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Exploring Capabilities of New Products Webinar Recap

Interface’s latest ForceLeaders webinar, Exploring Capabilities of New Measurement Products, provides an overview of 20 new products with details on specifications, features, and sample applications. The recorded event introduces several new measurement products across various categories, including load cells, torque transducers, multi-axis sensors, instrumentation, accessories, and systems.

Brian Peters, VP of Global Sales at Interface, and Ken Bishop, Senior Director of Custom Solutions, detailed the various product categories and provided essential testing tips to consider for each product. They highlighted capabilities, different use cases, and applications for each product.

Interface’s expanding catalog has over 40,000 SKUs across load cells, torque, instrumentation, calibration systems, and accessories. New products are continuously added, driven by customer needs and industry trends like digitalization, complete systems, multi-axis sensors, submersibles, and wireless connectivity. The following is a recap of some of the products detailed during this comprehensive review.

New Load Cell Models

Ken introduced several new load cell models like the stainless steel ITCA series, which are available with IP67 protection and have capacities ranging from 1 to 150 metric tons (MT) (2.2K to 330.6K lbf). Typical applications are structural testing, jack load and cable tension monitoring, material test machine feedback, and press load monitoring. The ICPA compression model ranges from 2 to 1000 MT (4.4K to 2204K lbf) in a smaller package with optional dome caps and mounting bases. The IO link-enabled 1200 LowProfile Load Cell models for optimizing machine integration and process controls are ideal for the growing digital network environments. Additional products detailed in this section include the A4200 and A4600 WeighCheck™ Load Cells, the new SSLP Stainless Steel Low Profile Universal Load Cell, and our pillow block load cells PBLC1 Pillow Block Load Bearing Load CellPBLC2 Pillow Block Load Bearing Load Cell and PBLC3 Pillow Block Load Bearing Load Cell.

Additions to ATEX Load Cell Line

Two new ATEX-approved load cells are reviewed during the event, including a rod-end style 3450 series and a 3411 Intrinsically Safe Compression-Only LowProfile® Load Cell with an internally amplified 4-20 mA output, loop-powered. Appropriate hazardous environment classifications must be reviewed carefully for proper installation.

New Torque Transducers

During the webinar, Brian introduced the lower-cost T18 rotary torque sensor. This valuable transducer is contactless and suits various test stands without needing separate encoders. It’s a great sensor for testing anything that spins. The TSCF C-Face Flange Torque Transducer wired and non-rotating model allows torque and pass-through mounting on standard C-face motor frames for conveyors, pumps, and other systems. It is available in capacities from 288.5 lbf-in to 885 lbf-in (10 Nm to 100 Nm).

Multi-Axis Sensors

New multi-axis sensors, like the 2-axis AT-104, are valuable for combined reaction torque and axial force cable testing. Customers use this for low-range combined force and torque testing, off-axis friction characterization, and articulating component testing. The AT-105 is available in capacities from 100/2, 250/5, & 500/5 N/Nm (22.5/17.7, 56.2/44.3, & 112.4/44.3 lbf/lbf-in). It measures torque, speed, and force for bearing tests. A new 3-axis load cell, the 3AR Series Round 3-Axis Load Cells, has a high Z-axis capacity that matches the BX8 data logger well. The 6-axis 6ADF series incorporates a DIN mounting flange for robot arm integration.

Load Pins, Shackles and Tension Links

Interface’s expanded line of load pins, shackles, and tension links offers a range of standard and custom solutions with integrated wireless options. The new ILMP Standard Stainless Steel Load Load Pin is a great standard load pin, available from 1.1K lbf (500 kgs) to 3,307K lbf (1500 MT). They work well for lifting, rigging, and inline tension applications. Load pins can be fully customized to fit unique mounting requirements with options for redundant bridges or special connectors.

New Instrumentation

A range of new instrumentation is covered, like the multi-channel 9325 indicator with 2400 Hz sampling, software, and TEDS support. The battery-powered 4850 replaces a previous model for outdoor weighing applications. The multi-function JB1100 junction box sums 4 load cell channels and options for CAN bus, Bluetooth, and analog outputs. The compact IF500 Load Cell Simulator generates precision load cell simulation signals for field use. And the 9840C TEDS Read/Write Intelligent Indicator has coefficients for use with up to 20 load cells. Additional instrumentation highlighted during the technical seminar include the BSC1-HD Single Channel PC Interface Module with Analog Output, the BSC4D-BT Portable 4-channel Bluetooth Data Logger, and the various models of INF4 Two, Three, and Four Sensor Weight Transmitter and Indicator and INF1 Single Sensor Weight Transmitter and Indicator.

