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Load Cell Troubleshooting: 5 Factors That May Affect Maintenance

Posted by Sensing Systems on Oct 3, 2017 3:34:23 PM

 

Load cell troubleshooting is essential to obtain accurate measurements, since load cell sensors can be highly sensitive. This means that even the smallest environmental changes and mechanical interference can throw off the cells. By staying aware of these factors, you can easily troubleshoot your machinery when the measurements are not accurate.

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Topics: Load Cells, Basic Fundamental Facts

Custom Load Cell Applications and Uses

Posted by Sensing Systems on Sep 6, 2017 12:30:15 PM
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Topics: Load Cells, Basic Fundamental Facts

What Is Software Load Cell Calibration, What Can It Do For You?

Posted by Sensing Systems on Aug 11, 2017 11:51:34 AM

What are load cells? Load cells are sensitive sensors that are used to measure forces like weight because they offer nonintrusive, highly accurate, load measurement data. They can, when properly installed and calibrated, achieve accuracies of 0.03-1%.

However, the key portion to take out of that is that they must be properly calibrated. Load cells can be used in some applications, from the industrial and automation robots and cars to a simple digital scale in your home. You need to make sure that you have the best load cell calibration system to get the best results, as failure to calibrate can shift results and give an incorrect reading on the scale.

Load cell calibration software can be done in many ways, but a common process is to do it via software. There are some software calibration agents for load cells, and it is recommended that if you have the ability, you should have this performed, as well as having a trained technician check the calibrations to ensure the best result.

Software calibration, also known as "soft-cal," can balance a load cell, but it is not a replacement for on-site inspections and verification by trained professionals. These inspections should, in most cases, be performed at least once a year depending on the industry.

Some tips for soft-cal are:
Switch on the machine for at least 15 minutes before performing a calibration, to allow the device a chance to warm up and reduce drift chances.
Make sure you're not holding whatever will be weighed or tested, it could affect the balance or offset the weighing.
Don't balance the load cell once the testing subject is loaded into it; this would be similar to balancing a scale once you have a foot on it.
Many systems will automatically restore load cells previous calibrations when it is plugged into the system, but it is still good practice to perform a soft-cal regularly. Especially if you're switching out load cells.

If you're confused as to what regularly means for your load cell system, or if a software calibration will work for your machine, please contact us. We'll be happy to answer your questions.

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Topics: Load Cells

Best Practices for Torque Wrench Repair

Posted by Sensing Systems on Jul 31, 2017 1:24:18 PM

 

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Topics: Basic Fundamental Facts

What is Software Load Cell Calibration?

Posted by Sensing Systems on Jul 12, 2017 11:40:43 AM

 

Load cells are very sensitive sensors that are used to measure forces like weight because they offer non-intrusive, highly accurate, load measurement data. They can, when properly installed and calibrated, achieve accuracies of 0.03-1%. Correct load cell calibration is essential to a high functioning instrument.

 

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Topics: Calibration Services, Basic Fundamental Facts

5 Tips For Sensor Maintenance

Posted by Sensing Systems on Jun 13, 2017 8:35:12 AM

To keep an entire manufacturing system working as it should, every tool and part must be well-maintained. Whether using torque analyzers, load cells, or other measurement tools, it is important to know how to manage and care for these instruments. Perform regular inspections of the system and perform the following tasks on all parts.

 

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Topics: Tips & Tricks, Basic Fundamental Facts

Do I Have a Faulty Load Cell? 4 Problems To Look For

Posted by Sensing Systems on May 19, 2017 4:39:32 PM

 

If you suspect that your load cells are not performing correctly, there are several common issues that might be causing the problem. To diagnose your load cell issues, consider each of the following causes individually. If these are unsuccessful, call the cell manufacturer sooner, rather than later, for a more precise inspection and conclusion.

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Topics: Load Cells, Basic Fundamental Facts

The Importance of Preventative Torque Sensor Maintenance

Posted by Sensing Systems on Apr 13, 2017 2:36:27 PM

 

Whether you are using your torque measurement products at home or at your workspace, chances are you will need to invest in simple maintenance once in a while. In general, there are five types of load cells depending on the primary and secondary element that is used to measure the force. These include strain gage type load cells, diaphragm load cells, hydraulic load cells, and both, spool type and ring type load cells.

 

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Topics: Torque Sensors, Basic Fundamental Facts

Go Hydraulic! Five Reasons to Invest in Hydraulic Load Cells

Posted by Sensing Systems on Mar 20, 2017 1:16:12 PM

 

 

When it comes to your tools, you want to be sure you have the best. Your measurement tools can mean the difference between success and failure, so it's important they're working in top shape. You want to make sure you get your money's worth and have a piece of equipment you can use for many years. Hydraulic can provide more benefits than any other load cell. Here are five reasons hydraulic technology in your load cells is needed.

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Topics: Load Cells, Basic Fundamental Facts

Getting Back to Basics: Types of Load Cells and What They Do

Posted by Sensing Systems on Feb 8, 2017 1:38:55 PM

 

When you need an extremely precise measurement or need a tool that can measure pressure, temperature, or some other force, load cells are most likely your best bet. But despite the fact that digital load cells are used across a wide variety of industries, a lot of people aren't quite sure what they are or do -- or which type of sensor would work best for a given job. When you know more about how load cell calibration is performed and which type of tool you should use, you'll have the accurate results you need to do your job effectively.

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Topics: Load Cells