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Force Sensors

Force sensors are a common synonym for load cells. Force sensors, like load sensors, are measuring devices that monitor and gauge forces of compression, tension and shear. They are used widely in mechanical testing, ongoing system monitoring and as components in devices such as industrial scales.

The measuring of levelness and tension is the main purpose of force sensors. The information that they monitor is then signaled to a recorder or other computerized data collection system. Force sensors can utilize analog or digital technology for the recording and transferring of information, just like load cells do. The two major styles of measurement done are compression and tension; compression is a negative measurement force on a single axis, while tension is a positive measurement force also done on a single axis.Read More…Request for Quote

Force Sensors Force sensors are a common synonym for load cells. Force sensors, like load sensors, are measuring devices that monitor and gauge forces of compression, tension and shear. They are used widely in mechanical testing, ongoing system monitoring and as components in devices such as industrial scales.

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West 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.

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Strainsert Company $$$

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.

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ATI Industrial Automation, Inc. $$$

Maumee, OH  |  419-893-4356

As a load cell manufacturer, we would like to let you know that we offer our Low Profile Solid (LPS) load cells for compression measuring from .5-500 tons; Low Profile Ring (LPR) load cells; In-Line Series (ILS) of strain gauge load cells; and button load cells with capacities of 250-800 pounds.

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Helm Instrument Co., Inc. $$$

Rochester, NH  |  603-332-6150

Dover Flexo Electronics Inc. (DFE), based in Rochester, NH, USA, manufactures and supports a full line of tension control products for materials processing manufacturers. We are a leader in developing web tension control products & technology, such as tension load cells, tension force sensors, automatic tension controllers, tension indicators, tension transducers, and pneumatic tension brakes.

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Dover Flexo Electronics $$$

Irvine, CA  |  949-465-0900

FUTEK Advanced Sensor Technology, Inc. is a leading US manufacturer and supplier of advanced Load Cells, Force Sensors, Torque Sensors, Pressure Sensors, Signal Conditioners, Digital Displays and Portable Sensor Verification / Calibration Systems (VCal) utilizing Strain Gauge and thin film technology. AST demonstrated steady growth known to have a solid reputation in US and overseas markets.

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Futek Advanced Sensor Technology $$$

Burnaby, BC  |  855-269-5623

Headquartered in Canada, ANYLOAD has been in business for 20 years. ANYLOAD is experienced in the design and production of high quality standard load cells, specialty load cells, weigh modules, indicators, scales for commercial and industrial applications, and wide varieties of weighing components.

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Anyload Weigh & Measure Inc. $$$
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Another common style is shear, which is done on two axes that are offset. When they are used to measure any variance in certain ongoing systems, such as gas lines, they can sound an alarm or shut down the system itself until the discrepancy is corrected. Such pieces of machinery are also used in a variety of larger measuring devices used in industrial manufacturing, food processing, construction, aerospace, chemical plants and automotive industries.

Force sensors can vary greatly in size and shape depending on the type of use. The two basic components of a force sensor are the sensing element and circuit. The sensing element is most often a strain gauge, which is comprised of coil; the circuit is the connection of these gauges throughout the force sensor. However, it can also be a piezoelectric sensor that functions by way of a crystal but still gets the same sort of results. Force sensor outputs include analog voltage, analog current, analog frequency, switch or alarm, serial and parallel.

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The most basic designs consist of four gauges, which make up the measuring circuit. More complex and detailed sensors can have up to thirty gauges as part of the measuring circuit. The more gauges inside the force sensor, the more sensitive the sensor is in recording and monitoring variance in measurement. The formation of these gauges and circuits is usually set up according to the Wheatstone bridge equation, which was developed during the early eighteen thirties.

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