High-Capacity and Standard Load Cells

High-Capacity and Standard Load Cells

Measurement Specialists designs and fabricates an assortment of calibration-grade load cells as well as standard load cells that range from 500 pounds to 10,000,000 pounds. These cells are offered in tension only, compression only, or both.

Measurement Specialists’s compression cells are developed with what is known as a “radius” top fabricated into the top for consistent load distribution. NST’s tension cells are created with either external threads (male threads) or internal threads (female threads). These cells are also crafted with a female-male thread combination.

Unlike numerous other suppliers of load cells, we create and fabricate our own cells internally, allowing NST to offer the one of the longest warranties on the majority of our calibration-grade cells.

A lot of our calibration-grade high-capacity load cells are equipped with a lower class limit (class A) of 0.05 percent or better, which helps to eliminate utilizing multiple cells during the calibration process thereby reducing calibration costs and setup time.

Measurement Specialists’s high-capacity compression cells are compact-designed, meaning that they’re smaller in size and lighter in physically weight, resulting in less transporting costs and much easier to handle.

Folding handles are a customary option for NST’s high-capacity cells, and screw-in handles can be selected. These handles are beneficial for the managing of larger cells.


Each of NST’s calibration-grade tension and compression load cells are developed with screw-in load buttons for compression testing—unless they are not required. The load button has a radius top fabricated in it for consistent load distribution.

Matching capacity cells can be designed with external threads on both ends.

Calibration-Grade Compression Load Cells

Measurement Specialists creates and produces an assortment of calibration-grade compression cells that range from as little as 500 pounds to as much as 10,000,000 pounds.

These cells are developed so that they are more streamlined when they are judged against other suppliers of load cells, which makes them lighter in physical weight and much easier to handle. This helps to reduce the effort of the operator as well as costs in transportation.

Measurement Specialists’s compression calibration cells are created with a radius top for consistent load distribution. For capacities higher than 500,000 lbf, the folding handles come standard; however, handles that screw-in are also available if desired.

Heavy-Duty High-Capacity Load Cells

Measurement Specialists designs and produces an assortment of heavy-duty, high-capacity load cells, which tips the scales as much as 10,000,000 pounds. These cells are available in tension and/or compression.

This particular kind of cell is often used within the rigging business (synthetic rope manufacturing, and wire rope, and chain manufacturing) where the cell is set up in the proof test bed for all-purpose proof testing as well as destructive testing. The load cells are created with larger bodies, larger threads, and special gage sensors in order to stand up to the abuse that the test machines undergo on a daily basis. These load cells are developed for both longevity and accuracy.

The cells are developed with a combination of female and male threads so that they can properly fit in the main clevis as well as on the cylinder ram of the machine for testing. They can be developed with “eyes” on both ends where they are pinned into the clevis. Any size of thread can be fabricated for these particular load cells, but it will depend on the specifications of testing.

Measurement Specialists has created and produced numerous high-capacity cells (over 10,000,000 pounds) that are being utilized in high-capacity, successful test beds throughout the U.S. and globally (ask us for more information).

These cells have been supplied for a single cylinder or two self-sufficient cylinders summed together in order to arrive at the precise capacity. We can custom build any load cell in order to fit into your existing or new test bed. We can even develop a cell around your individual test bed.

Hollow Core Compression Load Cells

  • Measurement Specialists designs and produces hollow core compression cells
  • The capacities of these cells range from
  • The cells are developed for the pre-cast and pre-stress concrete industry
  • The cells are crafted with a 0.75-inch thru hole so that the cable can pass through—we can craft different size diameter thru holes into the cell, but this depends on the physical size and capacity
  • Our specific model is crafted for the calibration trade in order to pass the specifications of the ASTM E-74—and with a Lower Class A Limit of at least 10 percent or better
  • Rocker assembly is crafted in the top of the load cell for consistent load distribution and enhanced accuracy

Steel loading plate sets of compression testing

  • Parallel ground and steel compression disc, which is for the top of every cell
  • Prevents the top and bottom of each cell from suffering damage
  • A toughened tool steel bottom plate with target lines is machined into each cell
  • The top plate is numbered with a witness mark as well as a serial number for alignment purposes

Special tooling for tension assessments

  • Swivel assemblies for uniaxial loading
  • Custom adapters
  • Custom couplings
  • Custom tension rods

Accessories for Load Cells

  • Couplings
  • Threaded adapters
  • Calibration adapters (specifically for tension assessments)
  • Compression load plates (precision machined)
  • Load buttons
  • Mating connectors
  • Load cell as well as digital cables (for any length)
  • Extra bridges (offers separate electrical measurement circuits

If you would like to learn more, give us a call at Measurement Specialists.

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