Bending and shear beam load cells are the most commonly used types of load cells in industrial weighing technology for weighing small to medium-sized containers and platforms, typically with 3 or 4 support points or feet. Bending beam load cells are used for the smaller load ranges. They are typically available with nominal loads from 5 kg to 500 kg.
Shear beam load cells are then used for the higher loads. They are stiffer than the bending beams and are typically available with rated loads from 300 kg to 10,000 kg. Both types are characterized by very high degrees of protection with IP68/69k and are made entirely of stainless steel. Appropriate installation kits enable easy assembly and quick assembly of a very well-functioning platform or container scale.
Bending beam force transducers or load cells are a widespread standard in industry. They are used to measure compressive forces or loads, especially in weighing applications in the small to medium load rang.
The advantage of bending beam load cells ist the possibility of also measuring small loads with very high accuracy, while at the same time offering high IP protection and high robustness.
Shear beam force transducers or load cells are a common standard in industry. They are used to measure compressive forces or loads, especially in weighing applications in the medium load range.
The advantages of shear beam load cells are high accuracy, robustness and insensitivity to lateral forces.