Miniature Button Load Cell | CDFM3

Tiny, Accurate and Robust Compression Measuring only 12mm in Height!

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CDFM3 Miniature Button Load Cell

At a Glance

  • Capacities: 0-100N up to 0-20kN
  • Output: 2mV/V nominal (1.5mV/V on 0-100N)
  • Environmental Protection: IP65
  • Accuracy: <±0.5%/RC
  • Integral Load Button
  • Very Compact – At Ø30mm x 12mm height it easily fits into the smallest of spaces.
  • Save on Installation Time – Ideal for retrofitting into existing designs.
  • Optimum Performance Guaranteed – From its integral load button
  • Let us do the hard work for you – The CDFM3 can be supplied with our wide range of instrumentation.


Applied Measurements CDFM3 miniature button load cell is designed for compression measurement applications where there is little space available for transducer mounting.

With capacities from 0-100N up to 0-20kN available in a load cell measuring just 30mm in diameter and 12mm in overall height, the CDFM3 is the second smallest button load cell that we offer.  If you need load cell that is smaller still, the CDF miniature button load cell is available in capacities from 0-500N up to 0-2000N and measures 15mm diameter and 8mm in height.

The CDFM3 miniature button load cell is ideal for retro-fitment into industrial machines and process systems for monitoring and control purposes, or for incorporation into new machine designs.

Please contact our Applied Measurements expert sales team using the form in the sidebar to check price and availability on the sensor your require, or call us on +44 (0) 1189 817339

Technical Specifications

Rated Capacity (RC)N0-100, 0-250, 0-500, 0-1000, 0-2000, 0-5000, 0-10k, 0-20k
Operating ModesCompression Only
Sensitivity (RO)mV/V2 nominal (1.5 nominal on 100N)
Zero Balance/Offset±%/Rated Output<1.0
Non-Linearity±%/Rated Output (BFSL)<0.5
Hysteresis%/Rated Output<0.25
Repeatability%/Rated Output<0.2 typical
Temperature Effect on Zero±%/Rated Output/ ˚C<0.030
Temperature Effect on Sensitivity±%/Applied Load/ ˚C<0.005
Input ResistanceOhms375 typical
Output ResistanceOhms350 typical
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 Capacity125
Ultimate Overload% of Rated Capacity150
Deflection @ Rated Capacity0.07 (100N) to 0.02 (20kN) typical (depending on capacity)
Fundamental Resonant Frequency*kHz4 (100N) to 50 (20kN) *
IP Rating (Environmental Protection)IP65
Weightgrams50 (excluding cable)
Fatigue Life108 cycles typical (109 cycles on fatigue-rated version)
Cable Length (as standard)metres2
Cable Type4-core screened, PVC sheath via cable gland
Construction MaterialStainless Steel, Nickel-Plated Brass, NBR, PVC
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 (mm)

CDF Miniature Button Load Cell Outline Drawing

Wiring Details

Red+ve excitation
Blue-ve excitation
Green+ve signal
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