Compression Load Cells

Compression load cell drawingCompression Load Cells

Compression load cells are categorized by the way the sensor deflects when experiencing strain. A compression load cell is bent or compressed as opposed to a tension load cell which is pulled apart. Canister, beam, shear web, single point, and pancake are examples of compression-type load cells. No matter how specific or unique your application is, Load Cell Central can provide stock items off the shelf or design custom load cells to meet your needs.


Low profile, off-center single point load cell.


Versatile, alloy steel, double-ended beam load cell.


Hermetically sealed scale foot load cell.


Low profile, vessel, hopper, silo weighing load cell.


3" O.D. thru hole load cell. 2K lb - 50K lb


Subminiature button load cell. 25 lb to 1000 lbs.


Miniature button type load cell. 100 lb - 50K lb.


Economical, low profile, single point load cell.


2" O.D. thru hole load cell. 250 lb - 10K lb


High accuracy shear web load cell. 300 lb - 200K lb.


Double-ended shear beam load cell.


1.5" O.D. thru hole load cell. 100 lb - 2K lb


Low profile, miniature load cell. 10 lb - 1K lb.


Hermetically sealed, stainless steel, single point load cell.


High accuracy mini gram load cell.


Moment compensated, single point load cell.


1" O.D. miniature load washer. 50 lb to 500 lb


Miniature canister load cell.


Versatile precision pancake load cell. 2.5K lb - 45K lb.


Stainless steel, hermetically sealed, double-ended beam load cell.


Economical, low profile, moment compensated load cell.


Low capacity, universal, miniature load cell. 2.5 lb - 100 lb.


Versatile, alloy steel, double-ended beam load cell.


Hermetically sealed, stainless steel, bending beam load cell.


Hermetically sealed, stainless steel, canister load cell.


Single ended bending beam load cell.


Single ended shear beam load cell.


Stainless steel shear beam load cell with welded seal.


Miniature, button type, canister load cell.


Versatile alloy steel s-type load cell. Low to medium capacity.


Stainless steel dual stud mount load cell.


Hermetically sealed, stainless steel, submersible s-type load cell.


Hermetically sealed, stainless steel, s-type load cell.


Universal pancake load cell. 100 lb - 50K lb.


High capacity rod-end load cell.


Universal miniature load cell.


Miniature s-type load cell.


Universal shear web load cell. 300 lb - 100K lb.


S-type load cell.


Hermetically sealed, stainless steel, submersible load cell


Hermetically sealed, stainless steel, canister load cell.


Hermetically sealed, stainless steel, submersible s-type load cell.


Universal shear web load cell. 300 lb - 100K lb.

When describing types of load cells, the term “compression” refers to the way the unit detects weight when converting force into electrical output. There are many types of load cells that fall under the compression category, including canister, beam, pancake, miniature, single point, and thru-hole load cells. No matter the size, function, output level or special feature, Load Cell Central has the complete inventory and custom manufacturing capabilities to meet your compression load cell needs.

Compression Load Cells and Compression/Tension Load Cells

Compression load cell technology is widely used in a range of industrial and technical applications. A compression load cell frequently features a low profile button or circular design that works excellently in conditions where both lateral and overhead space is limited. Models often have features such as threaded ends for easier installation and access to pre-existing applications. Certain compression load cells, such as our DTC miniature canister load cell, are also ideal for portable applications.

Compression load cells can be integral to applications in which the cell is required to carry the load from tension to compression and from compression to tension. Other examples of compression load cell applications include material testing, testing force calibration of presses and measuring industrial compressive force.

For more information on how tension load cells work, please read our white paper titled Load Cell and Strain Gauge Basics.

Wire comparison between strain gauge load cells for tension and compression force

Load Cell Central Custom Solutions and Comprehensive Services

Our reputation as an industry leader stems from more than two decades providing load cell manufacturing and custom weighing system integration. We specialize in custom electronic weighing systems that are expertly manufactured to efficiently and effectively match your application requirements. We also provide interchangeable replacement load cells, custom compression load cells, and weighing assemblies for specialty applications.

At Load Cell Central, we stand behind every product we make with unmatched customer service and support. As designers, manufacturers and retailers, we’re able to offer unbeatable value in high-quality load cells. We also provide comprehensive services including load cell calibration, load cell gaging and industrial load cell repair.

Give us a call at 1-800-LOADCEL or contact us online today! Our knowledgeable team will help assess your requirements and guide you to the most cost-effective solution.

What is a compression load cell?

A compression load cell is a type of sensor that measures the amount of force being applied to it at any given time in relation to its dimensions. Applications for a compression load cell include weighing silos, pile load tests, vehicle scales, and more.

How do compression load cells work?

Compression load cells are sensors that measure force by detecting the deformation of the load cell while the force is being applied. Compression load cells work by converting the force applied to them into an electrical signal. This can then be measured and analyzed using specialized equipment and read through digital displays.

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