Jul
27

A bridge to the future: 3D steel printing and load cells

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If you’re proud of the latest plastic creation magicked from thin air by your new 3D printer, this project takes it to a whole new level.

The first-ever 3D printed bridge has just been installed over the Oudezijds Achterburgwal canal in Amsterdam. Many of the cyclists and pedestrians passing over the elegant S-shaped steel structure are probably totally unaware that it was constructed layer by layer, using robotic arms and welding torches.

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Jul
15

Going for gold: load cells and Tokyo Olympics sports

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After being delayed for a whole year, and with no spectators due to COVID restrictions, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will finally officially start on Friday 23 July 2021.

It’s been a long wait for the athletes needing to keep themselves in prime physical condition despite a year of lockdowns, disrupted training and cancelled competitions.

Over the years we’ve detailed how load cells have played their part in training, monitoring and improving sporting performances across the entire spectrum of Olympic sports, both summer and winter.

So, here’s a list of the Olympic sports at Tokyo 2020 that we’ve written about. Click for more details of how load cells have played their part!

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Jun
29

Baby, you can weigh my car: load cells in the driving seat

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The automotive industry has long used load cells to both test and monitor vehicles during construction, testing and on the road. So where might you find load cells in today’s high tech cars and trucks? Pretty much where they have always been - to measure, monitor and weigh.

You’ll find load cells all over the car that’s sitting on your driveway, or the truck that just delivered your latest online purchase. Load cells will be strategically located to perform roles such as:

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Jun
10

Eurovision Song Contest 2021: Nul points for UK, top marks for load cells!

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The annual spectacle that is the Eurovision Song Contest was held in Rotterdam this year, complete with innovative digital projections and epic sound system delighting the small but enthusiastic invited audience.

Eurovision is a major guilty pleasure of our social media team, who claim they watch it every year just to check our the load cells… The victory of Italian rock band Måneskin surprised even them (although sadly, the nil points for the UK from the rest of post-Brexit Europe was a little less of a surprise…)

 

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May
26

Beam me up Scotty: load cells in space

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Following the excitement of the safe touchdown of the NASA Mars rover, there's a new kid on the planet in the form of the Chinese six-wheeled Zhurong rover. This rover will explore the Martian plain of Utopia Planitia for signs of water ice, and take samples of the planet surface. What we love most about this rover is the way it simply drove off the top of its lander down two ramps down to the surface. (Take a look here: https://www.space.com/china-mars-rover-zhurong-rolls-on-martian-surface)

Needless to say, we can't find any technical details of the Chinese rover online, but there are bound to be load cells involved in various parts of the whole mission.

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May
17

Tanks, wind and basketball: our May load cells news roundup

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A round up of some of the interesting load cell stories we’ve spotted this month.

Have tank, will travel

Many pharma and biotech companies are now using single-use tanks, mixers and totes for specific processes, to reduce waste and downtime. These companies are also increasingly using small capacity mobile tanks, so products can literally be wheeled from one location to another.

Each tank will have instruments to weigh, measure and monitor the process with extreme precision, even when it’s being moved from one location to another. The issue was that there was the chance that the load cells weighing the content could become misaligned and require recalibration when the tank moved to another location.

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Apr
30

Hot off the press: how load cells keep printing presses rolling

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A few years back, business leaders went crazy for the concept of the ‘paperless office’ or indeed, a Utopian ‘paperless world’. While it’s certainly true we all print out information a lot less (when did you last print an email?), it’s also true that we still need printed items, from books and newspapers, to food packaging and information leaflets. Even the much-touted COVID vaccination ‘passport’ cannot be entirely app-based, as it discriminates against those without smart phones (and those with smart phones but flat batteries!).

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Apr
15

Waiting for the hammer to fall: load cells and pile load testing

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Pile driving is an intrinsic part of many major construction projects, so it is important that they are up to the job. Testing these piles to ensure they can take the load and forces required, both at THE start of a project, and ongoing as required. As CMWGeosciences say:

“Testing of piles is routinely carried out in order to verify that the design and construction of the piles are in line with expectations or to assist in the design of piles ahead of the main piling construction works.”

Load cells are there to measure the force applied, safely relay the data, and help engineers ensure that the piles meet national standards and the contract specifications.

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Mar
29

You say tomato, I say Global Tomato Congress: Load cells and autonomous greenhouses

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One of the joys of designing and manufacturing load cells is to discover the diverse range of uses in a myriad of industry solutions, from the Mars rover arm to developing better ways to grow the food we all enjoy every day.

One of the hot topics at the Global Tomato Congress was new software systems for commercial greenhouses. This is to:

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Mar
11

Moving house the hard way: load cells and building relocation

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Last week San Fransisco resident turned out in their droves as Tim Brown moved his home six blocks from Franklin Street to Fulton Street. But this was no ordinary house move. The two storey, 139 year old building known as the Englander House was literally uprooted, loaded onto a set of wheels and gently towed to a new site at a snail’s pace speed of 1mph.

