Load/Force/Torque Sensor Models

Load cells and force sensors engineered and manufactured by Stellar Technology can be found in industrial applications all over the world. These include market sectors such as aerospace, oil & gas, automotive, automation & control, medical and many more.

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Custom-Designed Load Cells

We also specialize in custom-designed force sensors and load cells for your unique applications. Our engineers communicate directly with your team to ensure that each spec of the load cell or force sensor design meets your exact specifications.

Customers know that they can rely on Stellar Technology’s engineering experience and our state-of-the-art manufacturing capabilities to get the exact load cell or force sensor they need. We also provide expert technical support (including on-site technical assistance) and responsive service after the sale to keep your project on schedule.

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We are proud to offer one of the most comprehensive selections of standard and stocked load cells in the test and measurement industry with ranges from a few grams to 2,000,000 pounds tension or compression operation, and accuracies up to 0.03 percent.

Our proprietary electronics provide high-level mV/V, along with analog and digital outputs including RS232, RS485 and CANbus. Fully welded, stainless steel construction means that our load cells will stand up to the rigors of any application.

Our Load Cells and Force Sensors

Stellar Technology’s combination of engineering expertise, proven sensor technology, field experience and manufacturing capability is unique among load cell manufacturers in the industry and provides our customers with high-performance, high-reliability load cells for a wide range of applications.

We can provide submersible units, fatigue-rated designs and load cells with multiple outputs, as well as intrinsically safe models.

Stellar Technology also offers select load cells in stock for immediate delivery. Select from:

Pancake Load Cells

  • High-accuracy, tension-compression pancake load cells
  • Fatigue-rated, precision pancake load cells
  • Coiled tubing injector pancake load cells

Canister Load Cells 

  • Rugged, compact canister load cells
  • High-capacity, high-accuracy tension and compression load cells
  • High-capacity, high-accuracy load cells with internal amplifier

Miniature Load Cells

  • Miniature tension and compression load cells
  • Precision miniature tension and compression load cells
  • High-capacity miniature tension and compression load cells

Subminiature Load Cells 

  • Subminiature tension and compression load cells
  • Subminiature compression load cells

Rod End Load Cells

  • In-line rod end load cells
  • Compact high-capacity rod end load cells

Thru-Hole Load Cells 

  • Low-profile, thru-hole load cells
  • Pump-off control

Beam Load Cells 

  • Ultra low profile
  • Accuracy of .10%
  • Tension and compression
  • Output of 2 mV/V
  • All-welded stainless steel build
  • Standard temperature range of -40°F to 250°F
  • Shock and vibration resistant
  • 9-point calibration record traceable to NIST

Clevis Pin Load Cells

  • Intrinsically safe
  • Submersible units can withstand up to 16,000 ft. of seawater
  • Standard operating temperature range of -65°F to +250°F or -320° to +400°F optionally available
  • All-welded stainless steel
  • Hermetically sealed
  • Shock and vibration resistant
  • 5-point calibration record traceable to NIST

How to Choose a Load Cell or Force Sensor

There are many things you need to keep in mind as you try to find the best load cell or force sensor for your application. These considerations can range anywhere from accuracy and physical restraints to environmental conditions such as temperature and hazardous elements.

Here are a few of the major load cell aspects you should keep in mind during your search:

Performance Considerations

When looking for a load cell or force sensor to fit your application, it’s important to know the level of performance you need the unit to reach. Does the job require specific conditions or does it need to measure certain weight or load limits?

Here are a few of the questions regarding performance considerations you should be aware of:

  • What is the maximum load, weight or force you intend to measure?
  • What are the loading conditions of the application - is it tension, compression, both, or multi-axis?
  • What type of engineering units do you require? (pound-force, tons, grams, newtons, etc.)
  • Are you looking for static accuracy, thermal accuracy or total accuracy (static + thermal)?
  • What kind of loading conditions will the sensor encounter?
    • Overloading (exceeding maximum load) and by how much?
    • Static overload capacity - what safety factors should you take into account?
    • Dynamic loading - will it encounter these types, which can exceed anticipated static loads?
    • Fatigue loading (high cycle rates)?
    • Off-axis loading (side loads)?

Mechanical Considerations

  • What are the physical requirements?
    • Size constraints
    • Orientation
    • Location access
    • Submersible
  • What are the configuration specifications - does the application require a certain style?
    • Rod end
    • Pancake
    • Load pin
    • Miniature
    • Beam style
    • Thru-hole/donut
    • Canister
    • Load washer
  • What types of loading requirements are there?
    • Threaded
    • Clevis pin
    • Tongue shackle
    • Load button
    • Special configuration

Electrical Considerations

  • What is the electrical output from the sensor?
    • Is it analog?
    • Is it digital?
    • Is it a combination of the two?
  • What type of electrical termination does it use - does it need additional equipment?
    • Connector, integral cable, flying leads
    • Mating connectors and cable assemblies
    • Connector/cable orientation
    • Wiring codes and pin-outs
  • What are the external zero and span potentiometers?
  • Does your application require DIN rail mount or in-line signal conditioning?

Environmental Considerations

  • What is the operating temperature range?
  • What is the compensated temperature range?
  • What are the EMI/RFI conditions?
  • Is an IP or NEMA rating required?
  • Will it be housed in a hazardous environment?
    • Is it intrinsically safe?
    • Is it explosion-proof?
  • Will it be used indoors or outdoors? How will it respond to:
    • Exposure to the elements
    • Dust and dirt
    • Extreme temperature
    • Animals, critters, rodents, etc.
  • Is the sensor submersible?
    • Fresh or salt water
    • Depth
    • Case pressure

Special Requirements

  • Does it have any specific calibration requirements?
  • Do you need special approvals or certifications?
  • What are the requirements regarding testing or cleaning?
  • Are there any special labeling requirements?
  • What are the frequency response requirements?
  • Is it shock- and vibration-resistant?
  • What is its serviceability?
    • How accessible must the unit be?
    • How often will it be serviced?

Keeping all of these considerations under advisement as you begin your product search will ultimately make for a more worthwhile purchase.

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If you would like to learn more about Stellar Technology’s wide variety of load cells and force sensors, please contact us today and we’ll help you find the one that best fits your application needs.