What Does Load Measurement Accuracy of 0.5% of Reading Down to 1/100th, 1/500th, 1/1000th of a Load Cell's Capacity Imply?

First of all, there are two important pieces of information here:

  1. Load accuracy: ± 0.5% of the reading
  2. Lowest possible load within this accuracy: 1/100, 1/500, 1/1000 of load cell capacity

For example, let’s assume your test system has a load measurement accuracy of ± 0.5% of reading down to 1/100th of the load cell’s capacity. When a load cell of 10 000 N (10 kN) capacity is used on this test system and a measurement of 1000 N is read, the actual load measurement can be any value from 995 N to 1005 N. For this 10 kN capacity load cell, the minimum possible load that is guaranteed to meet the load accuracy of ± 0.5% of reading is 100 N.

Now, imagine you have a newer system with a new 10 kN load cell and the load measurement accuracy of ± 0.5% of reading is now extended down to 1/1000th of the load cell’s capacity. The load measurement accuracy of ± 0.5% of reading remains, but now the minimum possible load that is guaranteed to meet the load accuracy of ± 0.5% of reading is extended down to 10 N.

So what does a larger load accuracy range mean to you? Here are some of the benefits you will see:

  • Less initial cost since less load cells are needed
  • Lower subsequent service costs as fewer load cells need to be verified annually
  • Less operator error and improved throughput (number of specimens tested per hour) by not having to change load cells between different test types such as tensile and flexure tests.
  • Higher confidence in test data for low load tests.

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Posted By Janice Tan On July 09, 2015, 0:00

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