How to measure grip strength of an eagle for BBC Natural World

Last year, we were asked to design a sensor to measure the grip strength of a golden eagle named Tilly, for the award-winning BBC documentary series, Natural World.

Challenge – to find a load cell that could withstand the estimated grip strength of an eagle.

As Tilly had been trained to catch and grip a tennis ball, the load cell needed to be small enough to fit inside a similar-sized measuring device yet withstand Tilly’s tremendous grip strength.

Thanks to their unique design, our DBBSMM miniature s-beam load cells were ideal for the job.  Not only are they very compact but their s-shaped design offers superior side-load rejection and high accuracy.

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State-of-the-Art Sensors for Oldest Working Beam Engine in the World

The Boulton and Watt steam engine, originally installed in 1812, is the oldest working beam engine in the world.

It is on this 200-year-old steam engine that engineers want to install the latest state-of-the-art sensors and instrumentation to monitor position, speed and acceleration of the piston.

This Mechatronics Project – ‘marrying 200 years of technology’ – has 5 main aims.

  1. To understand the impact on the engine when running at full load.
  2. To explore engine efficiency.
  3. To illustrate to visitors the internal workings of the engine in real-time.
  4. To display information to less-able visitors unable to climb the stairs.
  5. To provide data for educational and research projects at all levels.

Read how they monitored the position of the piston.

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5 Reasons to Use Our Pressure Sensors in Your Diesel Injector Tester

Curtis Assemble & Test Ltd, a designer and manufacturer of high-performance automotive test machines, use our pi600 industrial pressure sensors in their diesel injector valve pressure tester.

“We choose to use Applied Measurements pressure transducers on our machines due to the reliability and competitive pricing. For us they are a fit and forget part,” explains Mark Hobday, Technical Development Engineer, Curtis Assemble & Test Ltd.

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Load cells deliver high accuracy in Gemini Telescopes even after 20 years!

20 years ago, we were approached by The Royal Greenwich Observatory in Cambridge to design and build nearly 700 bespoke load cells for two 8.1m diameter telescopes known as The Gemini Project.

Now 20 years on, these custom-made load cells are still consistently and accurately performing an integral part of the telescope’s control system.

To continue to deliver accurate and detailed astronomical images, we have been asked to re-design and manufacture custom load cells to the same specifications incorporating up-to-date electronics with the latest state-of-the-art amplifiers.

See how we did it.

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