Miniature tension/compression load cells rated to IP68

Designed for underwater tension measurement applications, for high humidity conditions and for applications in which occasional submersion due to flooding is likely, a range of miniature, compact, low-profile load cells is now available, which can be customised to suit specific applications.

The DDEN Series of load cells from Applied Measurements measure tensile or compressive forces in underwater locations to a depth of up to 10m, although the unit can be customised to operate in even greater depths. The unit is compact over a wide capacity range. Even at the top end of the capacity rating of 50kN, the unit dimensions do not change - with a diameter of just 44mm and a length of 65mm.

The DDEN is protected to IP68 and is very robust, being constructed from stainless steel. Operating temperatures are from -20 to +80degC and measurement capacities are from 250N up to 50kN. With its low deflection and high natural frequency, the DDEN is particularly suited to cable tension monitoring, marine and offshore applications, mooring lines and material testing.

Peter Lewis, Managing Director at Applied Measurements, comments: "The DDEN Series was originally developed for a marine customer in Italy, who needed to measure the precise mooring tension of buoys in the sea as part of a wave energy research project. With a small, quick and cost-effective redesign of our existing DDE style load cell, we changed the construction to stainless steel, with the two halves locking together with a seal. Internally, the unit was further protected by back-filling with an inert waterproof gel. The electrical termination is a tough IP68 multicore cable that is connected through an IP68 cable gland in order to provide fully submersible sealing."

The company envisages a diverse range of other applications for the DDEN. Mast stays on racing yachts, for example, must be kept tuned to a very high level at all times. Also, in the water industry, underground pipes need to be cleared of any obstacles or blockages. Therefore a 'pig' is often sent down the pipe and pulled through on a line to clear the obstacles. The tension of this line is critical and so load cells are required here.

Peter Lewis continues: "We can customise the DDEN Series for specific applications, while still offering the customers the same lead time as our standard range."

The DDEN Series comes with integral male threads for in-line mounting. This enables the load cell to be mounted in a wide variety of applications where conventional load cells such as S-Beams will not fit.

Applied Measurements can supply the DDEN load cells complete with monitoring and control electronics and calibrated as a system. Other options available include non-standard sizes, spherical seating rod end bearings, female adapters and compression fittings. The DDEN comes with a three-year warranty.

Applied Measurements

3 Mercury House
Calleva Park

+44 (0)118 981 7339

More products
1 day ago
NSK bearings reduce concrete floor manufacturing machine failures to zero
Regular bearing failures in a concrete floor manufacturing machine were leading to extensive downtime, costly lost production, and high maintenance costs. To rectify the problem, the customer turned to the expertise of NSK for a redesigned wheel hub and stub axle assembly.
4 days ago
Servodrives help protect chair castors and cut packaging costs
Drives and motors specialist Yaskawa has played a key role in the development of an automated system specifically designed to fit protective plastic caps onto chair castors, using its Sigma-7 series servo-drives and a SLIO-series controller.
6 days ago
SKF streamlines bearing analysis for Ansys users
With the new SKF Bearing App for Ansys Mechanical, design engineers have instant access to accurate stiffness data on more than 10,000 bearing designations. The app is available in the Ansys Store free of charge.
6 days ago
Omron awarded platinum rating from EcoVadis for sustainability
Omron has been awarded the Platinum rating following a sustainability assessment by EcoVadis. A score earning a Platinum rating, which is the highest distinction, puts the company within the top 1% of all the businesses assessed for sustainability performance.
1 week ago
ABB Value Provider wins order for rolling mill DC drive solution
DC drive specialist Iconsys is set to deliver a bespoke drive upgrade solution comprising two 12-pulse drive suites from ABB for a UK steel mill’s payoff and tension reels, used to feed and recoil steel strip through a production line.
1 week ago
What are the design considerations when specifying lead screws?
The first in the new ‘Design • Engineer • Build’ series of video podcasts focuses on lead screws – components that are at the heart of countless engineering systems. We talk to Phil Jones at Abssac about the enduring popularity of these essential design products, and the design considerations in their specification.
1 week ago
Harting honoured with the ‘Best of Industry Award’
The industry media of the Vogel Communications Group presented their ‘Best of Industry Awards’ shortly before the turn of the year. The Harting Technology Group emerged as the winner in the ‘Electrical Equipment’ category with its Han-Modular Domino modules.
1 week ago
Quick ROI and 60% decrease in maintenance travel with remote access
Brazilian surface treatment systems manufacturer Erzinger was keen to limit service trips as much as possible to serve customers faster. By implementing IXON Cloud, it can now support its customers remotely, and work in an intuitive and secure way. It can even set up multiple simultaneous connections to work together on the same project. The result is cost reduction, quick ROI and happier customers.
2 weeks ago
Nord high up in the sustainability ranking
Nord Drivesystems was assessed by the rating agency EcoVadis and awarded the silver sustainability certificate in 2022. In the overall ranking, the North German company is in the top six percent of manufacturers in the industry assessed by EcoVadis.
2 weeks ago
Mitsubishi Electric helps door manufacturer triple its throughput
Renowned door manufacturer Profile Developments has seen a threefold increase in its productivity, thanks to its latest collaboration with Mitsubishi Electric, with a solution based on multiple FR-E series inverter or variable speed drives (VSDs) and other system-matched components, such as a GOT 2000 series HMI and MELSEC iQ-R PLC.

Login / Sign up