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Force Measurement Products

Force Measurement Products

Mark-10, Intercomp and Dillon lines of force measurement items are available. The Dillon force gauge is a self contained measurement device that monitors forces and or weights that push or pull on its built-in load cell. The measurement appears on its digital readout in any unit of measure desired. The instruments are constantly monitoring for peak loads in tension and compression. New Dillon force gauges are available in a wide assortment of capacities from 5 to 2500 N (1.1 to 550 lb / 0.5 to 250 kg). Mark-10 digital force gauges can be used in a virtually limitless number of tension and compression testing applications. All force gauges are able to capture the peak force in both tension and compression and have selectable units of measurement. Force gauge capacities are available from 50 gF full scale to 1,000 lbF, the broadest range in the industry. Mark-10 force gauges may be handheld or used with a test stand and gripping fixtures to create a complete testing solution. Also see Wire Terminal Pull Tester Model WT3-200. The WT3-200 wire terminal pull tester is designed to measure the pull-off force of wire and tube terminations. An ergonomic lever allows for easy application of up to 200 lbF (1000 N) of pull force. Adjustable wire terminal grip contains multiple slots for wire diameters up to AWG 3 (0.25 in [6.3 mm]).
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    Dillon CT Manual Test StandDillon CT Manual Test Stand applies Tension and Compression Loads. Improves Testing Consistency at ultra-affordable prices and accommodates Dillon and Competitive Force Gauges.
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    Dillon GL Force Gauge Dillon GL Force Gauge is the best equipped force gauge found in its price range, including features such as serial output, backlight, die-cast enclosure, carry case and more. Includes - Hook, plate, cone point, chisel, inverted chisel, extension rod, carry case, batteries, charger, user's manual, calibration card
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    Intercomp Force Measurement Test StandsIntercomp offers fully automated testing stands to make the calibration process as simple as possible. They also offer portable Low Capacity Manual Test Stands which features a digital readout for force and travel and rates springs up to 2" in diameter or medium springs up to 6" in diameter.
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    Mark-10 Ergonomics Test Kit Model MKErgonomics Testing Kit has compact design, easy to hold. Simple & accurate job task analysis & ergonomic testing. ADA compliance, workplace design, ergonomic studies. Measure in: kg, lb, N. Flat, curved & square padded attachments mount directly to the force gauge for musculoskeletal strength analysis.
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    Chatillon DFS II R Series Digital Force GaugesChatillon DFS II R Series is available with a remote SLC load cell, dedicated to the unit to offer the ability to test in locations where a fixed and integral load cell is impractical. This digital force gauge is available with gauge only or with load cell adding the flexibility of having one base indicator to meet different testing needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the accurate measurement of force so important?

Many different industries around the globe use force gauges for important reasons. For instance:

  • Testing the strength of certain materials used in the construction of structures is vital before building. This could be windows or siding that is designed to handle a certain amount of force from wind or inclement weather. It may also refer to the sturdiness of handrails.
  • When transporting goods through the supply chain, measuring how much force the object can take will help you with logistics and efficiency when loading items for shipping.
  • Before they can hit the market, new items need to be tested to make sure they are safe and durable with our use over time.

Keep in mind that these are only a couple of many uses for measuring force. What would happen if the measurements were off? How would it impact the construction or safety of our buildings - and ourselves?

The accurate measurement of force is very important.

Are there different types of force gauges?

Yes, there are two main types of force gauges: manual and digital.

Sometimes referred to as mechanical or analog, manual force gauges often use a spring or load cell to handle the conversion between the magnitude of a force and its calibrated value. The reading is then displayed with a needle on a dial. They are simple to use, can be easily transported, and do not require AC power or battery to operate.

Digital force gauges, as their name suggests, have a display that gives a digital reading of force. These models require electrical power or battery to operate which allows them a few extra benefits -- such as the ability to record and store data of force measurements over time. Being able to choose a preferred unit of measurement is also usually an option with digital gauges.

Both manual and digital force gauges offer value. It is up to you to decide which is the more practical option to meet your needs. If you have questions about your options, contact the knowledgeable team at Central Carolina Scale at (919) 776-7737.

In what units will most force gauges measure in?

Most force gauges offer multiple units of measurement. These most generally include:

  • Newtons (N)
  • Kilograms-force (kg-F)
  • Grams-force (g-F)
  • Pounds-force (lb-F)
  • Ounces-force (oz-F)
  • Depending on the force gauge you choose, you may be able to select the unit of measurement that will best meet your needs. It is important to note, however, that not all force gauges offer all of these units of measurement as an option.

    What’s the difference between scales measuring force and those measuring weight?

    Measuring an item on a scale measures its weight or, more specifically, its mass. And this amount (unless something is added or removed) will not change no matter where you measure it.

    The same cannot be true for measuring force. When you need to know the impact of one thing on something else, simply knowing its weight or mass will not guarantee you an answer. You need to know the force it will have on that object.

    Force gauges measure the force of an object based on the gravitational force of the earth so you always have an accurate reading.