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Premier Multi-Year Calibration Services

ANNOUNCING our new Premier Multi-Year Calibration Services

This will reduce the time and lost productivity of managing your yearly calibration schedule!

Let us take the hassle and guess work out of your calibration management process!

Cooper Instruments and Systems will handle the process of your Yearly Force and Pressure Calibration needs! This new service agreement is now available to our customers. This highly convenient Service Agreement takes the guess work out of your calibration schedule allowing your company to maintain your internal quality standards.

BENEFITS TO YOUR COMPANY

  • Priority Expert technical support by email or phone
  • Lock in no price increases or changes during the life of your contract
  • Ensure Proper quality Controls are met and maintained prior to unexpected Audits
  • On time delivery of all orders with your calibration schedule
  • Special discount pricing for new equipment on all 3 year service contracts
  • Priority handling on all your orders
  • Monitor & Manage your Multi-Year Calibration Schedule with automated notifications
  • Calibrations are done on our state of the art Calibration equipment
  • An additional 2 month warranty, on calibration services
  • Convenience Access to your equipment’s historical calibration data
  • Verification in your measurement accuracy

All in-house calibrations are NIST Traceable. We offer 17025 and ASTM E74 calibration services through our partner network.

Inquire today about our 1, 2, and 3 year Service Contracts.

We can also customize any of our Service Contracts based on your company’s needs.

Call our sales department today to discuss the benefits of these new service contracts for your company’s Calibration Management.

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Cooper Instruments—Force, Pressure, Torque, Weight,
Plus All Your Calibration Needs

“ Standard Products to Engineered Solutions ”

Cooper Instruments & Systems is a worldwide leading supplier of force and pressure instrumentation, sensor systems and custom calibration services. Headquartered in Virginia since 1988, our force load and pressure products and systems have been used extensively around the globe. Our applications cross numerous industries. See our core products and services below.

Our catalog is currently under construction. If you are looking for a specific product or are unable to find something that you have ordered before, please reach out to us using our contact form or give us a call at 1-800-344-3921, and we would be happy to help.

Force, Pressure, Torque, Weight and Data Made Simple

Our dedicated sales professionals, customer service representatives and technical staff are the best in the business. Whether you need load cell instrumentation, force instruments, and pressure sensors/transmitters, transducers, test stands or a completely calibrated system, we will develop the right solution to meet your needs.

From initial consultation to estimating, scheduling and planning, order processing, development and testing, manufacturing, and shipping, you can be assured that Cooper Instruments is involved throughout every step in the process. We will meet your specifications from products and calibration to deadline and budget.

Our products are tested and retested to ensure precise results for every use and application. Our state-of-the-art testing lab ensures that all calibration services meet the strictest industry and testing guidelines. Thousands of businesses have turned to Cooper Instruments for complete solutions with their force, pressure and measurement needs.

Why Choose Cooper Instruments & Systems?

We aren’t just a distributor of the force and pressure instruments that keep your industry running, we’re a manufacturer. This gives us the freedom to build and customize solutions to suit your precise specifications. If you don’t find the exact equipment components you need on our category pages, we’ll gladly help. If we don’t have it, we’ll modify an existing piece to meet your requirements. We pride ourselves on our willingness to work with customers for accurate results — just let us know and we can customize what you need to meet OEM standards.

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A few of the primary products and services we provide include:

    • Load Cells: We sell every type of load cell, including beam, S-beam, subminiature, compact, canister, pancake, donut, tension, compression and platform load cells. These devices give an electrical output signal proportional to applied force or weight. We have the advantage over the competition with our unique ability to offer a range of load cell capacities from zero to 10 grams to zero to 3 million pounds, as well as competitive pricing to meet your budget.
    • Calibration Services: Whether you originally purchased your instruments from us or not, our expert technicians provide precision calibration for pressure, load and torque sensors with optional test standards traceable to NIST Z540 with A2LA certification through one of our partners. Our top priority is ongoing accuracy, so we offer discounts if you sign up for a contract for one, two or three years at a guaranteed price. We’ll even send automatic reminders for calibration due dates to keep your instruments accurate without you putting the time in to keep track.
    • Pressure Transducers/Gauges: Most often used to convert gas or liquid media into an electrical signal, these sensors and gauges are required in several industrial work processes. We offer countless styles, like units with flush diaphragm pressure ports and standard NPT, absolute and differential pressure measurement and gauge transducers. With transducers from 0.5 psi to 60,000 psi and a variety of outputs like voltage, current and millivolt, Cooper Instruments & Systems can offer what you need.
    • Test Stands: We sell a T-Rex test stand that accommodates several materials and components. With the capacity for four tons in tension and 10 in compression, it can complete extraction force tests, mechanical connection tests, verification of adhesive bond strength and other processes for concrete, adhesives, foils, paper, wood and more. Our tables can come with custom qualities and optional components for customers with specific job needs that the original table won’t work for.

