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    Universal Load Cell | Universal S-Beam Force Sensor | DBBSM

    Accurate & Robust Force and Load Measuring - up to 5000kg IN STOCK
    DBBSM S-Beam Load Cell
    Rod Ends
    Load Buttons
    S-Beam with optional Rod Ends
    S-Beam mounted horizontally with optional rod ends
    S-Beam With ISO376 Compression Ball Assembly
    DBB S-Beam in Dead Weight Testing Machine
    s-beam infographic installation guide on how to install an s-beam load cell
    DBBSM S-Beam Load Cell Installed Yellow Pigment Machine
    360° View Videovideo/mp4
    Lead Time
    up to 5000kg IN STOCK
    Other ranges: 10 weeks
    Prices From
    (excl. VAT)
    Quantity, OEM & educational discounts
    3D CAD models available

    At a Glance

    • Capacities: 0-1kg up to 0-30,000kg
    • Output: 2mV/V to 2.7mV/V
    • Environmental Protection: IP51
    • High Accuracy: <±0.03%/RC
    • Custom Versions Available
    • Dual Bending Beam and Shear Web Designs
    • High Performance
    • Optional IP67 Sealing for Harsh Environments
    • Fully Submersible Marine & Offshore Versions
    • Standard or Customised Mounting Bases and Design Fixtures
    • Rod Ends and Load Buttons Available


    Applied Measurements DBBSM universal load cell is suitable for tension or compression. It lends itself to a wide 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.

    Our s-beam load cells are available to buy online from our webshop, with the 0-5000kg ranges in stock.

    Our universal load cell features a dual bending beam sensing design on all capacities up to 1000kg, while a shear web sensing design is used from 2500kg upwards.  Both designs offer excellent accuracy and are guaranteed to meet a specification of ±0.03% of the rated capacity of better.

    Applied Measurements rod-end bearings and load buttons are available (see gallery images) to suit all universal load cell capacities and provide optimal loading conditions to ensure that you get the best possible performance from your measuring system.  Plus, our expert knowledgeable team can customise the DBBSM s-beam load cell to suit your specific application.

    If you need to fit into a restricted space, our DBBSMM range of miniature S-Beam load cells will fit the bill.

    We are very happy with the recent purchase of S-beam load cell and handheld load cell indicator. The ease of which to order exactly what we needed, and the expertise shown by your staff made the whole experience event free. Delivery time was very good and when received load cell and indicator, installation was quick and simple unlike the last item we received from another supplier. We will definitely be using Applied Measurements for any further purchases if required.

    Paul Wilson, Quality Systems Engineer, NSG Group Email Review DBBSM S-Beam Load Cell, TR150 Handheld Indicator November 13, 2023

    We chose Applied Measurements’ DBBSM s-beam load cells as the pigment is £1000 per tonne so has to be extremely accurate.

    Paul Akers, Works Manager, PD Edenhall Ltd Universal Load Cell | Universal S-Beam Force Sensor | DBBSM May 31, 2018

    Technical Specifications

    Rated Capacity (RC)kgf0-1, 0-2, 0-5, 0-10, 0-25, 0-50, 0-100, 0-250, 0-500, 0-1000, 0-2500, 0-5000, 0-10000, 0-20000, 0-30000
    Operating ModesTension/Compression/Tension & Compression
    Sensitivity (RO)mV/V2.7 nominal (2.0 nominal on 10000kgf>)
    Zero Balance/Offset±%/Rated Output<1.0
    Zero Return after 30 mins±%/Applied Load<0.03
    Output Symmetry (tension vs. compression)±%/Rated Output0.1 to 0.25 typical
    Non-Linearity±%/Rated Output (BFSL)<0.03
    Hysteresis% / Rated Output<0.03
    Repeatability±%/Rated Output<0.02
    Temperature Effect on Zero±%/Rated Output/˚C<0.005
    Temperature Effect on Sensitivity±%/Applied Load/˚C<0.005
    Input ResistanceOhms375-420 nominal
    Output ResistanceOhms340-360 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 +70
    Storage Temperature Range˚C-20 to +80
    Safe Overload% of Rated Capacity150
    Ultimate Overload% of Rated Capacity200
    Maximum Safe Side Load% of Rated Capacity30
    Deflection @ Rated Capacitymmsee dimensional table
    Fundamental Resonant Frequency*Hzsee dimensional table
    IP Rating (Environmental Protection)IP51 (IP67 optional 50kg capacity and higher only)
    Weight (excluding cable)kgsee dimensional table
    Fatigue LifeConsult Sales
    Cable Length (as standard)metres3
    Cable Type4-core screened, PUR sheath, Ø5
    Construction Material1kg-100kg: Aluminium Alloy / 250kg-30,000kg: Stainless 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

