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Load Cell Types

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Shear Beam

Force measured: compression
Capacity up to: 20,000 lb
Common uses: floor scales, vessel weighing, conveyor weighing

S-Type

Force measured: universal
Capacity up to: 20,000 lb
Common uses: hanging scales, suspended vessel weighing

Canister

Force measured: universal
Capacity up to: 1,000,000 lb
Common uses: center of gravity, high-capacity weighing, press applications

Thru-Hole

Force measured: compression
Capacity up to: 50,000 lb
Common uses: load washer

Pancake

Force measured: universal
Capacity up to: 250,000 lb
Common uses: press applications, single cell applications

Single Point

Force measured: compression
Capacity up to: 1,000 kg
Common uses: bathroom, bench and platform scales, OEM applications

Tension Link

Force measured: tension
Capacity up to: 250,000 lb
Common uses: crane scales, pull

Load Pin

Force measured: compression
Capacity up to: custom
Common uses: crane scales, low head room applications

Custom Features

Submersible

Many load cell types can be designed for underwater use. Our submersible load cells can be built to withstand pressures of up to 10,000 psi or ocean depths of up to 7,000 m.

Miniature

We manufacture miniature and micro load cells for applications with tight space constraints. Miniature sensors are available in alloy steel, stainless steel, and aluminum. We offer capacities from 5 g to over 1,000 lb.

Custom

We manufacture custom load cells in any configuration of capacity, signal output, build material, and connection type. Let us know your requirements and our engineers will design a load cell to your unique application.

When you’re in the market for load cells, custom weighing systems and first-rate repairs, Load Cell Central is the name you can rely on. We’ve been earning our reputation as an industry leader since 1985 by putting our customers first. With Load Cell Central, you’ll receive comprehensive service to help you navigate our complete range of load cell solutions.

For many industrial applications, it’s crucial to secure high-quality load cells to support your electronic weighing or force measurement systems. We carry a large selection of models, types and capacities of both custom-built and off-the-shelf solutions. Just provide us a brief description of your existing or required system and applications, and we’ll provide the expert guidance to find the products that represent an economical fit.

The Load Cell Central Advantage

Load cells are the most accurate, reliable, and quick method for industrial weighing and for monitoring strain on structural supports. Strain gauge load cells are attached to industrial scale platforms, vessel mounting legs, support beams, wire rope, cranes and more to measure the amount of force applied. The force deforms the load cell to a small extent, converting mechanical force to a proportional electrical signal that can be measured by many types of electronics. This information proves very valuable for batching, process control, and material consumption control systems as well as a host of other applications. Load cells have become the preferred weighing sensor in many industrial settings due to the accuracy and speed with which they return data.

For nearly three decades Load Cell Central has been supplying state-of-the-art engineering, versatile manufacturing capabilities, and after-purchase support to industry, medicine, and research. Load Cell Central works with customers to find the type and capacity of load cell as well as the necessary system electronics ideal for their specifications and requirements. Whether the application calls for low capacity load cells or submersible high capacity load cells, the solution can almost certainly be found in Load Cell Central’s selection of stock or custom products. It’s our goal to uphold the highest standards of quality and innovation, so you can find everything in one spot — from industrial and large-scale products to scales, mounting assemblies, electronics, process controls and specialized systems.

Our custom design program allows us to produce load cells that meet a broad range of requirements, creating load cell systems specifically for you. Load Cell Central excels in custom design services of force measurement/weighing systems and components. We have the experience and cutting-edge facilities to build the products necessary to support your custom applications. We understand the importance of keeping you productive, which is why we supply fast and accurate service and delivery.

The Right Load Cells for Your Applications

We have solutions that will fit your operation, from industrial to biomedical to clinical and engineering research. We manufacture new compression, tension, universal and submersible load cells. Our stock selection ranges from 10 grams to millions of pounds capacity. Whether you need low capacity for parts counting scales and wind tunnel testing, mid-range capacity for platform scales and tension testers, or high capacity for concrete batch plants and mooring testing, you’ll find it here. And when an ordinary solution just won’t do, we’ll design and manufacture a custom load cell specifically for your weighing system.

We offer custom submersible load cells used for everything from offshore oil and gas production to towing, transport and salvage operations. We can supply clones for discontinued load cells. Simply provide us with the type of scale, manufacturer or label information, rough dimensional descriptions, or even a drawing or photograph, and we’ll take care of the rest. Our experienced sales technicians will help assess your system and requirements, and guide you to the right design and application for your system. We offer comprehensive solutions carefully crafted to increase production, streamline operations and positively impact your bottom line.

Load Cell Central Provides the Following Services:

Load Cell Calibration: Periodic calibration is essential for regulatory compliance, upkeep and reliability. We have the latest equipment and expert technicians to assure load cells are reliable and accurate, helping you avoid breakdowns that threaten efficiency.

Load Cell Gaging: In many cases, structural elements must be fixed with replacement gages to fit the product to a specific application. Based on your requirements, we have the capabilities to custom engineer, install and test gaging solutions.

Load Cell Repair: Our repair division is experienced working with a wide range of types and capacities. Customers receive a no-charge in-house price evaluation, fast and attentive service, and conscientious after-sale support.

Assistance and Support: From the moment you contact us, you’ll know your application is in good hands. Our dedicated sales staff has an intimate knowledge of the scales and weighing applications we manufacture. We will work quickly and carefully to attend to your needs. Best of all, our commitment to customer service doesn’t end when a product leaves our facilities.

Load Cell Guide

We hear this often: “I don’t know whether I can use electronic weighing for my application – I don’t really understand load cells.”

Here we’ve tried to address many of your “FAQ’s” by providing an introduction to the basics of load cell function and application. We crack open the load cell and trace it from input excitation to output signal, touching on such topics as gaging, signal conditioning, multi-cell systems, indicators and calibration. Also discussed are the configurations and uses of various types of load cells, supporting electronics, and available options.

Load Cell Central’s technical sales staff is here to help fill in the gaps, make you feel comfortable, and walk you through the technical and other aspects of the selection, so that you can make a good, cost-effective decision. That’s what we do. Click the link below to download our guide!

Select a Load Cell by Capacity

Low Capacity Load Cells

Capacities from 25 grams to 150 Pounds

Mid-Range Load Cells

Capacities from 200 to 20,000 Pounds

High Capacity Load Cells

Capacities from 25,000 to 1 million Pounds

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