    Industries We Serve

    At Cooper Instruments & Systems, you can consider us a one-stop shop no matter what industry you’re in. Instead of wasting time shopping around for the various equipment you need to get the job done right, come to us for the perfect solution across the board. We have extensive experience serving industries like automotive, construction, manufacturing, aerospace, energy, laboratories, materials testing, food and beverage, medical and countless others.

    United States, Europe and Asia Markets

    Whether your business is located in Virginia, New Jersey, California or Minnesota, or you operate plants in Brussels, Germany, or Japan, we can deliver your order well packaged, safely and on time.

    For more information please call 1-800-344-3921, or 540-349-4746, or Request a Quote here.

Cooper Instruments—Force, Pressure and All Your Calibration Needs

Calibration Services

Cooper Instruments provides precision calibration services for load and torque sensors as well as those for pressure. Some of the specific instrument calibration services and applications we offer include scale calibration service, strain gauge load, torque, and pressure calibration service and more:

  • Load cell calibration service: Completing load cell calibration and testing keeps your machinery weighing accurately and stops inconsistencies from throwing off your operations. When you need load cell recalibration repair, trust Cooper Instruments to get your equipment back to you at peak performance for quality assurance, regulatory compliance and more.
  • Torque wrench calibration service: We have the proper tools to calibrate your equipment with torque applications in a wide range of power.
  • Pressure gauge precision calibration: Our pressure transducer/transmitter and pressure gauge calibration service keeps your measurements exact year after year, so your overall production process remains accurate and precise.

Our laboratory employs test standards that are NIST traceable for calibration. We offer Z540 with A2LA certification via a third party partner. We assure certification, assuring maximum accuracy in our calibration process. With the aid of micro adjustable custom test stands, we are able to accurately test to any required load and verify performance against our ultra-high precision control standards.

Our precision load standards and test stands provide the ultimate in load cell system testing, verification and calibration services. We offer all the standard calibrations regularly requested, i.e. 3 point – 2 run, providing verification of nonlinearity and hysteresis performance, as well as our 5 point single run providing verification of nonlinearity and repeatability.

We are also able to perform any calibration requirement you have, just let us know your requirements and date of delivery and we will be happy to meet your needs.

Calibration Services

Cooper Instruments & Systems Calibration Contracts

We want to make your calibration services an easy step toward keeping your instrumentation and processes highly precise. Countless industries like medical, manufacturing, construction, materials testing, laboratory work and more require accurate results in order to produce meaningful work. Calibration is key, and it needs to happen regularly with even the most high-end equipment. To take the stress off you, we can keep track of your equipment to determine the due date for its next calibration servicing. If you want, we’ll even send automatic reminders.

Many customers have gotten maximum benefit out of our calibration services by signing up for one of our contracts. They’re available for one-, two- or three-year periods at a guaranteed price, and we’ll take care of your yearly force and pressure calibration during that period. We even provide the option to customize a service contract if your company has specific requirements. Just call us at 540-349-4746 or 1-800-344-3921, or email us to discuss options. You’ll receive discounts just for signing up and gain immediate access to countless benefits like:

  • Priority: With any one of our contracts, you’ll get priority technical support from our experts by email or phone — it’s your choice. We’ll also provide priority handling on the orders you place with us.
  • Control: Several elements of your calibration services will be locked in when you sign up for a contract. This way, you’ll know what to expect for years and won’t have to worry about any surprises. The price will stay the same, including the discounts you qualify for, throughout the life of the contract. Furthermore, our deliveries of your orders will be on time every time, in line with your pre-set calibration schedule.
  • Warranty: With our contract, we provide an additional two months of warranty on the calibration services we perform. Whether we’re completing pressure transducer calibration services, torque sensor precision calibration services or any other work on your equipment, we’re confident enough in the quality of our services to extend our warranty with a contract.
  • Information: We keep information-gathering convenient, including access to historical calibration data for any of your components. If you need to know the exact load sensor precision calibration services or other work we’ve done for your components throughout the years, we’ll get it to you right away.
  • Quality: We use state-of-the-art calibration equipment for your services to make sure everything we do is highly accurate. We’ll keep up with quality controls, so they’re properly met and constantly maintained on your equipment — this way, you don’t have to stress about unexpected audits. We perform 17025 and ASTM E74 calibrations through our partner network. You can expect all our work to be high quality, and any in-house calibrations we perform are NIST-traceable.

