Compression Load Cells
Donut load cells are load cells designed with a compact, smooth, thru-hole construction, and these load cells are utilized in applications that require the load to pass through the cell. These applications can include bolt force measurement, clamping force measurements, and monitoring overload post or leg mounting systems. They are usually made with carbon steel or stainless steel, but some custom designs, however, can include aluminum in the structure of the load cell. Read More…..
Strainsert CompanyWest Conshohocken, PA | 610-825-3310
Our load cells are manufactured with the highest attention to detail at all stages. Whether it is through the design stage, engineering stage, or through hundreds of tests run daily, we ensure that our products outshine all competitor products.$$$
ATI Industrial Automation, Inc.Apex, NC | 919-772-0115
We supply Multi-Axis Force/Torque Sensors. Our F/T Sensors measure all six components of force and torque. ATI F/T transducers use silicon strain gauges for low-noise and high overload protection.$$$
TyTek IndustriesCincinnati, OH | 513-874-7326
At TyTek Industries we manufacture load cells to suit all capabilities. Our expertise has provided insight and load cell solutions for a range of customers and industries. Our engineering team’s philosophy ensures we do everything humanly and technologically possible to match your requirements with quality, cost and delivery. We’re here to help you carry the load.$$$
Load Cell CentralMilan, PA | 800-562-3235
Founded in 1985, Load Cell Central has firmly established its reputation as a leader in load cell manufacturing, custom weighing system integration, and first-class load cell repairs. Load Cell Central offers a wide variety of popular load cell and component configurations for virtually every new or old weighing system, scale or component replacement possibility. Technical and after-sale support, attention to detail and to your special requirements, are unmatched in the industry.$$$
HBM, Inc.Marlborough, MA | 800-578-4260
For nearly 70 years, the name HBM has stood for reliability, precision and innovation all over the world. HBM offers products and services for an extensive range of measurement applications in many industries. HBM's product range covers sensors, transducers, strain gauges, amplifiers and data acquisition systems as well as software for structural durability investigations, tests and analysis.$$$
SENTRAN, LLCOntario, CA | 888-545-8988
SENTRAN's corporate charter is to manufacture and market premium quality load cells. SENTRAN serves the biomedical, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, material handling, aerospace, automotive, agricultural, fitness and health, petrochemical and off-shore industries. SENTRAN’s experienced and knowledgeable workforce is capable and ready to find the solution that’s right for you. Call now!$$$
Depending on the application at hand, these load cells can come in a variety of different frame sizes, materials, and configurations. Since these load cells have to withstand large compressive and tension forces, they must be constructed from durable materials. For this reason, donut load cells are most commonly manufactured from stainless steel or carbon steel. In addition, many manufacturers offer a diverse range of standard sizes and models, but load cells can also be customized to fit more unique specifications or special applications.
Usually, donut load cells are manufactured as a circular sensor with a hole passing through the center, a donut-shaped sensor. The size of the frame as well as the diameter of the through hole can all vary, and some of these load cells can even be custom designed to accommodate off-center loading. With the unique design of these kinds of load cells, it is possible to monitor the forces being applied by loads passing through the cell.
For example, a donut load cell can be used to measure the compression force applied by a tightened bolt. The threads of the bolt can pass through the center of the cell and be screwed into a threaded hole. As the bolt is tightened, the head of the bolt comes into contact with the top of the load cell and begins to apply a compressive force, which can then be measured. This is only a simple example of donut load cell use, but these load cells can be used in a multitude of industrial applications to monitor and measure important compressive forces.
When selecting a load cells, customers should consider and compare like for like features and consider aspects like the construction of the load cell and the cable entry method. If the load cell will be used in applications that must be accomplished in harsh environments, protection for the load cell will have to be considered to ensure they provide reliable, long lasting performance.
Extra protection can be achieved through the use of additional coatings, like greases or paints, or through the use of a variety of plating materials. The load cell's design should also provide protection from everyday materials they might come in contact with like water or solvents.