Flange Style Load Cells and Torque Transducers 101
Interface offers several flange type load cells and torque transducers for easy mounting and installation. Interface provides the complete solutions for a flange mount including the adapters, bases, bolts, connector options and cables.
Standard flange designs mount directly to cylinders for stability and accuracy in measurement. We also offer mounting plates for more complex testing systems that use one or more sensors.
The primary advantage of the Interface Flange Load Cell is that the hub of the transducer is mounted using several smaller screws instead of one large central thread. It is easier to preload multiple smaller screws (bolts) than a single central thread. In certain applications it may not be possible to properly preload a central thread due to the torque limits of the load cell. There’s also the important benefit of clocking a load cell fixtures alignment.
The most popular low profile flange mount load cell is the 12X8 Flange Load Cell. This load cell is similar in design to our Interface 1200 series. Instead of a center hole, the 12X8 has multiple smaller holes making installation easier for certain types of cylinders. The 12X8 is for tension and compression measurement. It is fatigue rated with the ability to survive 100 million fully reversed cycles. The load cell has proprietary Interface temperature compensated strain gages and performance to 0.05%. It is eccentric load compensated with low deflection. The 12X8 is ideal for long-term cycle testing.
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Interface offers a variety of flange style products including load cells, miniature load cells, torque transducers and multi-axis sensors. Here are a few of the flange offerings available from Interface:
12X8 Flange Standard Precision LowProfile® Load Cell
2300 High Capacity Flange Mount Column Load Cell
1700 Flange LowProfile® Load Cell
MRT Miniature Flange Style Reaction Torque Transducer
MRT2 Miniature Flange Style Reaction Torque Transducer
MRT2P Miniature Overload Protected Flange Style Reaction Torque Transducer
5400 Series Flange Style Reaction Torque Transducer
TS18 Shaft to Flange Style Reaction Torque Transducer
TS16 Male Square Drive to Flange Style Reaction Torque Transducer
TSCF C-Face Flange Torque Transducer
6ADF Series 6-Axis DIN Flange-Type Load Cells
Flange style load cells are commonly used in a wide range of applications, from automotive testing to agriculture equipment tests. The variety of flange style solutions are ideal for specialized product designs, including robotics, medical devices, OEM products and equipment requiring secure mounting with sensor capabilities.
TRACTOR POWER TAKE OFF SYSTEM TESTING
In this example you can see how a tractor manufacturer needed to measure the torque and speed of the tractor’s PTO (power takeoff test) system. The purpose of the applied sensor solution was to ensure the PTO was working properly when an implement is attached to the tractor. It also provides ongoing maintenance monitoring for optimum performance. Interface provided a T27 Bearingless Hollow Flange Style Rotary Torque Transducer to measure the tractor’s torque and speed of their tractor’s PTO system.
ROBOTIC SURVEY FORCE FEEDBACK SYSTEMRobotic Surgery Force Feedback App Note
Additional flange style models can be found in our extensive product catalog, which defines the specifications, capacities and design features.