Returns / Calibrations

To return items to Cooper instruments and/or request calibration estimate, please download one of the forms below (PDF or Word doc), fill out appropriate information and either email or fax back to Cooper Instruments at 540-347-4755. We will approve it, assign an RMA # and return to you to include in your shipment.

Contact Cooper Instruments & Systems

We know you can’t wait around for pressure precision calibration services when you need your machinery in top-functioning condition for day-to-day work. We complete calibration services throughout the United States and internationally at our facility in Virginia. No matter where your company is located, contact us to talk about a service agreement or request a free quote here.

 

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Force and Pressure, Digital Instrumentation and Complete Custom System Solutions and Calibration Services by Cooper Instruments & Systems

Cooper Instruments is a leader in the force and pressure measurement and testing industry. We sell, calibrate and distribute complete product custom force and pressure application solutions to meet your measurement needs and objective.

Cooper Instruments Incorporated in 1985. Independently owned and operated, Sam Cooper and Rex Cooper’s main objective was to build a company that could fill a niche for custom force and pressure product solutions to span a wide variety of industries.

“We are more than a load cell, transducer and digital instrumentation distribution and sales company. We use our vast industry and engineering experience and put it to work for our clients to build solid force and pressure system solutions with custom calibration services. We discovered our niche.”
– Sam Cooper

Today, Cooper Instruments and Systems is owned and operated by Rex Cooper. Rex continues to incorporate his late father’s philosophy, drive and spirit into every aspect of the company business. We provide complete calibration services for our custom designed and engineered system solutions.

“We use our expertise to build systems and application solutions to meet our clients specifications. We offer top quality and durable Cooper Instruments products – load cells, force and pressure transducers, digital instrumentation, and calibrations services and we package that with the best service in the industry.”
– Rex Cooper

Q&A: Calibration Curve

Following is the transcript from a question and answer session conducted with a Cooper Instruments technical engineer.

Q: What is a calibration curve?

A: A calibration curve is the performance curve of the transducer; that is to say, its output in relationship to the range of applied loads from a no load condition to that of a full scale load.

If you were to measure the output of a 100 LBF load cell and record the output at 0, 25, 50, 75 and 100 LBF, theoretically you would have a curve much like the one in fig 1. As this is a perfect example, the performance curve is a straight line. In real world conditions however, there will always be a slight error that will prevent a straight line, but depending on the amount of error, the performance could possibly be accepted as straight. Whether the performance is good or not, the resulting performance representation is considered a “curve”.

Q: How is it calculated?

A: As shown above, the calibration curve is not calculated but rather it’s measured. Some calibrations are calculated if, during a calibration, the lab is unable to apply certain data points or force points. In cases like this, the laboratory can turn to statistical tools to calculate what the performance is most likely to be at these unmeasured points. It is; however, always best to stay away from extrapolating data unless absolutely necessary.

Q: Most indicators offer a 2-point calibration: what does that mean?

A: An indicator is a device that allows the user to equate a desired engineering unit to the output of the transducer. Most indicators allow for what is called a 2-point calibration, meaning you can define only 2 points on the calibration curve and the meter assumes a straight (linear) curve. So, if you follow the recommendations in the manual, you will use a no load condition of your transducer and define it as your zero load point. The second point is usually your full load point, and in the case found in Fig 1, the full scale would be defined as 100. Consequently, when the meter reads exactly half the value of the full scale point, the meter will report 50.

Q: What are the limitations of a 2-point calibration?

A: The limitation to a 2 point calibration is that it assumes your transducer is performing at a theoretical (perfect) level. You’ve heard the saying “nature abhors a straight line”? Well, this is a very true saying, and applies to transducer performance just as much as it does to rivers and streams. Now, the effect of the lack of linearity depends on the errors due to inaccuracies and on the user’s quality requirements.

Let’s assume that the 100 LBF transducer in our example performs with a nonlinearity specification of ±1% at half scale, and the 2 point indicator has been calibrated at 0 Lbf and 100 Lbf, when 50 Lbf is applied, the display will read 50, but the actual force is in the range of 49 to 51 Lbf. So due to the 2-point calibration, the inaccuracy of the performance curve is hidden.

