At a Glance
- Capacities: 0-5kN up to 0-1000kN
- Output: 2mV/V
- High-Frequency Response
- High Accuracy: <±0.05%/RC
- Fatigue-Rated Versions
- IP67 Rated Versions
- IP68 Submersible Versions
- Low Profile to Easily Fit Where Space is Limited
- Perfect for both Weighing and Force Measuring
- Ideal for Crash Test Walls
- High-Frequency Response
- Fully Submersible Marine and Underwater Versions Available
- Immersible Versions for Humid or Flood Risk Environments
- Customisation Available to Suit your Specific Application
The DSCC pancake load cell / low profile load cell by Applied Measurements is manufactured in stainless steel and is suitable for use in weighing and force measurement applications. Our pancake load cells are available to buy online with capacities 0-200kN in stock.
The DSCC can operate in both tension and compression and are commonly used in materials testing and component fatigue testing applications for axial force measurements where a high accuracy, low-profile device is required.
The high-frequency response of the DSCC pancake load cells also makes them ideal for dynamic force and load measurement applications such as crash test walls. The high-speed analogue SGA amplifier is an ideal complement to the DSCC pancake load cell, offering a conditioned signal output of 4-20mA, ±5Vdc or ±10Vdc with a bandwidth of up to 6kHz.
Thanks to the pancake load cell’s dual-diaphragm design and central threaded through-hole, it is largely insensitive to bending, off-axis, bending, side-load/shear loads and torsion.
As with all Applied Measurements pancake load cell designs, the DSCC low profile load cell can be modified to suit your specific requirements, with alternative threads, custom dimensions, counter-bored mounting holes and higher capacities in excess of 3000kN possible.
Plus, for harsh, wet or humid environments we can make gel-filled pancake load cells rated to IP67. IP68 immersion versions are suitable for complete submersion and can also be offered on request. See Applied Measurements IP ratings guide for more details.
Our DSCC pancake load cell can be supplied with a BS EN ISO 376 calibration certificate for use as a reference standard.
If you require a pancake load cell with a rated capacity below 5kN for low-range measurements, the DSCRC low profile load cell covers forces from 0-200N up to 0-2kN.
Our pancake load cell can be provided with Load Cell Instrumentation many of which are available to buy in our online shop.
|Rated Capacity (RC)||kN||0-5, 0-10, 0-25, 0-50, 0-100, 0-200, 0-250, 0-300, 0-500, 0-750, 0-1000|
|Operating Modes||Tension/Compression / Tension & Compression|
|Sensitivity (RO)||mV/V||2.0 (up to 200kN) / 2.7 nominal (250kN upwards)|
|Zero Balance/Offset||±%/Rated Output||<1.0|
|Output Symmetry (tension vs. compression)||%/Rated Load||<0.25 (0.8 typical on Ø155 250kN)|
|Non-Linearity||±%/Rated Output||<0.05 (<0.03 typical)|
|Hysteresis||±%/Rated Output||<0.05 (<0.03 typical)|
|Repeatability||±%/Rated Output||<0.05 (<0.03 typical)|
|Temperature Effect on Zero||±%/Rated Capacity/ ˚C||<0.005|
|Temperature Effect on Sensitivity||±%/Applied Load/ ˚C||<0.005|
|Effect of Eccentricity||%/Applied Load/25mm||<±0.25 typical|
|Effect of Side Load||%||0.25 typical|
|Bridge Resistance||Ohms||See dimension table|
|Insulation Resistance||Megohms @ 50 Vdc||>5000|
|Excitation Voltage||Volts AC or DC||10 recommended (2-15 acceptable)|
|Operating Temperature Range||˚C||-20 to +80|
|Compensated Temperature Range||˚C||0 to +70|
|Storage Temperature Range||˚C||-20 to +80|
|Safe Overload||% of Rated Capacity||150|
|Ultimate Overload||% of Rated Capacity||>250|
