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Sep
13

Rockets, planes and sewers: load cells on the level

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Load cells are at the heart of three very different projects that involve keeping element on a level plain, including a NASA rocket, a sewer shaft and a airplane assembly line.

 

Turning space rockets on their side

If you’ve ever had your project specs changed halfway through, spare a thought for the team at Boeing building the new NASA Space Launch System (SLS) Core Stage.

In order to, quote, “cash in on the schedule benefits of the new plan”, the carefully constructed engine section needed to be turned from its current vertical position to lie horizontally. It may have only be a 90 degree turn, but according to an incredibly detailed article at NASASpaceFlight.com, the process involved modifying existing tools and creating several new ones within just a few months.

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Aug
27

Monitoring our heritage: load cells and historic buildings

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If you’ve visited a historic location this summer holidays, you may not realise the vital role load cells have played in monitoring the country’s monument and heritage.

Sitting in the oldest dry dock in the world at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is Nelson’s famous flagship, HMS Victory. Famed for its crucial role in the Battle of Trafalgar, this Georgian naval ship is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the UK. It’s currently undergoing a

“13 year, £35million conservation project, with experts from fields such as timber preservation, shipbuilding, rigging, conservation, engineering and heritage.”

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Aug
14

A gentle touch: load cells in medical devices

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Many medical devices rely on accurately measuring force, enabling adjustments to be made either automatically or manually. What makes accurate measurement so crucial is that many of these devices are now available for patients to use at home, without a doctor or health professional available.

Equally, load cells have been playing a central role in the research and development of touch-sensitive prosthetics and the understanding of how our sense of touch can affect our body posture and accuracy of movement.

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Jul
30

Salamanders, origami and algorithms: load cells in university research

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At the Load Cell Shop, we supply numerous university departments with a wide range of load cells for research projects, all year round. While most university students will have already settled into their summer jobs and graduates ate busy applying for job positions, university research doesn’t just stop for the holidays.

So, what are the projects that university-based researchers across the world are working on that includes load cells? We’ve been taking a look at some recent examples.

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Jul
17

Load cells on the road with major musicals

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One of the UK’s most popular West End musicals, Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, (https://uk.thephantomoftheopera.com/) is out on the road in the UK and Ireland next year, no doubt with a full set, impressive lighting and, of course, that pesky chandelier!

The US tour of The Phantom of the Opera back in 2015 featured an extensive lighting and sound rig featuring over 200 speakers, 85 moving lights and 10 tons of scenery, all loaded onto 20 trucks. That’s a lot of weight suspended above the performers’ heads, and a lot of load for theatre roofs and scenery towers that can date back to Victorian times.

So, in almost every modern stage or concert rig, load cells are playing a vital role in weighing the rig to ensure it stays within the venue’s capacity, and monitoring load distribution during rigging and performances.

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Jun
28

Phew what a scorcher: load cells and temperature effects

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Once again, Europe is bracing itself for record high temperatures in June - and this weekend we’ll get a whole day of the heat ourselves (well, most of the UK will anyway).

Whilst the media might be ramping up for pictures of Parisians in fountains or Romans in baths, UK businesses might be assessing the effect of high ambient temperatures on their equipment, processes and products.

If you’re using one of our load cells in an outside environment, it won’t even be breaking a sweat at 45 degrees C, the projected temperature for central Europe. Even in the heat of the Middle East and Africa, where temperatures regularly rise above 50 degrees C, it’ll still working just fine.

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Jun
17

Ice and a slice: craft gin and load cells

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The gin revolution is well and truly upon us. Even the most modest of supermarket shelves or remote of pub bars groans under the weight of designer gins in a myriad of flavours, from traditional dry London to wild and wacky such as watercress or maple syrup.

So, what role does the humble load cell play in creating your next mother’s ruin with ice and a slice? If you value the consistency, quality and taste of your boutique gin, quite a lot actually!

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May
24

Load cells and destruction testing

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It’s not often you get to test something to complete destruction, especially when it’s part of a very expensive America’s Cup racing yacht! Yet this is exactly what the team at Persico Marine got to do with one of the foil arms for the new AC75 racing class.

The America’s Cup team decided to destruction test one of the carbon foil arms, after one failed earlier than expected during testing in September 2018. These foils are crucial to the speed a stability of the this new breed of racing yachts, as this AC concept video shows.

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May
10

How much honey? Beehive health and load cells

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It’s World Bee Day on Tuesday 20 May, so we thought we’d take a look at how load cells are helping beekeepers remotely monitor their hives.

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Apr
25

Marathon testing: load cells and running shoe technology

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This weekend, an estimated 41,000 people will set off to run the Virgin Money London Marathon, little knowing the part load cells will play in their progress.

Whether an international athlete, elite runner, club superstar or fun runner dressed as a superhero/nurse/furry animal, every single participant will depend on their footwear to give them a firm footing over all the 26 miles and 385 yards of the course.

 

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Apr
11

Load cells and Parkinson’s Disease

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Load cells are used extensively in medical research and diagnostics. So, given that it’s World Parkinson’s Day today, Thursday 11 April, we loom at the role load cells have played in the investigation of this disease.

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Mar
27

Blowin' in the wind: load cells, cycles and renewable energy

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The strong winds in the UK over the last few weeks serve as a timely reminder that whatever we build needs to be able to withstand exceptional natural forces. Load cells have long played their part in the construction, and increasingly in the continual monitoring, of wind-resistant structures (see our story on the Ordsall Chord Bridge, for example).

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Mar
21

Load cells: load discrepancy, fault slip and Irish cream!

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How much does an MRI weigh?

Following on from our last article on correct load weights, Project Cargo Global reported how a Dutch lifting and rigging company discovered a 5 tonne discrepancy between the declared weight of an MRI machine, and the actual weight. By using compression load cells to weight the cargo before unloading, they were able to lift it safely using the correct rig.

As explained in our last article, the weight and the centre of gravity of a load may not be accurate if the weight is not evenly proportioned. As the company representative said;

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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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