Load cells and weighing modules

Invisible little helpers

Load cell and weighing module
Invisible little helpers

Load cells play an important role in our everyday lives. They are part of bathroom scales or the scales in the fruit and vegetable department in your local supermarket. The load cell is also indispensable in industry. Load cells help monitoring stock and material flow in logistics and production and make sure operations run smoothly.

Choose from our load cells and weigh modules

High load weighing modules
(incl. high load load cells)

Single point load cells

Bending and shear beam load cells and weighing modules

Tension load cells (type S)

Compression / Button Load Cells

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Force transducer versus load cell

The load cell also differs from other force transducers in other respects: A load cell is designed to detect weight forces, i.e. forces that act in the direction of the centre of the earth via gravity; other forces, which can of course act in all possible directions, are usually measured with a force transducer. This means, load cells are more suitable for static application, whereas force transducers can be used in dynamic or highly dynamic settings where loads are frequently alternated. Unlike in the application of force transducers, high and very high precision is much more important in weighing technology. We are talking about deviations between 0.01 and 0.05 per cent here.

However, load cells and force transducers share a number of technical features and application fields.

How do load cells work?

Load cells are considered force transducers because they are very similar in structure and functioning. Just like most force transducers, load cells consist of a spring body. Strain gauges in form of a Wheatstone bridge are attached onto the spring body. These strain gauges detect when the spring body is stretched or compressed and render this information into a change of the electrical resistance. This change allows us to determine the weight, tension, or compression forces applied to the spring body.

Built-in temperature compensation

To guarantee correct measurement results even at a wide range of temperatures, the load cell has built-in temperature compensation. This is especially important for load cells used in environments that are prone to changing weather conditions or temperatures, such as trucks or outdoor scales for silos.

Industrial and technological application of weighing modules and load cells

Load cells are used in many different industries and technologies, such as process engineering, machine, vessel, or plant construction, food industry, medical technology, and agriculture. Many applications require precise measuring and documentation of weight forces. In some cases, those are even required by law. Filling systems in the food industry fulfil legal standards only when they use load cells to make sure that cans, bottles, or bags have the same net weight.

Load cells are also used to determine material stock and consumption as well as the quality of intermediate and final products. There are many different types of load cells for many different nominal loads – from 100 grams to 1,000 tons.

This way, they can be used both in precision scales to measure to an accuracy of 0.01 grams and silo and vessel scales, platform scales, filling scales, or truck weighing machines, where several tons of weight are applied.


Easy installation and use

Only correctly installed and used sensors can deliver precise measurements and live up to their expected lifespan. To support you with installation and usage of our load cells, we have developed mounting tools and installation kits which you can order on our website, too. Still unsure which components are the right one for you? Please don’t hesitate to contact us – we are happy to help.

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