Accessories and System Offerings

Interface provides diverse accessories like bases, couplings and enclosures tailored to load cells and torque sensors. We also offer integrated systems that include sensors, data acquisition, software, displays and reporting for wireless devices, multi-axis sensors, torque testing, simulation, instrumentation calibration, and other applications. You can see the options covered in our Data AQ Pack Brochure. Customization services can modify standard products or build complete OEM solutions to customer requirements. Consider customized system development services from Interface for fully integrated deployments. It saves time and money.

The webinar concluded with a checklist of starter questions for planning testing projects covering the goals, measurements, cycles, environments, data usage, installation, connections, storage, and reporting requirements.

  • What are you measuring?
  • What are the number of cycles required in your test plan?
  • What is the environment for your project?
  • How will you use the measurement data?
  • What are the requirements for mounting and installation?
  • How will you be connecting your devices to instrumentation?
  • Where are you storing your data?
  • Will you need software to analyze your results?

Research Interface’s catalog of load cells, torque sensors, instrumentation, and accessories for models potentially fitting my application requirements. Be sure to consult Interface application engineers on recommendations for complete measurement solutions optimized for your specific use cases.

WATCH THE WEBINAR

ForceLeaders Summit Florida

Interface’s exclusive ForceLeaders Summit heads back to the Space Coast on March 14, 2024. We are stopping in Cocoa Beach with new topics, products, and technical tips. Our force measurement seminars bring industry experts and engineers together to talk about load cells, torque transducers, calibration, systems, applications, and, most importantly, answers to questions. These are fast-paced, technical hands-on events. Registration is required, with limited seating. Interface and GenTek force measurement solutions engineers and experts will share valuable tips and experiences using our precision load cells, torque transducers, multi-axis sensors, pressure sensors, and advanced instrumentation. Join us for a two plus hour conversation followed by interactive discussions, demonstrations and lunch.

Exploring New Measurement Products Webinar

The Interface Exploring Capabilities of New Measurement Products Webinar details new products, including sensors, instrumentation, and accessories. Our experts will cover dozens of new additions to the extensive 40,000-plus product catalog of force measurement solutions. Interface engineers highlight product features, capacities, use cases, and technical tips in the fast-paced new technical online seminar.

Interface 2023 Top Products and Trends

As engineers, we demand complex data and proven performance, especially regarding the tools we trust with our test and measurement projects. That’s why Interface crunched the numbers on our extensive 35,000+ product catalog, analyzing real-world usage and online preferences to reveal the 2023 top force measurement products.

Whether you’re tackling demanding aerospace wind tunnel tests, optimizing robotic grips for industrial automation use in the factory, or innovating in medical device design that will save lives, there are options for precision measurement. This list provides a data-driven roadmap to the Interface products fellow measurement device seekers created through their product reviews and acquisition. We highlighted some of these trends and use cases in our recent post: Top 10 Trends in Test and Measurement.

Let’s delve into the real-world data and discover the Interface measurement tools that testing professionals, technicians, buyers, and engineers like you relied on in 2023.

2023 MOST VIEWED PRODUCT CATEGORIES

2023 MOST VIEWED INTERFACE PRODUCTS

2023 MOST VIEWED PRODUCT FEATURES

The most viewed products provide Interface product design and planning teams with insights about future projects. Whether you are designing a new consumer product that provides IoT sensing capabilities with an embedded Mini Load Cell or updating your test lab with multi-axis sensors, Interface learns from your interactions.

So, how did all of this translate to products we built this year? Interface customers selected these most popular load cells, torque transducers, and instrumentation for various applications and use cases, including OEM solutions.

2023 MOST POPULAR INTERFACE PRODUCTS

Interface force measurement solutions proved a cornerstone of success, aiding in developing and testing countless innovative products. But with thousands of options in our catalog, pinpointing the most impactful measurement tools can be daunting. We can relate, so we designed a series of Interface Guides to help you navigate options based on your technical requirements and product specifications. Use these guides to start your research, then engage with our experienced application engineers to refine your options and get the right product for your specific needs.

