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Force Transducer

A force transducer measures the applied force from the proportional deformation of a spring element and converts it into transmitted output signals sent to indicators, controllers, data acquisition systems and computer systems. As a general force measurement rule, the greater the amount of force, the more the spring is deformed.

A system of parts rather then a single piece of machinery, force transducers are common in many industries for many applications. The manufacturing, automotive, medical, defense and assembly line industries use force transducers in applications like quality assurance in manufacturing and assembly, press monitoring, biomechanics, product testing, materials testing, dynamic weighing of moving vehicles and wheel force measurement.

They are also used in the home as kitchen scales and small, portable tire pressure gauges. These force measurement systems produce data by analog or digital electronic, pneumatic or hydraulic outputs.

Force Transducer A force transducer measures the applied force from the proportional deformation of a spring element and converts it into transmitted output signals sent to indicators, controllers, data acquisition systems and computer systems. As a general force measurement rule, the greater the amount of force, the more the spring is deformed.
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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. $$$

Columbus, OH  |  614-850-5000

Honeywell offers one of the most comprehensive selection of tension, compression and universal measurement load cells available on the market today, in all sizes from miniature to extra large. Available in carbon steel and stainless steel, our load cells are designed for high accuracy, even under extreme testing conditions that may affect measurements. Our load cells can be customized to meet your needs – contact us to discuss your application.

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Honeywell Test and Measurement $$$

York, PA  |  717-843-0081

Morehouse is an experienced leader in force and torque measurement helping to create a safer world. We use our knowledge to provide solutions including accurate measurement data and data analysis software. The goal is to help customers make better measurements which can make the difference between success or failure of everyday technology. We offer ISO/IEC 17025 accredited calibrations accurate to 0.002 percent of applied force up to 120,000 lbf and 0.01 percent up to 2,250,000 lbf.

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Morehouse Instrument Company, Inc. $$$

Cincinnati, 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.

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TyTek Industries $$$

Kent, WA  |  800-237-0022

Stress-Tek, Incorporated designs and manufactures custom and high volume weighing, measurement and deflection sensing devices. The result is an extensive line of high-quality load cells. Stress-Tek designs and manufactures two-wire electronics to integrate with its products to provide complete solutions that are guaranteed to meet your exact requirements. Contact Stress-Tek today!

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Stress-Tek, Inc. $$$
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They are inexpensive to produce and long lasting. They also vary in size and weight, depending on their intended use. A force transducer can be as large as hundreds of tons when it is meant for industrial building or as small as a gram for miniscule medical measurements. Environmental hazards, placement and size are all things that require consideration to make sure that those in the environment with a force transducer, particularly the larger ones, are safe.

The object or material being measured by a force transducer must exhibit some elasticity in order to work correctly. Their components include a scale platform, electronic system for the output, voltage and a strain gauge sensor or load cell. There are four main types of force transducers, all ranging in methods of measuring and construction.

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Strain gauge load cells are the most common type and have multiple elastic elements that measure the force in certain spots. Piezoelectric crystal force transducers use quartz under pressure, which produces an electrical charge that is proportional to the mechanical load applied. Both are basically translating a deformation of their measurement structures, a coil for the strain gauge and a crystal for the piezoelectric, into a readable signal.

Hydraulic load cells use pressurized liquid to measure force, while pneumatic systems use force and pneumatic pressure. The counteracting pressure is measured and displayed. Like load cells, force transducer models must be chosen with care by consumers, since there are many factors involved.

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