So in short, the limitation of a 2 point calibration is the inability to compensate for nonlinear performing load cells, yielding inaccurate readings.

**It’s important to note that a load cell will always perform within OEM specification limits when new. However, after prolonged use and age the performance will begin to degrade, and a 2 point calibration may not be able to compensate for this change.

Q: How does using a multi-point calibration linearize a load cell’s

performance?

A: Now that we know there can be an amount of error between 2 points of a curve, it stands to reason that if we shorten the distance between the points, the smaller the errors will be had between those same points.

So, if we calibrate our meter with more than 2 points, we will begin to reduce the measured errors and improve the performance of the load cell system. In Fig-2 below you can see the same 2 point calibration curve in the blue dotted line. Compare this curve with that of the individual data points. You can see an error grows up to the halfway point and then reduces as it gets to the highest data point.

If we were to use a 5-point calibration method on this instance, you would get a performance more on the lines that the black line represents. Fig-3 demonstrates the new calibration curve with the red dotted line, when applying the multi-point calibration for 5 points.

Q: How does a linearized performance prolong the useful life of a load cell?

A: As the load cell ages with use, the linear performance will decay. With the use of a 2 point calibration, there will be a point where the load cell will not maintain the performance needed and may eventually get to a point where the errors cannot be compensated for.

With the use of an indicator with multi-point calibration functionality, the errors can be compensated for and performance can be maintained.

Q: What solutions can Cooper Instruments offer when an indicator with 2-point calibration is not sufficient for the user’s application?

A: Cooper Instruments offers several products with multi-point calibration

options:

The DFI INFINITY B, M3, M5 and 7i all allow for multi-point calibration. We also offer the DSC USB, which has software that allows for multi-point calibration. Our sales representatives would be happy to help you select the right product for your application.

As always, if you have any questions related to this material, our support staff at Cooper Instruments is available to help. Contact them by calling (800) 344-3921 or emailing sales@cooperinstruments.com.

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Calibration Services

Calibration Services

Calibration Services

Cooper Instruments provide precession calibration services for load and torque sensors as well as those for pressure.

Our laboratory employs test standards that are Z540 with A2LA certification, assuring maximum accuracy in our calibration process. With the aid of micro adjustable custom test stands, we are able to accurately test to any required load and verify performance against our ultra-high precision control standees.

Our precision load standards and test stands provide the ultimate in load cell system testing, verification and calibration services. We offer all the standard calibrations regularly requested, i.e. 3 point – 2 run, providing verification of nonlinearty and hysteresis performance, as well as our 5 point single run providing verification of nonlinearity and repeatability. 

We are also able to perform any calibration requirement you have, just let us know your requirements and date of delivery and we will be happy to meet your needs.

Returns / Calibrations

To return items to Cooper instruments and/or request calibration estimate, please download one of the forms below (PDF or Word doc), fill out appropriate information and either email or fax back to Cooper Instruments. We will approve it, assign an RMA # and return to you to include in your shipment.

Request Calibration Services

Cooper Instruments – Force, Pressure and All Your Calibration Needs

Cooper Instruments & Systems is a worldwide leading supplier of force and pressure instrumentation, sensor systems and custom calibration services. Headquartered in Virginia since 1988, our force and pressure products and systems have been used extensively around the globe. Our applications cross numerous industries. Click a link below to see a system applied in your industry:

From initial consultation to estimating, scheduling and planning, order processing, development and testing, manufacturing, and shipping, you can be assured that Cooper Instruments is involved throughout every step in the process. We will meet your specifications from products and calibration to deadline and budget.

Our products are tested and retested to ensure precise results for every use and application. Our state-of-the-art testing lab ensures that all calibration services meet the strictest industry and testing guidelines. Thousands o businesses have turned to Cooper Instruments for complete solutions with their force, pressure and measurement needs.

United States, Europe and Asia Markets.

Whether your business is located in Virginia, New Jersey, California or Minnesota, or you operate plants in Brussels, Germany, or Japan, we can deliver your order well packaged, safely and on time.

For more information please call 1-800-344-3921, or 540-349-4746, or click to Request a Quote here.

How to Select the Right Load Cell

How to select the right load cell

The process of choosing a load cell is often complicated by the fact that each option has its own unique benefits. Truth be told, different load cell applications have their own special requirements. As such, you should discuss load cell capacity requirements with a knowledgeable supplier in advance of making a selection.

