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Navigating Custom Load Cells Presentation

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Thinking you might need a custom load cell?
Interface Engineers teach you how to determine when and why a custom load cell is needed, and about our unique capabilities.
Learn what aspects of your application will determine the need for a custom load cell. Learn the features of a standard load cell, and the difference between special adaptation and pure custom load cells.

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Navigating Custom Load Cells Presentation

  1. 1. Agenda • Determining Factors • Definitions • Standard Load Cell Features • Special Adaptation • Pure Custom • Why Interface? • Q&A
  2. 2. Determining Factors • Your Application • Environment • Size vs. Capacity • Performance Specifications • Connectors & Cable Length • Mounting Needs • Output Needs • OEM
  3. 3. Environment • Hot or Cold? Dry or Wet? Inside or Outside? Lab or Production Line? • Special Considerations for the Oil & Gas and Industrial Industries • Materials • Sealing • Vacuum • Electrical Noise
  4. 4. Size vs. Capacity • Special Sizes to Fit Your Application • Custom Capacities • Small Load Cells w/ Large Capacities • Large Load Cells w/ Small Capacities
  5. 5. Performance Specifications • What specifications are most important to you?
  6. 6. Mounting Needs • What To & How You Mount a Load Cell is Important! – Flange vs Integral Stud – Threads – Legacy Mounting – Custom Adapters
  7. 7. Connectors & Cable Length • Our Standard Connectors Include: • Custom Connectors Also Available
  8. 8. Output Needs • mV/V • Trimmed or Not • Amplification – ±5V – ±10V – 4-20 mA – Digital • Amplifier Gains • Internal vs Inline Amps
  9. 9. OEM • Specific Needs • High Production Volumes • Consistency is Important • Efficient & Cost Effective
  10. 10. Definitions • Standard Product – in the catalog • Special Adaptation – adaptation of a standard product • Pure Custom – 100% New Design • NRE – Non-Recurring Engineering
  11. 11. Standard Load Cell Features – Flexure – Base – Integral Thread – Connectors – Material Type: • Stainless • Alloy • Aluminum – Outputs
  12. 12. Special Adaptation – Changing features of a standard product to better fit your application. (Can include paint color) – NRE (non-recurring engineering) – $ hundreds to thousands depending – Requires longer lead times to develop – Great For: OEM & Private Label – NASA is one of Interface’s largest Special Adaptation customer
  13. 13. Special Adaptation Example • NASA – 200K Integral Studs (10, 20, 50, & 200K) – Updated: • Capacities • Performance • Mounting
  14. 14. Special Adaptation Example • Major Medical Manufacturer – Adapted Load Button – Increased Performance – Special Connector – TEDS
  15. 15. Special Adaptation Example • Agricultural Equipment Manufacturer – Dual Bridge – Dual Amplified
  16. 16. Pure Custom – Larger NRE – $ thousands to tens of thousands – Requires even longer lead times to develop – Oil & Gas and Medical industries are our biggest customers – When it becomes a pure custom
  17. 17. Pure Custom Example SML Custom
  18. 18. Why Interface? – Best Engineering Team in the Industry – FEA Analysis Expertise – State of the Art Cad Cam Systems – Expedited Prototyping – Fully Integrated –load cells are designed, machined, assembled and tested in-house – We continue to expand our capabilities and standard product line – We have expanded our in-house capabilities for OEM indicator design
  19. 19. Questions?
  20. 20. Thank You!

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