Load measuring pins compete with standard products

Paul Boughton
Applied Measurements says it can now customise load measuring pins to suit almost any existing mechanical arrangement, and the price and lead time are almost the same as for standard products.
In typical applications the load pins are designed and strain gauged to measure the load in a single direction or axis, since this is usually all that is required to provide the end user with the necessary information. However, other applications require two-axis load pins that are designed and strain gauged to monitor the load in two axes simultaneously, normally at right angles to each other.
In most cases, the output signal from the pin is directly from the strain gauges and is normally a low-level millivolt output. Often this low-level signal needs amplifying at the pin in order to overcome lengthy cable runs to the instrumentation. Where this is required, Applied Measurements can install small amplifiers within the head of the load pin to increase the output signal to 0-10V DC, 0-5V DC or milliamp, usually 4-20mA.
Price and delivery
Peter Lewis, managing director of Applied Measurements, comments: "We can offer custom load pins at almost the same cost and lead time as our standard load pins. Most of our customers now require us to fit the load pin into their existing mechanical arrangement, which normally requires some sort of customisation. This could be a special IP68 sealing gland for a marine or offshore application, or a two-axis load pin with full instrumentation package to ensure a complete load monitoring solution."
Applied Measurements' standard range of load pins is the DBEP series. This offers capacities from 2.5 tonnes up to 50 tonnes, although the nature of customer applications means that load capacities are often supplied from as low as 200kg up to 1500 tonnes.
DBEP pins are sealed to IP67 as standard, providing protection from harsh industrial environments, though IP68 submersible versions are also available. The load pins are manufactured from precipitation-hardened stainless steel.
For more information, visit www.appmeas.co.uk

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