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Multi-Axis (if required):

Force Measured:

Load Cell Package:

Shear Cell Type (if applicable):

Sensor Technology:

Sensor Output:

Temperature Compensated?

Application:

Operating Temperature:

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Force To Measure
   Force / Load Rating       The force / load rating is the maximum force or load the sensor is rated for. 
   Search Logic:      User may specify either, both, or neither of the "At Least" and "No More Than" values. Products returned as matches will meet all specified criteria.
   Accuracy       The accuracy required of the device. 
   Search Logic:      User may specify either, both, or neither of the "At Least" and "No More Than" values. Products returned as matches will meet all specified criteria.
   Multi-Axis (if required):       
   Your choices are...         
   Biaxial       Biaxial load cells can provide load measurements along two, typically orthogonal, axes. 
   Triaxial       Triaxial load cells can provide load measurements along three, typically orthogonal, axes. 
   Switch / Alarm       The sensor triggers on a sensed force level to close or open a switch, or provides a signal to an alarm or interlock. 
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Force Sensor Type
   Force Measured       
   Your choices are...         
   Tension       Tension cells are used for measurement of a straight-line force "pull apart" along a single axis. Typically, they are annotated as positive force. 
   Compression       Compression tension cells are used for measurement of a straight-line force "push together" along a single axis. Typically, they are annotated as negative force. 
   Shear       Shear is induced by tension or compression along offset axes. 
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   Load Cell Package      Most force sensors actually measure the displacement of a structural element to determine force. The force is associated with a deflection as a result of calibration. There are many form factors or packages to choose from: S-beam, pancake, donut or washer, plate or platform, bolt, link, miniature, cantilever, canister, load pin, rod end, and tank weighing.
   Your choices are...         
   S-beam       S-beam units are shaped like a squared-off 's'. Variable resistors (whose resistance are a function of strain induced by the load; for example, strain gages or piezoresistive elements) are bonded to the regions of maximum strain, and change resistance as a load is applied. Typically, these resistance changes are measured in a Wheatstone bridge circuit. 
   Pancake       Pancake cells are similarly-instrumented short, low-profile cylinders. These popular devices are capable of measuring very small through very large loads. 
   Donut / Washer       Donut cells are like pancake cells, but have a through-bore or hole. 
   Plate / Platform       Devices use a plate or platform load cell package. 
   Bolt       Bolt load sensors have one or two threaded ends for attachment to measured systems. These load cells measure force along the long axis of the bolt. 
   Link       Link cells are sensors for the in-line measurement of tension or compression. 
   Miniature       Miniature is a characteristic assigned by the supplier. If the supplier considers the load cell to be miniature, then the load cell is designated as miniature here. 
   Cantilever       Cantilever units are designed to have the load applied to a cantilever that, typically, is instrumented at the base. 
   Canister       Canister cells are instrumented cylinders. They have a considerably higher aspect ratio than pancake cells. 
   Load Pin       Load pins are typically instrumented shear elements that undergo a strain when a load is applied. A typical application is an instrumented wrist pin that attaches a hook to a cable on a crane. 
   Rod End - Male       The device is an instrumented rod with male threads. 
   Rod End - Female       The device is an instrumented rod with female threads. 
   Tank Weighing       Tank weighing load cells are designed specifically to support tanks. 
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   Shear Cell Type (if applicable):       
   Your choices are...         
   Shear Beam       Shear beam sensors measures shear, but not a bending or single-point beam. 
   Bending Beam       Bending beam sensors are configured so that shear is deduced from the measurement of the bending moment of a beam. 
   Single Point Bending Beam       Single-point bending beam sensors measure the vertical component of applied force. 
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   Sensor Technology:       
   Your choices are...         
   Capacitive       Capacitive load cells use the separation between two conductive surfaces to measure the force applied. As the force increases the separation between the surfaces decreases and the capacitance increases. 
   Magnetoelastic       A magnetoelastic force sensor or load cell detects changes in permeability by measuring changes in its own magnetic field. 
   Piezoelectric       For piezoelectric devices, a piezoelectric material is compressed and generates a charge that is conditioned by a charge amplifier. 
   Strain Gauge       For strain gage devices, strain gages (strain-sensitive variable resistors) are bonded to parts of the structure that deform when making the measurement. These strain gages are typically used as elements in a Wheatstone bridge circuit, which is used to make the measurement. Strain gages typically require an excitation voltage, and provide output sensitivity proportional to that excitation. 
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Sensor Output
   Sensor Output      The type of electrical signal that will be produced.
   Your choices are...         
   Analog Voltage       Analog output voltage is a simple (usually linear) function of the measurement. This includes voltage ranges such as 0-10V, ±5V, and voltage ratios dependent upon excitation, typically expressed as mV/V. 
   Analog Current       Analog current is often called a transmitter. A current is imposed on the output circuit proportional to the measurement. Typical ranges are 4-20 mA, 0-50 mA, etc. Feedback is used to provide the appropriate current regardless of line noise, impedance, etc. Current outputs are often useful when sending signals over long distances. 
   Analog Frequency       Analog frequency is the output signal encoded via amplitude modulation (AM), frequency modulation (FM), or some other modulation scheme. The signal is analog in nature. 
   Digital       The sensor output is any standard, digital output signal. 
   Parallel       The sensor's output uses a standard, parallel digital protocol such as IEEE 488, Centronics, or printer port, etc. 
   RS232/422/485       RS232, RS422 and RS485 are standard, serial output protocols for sensors. They provide an interface between data terminal equipment (DTE) and data communications equipment (DCE), and use serial binary data interchange. 
   USB       The sensor's output is universal serial bus (USB), a 4-wire, 12-Mbps serial bus for low-to-medium speed peripheral device connections to personal computers (PCs). The USB design is standardized by the USB Implementers Forum (USBIF), an organization that includes leading companies from the computer and electronics industries. The current USB specification is USB 2.0, which supports data transfer rates of up to 480 Mbps. 
   Wireless       The sensor uses a wireless communications technology. 
   Other Output       Other unlisted, specialty, or proprietary outputs. 
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   Temperature Compensated       Temperature compensated load cells provide special circuitry to reduce/eliminate sensing errors due to temperature variations. 
   Search Logic:      "Required" and "Must Not Have" criteria limit returned matches as specified. Products with optional attributes will be returned for either choice.
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Application
   Application       
   Your choices are...         
   Metrology       Force and load senors are used for metrology applications. 
   Structural Stress       Force and load sensors are used for measuring stress on a structure. 
   Web Control       Force and load sensors are used for assisting control on a web. 
   Weigh Scales       Force and load sensors are used in weighing applications. 
   Other       Other, unlisted or proprietary applications. 
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Operating Temperature
   Operating Temperature       The temperature range over which the device must operate. 
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