Some force measurement applications need load cells that can fit into tiny spaces. Some examples of this include - measuring pressure exerted by a person's finger on a mobile media device such as the iPhone or iPad, a medical device that needs to measure the pressure applied by a syringe pump on the piston or the force exerted by surgical cutting tool as the surgeon applies force on a blade. For such applications, Loadstar sensors offers an unmatched range of miniature load cells and subminiature load cells.

iLoad Mini - Miniature Load Cells with Analog and/or Digital Readouts

miniature load cell

These load cells are only 1.25" in diameter and as little as approximately 0.3" high. The fundamental output of this load cell is frequency - but when combined with our DQ-1000 or DQ-4000 interface devices - they output calibrated force/load/weight information via a USB connector. The DQ-1000 is a single channel interface device that works with one iLoad Mini load cell. The DQ-4000 allows one to hook up to four iLoad Mini load cells and read individual and total from all connected load cells. These load cells can output data in ASCII format via a virtual COM port at up to 150 Hz and can go as high as 500 hz with a high-speed upgrade.

iLoad Flex - Miniature Load Cells with Analog and/or Digital Readouts

miniature load cell

The iLoad Flex - flexible load cell - is available in diameters as small as 0.1" and could be as low as just 0.1" in height! This ultra thin load cell is one of the tiniest load cells available in the world today! Since it is made of polymeric materials, creep and hystersis play an important role in determining the accuracy of the device. This load cell is ideal for measuring relative forces/loads in tiny spaces and for applications such as touch sensing for robotic grippers.

An engineer can set up several iLoad Mini or iLoad Flex load cells on one wireless network. During operation, the signal from each unit can be sent to a wireless hub, which then interfaces with the computer. From here, the engineers can gather data from each unit and take the required readings using our LoadVUE-1000 or LoadVUE-4000 load cell software which allows users to log and plot the data as well as tranmsit it to mobile devices via email or SMS messages.

Loadstar Sensors, Inc. makes miniature load cells in a variety of custom sizes and shapes, which can be designed for different load capacities. You can try out our standard products and if needed, contact us for customizing it for your needs.