    DBBSM Outline
    CAPACITY (kgf)
    Threads T
    Deflection mmWeight kgResonant Frequency Hz
    1, 2, 5, 10, 25
    M8 x 1.25
    0.55; 0.58; 0.51; 0.41; 0.360.08594; 130; 212; 326; 536
    50, 100, 250
    M8 x 1.25
    0.410.14; 0.14; 0.33530; 740; 715
    500, 1000
    M12 x 1.75
    0.41; 0.560.56; 0.58760; 900
    2500, 5000
    M16 x 2.0
    0.33; 0.431.33; 1.351200; 1700
    M30 x 2.0
    20,000, 30,000
    M45 x 3.0
    0.16; 0.1616;161100; 1400

    Note: Capacities of 10,000kg and up
    have rounded shoulders

    All dimensions are in mm

    Wiring Details

    Red+ve excitation
    Blue-ve excitation
    Green+ve signal (tension)
    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 an S-Beam Load Cell

    Our Applied Measurements experts have put together a 5-step guide to demonstrate how to correctly install an S-beam 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 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 S-beam load cell.  As this can cause damage to the load cell.

    Step 3 – Always Leave a Gap

    Ensure that the rod ends and load buttons do not touch the central beam.  If a gap is not maintained, the central beam will not be able to move freely when tension or compressive force is applied.

    Step 4 – Mount on a Flat Surface

    Always secure the S-beam load cell to a clean, flat surface of better than 0.005mm surface flatness.

    Step 5 – Contact with Active Area Only

    When installing the S-beam load cell ensure the load is applied to the active end area only.

    s-beam infographic installation guide on how to install an s-beam load cell
    Graphic by Wendy Jeffery

    Mounting and Installation Accessories

    Load Buttons and Rod End Bearings

    Designed to align forces through the principle 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 Compression Use

    Load Button Diagram
    THREAD TM8 x 1.25M12 x 1.75M16 x 2M24 x 2M30 x 2M45 x 3

    Rod End Bearings for Tension Use

    • 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.
    • Zinc plated for corrosion resistance.
    • Are maintenance-free (in bearings with Elgoglide®, lubricant leads to a considerable reduction in bearing life)
    • Fitted with radial spherical plain bearings GE..UK or GE..UK-2RS
    • Hard chromium/PTFE composite or hard chromium/Elgoglide® sliding contact surfaces.
    • Enables compact adjacent construction thanks to its thin walled design of the eye housing.
    Rod End Bearing

    (right hand thread)
    (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
    • GAR..UK and GAL..UK for shaft diameters from 6mm to 30mm
    • GAR..UK-2RS and GAL..UK-2RS for shaft diameters from 35mm to 80mm

    ISO 12 240-4, dimension series E, type M
    Sliding contact surface: hard chromium/PTFE

    Series GAR..UK
    Sliding material: PTFE composite

    Sliding material: Elgoglide®

    Rod End Bearings GAR UK 2RS
    DBBSM-1kg to 250kg8GAR 8 UK-0.0298-0.008168-0.121310.224M8
    DBBSM-500kg to 1000kg12GAR 12 UK-0.08612 -0.0082210-0.121814.934M12
    DBBSM-2500kg to 5000kg17GAR 17 UK-0.1917-0.0083014-0.122520.746M16
    DBBSM-10,000kg30GAR 30 UK-0.8930-0.014722-0.1240.734.273M30x2
    DBBSM-20,000kg to 30,000kg50-GAR 50 UK-2RS3.450-0.0127535-0.126655.9112M45 x 3
    TYPEDegreesChamfer DimensionBasic Load Ratings 1)Radial Internal ClearanceShaft Diameter
    hC1αl1l2l7r1s min.dyn. Cr Nstat. C0r Nd
    DBBSM-5kg to 250kg426152254140.35 85012 9000 - 0.0328
    DBBSM-500kg to 1000kg548112871180.311 40030 1000 - 0.03212
    DBBSM-2500kg to 5000kg6911103692230.322 40056 5000 - 0.0417
    DBBSM-10,000kg11019665146.5370.665 500138 0000 - 0.0530
    DBBSM-20,000kg to 30,000kg185306107241600.6442 000313 0000 - 0.0650
    1) Basic load rating of housing.
    In rod ends with the sliding material Elgoglide®, the basic load rating C0r of the housing is less than the basic dynamic load rating Cr of the bearing.


    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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