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Loadstar Sensors introduces iLoad Pro™, rugged, low profile digital load cell with USB output.

May 23, 2007

Loadstar Sensors, Inc. of Fremont, CA announces the immediate availability of iLoad Pro Series digital load cells. The iLoad PRO Series is available in capacities ranging from 10 Lbs to 25,000 lbs to measure compressive and tensile loads at accuracies up to 0.05% of full scale.

Continuing on the success of our award winning iLoad™ Series load cells, these iLoad Pro load cells offer, unprecedented ease of use with Digital USB or Analog 0-5V DC output without the need for additional signal conditioning. The iLoad Pro Series load cells are designed for use in heavy duty or industrial environments and have a rugged female threaded mounting structure for easy attachment and improved cable strain relief.

The iLoad and iLoad Pro series load cells are based on our patented capacitive Plug and Sense™ technology. These load cells combine the core sensing functionality with integrated computing and communication modules to offer unprecedented simplicity and ease of use in a rugged, low profile package.

The iLoad PRO Digital USB load cells are designed to plug directly into the USB port of a PC and enable users to measure loads, forces or weights without need for any additional signal conditioning, data acquisition system or special software! The load cell appears as a virtual COM port on a PC enabling a user to directly read data using simple ASCII commands with any terminal emulator such as HyperTerminal. Users can also easily write their own Windows applications with the open command set that comes standard with all digital load cells.

In order to make this process even simpler, Loadstar offers LoadVUE™ software that takes care of all communication functions and displays loads in lbs, Kgs or Newtons. A user can get calibrated load information without any additional computation, conversion or calibration! The software also allows users to log data and edit it using programs such as Microsoft Excel.

"We are delighted to introduce the iLoad Pro load cells - in response to requests from customers who wanted the convenience of Plug and Sense™ technology but wanted higher capacities, better mounting features and more ruggedized cabling options" said Div Harish, the Co-Founder and CEO of Loadstar Sensors. "We will continue to pay close attention to customer feedback to make our innovative products the best load cells in the market." added Harish.

For users who need an analog output, we offer the iLoad PRO Analog load cell which is built on the same digital platform as the digital USB version but is designed to interface directly to a Programmable Logic Controller ("PLC") or Data Acquisition system("DAQ"). The iLoad PRO Analog load cell offers a linear, 0.5-4.5V DC output proportional to applied loads. No expensive amplification or signal conditioning is required because all electronics are built into the self-contained integrated load cell.

Furthermore, temperature compensation schemes are built-in for temperatures ranging between -10C to 40C in order to be accurate in most operating conditions with a "tare". These load cells are attractively priced and come with a 30 day money back guarantee to allow inventors, engineers, product designers, students and researchers to try our innovative new products and experience the dramatic difference first hand!

Key features of the iLoad Pro Series load cells include:

  • Flexible output options-either Digital USB or Analog 0-5V DC
  • Integrated signal conditioning
  • Accuracies to 0.05% of full scale loads
  • Tensile and compressive measurements
  • Rugged low profile, stainless steel (17-4 PH) package
  • Easy mounting with threaded holes or studs
  • Attractively priced in either single piece or OEM quantities

For more information about Loadstar Sensors, please contact Div Harish, at Loadstar Sensors, Inc. 510-623-9600, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

About Loadstar Sensors, Inc.

Established in 2004, Loadstar Sensors, Inc. is a leader in the design and manufacture of capacitive sensors for automotive, aerospace, medical device, industrial and consumer applications. We currently sell capacitive load cells (force/weight/load) that offer high sensitivities in an easy to use, mechanically robust, low profile package. We partner with leading OEMs to incorporate load cells into mass market products where existing load measurement solutions were neither reliable nor economically feasible. Loadstar is based in Fremont, California.