|Maximum Safe Side Load ** (Fx or Fy)||% of Rated Capacity||40|
|Maximum Safe Torque/Bending Moment||(Mx, My or Mz) **||See dimensions table|
|Deflection @ Rated Capacity||mm (nominal) at Rated Load||0.05 (>50kN) / 0.1 (100-250kN) / 0.13 (300-1000kN)|
|IP Rating (Environmental Protection)||IP65|
|Cable Length (as standard)||metres||3|
|Cable Type||Single Bridge Versions||6-Pin Amphenol Connector + Mating Cable Assembly (4-core screened cable, PUR sheath, Ø5)|
|Dual Bridge Versions||8-Pin M12 x 1 Connector + Mating Cable Assembly, (8-core screened cable, PUR sheath, Ø^)|
|Resolution||1 part in 250,000 (with appropriate instrumentation)|
|Fatigue Life||Fully Reversed Cycles||Standard Versions: 30-50 million typical
Fatigue-Rated Versions: 500 million
Versions rated to 1 billion+ on request
|*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.|
|**Extraneous load ratings (Fx, Fy, Mx, My, Mz) are based on application of only one at any time in addition to force in the primary measurement axis (Fz). Contact our engineering department if multi extraneous loads will occur simultaneously.|
|CORE PRODUCT REF||CAPACITY (kN)||Bridge Resistance (ohms, nominal)||Deflection at RC (mm, nominal)||Resonant Frequency (kHz)||Extraneous Load Limit (Mx, My or Mz) (Nm)||Weight (kg no base)||Weight (kg with base)|
|DSCC||0-5, 0-10, 0-25, 0-50||700||0.05||5kN=3.5||30||1.5||3.7|
|DSCC||0-100, 0-200, 0-250||1050||0.1||100kN=6.5||845||3.9||9.1|
|DSCC8||0-250, 0-300, 0-500||1400||0.1||250kN=9||1500||11||24|
|DSCC||0-300, 0-500, 0-750, 0-1000||350||0.13||300kN=8.7||2030||25.5||65|
|Core Product Ref||CAPACITY (kN)||ØA (Size)||B||C||ØD||ØE||Thread F||ØG||N holes||H||J|
|DSCC||0-5, 0-10, 0-25, 0-50||107||2||33||8.5||33||M20 x 2.5||90||8||35||2|
|DSCC||0-100, 0-200, 0-250||155||3||45||11||60||M36 x 2||130||12||45||2|
|DSCC8||0-250, 0-300, 0-500||202||2||52||12.2||95.5||M56x4||165||16||50||2|
|DSCC||0-300, 0-500, 0-750, 0-1000||278||6||78||17||118||M64 x 6*||230||16||84||4|
|*If you require rod end bearings please request an M64 x 4 thread. Note that the maximum rated safe static load on this size rod end is 689kN.|
All dimensions are in mm
Wiring Details (Single Bridge Version)
|Red||Pin A||+ve excitation|
|Blue||Pin B||-ve excitation|
|Green||Pin C||+ve signal (compression)|
|Yellow||Pin D||-ve signal|
|Screen||N/C||To ground - not connected to load cell body|
Wiring Details (Dual Bridge Version)
|Red||Pin 8||+ve excitation (bridge A)|
|Blue||Pin 7||-ve excitation (bridge A)|
|Green||Pin 3||+ve signal (compression) (bridge A)|
|Yellow||Pin 4||-ve signal (bridge A)|
|Brown||Pin 2||+ve excitation (bridge B)|
|White||Pin 1||-ve excitation (bridge B)|
|Pink||Pin 6||+ve signal (compression) (bridge B)|
|Grey||Pin 5||-ve signal (compression)|
|Screen||N/C||To ground - not connected to load cell body|
Ordering Codes & Options
|Core Product||Capacity (inc Engineering Units)||Cable Length (m)||Specials Code||Example Result|
|Other Specials Code||Details|
|029||Fatigue rated to 500 million cycles|
|033||Mounting base fitted|
|061||Fatigue rated to 500 million cycles + mounting base fitted|
|088||Dual strain gauge bridges + fatigue rated to 500 million cycles|
|126||Dual strain gauge bridges|
|127||Dual strain gauge bridges + mounting base fitted|
|128||Dual strain gauge bridge + mounting base + fatigue rated to 500 million cycles|
How to Install a Pancake Load Cell Guide
Our Applied Measurements experts have put together a 5-step guide to demonstrate how to correctly install a pancake 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 pancake 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 pancake load cell. As this can cause damage to the load cell.