NEW INTERFACE GUIDES HELP IN SELECTING THE RIGHT PRODUCT

Load Cell Selection Guide

Torque Transducer Selection Guide

Instrumentation Selection Guide

Data AQ Pack Guide

Multi-Axis Sensor Selection Guide

Lifting Solutions Guide

Weighing Solutions Guide

We are ready to help dissect the specific features, capacities, and application requirements with you to conquer your force measurement complexities confidently. We look forward to supplying you with sensor technologies in 2024.

Top 10 Trends in Test and Measurement

As a leader in force measurement, Interface is privy to the evolving landscape of test and measurement. These top 10 trends also shape our future.  Interface constantly invests in new sensor designs, technology, and tools to support our market-defining, high accuracy, quality products.

Interface offers various standard and custom sensors, instrumentation, technical support, and services for customers across various industries worldwide. The feedback we gather from the market and customers defines our priorities.

Based on the current demands of our products, requests for solution support, and incoming inquiries to our application experts, we compiled some key trends for 2023.

  1. Miniaturization: Demand for smaller, lighter sensors is increasing across industries, from robotics and drones to medical devices and lifting technologies, and continues to be the top trend in T&M. Interface’s miniature load cells enable precise measurements in compact spaces. There is also a growing use of embedding our Mini sensors into OEM products for real-time feedback, like surgical robots and fitness equipment.
  2. Multi-Axis Measurements: Analyzing forces in multiple directions is becoming essential for complex testing scenarios. Interface’s Multi-Axis Sensors facilitate comprehensive data collection and a deeper understanding of force interactions.
  3. Wireless Data Acquisition: Eliminating cables simplifies testing setups and improves data access. Interface’s wireless load cells and data acquisition systems enhance data portability and streamline testing processes. These wireless systems, including sensors like our wireless load pins and tension links, provide immediate system monitoring and maintenance technologies without cables for machines, equipment, components, and consumer products.
  4. Smart Sensors and IoT Integration: The use of sensors to make smart decisions is rising, from use in smart city projects to automating production. Interface measurement devices with easy connectivity are revolutionizing test and measurement. Interface’s sensors with digital outputs and compatibility with IoT products enable real-time data analysis, remote monitoring, and predictive maintenance.
  5. Material Characterization: Interface’s force measurement solutions are increasingly used to characterize the mechanical properties of materials, crucial for optimizing product design and performance in industries like aerospace, automotive, and construction. Material testing is also used in circular economy applications, using old materials for new inventions.
  6. Testing in Harsh Environments: Interface’s rugged and environmentally sealed sensors are finding more applications in extreme conditions, from subsea exploration to high-temperature testing. These ATEX, submersible, high-temp, and stainless steel products allow testing in critical real-world scenarios.
  7. Complex Measurement Analysis: Advanced software tools and data analysis platforms are essential for effectively interpreting and utilizing force measurement data. Interface provides software packages such as our Log100 and BlueDAQ Software to facilitate deeper insights and decision-making.
  8. Efficiency and Cost Optimization: Test and measurement processes are refined for efficiency and cost savings in product designs, building new products, and retrofitting existing machinery and equipment. Interface’s solutions contribute by facilitating faster setup, accurate data collection, and improved product quality, leading to reduced testing costs and faster time to market.
  9. R&D Driving Sustainability and Efficiency: Interface has seen an increase in customers using our sensor technologies for products and processes that positively impact the environment. This includes using Interface sensors for applications that include recycling and waste management, restructuring infrastructure, renewable energy production, electric vehicles, and battery development. Interface devices are commonly used in designing long-lasting, low-maintenance consumer products.
  10. Advancing Possibilities in Measurement with Customized Solutions: The need for customized force measurement solutions with diverse industry applications is growing. Interface’s engineering expertise and wide range of products allow it to cater to specific testing requirements and develop bespoke solutions. This includes engineered-to-order load cells, transducers, and complete system configurations like Interface Data AQ Packs.

These are just some of the trends we are observing in 2023. These trends are in addition to priority of providing industry-leading technical expertise and application support to help every customer.

With our commitment to collaboration, innovation, and accuracy, we are well-positioned to work with you as we shape the future of force measurement and contribute to the advancements in various testing and measurement projects across industries.

Interface looks forward to helping you with your inventions, research, testing, and product designs requiring precision measurement technologies in the coming year. Let’s continue the journey together.

 

Enhancing Structural Testing with Multi-Axis Load Cells

Multiple industries use structural tests for quality control, regulatory requirements, failure analysis, predictive maintenance, design and performance verification, and safety assurance.

