Load Cells in Various Industries and Applications

What Is A Load Cell? Load cells, or commonly known as load cell transducers, are critical yet significant components in most industrial weighing systems. By definition, load cells are sensors that measure and convert weight- or more accurately, directional force into an electrical signal. Designed to be a highly accurate device, load cell can be used to measure compression, tension, shear forces or bending. 

How Are Load Cells Classified?

Load cell are available in different configurations and standards, depending on the intended application and environment. Included in the various types of load cells available, varying models and styles can be distinguished in two key ways:

  1. Through the specific method they use to detect weight (includes compression load cells, tension load cell and other measurement variations)
  2. Through the type of output signal generated (includes hydraulic load cells, piezoelectric load cell and various other configurations)

Gedge System - Bending Beam Load Cell
Gedge System - S Type Load Cell

Gedge System - Single Point Load Cell

Load Cells in Various Industries and Applications

Load cell find their application in a variety of industries that demand accuracy and precision, which means that they play such an important role in modern commerce. Global sales still rely on precise weight measurement, Industrial companies require precise quality control systems, while Manufacturing companies need consistency and safety processes. Load cells are also widely used in Medical and Laboratory settings to achieve accurate measurements for a wide variety of scientific and research purposes. From measuring things as small as a needle to as heavy as big drilling machines, you will find load cell everywhere. Compared to traditional mechanical platform weighing devices, load cells are proven to be a far more reliable and cost-effective choice for companies in the long-run. However, the idea of measuring any weight or force is never limited to a specific industry or application. 

Here are some of the most common load cell applications you may or may not be familiar with: 


Usually installed on hoppers or reactors to control weight capacity, load cell play a critical and important part in industrial processes. Gedge Systems has a wide range of products for process weighing applications, including load cell which are built with the highest quality of materials to ensure reliable and long-lasting performance. 


Load cell are extremely essential when it comes to product testing, especially when the product being tested is focused on weight, volume, and even durability. In an industry where time means money, and being a fast-paced company means making more sales such as the food and beverage industry, a fast production and operation is a must. This is where load cell batching assists in batch weighing and ingredient control systems which means less time for manual control. As for the other manufacturing industries which produce other goods such as perfumes, insecticides, additives and corrosive chemicals, load cell are also used when weighing chemical products in batches for packaging.


This load cell application covers the distribution, measurement and over all packing of agricultural products including animal feeds, seeds for planting, and water as most agricultural companies distribute these products in large batches or quantities. Thanks to load cell, every client has the assurance that what they get is of the right quantity and weight.


Load cell are also used in the automotive industry as you can see them on car engine parts, valve calibration, etc. Designed to optimize car safety, reliability, and durability, load cell and other force monitoring systems are crucial in testing out an automobile’s safety. Numerous companies and brands rely on load cell testing when it comes to designing, developing and testing motor vehicles.


It is no secret that in the medical field, accuracy in testing and weighing is used every second of everyday. Most medical research equipment uses load cells for procedural testing because when you work in this industry, accuracy is key. Getting accurate data is the only way to provide the proper treatment that a patient needs. This is why the medical industry covers a huge field of applications and why they have relied on load cells to assist them solve their weighing and measurement needs.

These are just some of the most commonly used load cell applications but since load cell are used for accurate measurement, it can be customised depending on your needs. If you want to know more about load cells and the weighing industry in general, the dedicated engineers from Gedge Systems will be pleased to help you out.


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