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.