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Why should I use semiconductor strain gauge load cells as opposed to foil gauge units?

Check out our in-depth article comparing semiconductor strain gauges to foil gauges for a detailed explanation of the benefits a semiconductor gauge provides.

What is the minimum wrap angle?

While 20 to 30 degrees is recommended, less is definitely possible, depending on the application.

Can I use these in “Hazardous Areas”?

You must use intrinsically safe barrier blocks.

Can these be washed down?


Can they be used in “Clean Room Environments”?


Are these load cells intrinsically safe?


What excitation voltage do these load cells use?

+/- 2.5 VDC or 5 VDC

What is the minimum tension I can measure?

1% of the load rating.

What is the maximum tension I can measure?

110% of the load rating

Can you make a special pulley for us?

Yes. We can custom design a pulley to meet your precise specifications.

How do I install a R-Series Load Cell?

Because R Series Load Cells are customized to your specification installation instructions will be discussed at the time of order.

How do I calibrate my R-Series Load Cell?

All calibration is done in the Controller/Amplifier

How do I test resistance?

Measure resistance between pins 1 and 2 and 1 and 3. These readings should be between 80 and 120 ohms and within 10 ohms of each other.

How do I invert the load cell signal?

Reverse the Excitation Signal wires.

How do I invert the signal to reverse connector orientation?

Reverse the Excitation Signal wires.

How do I test operation?

Apply a force in the load direction and monitor mV reading on the signal wire.

How do I change my load cell connector from 6 pin to 4 pin?

We advise that you Contact Us to go over the details of how to rewire your connector to 4 pin from 6 pin to ensure proper connections.

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