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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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Best foot forward; On Your Feet Britain

Best foot forward; On Your Feet Britain

It’s official; sitting is the new smoking. Our sedentary behaviour (SB) is endangering our health, increasing our risk of chronic conditions including heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, obesity, varicose veins, osteoporosis, dementia and depression. Yikes!

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Tennis Player-Surface Interaction: Load Cells Measure the Strain

Tennis Player-Surface Interaction: Load Cells Measure the Strain

The summer tennis season is almost here, with players battling for top prizes at the French Open, the WTA Internationaux de Strasbourg, the ATP Bavarian International Tennis Championships and the ATP Aegon Queens Club Championships.  All of those will test the stability of footwear to the max.

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The Social Season for load cells

The Social Season for load cells

The hard-won victory by the Dark Blues of Oxford in the Cancer Research UK University Boat Race marks the official start of The 2017 Social Season. This calendar of quintessentially 'must-attend' British events may be associated with high society, but  it’s surprising how often load cells are helping make these elegant society events happen!

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Keep it clean: load cells in mucky places

Keep it clean: load cells in mucky places

Load cells can be found at the heart of many processes, many of which are not ideal for precision instruments! The issue is always to protect your load cells whilst keeping the working environment around them clean and safe for employees. If you’re using load cells for weighing applications, it’s particularly important to keep the scale area free of debris and dust, to ensure accurate weighing.

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Load cells to monitor hangers on Manchester’s newest rail bridge

Load cells to monitor hangers on Manchester’s newest rail bridge

It may only be 300 metres long, but Britain’s latest stretch of rail track across the River Irwell in Manchester will make a massive difference to rail journeys in and out of the city. The £320m Ordsall Chord project  will link Manchester’s Piccadilly and Victoria stations for the first time.

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Letting you down gently: load cells and parachute testing

Letting you down gently: load cells and parachute testing

If there is one device that really does need testing, it’s the parachute that returns spacecraft back to earth with a gentle bump (or more usually, splash.)

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Load cells work swimmingly in calculating drag

Load cells work swimmingly in calculating drag

Elite swimmers find water a drag. They know that the resistance that water exerts on their body is affected by several factors including their physical size, swimming speed and their swimming style stroke rate. However. calculating this resistance, known as drag, has always been difficult.

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Polar bears and load cells

When we’re researching load cell stories for this blog, a search for ‘load cell news’ doesn’t always show up something unusual. However, combine load cells with something that’s happening in the world, and the internet can reveal up some amazing stuff!

Sunday 26th February is International Polar Bear Day. So, we wondered, had load cells been used in any form of polar bear research, given the extremes of temperature in the bear’s native Arctic, and the challenges of performance and data storage extreme cold presents.

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Load cells essentials: the Wheatstone bridge

Load cells may seem like high tech, but their roots lie in some truly classic Victorian scientific thinking.

Back in 1833, British scientist and mathematician Samuel Hunter Christie wanted to compare the resistance of wire in various thicknesses. However, his paper remain unknown until 1843, when another scientist, Charles Wheatstone proposed it in a paper for the Royal Society. His method of measuring resistance in electrical circuits became known as the Wheatstone bridge. 

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From hair brushes to heart beats: load cell innovations

The innovative uses people find for load cells never ceases to amaze us here at Richmond Industries, although some are more amazing than others!

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How to celebrate Burns Night with - load cells!

On 25th January, Scotland will be alive with the sound of bagpipes, poetry and the gentle whiff of haggis, as the nation celebrating Burns Night.

In the traditional Burns Night Supper celebration, a bagpiper pipes in a steaming haggis, which is ‘addressed’ by a speaker, before the guests sit down to a supper of cock-a-leekie soup, haggis neeps and tatties, a suitably Scottish pud, - and lots of whisky. After the meal, there are speeches, songs, poetry and often dancing, and lots more whisky.

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How do they do that? Analysing musician’s techniques using load cells

In theory, playing a violin should be simple. You just apply pressure with your finger to depress a string onto the neck of the violin, and pass a bow across it to make the string resonate. Easy.

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