Here at FUTEK, we are always impressed with the number of applications our Load Cells
are utilized in. From the doctor who wants to calculate the force required to dislocate a jaw
to the engineers who place our sensors in extreme thermal conditions for Cryogenic Applications
, our FUTEK engineers love the challenge. Of course we would like to think that everyone knows how to handle these intricate products but accidents do happen and mistakes are made. With the help of this document, we hope engineers and technicians can avoid some common mistakes.
Proper care of your Load Cell
It goes without saying that a Load Cell is an extremely sensitive product. Thus, proper handling will be essential from installation to usage. Here are some useful tips to consider:
- Selecting the right capacity for your load cell is very critical. We’ve provided a good outline on the variables you should consider when selecting a Load Cell, and we can’t emphasize enough that selecting the right capacity is also very important. How to Select A Load Cell Guide
- Use stable power supply to prevent high voltage surges.
Mounting / Installation
The Mounting/Installation of the sensor presents plenty of opportunities where potential mistakes can be made. Here are some useful tips to consider:
- Use flat, parallel and clean mounting surfaces. A dirty environment or an uneven surface can easily distort your data.
One of the most common mistakes that occurs is an Overloading of a sensor. This is particularly an issue for low capacity sensors. When you are working with a low capacity sensor, you must take the utmost caution during handling and installation to make sure the sensor is not damaged. Here are some common tips.
- For Hydraulic or Pneumatic Pressure applications, slowly monitor the load on the Load Cell to avoid a dynamic overload.
Connection & Cable
The Load Cell cable can also pose challenges to some applications so please consider the following:
- Do not pull or yank on the Load Cell cable.
- Pinching and flexing the cable may cause damage, especially if it’s left in such a position for extended periods.