The decision you arrive at based on the load cell selection criteria is only one step in the overall process of implementation. Beyond that, you must still ensure you correctly installed and equipped the load cell with the proper instrumentation, otherwise you will not get precise measurements. This load cell selection guide will help you make a more informed choice.

Understand Your Application

In order to understand your load cell application, you must determine how to conduct the measurement and how the load should be applied. The process of measurement concerns a variety of factors, including:

  • Bending
  • Compression
  • Multi-axis
  • Tension

Load cell measurements help determine the weight of tanks and the performance of durability and break point tests.

Define Your Capacity Requirements

Determine the maximum amount of load capacity required for your applications, as well as the necessary minimum.

Stress and load cell performance

As you go about determining the load cell capacity requirements of your application, you will need to bear in mind the extraneous factors. To ensure you have the optimal capacity, choose one that exceeds the highest operating load. Moreover, you will need to establish which engineering units will be required for the process.

The combined stress caused by extraneous load and moments can put a dampener on the performance of an application. Consequently, you could seriously compromise the accuracy of an application if you fail to select the proper load cell.

The majority of in-line sensors are ill-equipped for the possibility of extraneous load. For the more high-endurance applications, choose a sensor with an optimal fatigue rating, as specified by the manufacturer.

Define Your Load Cell Needs

In order to select the right load cell, determine the needs of your applications. The following questions can help you make that determination:

  • Is the load of your application dynamic or static?
  • Do you intend to make in-line use of the load cell?
  • Do you intend to make side-mounted use of the load cell?

Another factor is the design of the device in question. Load cell capacity requirements are in part determined by the shape of the device in use, which could include:

  • Compressor washer
  • Female/male thread
  • Flange mount
  • In-line
  • Side mount
  • Thru-hole

When choosing a load cell, make sure you first take these factors into account to ensure that your purchase fits the requirements of the applications.

Define Your Size and Specification Requirements

Another key component of load cell selection criteria is the definition of size requirements. Most specifically, you must determine the needs of your application along the following measures:

  • Width and height
  • Weight
  • Length

To ensure you have sufficient load cell capacity, you will also need to determine the possible variances that could arise, such as:

  • Bridge resistance
  • Hysteresis
  • Nonlinearity

Finally, you will need to base your choice in part on whether you will conduct the applications in hot or cold temperatures. Likewise, load cell capacity requirements can be determined by whether applications are carried out in submerged settings or out of water. Factors such as the frequency of response and the possible need for special calibration are also matters of interest when you determine your requirements.

Select Instrumentation

At the same time you choose a load cell, be prepared to also select any necessary instruments for the applications you intend to perform. When you pick all the vital pieces at the same time, you can better ensure a system-wide functionality between every component in use.

You should also include system calibration in your order. This will ensure you integrate your instrument and sensor for the same system. Calibration is a vital component to all load cell applications.

Load Cell Applications

Load cell application factors

A variety of load cell options are preferable in relation to the demands of the setting or application in question. As you learn how to select the right load cell for a particular application, consider your foremost requirements. In general, the performance of a load cell will correlate to the demands of an application as follows:

  • High endurance. In an industrial setting, a strain gage load cell is one of the best options, because the accuracy is near perfect in applications that involve experimental stress.
  • Sanitation and safety. In applications that demand precise mechanical balance, pneumatic load cells are the more preferable option.
  • Remote applicability. When an application is conducted in a remote setting, the best choice is a hydraulic load cell, which can operate without a power connection.

Load cell selection criteria — or the choice between a strain gage, pneumatic or hydraulic load cell — should largely be determined by the preceding factors.

Load Cell Types

Strain Gauge Load Cells

The most widely used load cells throughout the industrial sector are of the strain gauge variety. People value strain gauge load cells for their durability, stiffness and resonance values. The stain gauge of the load cell is a planar resistor that deforms in connection to the activities of the load cell material. The electrical resistance of the strain gauge changes in form at levels that correlate to the strain.

Piezoelectric Load Cells

With the piezoelectric load cell, the deformation is similar to that of the strain gauge load cell. However, the piezoelectric matter generates voltage in response to the changing form of the load cell. The voltage does not serve as a measurement of static values, but nonetheless remains important when the strain undergoes changes. With the conditioning of a charge amplifier, the piezoelectric load cell measures wide ranges particularly well.