House moving specialist Phil Joyhad to secure permits from more than 15 separate city departments to make the move possible. In perhaps the understatement of the week, Mr Joy said the move was initially more challenging because the first section of the journey involved going downhill. “That’s always difficult for a house,” he said.

 

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Feb
25

Is there life on Mars? Load cells help find the answers

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If like us you’ve watched the Mars Perseverance Rover touch down gently on the surface of the red planet, you’ll know just what a nail-biting landing this was. Since it launched in July 2020, the rover has travelled 293 million miles across space, finally touching down in the Jerezo Crater.

The Perseverance is about the size of a car, being 3 meters long, 2.7 meters wide, and 2.2 meters tall (excluding arms), and weighs just over 1000kg. It was successfully lowered down to the surface on three mechanical cables. While we don’t know if the cables had load cells attached, load cells would have certainly been used in the testing and process of getting the $2.2billion rover sitting safely on six wheels in Martian dust.

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Feb
15

Weighing wind turbine blades; a local(ish) load cell stor

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We’re thrilled that we’re able to feature a local (ish) news story involving load cells, the Isle of Wight and the landmark former oil refinery at Fawley in Hampshire!

It also enables us to share our latest favourite trivia fact, so we’ll start with a teaser question: how many rotations of a wind turbine with three 80m blades would it take to power the average UK home for 29 hours?

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Jan
28

Let it snow: load cells and the white stuff [Updated January 2021]

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The first snowfall of 2021 has decorated our part of Berkshire this week. Needless to say it’s made headline news, despite the fact that northern England and Scotland have had it for several days already…) Deep,long-lasting snow is a rare event, and certainly south the the Scottish Highlands, there are very few businesses that depend on British snow for their income.

For other countries, snow is much more part of their economy, and load cells have played their part in helping measure and assess the impact, qualities and properties of snow on all its various forms.

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Jan
18

Structural safety, wind farms and Ducati motorbikes: new load cell stories for a new year

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Now that the decorations are down and the kids in their second week of home schooling, it’s time for three new load cell projects that caught our eye for 2021.

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Dec
22

Twelve days of load cells: our 2020 Christmas quiz

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Test your knowledge of load cells and general trivia with our Christmas 2020 quiz. 

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Dec
10

Ready to assemble (almost): NASA’s Artemis 1 and load cells

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How do you assemble a space rocket? According to NASA’s latest update on the Artemis 1, very very carefully - and slowly.

As NASA themselves explain,

“Artemis I, formerly Exploration Mission-1, will be the first integrated test of NASA’s deep space exploration systems: the Orion spacecraft, Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and the ground systems at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The first in a series of increasingly complex missions, Artemis I will be an uncrewed flight test that will provide a foundation for human deep space exploration, and demonstrate our commitment and capability to extend human existence to the Moon and beyond.”

 

The launch involves the building of the “most powerful rocket in the world”, currently being assembled at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida, USA. The launch is scheduled for November 2021, but that deadline involves stacking eight Booster motor segments on top of two foundation element of the whole vehicle, the SLS aft booster assemblies.

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Nov
27

Load cells stories for the end of lockdown

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Good news, England’s lockdown is almost over! To celebrate, we’ve put together a snacking selection of load cell stories that have tickled our fancy in November.

 

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Nov
12

On your marks, get set - bake! Load cells and loaves

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If like us you are glued to the Great British Bake Off on Channel 4 , you’ll know the challenges of baking bread to a deadline! In tribute to the plucky amateur bakers battling it in the Bake Off tent, we take a look at how load cells are helping produce artisan bread, and the role they play in our own kitchens.

 

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Oct
22

A load off your mind: how to choose the right load cell for your materials testing

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The mantra ‘test, test, test’ isn’t just for viruses. Testing of materials and products to ensure their safety and quality is happening every day across the world. One of the key methods is force testing, measuring how a given material or product responds to the application of force. And load cells are crucial to the accurate and consistent measurement of force.

Force exerted on an object can either be:

  • a push, resulting in compression
  • a pull, resulting in tension

Force can be measured in Newtons (N) or pounds-force (lbF). At The Load Cell Shop, we show the working range of our load cells in Newtons (N).

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Oct
09

Looking after your load cells

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Load cells are remarkably hard-working, robust and reliable technology, but over time their accuracy may start to diminish. Whether used regularly or continually for weighing, for example, you need to look out for the signs that your load cells need a little attention, and perhaps recalibrating or replacing.

Here are our top five potential issues to look out for. All the specifications quoted below are for our own brand 100 series low profile load cells, as an example. You can download the data sheet here:

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