Strain Gauge Load Cell Designs From Cardinal Scale Manufacturing

cardinal scale strain gauge load cellEvery now and then we are asked if there are any Made in the USA strain gauge load cells available and the answer is yes, in fact we wrote about that not too long ago, you can click here to see that article. Today I wanted to look at several of the load cell designs that are available from Cardinal that distributors like Central Carolina Scale sell everyday. Of course, load cells convert force into an electrical signal and are a very important part of things like hanging scales, truck scales, floor scales, and many other medical or industrial weighing systems. The load cell sensor detects force and moves the strain gauge, which then measures the movement as an electrical signal that can be used to give power to the scale.

Located in Webb City Missouri, Cardinal Scale Mfg. is one of the largest load cell and strain gauge manufacturers in the U.S. with their own state-of-the-art load cell manufacturing facility. Cardinal features a wide variety of USA-made load cells for use with all weighing systems. From powerful aluminum alloy electronic load cells to durable stainless steel load cells, each model is available in a range of capacities.

The AG load cells from Cardinal are designed for the agricultural industry. Featuring durable alloy steel, polyurethane sheathed cables, and potted sealed strain gauges protected by steel shroud, these Made in America Ag bar shear beam cells can stand up against rain, snow, dust, mud or anything else mother nature can dish out. The four-point scale system quickly installs beneath mixers, tanks or other containers, trailer and truck mounted structures, or even to support pallets or platforms for other farm weighing requirements. Capacity options include 750 lb, 7,500 lb and 18,000 lb.

The Bellows Type cell features American-made stainless steel construction, welded bellow seals, perfect for harsh environments, ideal for low profile platforms, hanging scales, hopper and packaging scales or other applications in the medical, industrial and process weighing fields. NTEP legal-for-trade and OIML certified. Capacity options include 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 kilograms.

Meanwhile, the CenterPoint Shear Beam load cell features American-made stainless steel construction, center-load double-ended shear beam load cells, environmentally-sealed to weather all conditions, precision engineering, perfect for light to heavy mounting assemblies. Capacities range from 2,500 to 50,000 pounds.

Compression cells from Cardinal are American-made, heavy-duty stainless steel construction, environmentally sealed against caustic, corrosive, wet environments, perfect for truck scales, railroad track scales, and heavy-duty tank weighing systems. NTEP legal-for-trade and OIML certified. Capacities range from 22,680 to 90,720 kg.

Compact Compression cells are Cardinal Scale’s 50,000 lb capacity, heavy-capacity, compact CBC series compression load cells are ideal for multiple load cell weighing applications such as truck scales and heavy-duty tank weighing systems. They feature anti-rotation pivot inserts. These load cells are fabricated from stainless steel to provide the ultimate in protection when caustic, corrosive or wet environments are encountered. Cardinal Scale’s USA-made, 50,000-lb/22,500-kg capacity, compact CBC series compression load cells are ideal for multiple load cell weighing applications such as truck scales and heavy-duty tank weighing systems. They feature anti-rotation pivot inserts. These load cells are fabricated from stainless steel to provide the ultimate in protection when caustic, corrosive or wet environments are encountered. The CBC series load cells are environmentally-sealed IP68 with a welded stainless steel cup for absolute water protection in rugged environments. Each load cell is furnished with a 75 foot integral multi-conductor cable secured by a strain relief seal. NTEP legal for commercial trade.

The Cardinal Double-Ended Shear Beam features heavy duty stainless steel construction, environmentally sealed for water protection in corrosive, caustic and wet environments, ideal in multiple load cell applications, each cell furnished with 10 m integral multi conductor cable, NTEP legal for trade and OIML certified. Available in 50,000 or 75,000 lb capacities.

The Cardinal Light Shear Beam are Made in USA stainless steel load cells, environmentally sealed against caustic and corrosive hazards, low-profile design, waterproof sealant, temperature change resistance, OIML certified. Available capacities include 125, 250, 500 and 1250 kg.

Standard Shear Beam load cells feature high-grade stainless steel construction, protection against caustic, corrosive environments, welded close, superior waterproofing, NTEP legal-for-trade and OIML certified. Available in capacities of 1130, 2260, 4500 and 9000 kg. The Cardinal model SB shear beam load cell is great for a variety of applications, such as low profile platform scales, tank and hopper weighing, and other process control systems. Constructed of high-grade stainless steel, these load cells offers strength and protection from caustic or corrosive environments. Provided with the load cell are mounting holes for securing the cell, and a 6 m integral multi-conductor shielded cable secured by a compression strain relief seal. These cells are welded closed, providing superior waterproofing, while remaining flexible over the life of the load cell. NTEP legal-for-trade and OIML certified.

Cardinal Single Point load cells feature aircraft-quality aluminum construction in lighter capacity models and stainless steel in heavier capacity models, direct platform mount possible, minimal parts, maximum performance, threaded mounting hole, 7-ft-long integral cable. Available in 6, 10, 15, 25, 50, 100, 200, 500, and 1,000 lb capacities. The Cardinal SP single point load cell is manufactured for light to medium capacity weighing operations such as bench or counter scales. The SP models 6L through 100L are fabricated from aircraft-quality aluminum and feature standard measurement threads; while the SP models 200LM through 1000LM are fabricated from stainless steel and feature metric threads. The load cell can be mounted directly to the weighing platform, thereby eliminating flexures, pivots, bearings and mechanical levers. Includes 7-ft-long integral multiconductor cable secured by a strain relief seal.

Aluminum Tension load cells from Cardinal feature Made in USA aircraft-quality aluminum alloy construction, dependable and accurate, ideal for suspension weighing applications, and threaded holes on each end for hanger assemblies (also available in metric threads on most models). NTEP legal-for-trade. Available capacities range from 50 pounds or 22.68 kilograms up to 1,000 pounds or 453.6 kilograms. Cardinal Scales model Z aluminum tension load cells are ideally suited for single load cell tension applications. Fabricated from aircraft-quality aluminum alloy, this cell offers a cost-effective solution to many tension applications. Each load cell has threaded holes on each end for hanger assemblies (metric threads available on most models) and a strain relief seal. These load cells are potted with a proprietary sealant that provides for superior water protection and, at the same time, remains flexible over the life of the strain gauge load cell.

If you are in the market for a Cardinal Scale Mfg strain gauge load cell or perhaps a complete weighing system including: load cells, indicator, mounting hardware, junction box, summing board and more — contact the sales team at Central Carolina Scale. We are one of the top dealers in North America for Cardinal Scale. Our phone number is 919-776-7737 and our website is www.centralcarolinascale.com