1. Can I have this standard model loadcell with some changes?
  2. Do you have an explanation of the terms used on your data-sheets?
  3. Can I measure down to 1N with my 20kN loadcell?
  4. Are your force calibrations traceable?
  5. Are your loadcells supplied with a calibration certificate or is calibration an additional cost?
  6. I require some additional calibration points for my loadcell to improve measurement accuracy. Can you help?
  7. Do you repair loadcells?
  8. Will changing the length of the cable affect the output of a loadcell?

Q. Can I have this standard model loadcell with some changes?

A. Yes, this is Novatech’s market niche. Small modifications or new concept loadcells are inexpensive and available even for single loadcell orders. A small selection of the many custom designs that we have produced can be found in the Applications section.

Q. Do you have an explanation of the terms used on your data-sheets?

A. Yes. Engineering Application Sheet E014: Glossary of Loadcell Terms explains the meaning of a lot of the terms used on the loadcell data-sheets. If you need further clarification please contact us.

Q. Can I measure down to 1N with my 20kN loadcell?

A. No you need to choose a loadcell with a full range compatible with the measurement points required. This may need more than one loadcell to cover a wide range of forces. The selection of the range required is explained in Engineering Application Sheet E003: Loadcell Range Selection.

Q. Are your force calibrations traceable?

A. The references used on our force calibration rigs all have calibrations that are traceable to European standards. Traceability is maintained by a programme of regular equipment test and recalibration.

Q. Are your loadcells supplied with a calibration certificate or is calibration an additional cost?

A. All new Novatech loadcells except the F303 are calibrated with references that are traceable to European standards and a calibration certificate is issued. This is included in the standard loadcell price. The F303 is a low cost force sensor and it is only supplied with a value for its full range output in mV/V. This value is measured using the same traceable force references that are used for a full calibration.

Q. I require some additional calibration points for my loadcell to improve measurement accuracy. Can you help?

A. Our standard calibration gives loadcell outputs for 0, 50 and 100% of rated load for increasing load, 50 and 0% of rated load for decreasing load. If you need more points we are always happy to quote for special calibrations.

Q. Do you repair loadcells?

A. If it is economically viable we will repair damaged loadcells even if they are manufactured by another company.

Q. Will changing the length of the cable affect the output of a loadcell?

A. Yes it will. The change is small but it can be significant in applications where high accuracy is required. More information can be found in Engineering Application Sheet E012 - Electrical.

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This is only a small selection of the questions that we have been asked. If you need answers to other questions our engineering department will be happy to help.