Strainsense Enterprises designs and manufactures a wide range of calibration grade load cells and standard load cells ranging from 50 lbf – 3,000,000 lbf (or equivalent metric models). All of these load cells are available in compression only, tension only or both compression and tension.
One of the first calibration load cell systems was designed by Stainsense Enterprises in 1973. This 1,000,000 lbf capacity system was used for certifying mechaniical test machines.
Our compression load cells are designed with a ‘radius’ top machined into top for uniform load distribution.
Our tension load cells are designed with either female threads (internal threads) or male threads (external threads). These load cells can also be designed with the male-female thread combination as well.
Unlike many other load cell suppliers, we design and manufacture ‘our’ load cells in house which enables Strainsense to provide the industries ‘longest’ warranty of three (3) years on most calibration grade load cells where the typical industry warranty is one (1) year.
Many of our HIGH Capacity calibration grade load cells have a Lower Class A limit of 0.05% or better according with ASTM E-74 which can eliminate using multiple load cells during calibration which can reduce set up time and reduce calibration costs.
Our HIGH Capacity compression load cells are ‘compact’ designed which means they are smaller in physical dimensions and are physically lighter in weight which means less cost to transport and easier to handle.
(ie: our typical 600,000 lbf Calibration compression load cell weighs less than 30 lbs)
(our typical 1,000,000 lbf Calibration compression load cell weighs less than 65 lbs)
‘Folding handles’ is a standard option for all of the HIGH capacity load cells and you may select the option for ‘screw-in’ handles. These handles assist in the handling of the larger load cells.
Our typical calibration grade compression and tension load cell capacities/ models:
We can design and manufacture any capacity load cell that you may need for any of your testing needs
|SSTC503UF||50,000 lbf||50,000 LBF T/C LOAD CELL WITH 2″-12 INTERNAL THREADS|
|SSTC603UF||60,000 LBF||60,000 LBF T/C LOAD CELL WITH 2″-12 INTERNAL THREADS|
|SSTC1203UF||120,000 LBF||120,000 LBF T/C LOAD CELL WITH 2″-12 INTERNAL THREADS|
|SSTC204UF||200,000 LBF||200,000 LBF T/C LOAD CELL WITH 3″-12 INTERNAL THREADS|
|SSTC304UF||300,000 LBF||300,000 LBF T/C LOAD CELL WITH 3″-12 INTERNAL THREADS|
|SSTC404UF||400,000 LBF||400,000 LBF T/C LOAD CELL WITH 4″-8 INTERNAL THREADS|
|SSTC504UF||500,000 LBF||500,000 LBF T/C LOAD CELL WITH 4″-8 INTERNAL THREADS|
|SSTC604UF||600,000 LBF||600,000 LBF T/C LOAD CELL WITH 5″-8 INTERNAL THREADS|
|SSTC105UF||1,000,000 LBF||1,000,000 LBF T/C LOAD CELL WITH 6″-8 INTERNAL THREADS|
Many other capacity load cells can be manufactured that are not listed above
Each one of our calibration grade compression and tension load cells are designed with a ‘screw-in’ load button for the compression test (unless not needed). The load button will have a radius top machined into it for uniform load distribution
We can design these same capacity load cells with external (male) threads on each end
Compression Grade Load Cells
Strainsense Enterprises designs and manufactures a wide range of compression calibration grade load cells ranging from 50 lbf – 3,000,000 lbf (or equivalent metric models)
Our compression load cells are designed more ‘streamlined’ compared to other load cell suppliers making the load cells lighter in weight and easier to handle. Reducing the transportation costs and operator effort
(ie: our typical 600,000 lbf calibration compression load cell weighs less than 30 lbs
(our typical 1,000,000 lbf calibration compression load cell weighs less than 65 lbs)
All of our compression calibration load cells are designed with a ‘radius’ top for uniform load distribution
Folding handles are standard for capacities above 500,000 lbf. Screw-in handles are available
High Capacity Heavy Duty Load Cells
Strainsense Enterprises designs and manufactures a wide range of high capacity heavy duty grade load cells— tipping the scales up to 3,000,000 lbf (or equivalent metric models). All of these load cells are available in compression and/ or tension
This type of load cell is used in the Rigging Industry (wire rope, chain, synthetic rope manufacturing) where the load cell is installed into the proof test bed for general proof testing and/ or destructive (break) testing. These load cells are designed with larger threads, larger body and ‘special’ gage sensors for the daily abuse that the proof test machines are subject to. They are designed for accuracy and longevity
Our High Capacity load cells are designed and warranted to pass the ASTM E-4 Specification
The load cells are designed with the male-female thread combination. To fit onto the cylinder ram and into the main clevis of the test machine. The load cells can also be designed with ‘eyes’ on each end where they can be pinned into each clevis
Any thread size can be manufactured for these high capacity load cells, depending on the test specifications
Strainsense Enterprises has designed and manufactured multiple high capacity load cells (above 3,000,000 lbf) that are currently being used in the high capacity test beds located throughout the United States and internationally (further information is available upon request)
We have supplied these load cells for one (1) single cylinder or two (2) independent cylinders summed together to reach the specific capacity
Strainsense will ‘custom’ build any High Capacity load cell to fit into ‘your’ new or existing test bed. We will design our load cell around your test bed design. Plus we offer the On-Site ASTM E-4 calibration
Hollow Core Compression Load Cells
- Strainsense Enterprises designs and manufactures hollow core compression load cells
- These load cells are designed for the pre-stress/ pre-cast concrete industry
- The load cell capacities range from 20,000 lbf up to and above 1,000,000 lbf compression
- Our model ‘sstcalxxxch’ is designed for the calibration industry warranty to pass the ASTM E-74 specifications with a Lower Class A limit of 10% or better
- These load cells are designed with a 0.75″ thru hole for the cable to pass— other diameter thru holes can be designed into this load cell (depending on the capacity and physical size)
- Rocker assembly designed into the top for increased accuracy and uniform load distribution
Steel loading plate sets for compression testing
- Prevents the top and bottom of the load cells from being damaged
- Parallel ground, steel compression disc for top of each load cell
- Each top plate numbered with appropriate serial number and witness mark for alignment purposes
- A hardened tool steel base plate machined with target lines for each additional load cell
Special tooling for tension testing
- Custom couplings
- Custom adapters
- Custom tension rods
- Swivel assemblies for uniaxial loading
Load cell accessories
- calibration adapters (for tension testing)
- threaded adapters
- load buttons (for t/c models-any capacity)
- compression load plates (precision machined)
- load cell and digital cables (any length)
- mating connectors
- Additional bridges-provides separate electrical measurement circuits