Structural tests measure the tension, design proofing, and lifecycle fatigue validation. Load cells provide valuable measurement data in structural testing. These tests apply to assessing the structural components for rockets, aircraft, automobiles, EV batteries, heavy equipment, and infrastructure projects.

There are times when more data is valuable beyond a standard load cell. Multi-axis sensors are essential tools for structural testing, providing valuable insights into the behavior of structures under various loading conditions. These sensors measure forces in multiple directions, enabling engineers to identify potential weaknesses, assess structural integrity, and optimize designs.

Multi-axis sensors offer several technical advantages for structural testing compared to traditional single-axis load cells. Interface’s 2-axis, 3-axis, and 6-axis load cells are all excellent options for structural testing.

TIP:  Use the new Interface Multi-Axis Selection Guide to evaluate the different designs, capacities, and capabilities quickly.

Primary Benefits of Using Multi-Axis Load Cells for Structural Testing

  • Extensive data acquisition: The primary advantage of multi-axis sensors is they can simultaneously measure forces in multiple directions, thoroughly analyzing the force distribution on a structure.
  • Improvements to structural design: The data obtained from multi-axis sensors can be used to refine structural design models, leading to more robust, efficient, and safe structures.
  • Reduction in complexity: Multi-axis load cells can replace multiple single-axis load cells, simplifying test setups and reducing the required data channels. The benefits are saving time during test setup and data analysis.
  • High accuracy: Multi-axis load cells are designed to minimize crosstalk between axes, ensuring accurate measurements even when forces are applied in multiple directions, which is critical in structural test data.
  • Early detection of structural issues: Using multi-axis sensors can help to identify subtle changes in structural behavior that may indicate early signs of damage or deterioration, allowing for timely intervention.
  • Versatile measurement device: Multi-axis load cells are used in various structural testing applications, including complex force distributions and dynamic loading conditions, making them versatile tools for structural and civil engineers.
  • Compact form factor: Interface multi-axis load cells are dimensionally suited for testing structures with limited space constraints.

During the Inventive Multi-Axis and Instrumentation Webinar, our application engineers shared significant technical benefits of multi-axis sensors. Watch the full recorded technical seminar here.

  • Improved understanding of reaction loads at boundary conditions
  • Transmissive loads through DUT
  • Bending and side loads
  • Force vector and center of force
  • Boundary load condition verification
  • Expansion of existing test methods

Applications of Multi-Axis Sensors in Structural Testing

Structural health monitoring: These sensors are used to continuously monitor the condition of structures, identifying early signs of damage or deterioration.

Bridge testing: Multi-axis sensors measure bridges’ load distribution and stress levels during various loading scenarios, ensuring their structural integrity.

Aircraft testing: These sensors measure aircraft structures’ aerodynamic forces and vibration response, ensuring their safety and performance.

Civil engineering testing: Multi-axis sensors are employed in testing a wide range of civil engineering structures, including buildings, dams, and offshore platforms. Visit: Infrastructure Solutions

Multi-axis load cells are an ideal technical solution for structural testing because they can simultaneously measure forces in multiple directions, reduce complexity, and improve accuracy. These versatile sensors can be used in structural testing and ongoing structural monitoring.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Multi-Axis Sensor Application Notes

Interface Solutions for Structural Testing

Structural Testing Overview

Modernizing Infrastructure with Interface Sensor Technologies

Interface and Infrastructure Markets Form a Perfect Partnership

Electric Vehicle Structural Battery Testing

Outlining Force Solutions for Structural Outrigging

Performance Structural Loading

Rocket Structure Testing

 

Digging Into Interface Mining Industry Solutions

Sensors are integral to ensuring the safety of mines, including underground, open surface, placer, dredging, highwall, mountaintop, and in-situ. However, one of the most valuable uses for Interface sensor technologies is assuring that equipment is adequately tested, controlled, and monitored to ensure safe operations.

The mining industry is wrought with hazards and extreme environments that can put a job site at risk and, more critically, endanger miners’ lives. Mining equipment and tools manufacturers turn to Interface for various transducers designed for use in unique and hazardous environments. These measurement instruments are essential in meeting the rising safety requirements of the mining industry and significantly improve the quality and reliability of mining equipment.

Interface force and torque measurement products help to efficiently and safely extract and process metals, gemstones, limestone, chalk, coal, oil shale, dimension stone, rock salt, potash, gravel, and clay.

