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Vol. 71, Issue 9, September 2006, pp. 686-691




Make Your Own Plug-and-Play Load Cell System and Eliminate Costly User Errors


Dr. Raymond B. SEPE, Jr.,

Electro Standards Laboratories

36 Western Industrial Drive, Cranston, RI 02921, USA

Telephone: 1-401-943-1164, fax: 1-401-946-5790

E-mail: eslab@electrostandards.com

URL: http://www.ElectroStandards.com



Received: 24 May 2006   /Accepted: 20 September 2006   /Published: 25 September 2006


Abstract. It is advantageous to have an efficient instrument that can automatically identify the load cell that is being attached to it and self-install the proper calibration data. When a new load cell is connected to the instrument, the appropriate calibration factors need to be installed in the instrument. Manual data entry or selecting from a database of stored calibration parameters introduces the possibility of user error. Loading the wrong parameters for a load cell, or corrupting the existing calibration data can lead to erroneous results and costly re-calibration expenses. An easy way to make a plug-and-play load cell system is presented in this paper.


Keywords: Load cell, Force measurements, TEDS, Transducer Electronic Datasheet, Calibration


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