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.
|Rated Capacity (RC)||kgf||0-1, 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 Modes||Tension/Compression/Tension & Compression|
|Sensitivity (RO)||mV/V||2.7 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 Output||0.1 to 0.25 typical|
|Hysteresis||% / Rated Output||<0.03|
|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||see dimensional table|
|Fundamental Resonant Frequency*||Hz||see dimensional table|
|IP Rating (Environmental Protection)||IP51 (IP67 optional 50kg capacity and higher only)|
|Weight (excluding cable)||kg||see dimensional table|
|Fatigue Life||Consult Sales|
|Cable Length (as standard)||metres||3|
|Cable Type||4-core screened, PUR sheath, Ø5|
|Construction Material||1kg-100kg: Aluminium Alloy / 250kg-30,000kg: Stainless 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.|
|Deflection mm||Weight kg||Resonant Frequency Hz|
1, 2, 5, 10, 25
M8 x 1.25
|0.55; 0.58; 0.51; 0.41; 0.36||0.085||94; 130; 212; 326; 536|
50, 100, 250
M8 x 1.25
|0.41||0.14; 0.14; 0.33||530; 740; 715|
M12 x 1.75
|0.41; 0.56||0.56; 0.58||760; 900|
M16 x 2.0
|0.33; 0.43||1.33; 1.35||1200; 1700|
M30 x 2.0
M45 x 3.0
|0.16; 0.16||16;16||1100; 1400|
Note: Capacities of 10,000kg and up
have rounded shoulders
All dimensions are in mm
|Green||+ve signal (tension)|
|Screen||To ground - not connected to load cell body|
Ordering Codes & Options
|Core Product||Capacity (inc Engineering Units)||Cable Length (m)||Specials Code||Example 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.
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
|THREAD T||M8 x 1.25||M12 x 1.75||M16 x 2||M24 x 2||M30 x 2||M45 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.
(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
Sliding material: PTFE composite
Sliding material: Elgoglide®
|LOAD CELL||SHAFT DIAMETER||ORDERING CODE||MASS||DIMENSIONS|
|d||WITHOUT SEALS||WITH SEALS||≈ kg||d||D||B||dK||d1||d2||d3|
|DBBSM-1kg to 250kg||8||GAR 8 UK||-||0.029||8-0.008||16||8-0.12||13||10.2||24||M8|
|DBBSM-500kg to 1000kg||12||GAR 12 UK||-||0.086||12 -0.008||22||10-0.12||18||14.9||34||M12|
|DBBSM-2500kg to 5000kg||17||GAR 17 UK||-||0.19||17-0.008||30||14-0.12||25||20.7||46||M16|
|DBBSM-10,000kg||30||GAR 30 UK||-||0.89||30-0.01||47||22-0.12||40.7||34.2||73||M30x2|
|DBBSM-20,000kg to 30,000kg||50||-||GAR 50 UK-2RS||3.4||50-0.012||75||35-0.12||66||55.9||112||M45 x 3|
|TYPE||Degrees||Chamfer Dimension||Basic Load Ratings 1)||Radial Internal Clearance||Shaft Diameter|
|h||C1||α||l1||l2||l7||r1s min.||dyn. Cr N||stat. C0r N||d|
|DBBSM-5kg to 250kg||42||6||15||22||54||14||0.3||5 850||12 900||0 - 0.032||8|
|DBBSM-500kg to 1000kg||54||8||11||28||71||18||0.3||11 400||30 100||0 - 0.032||12|
|DBBSM-2500kg to 5000kg||69||11||10||36||92||23||0.3||22 400||56 500||0 - 0.04||17|
|DBBSM-10,000kg||110||19||6||65||146.5||37||0.6||65 500||138 000||0 - 0.05||30|
|DBBSM-20,000kg to 30,000kg||185||30||6||107||241||60||0.6||442 000||313 000||0 - 0.06||50|
|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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