Interface products are essential for designing, testing, and utilizing mining equipment, machines, components, and systems. Our load cells, instrumentation, torque transducers, multi-axis sensors, load shackles, and tension links are used in tools and equipment for the mining industry.

The data gathered from Interface measurement solutions ultimately helps monitor the mine’s structural supports, optimize digging and lifting processes, reduce wear and tear on equipment, and prevent overloading, which can lead to costly downtime and maintenance. This data is typically gathered throughout one of two stages of the product cycle: during thorough product testing or while monitoring the product in real-time. The mining industry heavily utilizes both use cases.

For example, Interface load cells are used for conveyor systems, which rely on force measurement to monitor the tension and load on conveyor belts. Load cells can also be installed on mining shovels, draglines, and excavators to measure the load on the buckets or booms.

Excavator Test and Measurement Applications

Load cells and torque transducers are used to test the performance of excavators. This includes testing the excavator’s digging force, lifting capacity, and swing torque. An Interface load cell can accurately measure the force exerted by the excavator’s bucket as it digs into the ground. The measurement data provides information to determine if the excavator has sufficient digging force to complete the task. Our torque transducers are helpful in accurately measuring the swing torque of the excavator to assess that there is adequate torque to swing the boom and bucket safely and efficiently.

Mining Equipment Design and Testing

Load cells and torque transducers are valuable in the design of mining and excavation equipment. The precision of Interface’s LowProfile Load Cells accurately measures the forces acting on different parts of the equipment, such as the boom, bucket, and undercarriage. The measurement data during extensive testing can also help determine how to optimize the equipment. Our Mini Load Cells, like the SSMH Sealed Hazardous Environment Intrinsically Safe S-Type Load Cell, can be integrated into mining equipment and tools for continuous monitoring and safety alarms to protect from overloading. Torque transducers can measure the torque requirements of different equipment components, such as the rotary drive and swing drive. This information can be used to design more powerful and efficient components.

Monitoring the Safety and Regulation of Cranes

Mining operations worldwide rely on cranes, lifting equipment, and heavy-duty vehicles. This equipment requires rigorous testing of every component and continuous monitoring to safeguard the equipment and, more importantly, operators.

In this video application, the customer verified if the crane is safe and functional enough to lift its working load limit (WLL) or safe working load (SWL) capacity. Using the Interface Model WTSATL-JR Aluminum Compact Wireless Tension Link Load Cell, they can measure the load’s maximum capacity. The WTS-RM1 Wireless Relay Output Receiver Modules can also trigger an alarm that can be set when it reaches the maximum capacity of weight and force. The data is transmitted and can be reviewed with the WTS-BS-1-HS Wireless Handheld Display or on a computer.

See how our measurement solutions are used for crane capacity verification.

Interface offers an intrinsically safe lineup of products designed for rugged and extreme conditions that are of great value in the mining industry. These specialized load cells and force measurement solutions are designed and manufactured so that the materials and electronic components are safe for use in hazardous gas and dust environments when installed per applicable installation instructions. These components play an integral role in the safety of those working in dangerous environments, particularly in natural resource industries like oil, gas, forestry, and mining.

To learn more about our products used in the mining and natural resource industries, contact Interface Application Engineers. They are ready to answer your questions and find the correct measurement solution for your requirements.

Force Measurement Tips Related to Data Acquisition Systems

A data acquisition (DAQ) system consists of hardware and software components designed to collect, process, and analyze data from various sources and convert it into digital format for further analysis and storage. Based on the growing requirements to gather more data faster, Interface continues to add to our line of data acquisition systems to use with our load cells, torque transducers, and multi-axis sensors. These systems are designed for comprehensive force and torque measurement data collection and analysis.

Is more data, with easy integration and high accuracy, your objective? Working with our team of application engineers, we can assist you in pairing the best data acquisition system with your specific transducers. Considering the options, our team of experts offers these five essential bits of advice.

Data Acquisition Systems Tips for Test & Measurement

Select the Right Data Acquisition System

Choosing a data acquisition system compatible with your specific force measurement devices and application requirements is crucial. Consider factors such as sensor type, measurement range, accuracy, resolution, sampling rate (considering your over-sampling requirements), and connectivity options. In addition, the size and form factors can be critical to an application.

