FUTEK Insider / September 2012
Debriefing Load Holes and Buttons
Recapping Thru-Holes and Load Buttons
Being an open source expert isn't a typical practice within the test and measurement industry. However, FUTEK believes that sharing our expertise through hypothetical applications, case studies, and comprehensive guides aid future engineers and innovators in their execution to produce effective results. Thus, we sign on to produce several webinar presentations throughout the year in an effort to spread our knowledge of sensors.
This past Thursday, our Technical Director, Richard Walker, held a presentation surrounding our Load Button and Thru-Hole Load Cells. With hundreds in attendance, engineers and operators followed along as Richard shared valuable tips on these load cells, as well as their intended application usages.
Predominantly, FUTEK’s Load Button Load Cells (LLB Series) are known for their miniature frames. This design strategy was implemented
by our engineering team to help combat the struggles of space constraints. However, the miniaturization of these Load Buttons did not impact their impressive capacity range (1 lb. to 50,000 lb). In fact, FUTEK’s LLB Load Cells can operate in applications ranging from medical bite force testing to endurance batch weighing.
FUTEK’s Thru-Hole Load Cells (LTH Series) also hold a wide capacity range of 50 lb. to 50,000 lb. Though, this series is known for its varying inner diameters. Because one-size does not fit all, FUTEK’s engineering team provides multiple ID options within their standard LTH models, as well as custom ID options. It was this customizable quality that aided in FUTEK’s production of a Thru-Hole Load Cell for NASA JPL’s Mars Rover Curiosity mission!
To learn more about the LLB Series and LTH Series, please visit their respective Solution Pages on our website.
Mars Rover Brings Pride to Local College
FUTEK has gained increased notoriety since the landing of the Mars Rover Curiosity. With two sensors aboard the rover, articles began to circulate about FUTEK’s involvement with the mission.
As a private test and measurement company in Southern California, a local university took notice that two of their alumni, now an engineer and
project manager at FUTEK, were heavily involved in this NASA JPL mission.
Richard Walker and John Vargas respectively graduated from California State University, Fullerton. As alumni of the college, CSUF featured these FUTEK team members, plus their involvement with Curiosity within their Daily Titan newspaper.
The community of Orange County continues to show their support for FUTEK and their association with the Mars Rover mission.
Product News
FUTEK’s Handheld Display with Thru-Holes and Load Buttons
Instruments Illustrated

Load Button Load Cell
Load Button
Load Cell
(LLB Series)
Thru-Hole Load Cell
Load Cell
(LTH Series)
Using the IHH500:
FUTEK’s Handheld Display with Thru-Holes and Load Buttons
A common challenge among operators utilizing a test and measurement platform is cohesion between the sensor and the instrument. As discussed in this month's webinar, FUTEK's complete lines of Load Button and Thru-Hole Load Cells are compatible with their Handheld Digital Display, also referred to as the IHH500.
The IHH500 features several input/output (analog/usb) options that simplify its integration. With a sampling rate up to 4,800 samples per second, an increased resolution of 24 Bits, and a robust aluminum shell, this battery-operated display is an ideal portable solution for any manufacturing environment.
Feature Application
Nut Runner Application: Measuring both Load and Torque
Nut Runner Application:
Measuring both Load and Torque
Products In Use
A Thru-Hole Load Cell (LTH Series) and a Rotary Torque (TRD/TRH Series) paired with FUTEK's USB Solutions and SENSIT Test and Measurement Software.
Application Summary
Using a Rotary Torque Sensor and a Thru-Hole Load Cell, operators can establish a relationship between the bolt force and the torsion force being applied by a nut runner.
Feature Video
CSG110: New and Improved!
CSG110: New and Improved!
As a premiere provider of the latest test and measurement tools, there comes a time when updates to instruments occur. Recently, FUTEK updated their Universal Strain Gauge Amplifier: the CSG110.

Knowing that these improvements took place, FUTEK found it best to compose a quick cinematic piece for you, addressing all the enhancements. Some highlights are the reduction of noise from 100mVs to 15 mVs peak-to-peak, as well as the introduction of DIP switches in place of solder pads to change the settings of the amplifier.

To learn more about the CSG110 and the revisions made, simply watch the video linked below.
This Month's Highlight
Calibration Data
At FUTEK, we believe that having all the documents pertaining to your sensor should be accessible at your finger tips. Thus, we provide a service on our website that allows you to retrieve the calibration data unique to your sensor. Your Calibration Data can be found simply by accessing the link below and inputting your sensor’s serial ID number. If you have any questions regarding this process, please feel free to contact us and we will assist you.