Monitoring and overloading protection systems could be an impossible mission without load cells. You also need to know what type of load cell is essential to perform your job correctly.
If you have arrived at this post, you are looking for the perfect complement to your industry. And we will find it for you.
LIFTING 1.1 How load cells work
If you are an expert in handling and lifting equipment, skip this part and continue reading below. Apprentices… ¡welcome!
A protection system in an industrial setting refers to a comprehensive set of measures, devices, and protocols designed to ensure the safety of the workforce, the protection of equipment and facilities, and the mitigation of risks associated with industrial processes. These systems are critical in maintaining safe operational conditions, preventing accidents, and ensuring compliance with safety regulations. At these protection systems we include the cells.
A load cell is a device that turns pressure into an electric signal. It’s a part of scales used in businesses and industries to weigh things and is also used by scientists and testers.
Here’s how it works: inside the cell is a small part called a strain gauge. The strain gauge gets squished or stretched when you push down on the cell. This squishing or stretching changes how much electricity can flow through it. More force is applied, which means more change. This change is measured with special electronics (force sensors) and turned into an output signal, a number that tells you how much force or weight is being applied.
Precision wighing, process control, safety, cost savings, regulatory compliance, quality assurance, inventory management…Why don’t you have a load cell if you have any of these needs?
At Crosby Airpes, we design and supply cell converters that accurately read and measure the electrical analog signal. These devices transform the electrical signals into a digital weight value and transmit the data using CANopen, a sophisticated communication protocol and software commonly used in industrial settings.
Many businesses opt for these cells because they are cost-effective and don’t require complex wiring for installation.
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What types of load cells do I need to improve my work?
There are different types of cells based on their shape, size, and the way they detect weight, including compression cells, bending beam load cells, and shear beam load cells, among others. Each type has its advantages and specific applications where it performs best.
When you are applying too much force, compression load cells
Indicates when the compression force is applied. For example, in building projects, cranes use powerful pumps to squeeze fluids in cylinders to pick up heavy items and move them where they need to go. In industries that lift and tie heavy loads, squeezing forces happen when piling things up, using powerful lifting tools like hydraulic jacks, or when heavy items are held up by pillars or big horizontal bars.
The compression cells by Crosby Airpes are designed to work in compression with a shear or double shear sensor.
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When you need elasticity, flexion load cells
These tools are specifically engineered to measure shear. We can be talking about shear beam (to measure forces with a piece of metal that is elastically deformed under load and recovers when load is removed). Also, bending beam convert a force applied to it into an electrical signal by measuring the flexure of the beam. Bending beams are for lighter, more precise tasks, while shear rays are for more challenging, heavier jobs.
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Traction. Their primary use is in applications where force is applied by pulling apart rather than compression. For example, TRACTION CELLS CT.
Converter. When you need to convert the signal into a weight value, transmit alerts for underweight, overload, out-of-range conditions, and cable breakage—for example, CELL CONVERTER ACO-200.
Limiter. To measure the load in steel cables. For example, LIMITER CELLS LM.
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