part somewhere along the line.

 

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Jun
27

Back to work: the UK's top football players and load cells

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The World Cup may still be happening out in Russia, but for professional football teams here in the UK, it’s back to work this week.

Whilst kids are preparing to leave school, Premier League Club players are heading back to their training grounds to prepare for the new season. This starts with a series of rigorous tests, including one that sets a crucial baseline measurement for the whole season, as Matt Taberner, head of rehabilitation for Everton FC, explains:

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Jun
21

Measuring the strain: load cells and football

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It’s World Cup time again, and so far the Anglo-Russian sporting relations seem to be very cordial and without incident. So, we decided to investigate how load cells have been used in football research.

Needless to say we encountered a lot of research into American football players and the impact on their bodies and kit. However we have limited ourselves to research on the original beautiful game, even if it did mean calling it soccer…

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Jun
14

Load cells - rocking your world

Load cells - rocking your world

This summer, thousands of people will flock to see US rock band The Killers perform live at the Isle of Wight festival, and on tour in the UK. And load cells will be right on stage alongside them, and many other acts, helping keep their stage sets safely rigged.

For those who have never stood under a massive rigged set, it’s actually quite scary! Look up from centre stage and you’ll find literally tonnes of equipment suspended above your head, including lighting, speaker stacks, video screens and more. Most of the set is remarkably heavy, quite a lot of it will probably move at some point during the show, and all of it needs to be dismantled and packed away into a truck, to be re-rigged somewhere else.

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May
24

Slow train coming: load cells and axle weights

Slow train coming: load cells and axle weights

This week has seen the biggest shake-up of train timetables in a generation. According to rail operators Govia Thameslink (GTR) :

“It will be running 3,600 trains across its network which includes Southern rail, Gatwick Express, Thameslink and Great Northern – this is 400 additional trains.” The changes would also “Create space for an extra 50,000 morning peak-time passengers travelling into London.”

That’s a lot of extra trains running on the rails, and a lot more weight too in the morning rush hour. Needless to say, load cells will be doing their part to monitor axle weights for safety and a smoother ride to work!

 

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May
17

Load cells and innovation: taking the next step

Load cells and innovation: taking the next step

At The Load Cell Shop, we’re always amazed by the innovative uses of load cells across almost every industry and market section imaginable. We’re always particularly pleased when these innovations are made by young inventors, researchers or students, helping push the boundaries of possibilities a little further.

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May
11

Load cells help prevent potholes

Load cells help prevent potholes

After our (seemingly ongoing) winter of wet and cold, Britain’s roads are pockmarked with potholes. According to a report by the Asphalt Industry Alliance, over 40,000 miles of UK roads could become unusable in five years due to the £556million shortfall in local council funding. Over 2.7 million potholes were filled by councils in 2015, but only 1.5 million in 2017.

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Apr
26

Load cells for gaming and SIM racing

Load cells for gaming and SIM racing

With the rise in VR gaming, the accuracy and sensitivity of load cells is helping gamers achieve more realistic ‘feel’ for games, especially in SIM / VR racing.

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Apr
19

Load cells and car safety: why baby is best facing backwards

Load cells and car safety: why baby is best facing backwards

There’s no doubt that child car seats have saved many babies and young children from serious injury in car crashes. Now a new study aims to resolve a vexing question for all parents: which is better in the event of a rear-end collision, front-facing or rear-facing?

 

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Apr
12

Celebrating load cells in April

Celebrating load cells in April

Something a little different for our April blog. We’re linking national and international awareness days with load cells to show the diverse uses in almost every industry and sector. And rest assured, none of these are April Fools!

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Mar
27

Which came first, the load cell or the egg?

Which came first, the load cell or the egg?

As we prepare to celebrate a traditional British Eastertide, the shops are awash with chocolate eggs in all shapes and sizes. So it seems appropriate to celebrate the role of the humble load cell in producing both real eggs and their sugary cousins.

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