Step 3 – Always Leave a Gap
Ensure that the threads of rod ends or load buttons do not exceed the length of the internal thread in the load cell or mounting base. If a gap is not maintained, the sensing section of the load cell will not be able to move freely when tensile or compressive force is applied, leading to erroneous readings and potential damage.
Step 4 – Mount on a Flat Surface
Always secure the pancake load cell to a clean, flat surface of better than 0.005mm surface flatness.
Step 5 – Contact with Loading Area Only
When installing the pancake load cell ensure the load is applied to the loading area only.
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
|THREAD T||M20 x 2.5||M36 x 2||M56 x 4||M64 x 6|
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.
Rod End Series K – Maintenance Free – Series GAXSW – DSCC up to 200kN
For use at high tension loads up to 230kN. Consult sales for rod-end to suit DSCC-250kN.
Rod ends with male thread made from heat-treated steel, zinc plated with PTFE liner, maintenance free.
|Load Cell||Ordering Code||D||B||M||A||F||L||O||G||GL||Static Load C 0 kN||Dynamic Load C kN||Limiting Speed rev/min *||Weight g|
|DSCC-5kN to 50kN||GAXSW20x2.5||20||25||18||50||78||103||24.3||M20x2.5||47||93.5||78||190||348|
|DSCC-100kN to 200kN||GAXSW35||35||43||28||80||125||165||37.7||M36x2||73||230||205||110||1600|
|For DSCC-250kN consult sales.|
|Housing||Heat-treated steel to 42CrMo4, Aisi 4140, forged.|
|Insert||Free-cutting steel to 9SMnPb28K, 12L13, with PTFE liner bonded to the inner surface.|
|Ball||Bearing steel to 100Cr6, Aisi 52100, hardened, ground, polished.|
Rod End Series GAR..UK-2RS – DSCC up to 1000kN (689kN max load*)
*Consult sales for rod-ends to suit forces over 689kN.
- ISO 12 240-4, dimension series E, type M
- Sliding contact surface: hard chromium/PTFE
- Sliding material: Elgoglide®
(right hand thread)
- To ISO 12 240-4, dimension series E, type M
- Shank with external thread
- Suffix -2RS: lip seals on both sides, for operating temperatures from -30°C to +130°C
|LOAD CELL||SHAFT DIAMETER||DESIGNATION||MASS||DIMENSIONS|
|d||WITHOUT SEALS||WITH SEALS||≈ kg||d||D||B||dK||d1||d2||d3|
|DSCC-300kN to 1000kN||80||-||GAR 80 UK-2RS||12||80-0.015||120||55-0.15||105||89.4||180||M64 x 6|
|DSCC8 0-250, 0-300, 0-500kN||70||-||GAR70-UK-2RS||8.2||80-0.015||105||49-0.15||92||77.8||160||M56 x 4|
|LOAD CELL||Degrees||Chamfer Dimension||Basic Load Ratings 2)||Radial Internal Clearance||Shaft Diameter|
|h||C1||α||l1||l2||l7||r1s min.||dyn. Cr N||stat. C0r N||d|
|DSCC-300kN to 1000kN||270||47||6||140||360||100||1||1 125 000||689 000||0 - 0.072||80|
|DSCC8 0-250, 0-300, 0-500kN||235||42||6||125||315||87||1||885 000||564 000||0 - 0.072||70|
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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