• Tension / compression / bi-directional calibration
  • Low profile with recessed centre boss
  • Fatigue rated on ranges 10kN and above
  • Sealed to IP65
  • Hardened stainless steel construction
  • Traceable calibration with certificate included in the standard price

F318 Pancake Loadcell

Geometry: Shear web structure with high axial and lateral mechanical stiffness.

The loadcell has good output symmetry between compression and tension operation. All standard bi-directional loadcells are calibrated in both modes.

Ranges up to 20kN have counter bored and tapped outer fixing holes enabling versatile fixing options without loss of the low height advantage.

The F318 pancake loadcell has a recessed boss. If you require a raised boss the F254 may be more suitable. The F254 has standard ranges from 25 to 200kN.

We are happy to design variants of this loadcell to meet your specific requirements. Versions can be manufactured for fully compensated operation up to +250°C. Please consult our engineering department. Details of our other loadcell families can be found in the Loadcell Specifier Guide.

Ordering Codes

See the loadcell ordering code sheet for more details. Add range in the required force units.
F318CFR0K0 Compression, IP65, unrationalised F318CFR0KN Compression, IP65, rationalised
F318TFR0K0 Tension, IP65, unrationalised F318TFR0KN Tension, IP65, rationalised
F318UFR0K0 Bi-directional, IP65, unrationalised F318UFR0KN Bi-directional, IP65, rationalised
Change the F to a P for the connector version.

F318 Specification

Parameter Value Unit
Non-linearity - Terminal ±0.1 % RL
Hysteresis ±0.1 % RL
Creep - 20 minutes ±0.05 % AL
Repeatability ±0.02 % RL
Rated output - Nominal 2.1 mV/V
Rated output - Rationalised 2 mV/V
Rationalisation tolerance (applies to single direction calibrations) ±0.1 % RL
Output symmetry ±0.5 % AO
Fatigue life (ranges 10kN and above) 108 RL cycles
Zero load output ±4 % RL
Temperature effect on rated output per °C ±0.005 % AL
Temperature effect on zero load output per °C ±0.005 % RL
Temperature range - Compensated -10 to +50 °C
Temperature range - Safe -10 to +80 °C
Excitation voltage - Recommended 10 V
Excitation voltage - Maximum 20 V
Bridge resistance 700 Ω
Insulation resistance - Minimum at 50Vdc 500
Fixing bolt torque See outline drawings. Nm
Overload - Safe 50 % RL
Overload - Ultimate 200 % RL
Sealing IP65  

All standard ranges are manufactured in stainless steel.

Structural stiffness - Nominal

Range (kN) Stiffness (N/m) Range (kN) Stiffness (N/m) Range (kN) Stiffness (N/m)
1 1.6 x 107 10 1.6 x 109 100 4.5 x 109
2 1.1 x 108 20 1.3 x 109 200 9.5 x 109
5 3.8 x 108 50 1.9 x 109 500 1.3 x 1010


  1. AL = Applied load.
  2. RL = Rated load.
  3. AO = Average of tension and compression outputs for full load.
  4. Temperature coefficients apply over the compensated range.


The loadcell is fitted with 2 metres of PVC insulated 4 core screened cable type 7-2-4C for ranges up to 20kN. Ranges above 20kN are fitted with 16-2-4C cable. A 4 pin Binder chassis plug option is available instead of the cable. For the ranges up to 20kN the plugs are 712 series, for 50kN and above 723 series are used.

Excitation + = Red or pin 1, Excitation - = Blue or pin 2, Signal + = Yellow or pin 3, Signal - = Green or pin 4, Screen = Orange.

Reverse the signal connections to obtain a positive signal in tension mode. The screen is not connected to the loadcell body.

Additional Information

Outline Outline drawing of F318 size 1 and 2. (1 to 20kN.)
Outline Outline drawing of F318 size 3 and 4. (50 to 500kN.)
Fittings Loadbuttons and socket plates.
STEP file STEP files for standard ranges.
Stock List Loadcell availability.
PDF data-sheet Printable data-sheet. Right click on the link to download the file.