At a Glance
- Capacities: 0-1kg up to 0-50kg
- Output: 2mV/V nominal
- Accuracy: <±0.03%/RC
- Only 35mm High
- IP51 Environment Protection
- Custom Versions Available
- Miniature and Compact – Easily fits in your application.
- Guaranteed High Performance – Dual bending beam design.
- Optional IP67 Gel-Filling – Ideal for wave tank monitoring.
- Fast and Simple Installation – With standard or customised mounting bases and fixtures.
- Improved Accuracy -With our specially designed rod end bearings.
- Submersible Versions Available – For marine and underwater applications.
- Customisation Available to Suit Your Specific Application
Applied Measurements DBBSMM miniature S-Beam load cell (or Z-Beam load cell) is suitable for use in tension and compression and lends itself to both force and load measurement applications where the space to mount a standard size load cell is not available.
All of our miniature S-Beam load cells offer high accuracy of better than ±0.03% of their rated capacity and can be optionally gel-filled to provide a waterproof device suitable for applications such as wave tank monitoring.
If you require a miniature S-Beam load cell with a capacity greater than 50kg, Applied Measurements can manufacture special versions of the DBBSMM with measuring ranges of 100kg, 150kg, 200kg and upwards on request. Please contact your Applied Measurements expert sales team using the form in the sidebar to discuss your miniature s-beam load cell requirement in detail.
If you are not space-restricted, our DBBSM series of load cells covers load ranges up to 0-30,000kg (300kN).
|Rated Capacity (RC)||kgf||0-1, 0-2, 0-5, 0-10, 0-25, 0-50|
|Operating Modes||Tension/Compression / Tension & Compression|
|Sensitivity (RO)||mV/V||2.0 nominal|
|Zero Balance/Offset||±%/Rated Output||<1.0|
|Zero Return after 30 mins||±%/Applied Load||<0.03|
|Output Symmetry (tension vs. compression)||±%/Rated Output||<0.10|
|Hysteresis||% / Rated Output||<0.02|
|Output Symmetry||±%/Rated Output||<0.10|
|Temperature Effect on Zero||±%/Rated Output/˚C||<0.005|
|Temperature Effect on Sensitivity||±%/Applied Load/˚C||<0.005|
|Input Resistance||Ohms||375-420 nominal|
|Output Resistance||Ohms||340-360 nominal|
|Insulation Resistance||Megohms||>5000 @ 50Vdc|
|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||200|
|Maximum Safe Side Load||% of Rated Capacity||30|
|Deflection @ Rated Capacity||mm (nominal)||1kg = 0.50, 2kg = 0.30, 5kg = 0.26, 10kg = 0.19, 25kg = 0.12, 50kg = 0.08|
|Fundamental Resonant Frequency*||Hz||1kg = 200, 2kg = 300, 5kg = 600, 10kg = 950, 25kg = 1900, 50kg = 3000|
|IP Rating (Environmental Protection)||IP51 (IP67 optional)|
|Weight (excluding cable)||grams||25|
|Fatigue Life||108 cycles typical (109 cycles on fatigue-rated version)|
|Cable Length (as standard)||metres||2|
|Cable Type||4-core screened, PVC sheath, Ø3.5|
|Construction Material||Aluminium 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.|
1, 2, 5, 10, 25, 50
All dimensions are in mm
|Green||+ve signal (tension)|
|Screen||To ground - not connected to load cell body|
Published Sensor Application Articles
Below is a selection of published sensor application papers and journals that show you how the DBBSMM miniature s-beam load cell could be used in specific applications. See our published sensor application articles page for many more.
Darshan S.Shah, Claire Middleton, Sabahat Gurdezi, Maxim D.Horwitz, Angela E.Kedgley, Department of Bioengineering, Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom, Department of Hand Surgery, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London, United Kingdom. Journal of Biomechanics Volume 77, 22 August 2018, Pages 218-222. Available under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.
Claudio Vergari, Daniel Chan, Andrew Clarke, Jessica C. Mansfield, Judith R. Meakin, Peter C. Winlove. Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology. August 2017, Volume 16, Issue 4, pp 1475–1484. Available under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.
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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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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Choosing the wrong type of fabric can lead to fabric tearing, loss of customer satisfaction and a decrease in sales and profit.
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Using electrical systems for the measurement of mechanical forces is by no means limited to machines and laboratory based applications. In her recently completed research thesis ‘Girth Tensions and their Effects on Equine Stride Characteristics’, Sue Wright of Moulton College Northampton used load cells, motion sensors and GPS amongst other technologies to measure and record the tension within the girth strap used to hold the saddle in place.
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