Proper Sensor Installation and Calibration

Proper sensor installation and calibration are critical for accurate force measurements. Follow the guidelines for sensor installation, including correct mounting, alignment, and wiring. Ensure that the load cell is calibrated according to established procedures and standards and that the calibration is regularly verified to maintain measurement accuracy. Proper sensor installation and calibration help eliminate potential sources of measurement errors.

Signal Conditioning and Filtering

Signal conditioning and filtering techniques are essential for optimizing the quality of the acquired force data. Signal conditioning involves amplification, offsets (zeroing), filtering, and linearization of the sensor output signal. Filtering techniques, such as anti-aliasing filters, IIR, or FIR, can help reduce noise and unwanted signals, ensuring accurate and reliable force measurements.

Data Validation and Analysis

Implement data validation techniques, such as range checking, outlier detection, and data integrity checks, to identify and correct potential data errors or anomalies. Analyze the acquired data using appropriate statistical and data analysis techniques to extract meaningful insights and make informed decisions based on the force measurement data. Be sure to select a force measurement device that is highly accurate and of superior quality.

System Maintenance and Calibration

Regular system maintenance, including sensor calibration and system validation, is crucial for reliable and accurate force measurements. Follow Interface’s recommendations for system maintenance, including sensor cleaning, inspection, and calibration intervals. Regular calibration and validation of the data acquisition system and force measurement devices help ensure the system remains accurate and reliable.

For additional information about Interface data acquisition solutions, watch the Unlocking the Power of DAQ webinar.

Popular Interface Data Acquisition Instruments

BX8 Data Acquisition Series

BX8-AS BlueDAQ Series Data Acquisition System with Industrial Enclosure

BX8-HD15 BlueDAQ Series Data Acquisition System for Discreet Sensors with Lab Enclosure

BX8-HD44 BlueDAQ Series Data Acquisition System for Multi-Axis Sensors with Lab Enclosure

Features & Benefits

  • 8-Channel synchronized sampling + TWO encoder/pulse channels
  • Strain gage, mV/V, ±10VDC, and PT1000 temperature inputs
  • Internal calculation of axis load values for 6-axis sensors
  • Active scaling of analog outputs according to internal calculations
  • ±5V, ±10V, 4-20mA, and 0-20 mA outputs
  • 48K samples/sec/channel, 24-bit internal resolution
  • USB connection to PC, Includes graphing and logging software
  • Excitation sense
  • Strain gage Full, 1/2, and 1/4 bridge, including bridge completion
  • TEDS compatible, ZERO button for 8-channel simultaneous tare, 16 digital I/O
  • Galvanic isolation: Analog input, analog output, digital I/O, USB
  • EtherCAT and CANbus/CANopen options
  • Enclosure Options

BSC4 Digital DAQ Model

BSC4D Multi-Channel Digital PC Interface and Data Acquisition Instrument

Features & Benefits

  • USB outputs
  • Four independent channels
  • For use with model 3AXX series 3-axis load cells
  • It can be used with up to any four standard load cells (with mV/V output)
  • mV/V, +/-5V, +/-10V, PT1000
  • Strain gage quarter/half and full bridges
  • 120, 350 & 1000 Ohm bridge completion
  • Limit frequency 450 Hz
  • Eight digital inputs/outputs

Use Cases for Data Acquisition Systems in Test & Measurement

Robotic Surgery Force Feedback using DAQ System

A biomechanical medical company wants to test its robotic arm’s force, torque, and tactile feedback for invasive surgery. The robotic arm mirrors the surgeon’s movements during surgery, and all haptic force feedback must be measured to ensure safety during invasive surgery. Several of Interface’s force and torque measurement products have been used on this robotic arm, including the ConvexBT Load Button Load Cell, SMTM Micro S-Type Load Cell, and the MRTP Miniature Overload Protected Flange Style Reaction Torque Transducer. Force results are collected when connected to the BX8 8-Channel Data Acquisition and Amplifier and viewed when attached to the laptop.

Material Tensile Testing using Data Acquisition Instrumentation

A customer wants to conduct a tensile force test on different samples and materials until failure. Materials include plastic, steel, or woven fabric. They want to measure tensile strength, yield strength, and yield stress. Interface’s 1200 Standard Precision LowProfile™ Load Cell is installed into the customer’s test frame. The tensile test is conducted, and force results captured by the load cell and extensometer are synced. These results can be displayed on a PC with supplied software.

