The Basics Of How A Compression Load Cell Operates

by | Sep 8, 2015 | Construction and Maintenance

In many type of manufacturing an including in food manufacturing, petroleum and chemicals, mining, forest production and in just about any other type of production industry, weighing and measuring is an integral part of every step of the process. Compression load cell designs are the most commonly used for their accuracy as well as their versatility in a wide range of applications.

Compression load cell models can be used to weigh up to a set amount very accurately. They can be very compact in size and can be developed to be low-profile in design, allowing them to be used on production lines and processes without the requirement of a lot of space.

How they Work

All compression load cell modules work to measure the compressive force an object creates when placed on the load cell. The most commonly used option is the strain gauge type, which can be used for measuring large forces as well as for smaller forces as well.

The measurement is made with a force is applied to the load column, which then, in turn, compresses the strain gauge. This change in the resistance of the strain gauge passes through a transducer and is recorded as an electrical signal. It is ultimately displayed as a readable measurement through the module.

What to Look For

When purchasing a compression load cell for any type of production application, there are several things to keep in mind. One of the most important considerations will be the maximum weight for the load cell. Here you can find how manufacturing engineers use load cells.

The size of the load cell will also be an essential factor to consider, particularly for an existing manufacturing facility or processing line. By selecting a compression load cell that won’t require revamping the current layout there is less cost and less downtime in replacing or adding the equipment.

New designs in compression load cell models have a built-in feature that is both time saving as well as much more efficient. This includes an electronic calibration capacity to quickly and easily calibrates the system without having to manually add weights to test. There are also some top companies providing built-in features to eliminate any vibrations from nearby equipment in distorting the load cell readouts.

Other considerations include the ability to connect the compression load cell to your existing computerized systems for complete integration of the information into your processing and monitoring systems.

Hardy Process Solutions has been in business since 1918 offering innovative approaches for processes weighing in manufacturing and industrial applications. To learn more about their compression load cell models see us online at

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