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Interface provides more load cells for the structural testing of aircraft than any other company in the world.

Interface tests every Low Profile™ load sensor for accuracy and temperature specifications, and moment compensates each unit to minimize sensitivity to extraneous loads. Using eight proprietary strain gages per sensor, our 4mV/V output well exceeds the goals for other load cell performance. Our calibration Gold Standard™ and Platinum Standard™ load cell families are used in testing most other brands of force sensors.

The Low Profile™ Load Cells are offered in single, dual, and triple bridge configurations for different data acquisition/control requirements. Our 1200 series load cells are used for static testing while the 1000 series load cells are designed for fatigue testing, up to 100,000,000 fully reversed cycles. The 1700 series flange load cells are widely used in Europe where there is a desire to bolt the load cell directly to the actuator bolt circle.

Aerospace companies such as Boeing, Airbus, Lockheed, Northrop, Bombardier, Embraer, Gulfstream, and Cessna have depended on Interface load cells for years for static and fatigue testing. While structural test applications utilize many types of Low Profile load cells, Interface offers a wide variety of Load Washers, Load Buttons and Miniature Tension & Compression Load Cells for test, production and control monitoring applications. Interface also offers a variety of Gold Standard™ and Platinum Standard™ Calibration Grade Load Cells to support aerospace calibration applications.

The following are just a few examples of force sensor aerospace applications.

  • Static structural testing
  • Fatigue testing
  • Sample / material tests
  • Landing gear drop tests
  • Landing gear shear pin tests
  • Tire Tests
  • Jet engine thrust stands
  • Rocket engine thrust stands
  • Load cell and system calibration equipment
  • Production positioning equipment monitoring
  • Space station docking simulator
  • Yoke control monitoring
  • Brake testing & on board force feedback
  • Autopilot control / load verification
  • Wind tunnel force vectors, balance characterization
  • Fuselage Assembly
  • Aircraft assembly riveting equipment
  • Structural testing on rockets