Load cells are an important piece of measuring equipment that can help you when it comes to checking weights, loads, and identifying what other lifting equipment you need to do the task at hand.

The team at Lifting Equipment Store (LES) always want to make sure that you have the right equipment and accessories to do your task at hand effectively. This piece of measuring equipment can be a fundamental part of your lifting tasks at hand and a great accompaniment to your existing range of lifting equipment.

That's why in this article we're going to outline what load cells are, the benefits they can have for your business, and the different varieties that are available for you to choose from.

If at any point in this article you've got questions on how this piece of equipment can help your business specifically, you can contact a member of the LES team who will be happy to help you.

What are load cells?

These items are used in everyday life for a number of businesses and you will likely have come across one, if you're in an industry where you're around lifting equipment, and might not have even noticed this piece of measuring equipment.

It usually comes as a surprise to many people that they are often used in modern weighing scales and other items that convert energy into an electrical signal.

This measuring equipment can provide you with a more permanent load monitoring solution and is often rigged with Lifting Shackles to offer a low headroom and lightweight device that is engineered to handle immense pressure. 

You can get one in several formats from standard wired types to long-range wireless models, ATEX models, Shackle, Compression, as well as more bespoke designs such as the S-Beam Load Cell which is the preference for OEM applications, all of which we go into more detail about below.

In technical terms, a load cell is a force gauge that consists of a transducer that is used to create an electrical signal whose magnitude is directly proportional to the force being measured. Thus, giving you a measurable electrical output.

This measuring tool is great for your team to understand what weights are being lifted with accuracy which means it's also a great tool when considering the health and safety of your team or any individuals such as customers in the vicinity. It gives you a reading to better gauge how heavy the items are and, usually, with higher weights come higher risks to health and safety in the workplace.

Benefits you can get from using

Now you understand what a load cell is, it's important for you to know the benefits of this piece of equipment so you understand if this is a product that can help your business and if you need to purchase one.

We've put below an overview of the benefits you can get from using this piece of equipment. Please consider what you will be using it with as you will not be able to get all benefits at the same time depending on its application.

  • Rugged and compact construction
  • Lightweight
  • Portable 
  • No moving parts
  • Highly Accurate
  • Wide range of measurement
  • Can be used for static and dynamic loading
  • Health and safety for the team knowing what's being lifted

Examples of different variations

You now have a solid understanding of what this measuring equipment is and the benefits you can get from using it in your business. However, you might still be asking yourself questions on how this accurate reading tool works.

You can see a number of examples below that illustrate how this measurement tool can help you with lifting loads to the right measurement and safely. All of the examples you're going to see are available for you to purchase on the website under the section 'Load Cells'.

Straightpoint Wireless and Cabled Digital Display HHP

This example is handheld, rugged, and very hard-wearing with a digital display that has a broad range of features and is suitable for all your straight point products.

This measuring equipment has features that include selectable units of measure (tonnes, lbs, kg and kN), has an overload alarm counter which keeps it in line with the highest standards of safety and quality control, and has a range of up to 700 meters.

Tractel Dynafor LLZ2 Load Indicator

This example uses a strain gauge sensor as it's designed for use between shackles or brackets showing how you can get versions for different applications in your workplace. 

This particular measuring equipment has units that operate in all positions for forces measurement and vertically for load checking and measurement which allows you to be sure of the weight you're lifting. 

 

Yale TZL Crane Weigher (without remote control) Range 0-20 tonnes

This premium example from Yale is one of high quality that comes with extremely compact units perfectly engineered for the weighing of loads ranging from 0 to 20 Tonnes depending on the model you go on to choose.

This particular product, like a number of others available, has a digital display for your team to easily read the loads while having the ability to show either the net or gross load to ensure you and your team are kept safe and reduces the chance of overloading and leading to personal, property, or goods damage.

Due to its unique and flexible design, the TZL load indicators can be used for a wide variety of applications. For example, you can use it as a standard crane scale or for measuring the force of a rigging structure.

Do you need them for your business?

You've now got an understanding of what this piece of measuring equipment is and how it can help your business with getting precise readings on your business or its customer's lifting projects.

What we haven't covered is how this measuring equipment can be used specifically for your business and you might now be thinking that you need this item, however, don't know which one is the best for your current business challenge.

If you want a better understanding of how this measuring equipment can help your business or which one is best suited to your current project, please contact an experienced member of the LES team today.