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    Compact S-Beam Load Cell | Tension & Compression | DBCR

    A Slim, Compact, and Precise, Miniature S-Beam Load Cell
    DBCR Compact S-Beam Load Cell
    Lead Time
    3-7 days
    Prices From
    (excl. VAT)
    Accelerated delivery available
    Quantity, OEM & educational discounts
    3D CAD models available

    At a Glance

    • Capacities: 0-10N up to 0-500N
    • Output: 2mV/V
    • Environmental Protection: IP50
    • Accuracy: <±0.05%/RC
    • Compact Size
    • Miniature Size – Ideal for Low-Range Monitoring
    • Superior Accuracy Guaranteed
    • Ideal for general industrial use
    • Wide Range of Instrumentation


    The DBCR compact S-beam load cell is suitable for use in both tension and compression and lends itself to a multitude of low-range monitoring, control, test and measurement applications including material testing machines and small suspended hoppers.

    The DBCR is a compact version of the classic S-beam load cell design manufactured from aluminium and available with measuring capacities from 0-10N up to 0-500N. It offers a very high accuracy of better than 0.05% of rated capacity.

    The DBCR compact S-beam load cell can be supplied calibrated with any of our range of strain gauge input instrumentation to provide a complete, ready to use measurement system.

    For other sizes and capacities please view our full range of S-Beam load cells.

    Technical Specifications

    Rated Capacity (RC)N0-10, 0-20, 0-50, 0-100, 0-250, 0-500
    Operating ModesTension/Compression / Tension & Compression
    Sensitivity (RO)mV/V2.0 ±0.1%
    Zero Balance/Offset±%/Rated Output<1.0
    Output Symmetry (tension vs. compression)±%/Rated Output<0.20
    Non-Linearity±%/Rated Output (BFSL)<0.05
    Hysteresis%/Rated Output<0.03
    Repeatability±%/Rated Output<0.03
    Temperature Effect on Zero±%/Rated Output/ ˚C<0.005
    Temperature Effect on Sensitivity±%/Applied Load/ ˚C<0.005
    Input ResistanceOhms375 nominal
    Output ResistanceOhms350 nominal
    Insulation ResistanceMegohms>5000 @ 50Vdc
    Excitation VoltageVolts AC or DC10 recommended (2-15 acceptable)
    Operating Temperature Range˚C-20 to +80
    Compensated Temperature Range˚C0 to +70
    Storage Temperature Range˚C-20 to +80
    Safe Overload% of Rated Capacity150
    Ultimate Overload% of Rated Capacity200
    Fundamental Resonant Frequency*Hz5N=58, 10N=82; 20N=136; 50N=130; 100N=210; 250N=420; 500N=700
    IP Rating (Environmental Protection)IP50
    Weight (excluding cable)grams85
    Fatigue LifeConsult Sales
    Cable Length (as standard)2 Metres
    Cable Type4-core screened, PVC sheath, Ø3.5
    ConstructionAluminium Alloy
    Resolution:1 part in 250,000 (with appropriate instrumentation)
    *The resonant frequency is calculated with the body of the load cell attached to a large plate, ensuring that only the sensing element oscillates: This is vital to achieve the highest natural frequency and subsequent frequency response.

    Product Dimensions

    DBCR Outline

    All dimensions are in mm.

    Wiring Details

    Red+ve excitation
    Blue-ve excitation
    Green+ve signal (compression)
    Yellow-ve signal
    ScreenTo ground - not connected to load cell body

    Ordering Codes & Options

    Core ProductCapacity (inc Engineering Units)Cable Length (m)Specials CodeExample Result

    How To Install An S-Beam Load Cell

    Our Applied Measurements experts have put together a 5-step guide to demonstrate how to correctly install an S-beam load cell.

    Step 1 – Keep the Forces Centrally Aligned

    To reduce any off-axis loading, forces must be centrally aligned through the centre of the load cell.  We can supply optional load buttons and rod ends which work to reduce any side loading.

    Step 2 – Do Not Overtighten the Rod Ends and Load Buttons

    When using rod ends and load buttons be sure not to overtighten them when attaching them to the S-beam load cell.  As this can cause damage to the load cell.

    Step 3 – Always Leave a Gap

    Ensure that the rod ends and load buttons do not touch the central beam.  If a gap is not maintained, the central beam will not be able to move freely when tension or compressive force is applied.

    Step 4 – Mount on a Flat Surface

    Always secure the S-beam load cell to a clean, flat surface of better than 0.005mm surface flatness.

    Step 5 – Contact with Active Area Only

    When installing the S-beam load cell ensure the load is applied to the active end area only.

    s-beam infographic installation guide on how to install an s-beam load cell

    Mounting And Installation Accessories

    Load Buttons and Rod End Bearings

    Designed to align forces through the principal axis of the load cell thus reducing the effects of extraneous forces, hence offering improved performance from the cell.

    Load buttons are used where compressive forces are applied.
    Rod End Bearings are used where tensile forces are being applied.

    Load Buttons for Compressive Use

    Load Button Diagram
    THREAD TM6 x 1

    Rod End Bearings for Tension Use

    Maintenance-free rod ends are a complete units made up of a housing with both an integral shank (with an internal or external thread) and a maintenance-free spherical plain bearing, located within the housing.

    Key Features:

    • Supports radial loads in a tensile or compressive direction.
    • Suitable for unilateral loads – can support alternating loads and alternating loads in combination with bearing GE..UK-2RS, please consult sales.
    • Zinc plated for corrosion resistance.
    • Are maintenance-free.
    • Fitted with radial spherical plain bearings GE..UK
    • Hard chromium/PTFE composite sliding contact surfaces.
    • Enables compact adjacent construction thanks to its thin walled design of the eye housing.
    GAR UK rod ends

    (right hand thread)

    • To ISO 12 240-4, dimension series E, type M
    • Shank with external thread

    ISO 12 240-4, dimension series E, type M
    Sliding contact surface: hard chromium/PTFE

    Series GAR..UK
    Sliding material: PTFE composite

    Rod End Bearings GAR UK 2RS
    DBCR6GAR 6 UK-0.0176-0.008146-0.1210821M6
    LOAD CELLDegreesChamfer DimensionBasic Load RatingsRadial Internal ClearanceShaft Diameter
    hC1αl1l2l7r1s min.dyn. Cr Nstat. C0r Nd
    DBCR364.4131846.5120.33 6006 9200 - 0.0326


    CAD Model Files

    Our 3D models are provided in STEP format and can be viewed using FreeCAD. Other formats can be provided on request.

    The .zip file below contains a separate model for each product variant.

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