Z-Beam Load Cell | S-Beam Load Cell | High Accuracy | DBB

Ideal for tension and compression measurement in both force and load.

DBB S-Beam Load Cell
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At a Glance

  • Capacities: 0-50kg up to 0-6,000kg
  • Output: 2mV/V
  • Environmental Protection: IP67
  • Accuracy: <±0.03%/RC
  • Simple To Install
  • Guaranteed High Performance – With dual bending beam and shear web designs.
  • Immersion Protected as Standard – For outdoor or harsh industrial environments.
  • Fully Submersible Versions Available – Ideal for permanent marine and offshore applications.
  • Improved Accuracy – Specially designed rod end bearings which reduce extraneous forces.
  • Fast and Simple Installation – With standard or customised mounting bases and design fixtures.


Applied Measurements DBB Z-beam load cell / S-beam load cell is suitable for use in tension or compression.  The design lends itself to both force and load measurement applications such as those found on tensile testing machines, suspended hoppers and geotechnical test equipment, as well as a wide range of other general-purpose applications.

The sensing principle employed on our Z-Beam load cell varies, with a dual bending beam design on the DBBE model which covers capacities from 50kg up to 1000kg and a shear web design on the DBBWAS model which cover ranges from 0-1500kg to 0-6000kg.  Both sensing principles offer inherently high accuracy and enable us to guarantee performance of better than ±0.03% of rated capacity.

All our DBB models are constructed from nickel-plated alloy steel.

If you require a Z-Beam load cell with capacities of less than 50kg or greater than 6,000kg, Applied Measurements DBBSM series of S-Beam load cells covers load ranges from 0-1kg (10N) up to 0-30,000kg (300kN).  Meanwhile, if you need to fit into a restricted space, our DBBSMM range of miniature S-Beam load cells will fit the bill.

Product Dimensions

DBB Z-Beam Load Cell Outline Drawing

Capacity (kgf)
W1 (nom)
Threads T
0-50 to 0-1000
M12 x 1.75
0-1500, 0-2000
M16 x 2.0
0-3000, 0-5000, 0-6000
M24 x 2.0


Rated Capacity (RC)0-50, 0-100, 0-150, 0-200, 0-300, 0-500, 0-10000-1500, 0-2000, 0-3000, 0-5000, 0-6000kg
Operating ModesTension/Compression/Tension & Compression
Sensitivity (RO)2.0 ±0.1%mV/V
Zero Balance/Offset<2±%/Rated Output
Total Error<0.03±%/Rated Output
Zero Return after 30 mins<0.03±%/Applied Load
Output Symmetry
(tension vs. compression)
<0.2 typical±%/Rated Output
Temperature Effect on Zero<0.003±%/Rated Load/˚C
Temperature Effect on Sensitivity<0.0015±%/Applied Load/˚C
Input Resistance400 ±20Ohms
Output Resistance350 ±3Ohms
Insulation Resistance>2000Megohms @ 50Vdc
Excitation Voltage10 recommended (2-15 acceptable)Volts AC or DC
Operating Temperature Range-30 to +70˚C
Compensated Temperature Range-10 to +45˚C
Storage Temperature Range-30 to +70˚C
Safe Overload150% of Rated Capacity
Ultimate Overload300% of Rated Capacity
Deflection @ Rated Capacity<0.4mm
Fundamental Resonant Frequency*200 to 1000 typical depending on capacityHz
IP Rating (Environmental Protection)IP67
Weight (excluding cable)0.7kg
Fatigue Life108 cycles typical (109 cycles on fatigue-rated version)
Cable Length (as standard)6metres
Cable Type6-core screened, PUR sheath, Ø6.3
ConstructionNickel Plated Alloy Steel
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.


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.

Case Studies

Force Measurement Determines The Effect of Girth Tension on Horse Gait

Equine Tension Load Cell

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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