LCM Systems have 30 years of experience in the design and manufacture of a wide range of standard and custom design load cell products. Our load cells provide superior performance and reliability in even the most hostile of environments, including sub sea, heavy industrial and marine applications. With a load cell range that starts with capacities from 25g to over 1000 tonnes, we have the expertise to provide you with the right load cell solution for your specific requirements. We also supply a large range of associated load cell instrumentation.
A Load Cell or Loadcell is a highly accurate device that is used to measure weight or force in compression, tension, bending or shear. The load cell itself is a transducer that is used to convert force into an electrical signal. This signal is usually only a few millivolts and often requires amplification before it can be used.
There are many different types of load cells available that have been designed to meet the demands of the many applications that there are for load cells.
A compression load cell is designed for the measurement of compression or ‘pushing’ forces only. They are ideal for general weighing applications, particularly silo and vessel weighing and are often incorporated into both simple and complex centre of gravity systems.
A tension load cell is designed to measure tensile or ‘pulling’ loads. A typical use of a tension load cell is for hanging scales and they are also popular for vessel weighing. In the laboratory, they are standard for general force measurement applications.
As the name implies, these load cells are a combination of the two categories above. These load cells are able to measure both compression forces and tensile loads. Typical applications include component testing and weighing systems. These load cells come in all shapes and sizes and latest development include small, yet powerful load cells that can be used where space is restricted.
Bending beam or shear beam load cells are probably the most commonly used load cells as they are extremely versatile and can be used in a wide variety of applications. They are particularly suited for incorporation into weighing instrumentation such as scales, dynamometers and tensile testing machines.
A shackle is a U-shaped piece of metal with a clevis or bolt across the opening. They are commonly used within rigging systems from the maritime industry to industrial cranes to the entertainment industry where shackles are used for lighting or scenery systems. With Load Measuring Shackles, a load pin is incorporated into the shackle design so the load can be monitored. They are often available in both wired and non-wired (wireless) versions.
Load measuring pins are designed for many diverse applications as direct replacements for clevis or pivot pins. They have many advantages over other load sensors in that they do not normally require any change to the mechanical structure being monitored. They are typically used in rope, chain and brake anchors, sheaves, shackles, bearing blocks and pivots.
Load Monitoring Links are designed, as the name suggests, as a link between a shackle and the object to be measured. They are commonly used in lifting and weighing applications, particularly in harsh environments. The load can either be displayed on the link itself or on a separate indicator. Wired and telemetry products are available for greater versatility and these products can often be rented for one-off applications.
LCM Systems can help you choose the correct load cell for your application. This is our expertise! Don't try to wade through many manufacturers data, when you can make a single call to LCM Systems.
For more information on load cells and their selection, please visit our load cell technical information pages.
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