Common Load Cell Terms for Better Understanding

Comptrol makes complete systems for measuring and maintaining the tension of materials. The more you know about the process, the better position you will be in to make important decisions for your company. Not everyone understands the basic principles behind load cells, and this is especially true when it comes to the tension load cell. Here is a quick guide to things like load cells, amplifiers, sensors, and transducers.

What Is A Load Cell?

Load cells measure force applied to an item, and then turns the measurement into electrical signals that can be easily understood (a digital readout on a scale for example).

Why Use a Load Cell Amplifier?

An amplifier measures the load cell signal and calculates a specific value to be used for tension control.

What is a Load Cell Transducer?

Transducers have the ability to take an analog signal, such as a signal from an LVDT (Linear Variable Differential Transformer) device, and turn it into a digital signal that a microprocessor can read to provide digital readings.

By using a load cell sensor and load cell amplifier with other equipment, you can create a tension control system that automatically keeps controlled tension on material, on a roll, in a manufacturing process.

Now that you know a little more about tension load cell technology, take a look at some of the options from Comptrol. You can click on the various tabs to see the different series and manual downloads are also available.

Tension Cells

 

ModelModelMax Load CapacityMax Output
per Unit
MountingShaft Support
Series 20 Tensioncell BB20 20 3.0 VDC Side Rotating Shaft Non-Rotating
Series 20 Tensioncell BC20 20 3.0 VDC Side Rotating Shaft Non-Rotating
Series 30 Tensioncell BA30 500 3.0 VDC Side Sheave / Pulley
Series 30 Tensioncell BB30 500 3.0 VDC Side Non-Rotating Shaft
Series 30 Tensioncell BC30 500 3.0 VDC Side Rotating Shaft
Series 36 Tensioncell BC36 500 3.0 VDC Side Rotating Shaft
Series 40 Tensioncell H40 500 3.0 VDC Base N/A
Series 40 Tensioncell C41 500 3.0 VDC Base Rotating Shaft
Series 40 Tensioncell C42 500 3.0 VDC Base Rotating Shaft
Series 40 Tensioncell P43 500 3.0 VDC Base Rotating Shaft
Series 40 Tensioncell Q43 500 3.0 VDC Base Rotating Shaft
Series 40 Tensioncell R43 500 3.0 VDC Base Rotating Shaft
Series 150 Tensioncell BRT151 750 3.0 VDC Base (UPB) Under Pillow Block Pillow Block
Series 150 Tensioncell BRT156 1250 3.0 VDC Base (UPB) Under Pillow Block Pillow Block
Series 150 Tensioncell BRT157 1500 3.0 VDC Base (UPB) Under Pillow Block Pillow Block
Series 150 Tensioncell BRT158 2000 3.0 VDC Base (UPB) Under Pillow Block Pillow Block
Series 150 Tensioncell BRT159 2500 3.0 VDC Base (UPB) Under Pillow Block Pillow Block