Planetary Sample Collecting

As space exploration continues to grow and evolve, more robotic systems are created to collect samples of objects and materials on planetary surfaces. Robotic arms with sampling tools must be tested for scooping, drilling, and collecting samples. Interface’s Model 6A40 6-Axis Load Cell can be installed between the flange and the sample collecting tool. When connected to the BX8-HD44 Data Acquisition, the customer can receive force and torque measurements when connected to their control system using BlueDAQ software. Interface’s 6A40-6 Axis Load Cell could measure all forces and torques (Fx, Fʏ, Fz, Mx, Mʏ, Mz.) The BXB-HD44 Data Acquisition could log, display, and graph measurements while sending scaled analog output signals for these axes to the customer’s robot control system.

Learn more about your DAQ system options using Interface’s Data AQ Packs Guide.

Universal Load Cells 101

In the force measurement testing world, versatility has tremendous value. That is why some of Interface’s most popular products are designed to provide adaptability for a broad spectrum of testing and force monitoring processes.

These products are engineered for universal use cases, from standard tension and compression LowProfile Load Cells to Interface’s multi-axis sensors that can measure up to 6 axes for additional data.

Universal load cells can measure both tension and compression forces in testing and monitoring applications. Universal load cells provide the ability to capture data on both forces. They are designed for a broad scope of force or weight measurement applications such as weighing scales, material testing machines, and industrial automation equipment.

These load cells are ideal for installations where the load may change from tension to compression. Universal load cells also suit various product and material destructive testing as they are robust and easily mounted in various applications.

Top Benefits of Universal Load Cells

Range of Standard Capacities: Universal load cells are diverse in dimension and capacities. From miniatures like our model ULC, which is the world’s most accurate ultra-low capacity tension and compression load cell measuring loads from 0.1 to 2 N (10.2 grams to 500 gmf) to 1000 Series High Capacity Fatigue Rated LowProfile Load Cell capable of measuring tension and compression over a million pounds of force, Interface has a range of universal options. The requirements of any testing program will define the type of load cell.

Versatility: Universal load cells can measure force in multiple directions, including compression, tension, and shear forces.

Adaptable Accessories: Universal load cells can be used with various accessories and fixtures to suit specific applications. This includes bases, mounting hardware, adapters, cables and protective enclosures. Wireless sensor options are in high demand for universal load cells.

Engineered to Order: Interface offers engineered to order and customization of our load cells to further the application use and flexibility of use.

Products such as universal load cells appeal to highly regulated industries like aerospace, defense, automotive, and industrial automation. In controlled testing, engineers must meet stringent performance measurement standards for components, equipment, and machinery.

Another area in which universal load cells stand out is in material testing. Measuring tension and compression provides critical force data when testing a material that will be used in system that needs to be both strong and flexible for safety and quality purposes.

One of Interface’s most popular load cell model, the 1200 series, is universal. For example, Interface’s Model 1200 and 1201 Series IO-Link Universal Load Cells are pancake style load cells which are IO-Link compatible with an open standard serial communication protocol that allows for the bi-directional exchange of data from sensors and devices.  We also offer a 1200 and 1201 Series 3-Wire Amplified Universal Load Cell.

Features and benefits of the 1200 and 1201 Series IO-Link Universal Load Cell include:

  • Proprietary Interface strain gages
  • Temperature compensated
  • Eccentric load compensated
  • Low deflection
  • Shunt calibration
  • Tension and compression
  • Compact size
  • 3-wire internal amp choice of 4-20 mA, ±5V, ±10V, 0-5V, 0-10V

Patient Hoyer Lift

A Hoyer lift is used to move patients. A medical equipment manufacturer would like a force system to weigh disabled patients and measure the maximum force when using the equipment. Interface’s WTS 1200 Precision LowProfile Wireless Load Cell is attached to the top of the Hoyer lift. The tension and compression force results are wirelessly transmitted to the medical personal’s computer through the WTS-BS-6 Wireless Telemetry Dongle Base Station. Interface’s wireless force system was able to measure the amount of weight a patient while also clarifying the maximum capacity the Hoyer lift can hold during use. Read more about this application here.

If you need a little more flexibility in your testing and monitoring system, Interface universal load cells may be a great option for you.  The choice of a specific load cell will depend on factors such as the required load capacity, accuracy, environmental conditions, and signal compatibility with the rest of the measurement or control system.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Interface 101 Series

Wireless Telemetry Systems 101

Load Cell Sensitivity 101

LowProfile Load Cells 101

ITCA Tension and Compression Load Cell