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

High Accuracy, Robust and Easily Modified - Both Force and Load Measuring

DBBSM S-Beam Load Cell
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up to 5000kg IN STOCK
Other ranges: 10 weeks
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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
  • Guaranteed High Performance – With dual bending beam and shear web designs.
  • Optional IP67 Sealing for Harsh Environments
  • Fully Submersible Versions Available – For marine and offshore applications.
  • Fast and Simple to Install – With standard or customised mounting bases and design fixtures.
  • Improved Accuracy – Our specially designed rod end bearings reduce extraneous forces.
  • Customisation Available to Suit Your Specific Application.


Applied Measurements DBBSM universal load cell is suitable for use in tension or compression and 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 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 rated capacity of better.

Applied Measurements rod-end bearings and load buttons are available 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 knowledgable 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 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, 31/May/2018, Universal Load Cell | Universal S-Beam Force Sensor | DBBSM June 1, 2018

For our new larger mast range with large head loads we needed an instrument with a higher range up to 500kg and in a hurry, so that’s how we decided upon your product.

Gwyn Evans, Clark Masts Systems Limited, 22/Jan/2016 Read the Case Study Universal Load Cell | Universal S-Beam Force Sensor | DBBSM January 21, 2016

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<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 Life108 cycles typical (109 cycles on fatigue-rated version)
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
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


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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    S-Beam Load Cells Promise Accurate Pigment Dispensing

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    We chose Applied Measurements’ DBBSM s-beam load cells as the pigment is £1000 per tonne so has to be extremely accurate” says Paul Akers, Works Manager at PD Edenhall Ltd. One of the largest independent concrete facing brick manufacturer in the UK, needed a way to accurately monitor the amount of pigment being dispensed into the weigh hopper throughout the manufacture of concrete facing bricks.  The pigment amount needs to be precise as inaccurate amounts of pigment can lead to incorrect colour blends leading to a loss in sales and profit. Read how our accurate DBBSM s-beam load cells and intuitive4-L digital indicators were used in this construction industry application.

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    With huge capacities of up to 30,000kg and an accuracy of <±0.03% of the rated capacity, the highly accurate DBBSM S-beam load cell really is the knight in stainless steel armour. Not only can it efficiently handle the larger loads in the guys, it can also be supplied in less than 1 week! Its tough construction makes it ideal to use in the harsh outdoor conditions on the guy cables.

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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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