The International Electrotechnical Commission’s (IEC’s) standard IEC 60529 (and International Organization for Standardization’s ISO 20653) identifies the ability of an electronic device (sensor) to withstand water or dust intrusion with IP68, IP69 and IP69K ratings. An IP68 product should prevent or withstand water ingression for a depth exceeding 1 meter as specified by the manufacturer […]
How are multi-axis sensors improving product development?
With a multi–axis sensor design, a single load cell sensor can measure 3 axes of force and 3 torque moments simultaneously. These sensors consist of multiple bridges that precisely measure the applied force from one direction with minimal crosstalk from the other axes. Using a multi-axis sensor, forces can be measured simultaneously in three mutually […]
How can force sensing be integrated for Industry 4.0 upgrades?
Upgrading facilities to Industry 4.0 standards is one of the most significant trends in the manufacturing industry today. To do this, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are pushing hard to renovate their facilities with connected, automated devices and machines to create greater efficiency and cost savings. Smarter devices can ease the transition. For example, force measurement […]
What is the difference between a pressure sensor and a load cell?
A load cell is a type of force sensor and it has a direct relationship to pressure, since: pressure = force/area Eq. 1 The load cell’s electrical output is proportional to the mechanical force applied to it. The force can be hydraulic or pneumatic and the transducer is normally based on strain gauges. Other types […]
How can a load cell force sensor be used in increasingly smaller end products?
A smaller form factor is frequently on the must have list for many next generation products. However, compromising performance is usually not an acceptable tradeoff. This is especially true in medical products such as force sensors where both precision and miniaturization are required. For example, vascular clamps are used to reduce the flow of blood […]
How do sensors make a smart crane safer?
Watching a crane operator elevate and transport a heavy load over a significant distance to a precise location with an articulated crane is always a fascinating and thought-provoking activity. With today’s concerns about job safety, how is safety handled in this process? Safety begins with the skill of the crane operator but today’s sensors and […]
Load Cell Comes in Rugged Ultra-Miniature Package
FUTEK LCM100 in-line load cell is an ultra-miniature threaded design that has a capacity range of 1000g to 25 lb. Utilizing metal foil strain gauge technology, the sensor can be used in both tension and compression applications. The design’s very low deflection allows it to provide high response rates and superior settling times. The sensor […]
New digital load cells for packaging machines provide high performance of EFC sensors
HBM , Inc. (www.hbm.com), introduces its FIT7A digital load cell. The FIT7A load cell not only provides nearly the same speed and accuracy of Electromagnetic Force Restoration (EFR) sensors normally found in modern packaging machines, but it does so at 60 percent less cost. This new strain gauge-based load cell makes it possible to develop […]
Higher Performance Load Cells from Measurement Specialties
Measurement Specialties (NASDAQ: MEAS), an expert in sensor design and manufacturing, has enhanced its series of ELAF compression and tension load cells to provide superior resolution and higher reliability, while remaining extremely cost-effective. The “four-bar” design of the sensors offers better stability and resistance to off-axis components than single diaphragm designs by incorporating a flexible […]
Load Cells Measure Mouse Movements
Behavioral researchers looking for alternative techniques to measure the reaction of laboratory mice may have a solution using load cells. A concept developed by Futek engineers uses four if it’s LSB200 Miniature Load Cells. With the sensors installed at the corners of the mouse’s cage, the measured data indicates the behavioral patterns of the mouse […]