Canister Load Cells


MSNST #11XXXXX & #12XXXXX Load Cell Highlights:

  • Capacities from 100 pounds all the way to 10,000,000 LBS
  • Models available for measuring both compression and tension
  • Optional connector, dual-bridge, or integral cable configurations
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product description

Measurement Specialists Inc, dba National Scale Technology, manufactures canister and column-style load cells optimized to weigh between 100 and 10,000,000 pounds for axial compression and tension applications. On-site engineers and technicians allow for customized bridge, excitation, output, and wiring configurations.

Canister load cells are vertical cylinders ideal for tough, high-capacity, and repetitive operations such as those in pile-testing and heavy-duty presses. Thanks to optional hermetic seals, Measurement Specialists’ canister cells offer great water resistance. MSNST manufactures units interchangeable with most other force measurement brands – consistently reporting higher performance metrics in terms of accuracy and durability.

MSNST has been a provider and distributor of weighing solutions across the world for more than 40 years now, and carries discontinued or obsolete canister/column-style load cells customizable to fit any need.

Specifications reflect canister-style load cells either currently in stock, or previously engineered and ready-to-assemble, as of August 2022. Accuracy data based on full-scale output readings upon completion of production, which is an average 6–8 weeks period for new load cells. Pricing available upon request for off-the-shelf MSNST #11XXXXX and #12XXXXX units.


Construction 17-4PH Stainless Steel, 4340 Carbon Steel, or A36 Alloy Steel
Example Capacities US LBF 300 LBF ; 1K LBF ; 10K LBF ; 50K LBF ; 100K LBF ; 500K LBF ; 1M LBF ; 2M LBF
Example Capacities Metric kN 1 kN ; 4 kN ; 44 kN ; 222 kN ; 444 kN ; 2224 kN ; 4448 kN ; 8896 kN
Excitation Voltage 10V–15V
Excitation Voltage
2 mV / V | 3 mV / V, 0V–5V, 4mA–20mA (customer preference)
Temperature Range
(additional ranges optional)
10°F — 110°F | (-12°C — 43°C)
Bridge Resistance 450Ω / 480Ω | 350Ω, 1000Ω, 5000Ω (customer preference)
Insulation Resistance 5000 MΩ
Accuracy & Precision Linearity: 0.05% FS | Repeatability: 0.03% FS
Maximun Load Safe: 150% | Ultimate: 400%

Please note that specifications or results may vary as we strive to improve our products. Additional information including dimensions and technical drawings available upon request.