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    Low Profile Tension and Compression Load Cell | DSCRC

    High Accuracy, Low Profile, with a High Frequency Response
    DSCRC Low Profile Tension and Compression Load Cell
    Pancake load cell infographic installation guide on how to install an pancake load cell
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    8 - 10 weeks
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    3D CAD models available

    At a Glance

    • Capacities: 0-200N up to 0-2000N
    • Output: 2mV/V
    • Environmental Protection: IP65
    • High Accuracy: <±0.1%/RC
    • Optional Fatigue-Rated Versions
    • Low Profile to Easily Fit Where Space is Limited
    • Perfect for both Weighing and Force Measuring
    • Ideal for Dynamic Measurements Thanks to its High Frequency Response
    • Customisation Available to Suit your Specific Application
    • Let us do the work for you – We can Supply the DSCRC as a Complete Measuring System


    Applied Measurements DSCRC low profile tension and compression load cell/pancake load cell is manufactured from stainless steel and is suitable for use in weighing and force measurement applications.  They 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 our DSCRC low profile tension and compression load cell also make them ideal for dynamic force and load measurement applications.   The high-speed analogue SGA amplifier is an ideal complement to the DSCRC, offering a conditioned signal output of 4-20mA, ±5Vdc or ±10Vdc with a bandwidth of up to 6kHz.

    As with all our load cells, the DSCRC low profile tension and compression load cell design can be modified to suit your exact requirements, with alternative threads, custom dimensions and customer-specific capacities.

    If you require a rated capacity greater than 0-2kN, the DSCC low profile load cell covers forces from 0-5kN up to 0-1000kN as standard.

    Technical Specifications

    Rated Capacity (RC)N0-200, 0-500, 0-1000, 0-2000
    Operating ModesTension/Compression / Tension & Compression
    Sensitivity (RO)mV/V2.0 nominal (1.0 on fatigue-rated versions)
    Zero Balance/Offset±%/Rated Output<5.0
    Output Symmetry (tension vs. compression)%/Rated Output<0.5 typical
    Non-Linearity±%/Rated Output (BFSL)<0.10
    Hysteresis%/Rated Output<0.08
    Repeatability±%/Applied Load<0.03
    Temperature Effect on Zero±%/Rated Capacity/ ˚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 +60
    Storage Temperature Range˚C-20 to +80
    Safe Overload% of Rated Capacity150
    Ultimate Overload% of Rated Capacity300
    Deflection @ Rated Capacitymm<0.4 nominal
    Fundamental Resonant Frequency*See table
    IP Rating (Environmental Protection)IP65 (2000N version) / IP52 (1000N and below)
    Weight (excluding cable)kg0.75 (1.65 with base)
    Fatigue Life108 cycles typical (109 cycles on fatigue-rated version)
    Cable Length (as standard)metres3
    Cable Type4 core screened, PUR sheath, Ø5
    Electrical Connections6 Pin Bayonet Lock Connector (MIL-C-26482-10-6P) + mating cable assembly
    Construction MaterialStainless Steel
    Resolution1 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

    DSCRC Low Profile Tension and Compression Load Cell Outline Drawing
    Capacity (N)
    Natural Frequency (kHz)
    6 off Ø7
    M10 x 1.0
    6 off Ø7
    M10 x 1.0
    10007625606 off Ø7M10x1.01173
    20007625606 off Ø7M10x1.01174

    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 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.

    Pancake load cell infographic installation guide on how to install an pancake 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 TM10x 1.0

    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.
    • Are maintenance-free.
    • Hard chromium/PTFE composite sliding contact surfaces.
    • Enables compact adjacent construction thanks to its thin-walled design of the eye housing.

    Series GAXSW..MS

    GAR UK rod ends

    Rod ends with male thread made from heat-treated steel, nickel plated with PTFE liner, maintenance free.

    Preloaded bearing.

    HousingHeat-treated steel to 42CrMo4, Aisi 4140, forged, polished, nickel plated with high polish finish.
    InsertStainless Steel to 1.4571, Aisi 316Ti with PTFE liner bonded to inner surface.
    BallBearing steel to 100Cr6, Aisi 52100, hardened, ground, polished, hard chrome plated on the running surface.
    ClearancePreloaded, zero tollerance.
    On RequestWith left hand thread, threaded bolt and further sizes are available
    Rod End Bearing GAXSW
    Load CellOrdering CodeDH7BMAFLOGGLStatic radial load C0 kNDynamic radial load C0 kNTorque Ndmαweight gr
    DSCRC 200N to 2000NGAXSW 10x1 MS101410.528486212.9M 10x12931.428.16-1613°56

    Published Sensor Application Articles

    Below is a published sensor application paper that shows you how the DSCRC low profile tension and compression load cell has been used in a specific application.  See our published sensor application articles page for many more.

    Shape Control for Experimental Continuation

    By Robin M. Neville, Rainer M. J. Groh, Alberto Pirrera, and Mark Schenk, Phys. Rev. Lett. 120, 254101 – Published 21 June 2018. Available as open access.

    Abstract: An experimental method has been developed to locate unstable equilibria of nonlinear structures quasistatically. The technique involves loading a structure by the application of either a force or a displacement at a main actuation point while simultaneously controlling the overall shape using additional bidirectional probe points.[…]


    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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