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Measurement Specialties, Hampton, VA, offers the Microfused™ line of load cells that allows design engineers to use direct force measurement in various OEM applications where the technology may previously have been too expensive. The sensors are manufactured by fusing silicon strain gages at high temperature with inorganic glass to the load-measuring member. The glass bonding process eliminates the instabilities associated with conventional epoxy bonded strain gages, creating a durability and stability within the sensor.

The load cells feature low deflection and inherently low mass, which enable low-end resolution and provide unlimited fatigue life expectancy. Microfused™ load cells have been tested to ten million cycles and beyond with no indication of fatigue failure. Standard ranges from 750 grams up to 2000 lbf are offered with either millivolt or amplified outputs.

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This article first appeared in the August, 2007 issue of Defense Tech Briefs Magazine.

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