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    Load Cell Installation and Requirements

    Installation quality of load cells is decided by horizontal and vertical placement and height adjustment. In many use scenarios of electronic weighing instruments, it is observed that some weighing instruments are not bought from one professional manufacturer but from different manufacturers. Due to a lack of overall consideration, these weighing instruments might easily encounter different problems, including installation process, requirements of bolts and place limiting stopper.

    I. Installation process

    1. Horizontally
    As to load cells installed horizontally, there is the shear beam load cell, cantilever beam load cell, low profile load cell, ring load cell, parallel beam load cell, etc. In the installation process, the foundation is required to be flat and the function surface should be horizontal. Therefore, we point out in the basic drawing that the height difference of various weighing points should not exceed 3mm, and the flatness of the single basic plate should not be larger than 1/500.
    Compression load cell installed horizontally

    2. Vertically
    As to load cells installed vertically, there is the columnar type load cell, s type load cell, tension load cell, etc. However, no matter which product structure is adopted, its functioning axis must be parallel to the axis of the loader and vertical to the basic horizontal plane. To components with inconsistent installation standards, if the installation dimension chain does not design an open loop for adjustment, they may be out of control.

    3. Height adjustment
    As to 'height adjustment', it means that multiple basic plates are impossible to stay on the same plane in the process of construction, and the supporting points of the loader are unlikely to be processed on the same plane. In this way, when multiple load cells are installed, the weight of loaders are impossible to fully function on load cells. The certain number of gaskets must be added for adjustment. The gaskets for height adjustment must be added between the upper padding plate and the loader's supporting plate, and the bolt should be used to fasten the two parts. It should be absolutely forbidden to put the gaskets at the bottom of the load cells. After load cells are put on basic plates, none fixation can be made, and we can just rely on static friction between the load cells' lower padding plate and basic plate to limit its horizontal movement. If the gaskets are adjusted between them, the static friction will become smaller, thus resulting in horizontal movement of load cells, thus influencing their measurement performance.

    II. Installation requirements of bolts

    Load cells, either installed on the loaders or on the basic structures, must ensure the fixation points are not loosened after the weight is exerted on the bearing points. Therefore, the fixation points must adopt materials for bolts, and the diameter and pre-tightening force torque should follow strict requirements. The torque can be calculated by T=kdF (where k=0.2).

    Pre-tightening force F Diameter
    M8 M10 M12 M16 M20 M24 M27 M30 M36
    Strength grade Common grade 5.6 770 1220 1770 3300 5130 7400 9600 11800 17100
    Common grade 6.6 920 1450 2110 3950 6170 8900 11500 14100 20500
    High strength grade 8.8 1640 2590 3760 6000 11000 15800 20500 25100 36500
    High strength grade 10.9 2300 3650 5300 9900 15400 20200 28800 35500 51400

    Elastic elements of the s are, before leaving the factory, fastened by the high strength grade bolts to a bracket firmly by the electronic wrench with certain torque. Therefore, the shear beam load cells are convenient to use in different scenarios. However, if the cantilever beam load cells, particularly those with a large tonnage like 20 ton, must be installed on site, it is much harder.
    Shear beam load cell fastened to a bracket

    III. The requirement for limiting stopper

    Limiting stopper issues relate to limiting stopper of weighing instruments include limiting methods, stopper interval, stopper strength and stopper installation process. The stopper mechanism is an inconspicuous part of the electronic weighing instrument. Therefore, designers seldom design why clients need certain structural form and how the weighing instrument designed differs from personally-designed products. As a result, many unnecessary troubles have been caused.

    1. Stopper installation methods
    Stopper installation methods mainly include using the indenter method and using the constrained module method.

    Indenter Rigid lug boss
    Inserting block
    Steel ball
    Swing column
    Flexible Rubber buffer
    Rubber bearing
    Hydraulic buffer
    Spring buffer
    Constrained module - Pull rod
    Steel plate
    Wire rope
    Robertsville module
    Original module

    2. Stopper interval
    The purpose of designing the stopper devices is to reduce the displacement of loaders to achieve the goal of reducing the eccentric load of load cell and improving accuracy of weighing controller. From this perspective, the smaller the interval of the stopper devices is, the better. Affected by manufacturing quality, installation quality, and expansion and contraction upon temperature changes, the interval of using indenter stopper should be proper. The restrictive stoppers leave no displacement for the loader. Under some conditions, it is necessary to add prestressing force onto stopper devices in some products, under the prerequisite of not influencing all load value on the loaders of load cells.

    3. Stopper strength
    To select the right strength of stopper devices should be based on the use status of weighing instruments. The strength of stopper devices of weighing instruments for dynamic weighing should be raised slightly. The weighing instruments for static weighing, particularly when the horizontal impact is small with objects loaded on the weighing instrument, the strength of the stopper devices should be smaller.

    4. Stopper installation
    Horizontal and vertical placement of the stopper should not be ignored during the installation process, particularly the restrictive stopper mechanism. When the stopper installation is not on the same axis, it will bring new components to the load cell, thus influencing normal transmission of its measurement outcomes.

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