Load cells

Load cells

Strain gauge load cells fall into two main categories

  1. Canister type cells.
  2. Beam cells.

Although these groups can be further subdivided into dozens of different forms there are three primary modes of operation.

  1. Compression / Tension.
  2. Bending.
  3. Shear.

For many process and platform applications the shear cell has become the industry standard. Shear cells have inherent low deflection and high rejection of side loads making them ideal for process weighing. However, shear cells can become expensive and cumbersome to mount above 20 tonne in capacity and traditional canister cells still find many applications up to several hundreds of tonnes.

Type Typical capacity ranges Application
Single point cells 1 - 50kg







50 - 500k
Postal scales
Counting scales
Fish graders
Packing Machines
Postal scales
Counting scales
Fish graders
Packing Machines
Industrial scales
Bending Beam cells 5 - 200kg Hybrid scales
Packing Machines
Hopper weighing
Bi-directional cells 5 - 1000kg




1t - 20t
Hybrid scales
Packing Machines
Testing Machines
Mechanical scale
Conversions
Vessel weighing
Compression cells 5t - 250t Weighbridges
Vessel weighing
Aircraft weighing
Shear beam cells 0,5t - 20t Industrial scales
Weighbridges
Pallet scales
Vessel weighing
Double ended 20t - 50t Weighbridges
Vessel weighing