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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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Mar
19

Load cells: cranes that float and cranes that fold

Load cells: cranes that float and cranes that fold

Sitting alongside the snappily-named Third Millennium John Paul II Bridge in Gdansk, Poland is one of the biggest floating cranes in Europe. Originally built in Spain in 1971 and named the “Consulado De Bilbao Dos”, the crane was refurbished last year and re-named the “Conrad Consul”.

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Mar
07

Under your feet: load cells helping make Crossrail possible

Under your feet: load cells helping make Crossrail possible

With a project as large, as complex and as challenging as the CrossRail tunnel through central London, it’s hardly surprising that load cells have played a central role in its construction.

Crossrail will link Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. Running for a total of 118kms, the high frequency new rail service will pass through 21km of twin-bore tunnels which run right under central London.

 

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Feb
23

Super sliders: how load cells help skeleton athletes go faster

Super sliders: how load cells help skeleton athletes go faster

If like us you have been glued to the Winter Olympics from South Korea, you can’t have helped but notice the excellent results gained by the TeamGB skeleton team.

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Feb
22

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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Feb
13

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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Feb
06

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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Jan
25

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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Jan
11

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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Dec
29

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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