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Feb
28

Lifting heavy loads: how load cells keep operators informed - and safe

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Load cells have long been a ‘go to’ solution for weighing loads lifted by crane. The technology is proven, reliable and robust, especially important in demanding dockside, shipping and marine environments.

An interesting article in January’s Hoist magazine outlines the role of load cells in lifting technology, and how the way data gathered by the load cells is being used to provide more information, more quickly, to more people.

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Feb
14

Beyond 1%: why load cell calibration is crucial

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If you rely on accurate data from your load cells, you need to calibrate them on a regular basis.

Calibration compares the accuracy of your load cell against a recognised set of standards. Load cells generally have accuracies of between 0.03% to 1%. Beyond this 1% figure, data becomes too inaccurate for most industries and applications. In addition, your business might need to demonstrate accurate results for product liability and safety issues, and traceability to a National Standard. You might also need this traceability is you wish to work towards ISO9000. 

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Jan
31

In the zone: how load cells keep the web under tension

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We’ve all seen images of newspapers rolling through the presses, a continuous stream of paper that starts blank at one end and covered with Brexit news at the other!

Many manufacturing processes rely on a similar technique of unrolling material at one end, passing it through various processes, and then rolling it up again. The material is usually known as a web. The web is simply a term for any material that is continuously pulled from a roll through a manufacturing process of some sort.

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Jan
24

Kinky boots: high heels testing and load cells

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If you’re a fan of the 2005 film “Kinky boots”, you’ll know the story of a Northampton shoe manufacturer who needed to diversify from their core product of classic men’s brogues to survive. You’ll also know that high heels for men need to be reinforced with a metal strut to take the extra weight of the average male. The scene where an female weight heel broke under a drag queen’s foot shows the importance of testing any new shoe design to the max!

 

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Jan
14

Our top load cell sports stories of 2018

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For 2018, we’ve been exploring the diverse uses of load cells in the UK and beyond, and across multiple industries. It’s also been a year where science has taken centre stage in helping top athletes perform better, a particularly hot topic this week given the retirement of Sir Andy Murray from pro tennis due to the toll his sport has taken on his hips.

 

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Dec
19

Load cells and mince pies: it’s all under the lid

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Load cells play an integral part in almost all food manufacture and production, from batch hopper weighing to food filling, from packing to bottling, and almost every stage in between.

Load cells help ensure that packaged foods comply with all kinds of regulations, including that packets are filled to the correct weight. The accuracy of load cells also ensure that manufacturers can fill efficiently and effectively, with minimal overfill required.

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Nov
30

The winter of our discontent: load cell accuracy and weather

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As the winter weather finally arrives in the UK, load cells used outside may require additional protection to ensure their accuracy in a variety of conditions. So button up your coat and pop on a hat, as we explore four factors that can affect even the most robust of load cells.

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Nov
16

Force measurement and load cells; the right tool for the job

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With so many different load cells to choose from, how can you ensure you buy the right load cells for your requirements?

A detailed article in ‘Quality’ magazine cites how load cells are “Arguably the most important component in a force measurement or material testing system’s ability to provide accurate, precise and valid measurements.” It also gives some pointer as to other characteristics load cell users, and in particular materials testers, should consider before buying load cells.

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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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