Hydraulic Load Cells

The hydraulic load cell works in combination with a cylinder and diaphragm-covered piston. It works like this — place oil in the load cell, and intensify the pressure of the oil by movement the piston makes in response to the load. The transfer of pressure through a hose gauges hydraulic pressure. Due to the lack of electrical parts, a hydraulic load cell can safely be used in hazardous environments.

Pneumatic Load Cells

The pneumatic load cell is made to control the balance of pressure. One side of the diaphragm is exposed to the pressure of air, which travels through the under-nozzle of the load cell. An attached gauge measures the pressure in the load cell.

Load Cell Shapes

S-Beam Load Cells

You can identify S-Beam load cells — alternately known as Z-Beam load cells —by their shape, which resembles the namesake letter. Used primarily in applications that involve tension, S-Beam load cells provide accuracy when the weighing system becomes suspended or hung.

In addition to their high precision, S-Beam load cells enjoy popularity due in large part their affordability and ease of setup. However, S-Beam load cells are made exclusively for in-line applications and tend not to perform accurately with extraneous loads.

S-Beam load cell benefits

Beam Load Cells

You can use beam load cells, named after their rectangular shape, for everything from static weight and dynamic weighing to hopper weighing, silo weighing and tank weighing. Representing a broad category, beam load cells can be subdivided as follows:

  • Bending beam. Designed for bench scale applications, bending beams need to be set up with utmost precaution, otherwise side-loading could occur. Constructed from aluminum alloy, bending beams are ideal for low-capacity operations in the range of 1 to 500 kg.
  • Shear beam. Designed with an interior shear machine — which keeps the cell safeguarded from side-loading — shear beams come in single-ended and double-ended varieties. Medium-capacity applications generally employ the single, while applications that call for higher capacity use the double. Made of carbon-steel alloy with nickel plating, shear beams are resistant to corrosion and optimal for heavy-duty applications.

Overall, bending beam and shear beam load cells are a low-cost option for a range of industrial applications.

Canister Load Cells

Named for their canister-like shape, canister load cells date back to the very beginning of the strain gauge load cell. In contemporary use, canister load cells have become a common choice for compression applications with capacity requirements of 100,000 lbs. or more.

Pancake Load Cells

Applications that involve high precision use the pancake load cell, alternately known as the Low Profile load cell. Pancake load cells come in one of two designs — those with bending beams and those with shear struts. The majority of pancake load cells feature a mounting rig and female center-thread, which makes them suitable for compression and tension applications.

Button Load Cells

As one of the smaller load cell designs, button load cells received their name from their raised center-button. Due to their compactness, button load cells are one of the most ideal options for applications in narrow, confined settings. Button load cells are especially popular in the medical sector, where operating spaces come at a premium. Applications in the automation industry also benefit from the small design of button load cells.

Thru-Hole Load Cells

Alternately known as donut load cells due to their Lifesaver-like shape, thru-hole load cells make an ideal choice for applications that involve the use of clamp force or employ the measurement of bolt force. Designed for high stiffness, thru-hole load cells provide utmost accuracy in press-load and off-center applications.

Adverse Loading Conditions

Consider the following when dealing with adverse loading conditions:

  • Overloading capacity. This must be determined first in order to know the level at which the load cell must be proof loaded, otherwise the risk factors could be too high.
  • Dynamic loads. A load cell rating must take into account the persistence, speed and pressure of the dynamic loads, otherwise you might fail to determine the overload capacity and leave the load cell vulnerable in the event of high dynamics.
  • Fatigue loading. You must determine the per-cycle load level along with information about cycle frequency and totals throughout the life of a load cell. Otherwise, the succession of cycles endured by the load cell could result in fatigue loading.
  • Off-axis loading. The accuracy and wellbeing of a load cell can be compromised by off-axis loading, which can occur in applications where the load does not conform to the design axis. You can counter the problem with the use of bearings and load buttons, while some load cells resist the problem entirely.

Contact Cooper Instruments Today for Your Load Cell Needs

Contact Cooper Instruments

Since 1988, Cooper Instruments & Systems has been a leading supplier of load cells used for applications that involve air and liquid pressure monitoring, compression testing, data acquisition, insertion forces, overload monitoring, peel force measurement, process control, tensile testing, torque measurement and a whole lot more.

At Cooper Instruments & Systems, we offer equipment for use in the manufacturing sector for the purposes of safety and quality control. Many organizations use our sensors in applications to take measurements on the pressure that results from physical processes.

For example, a construction company could monitor the amount of pressure that goes into effect during a mechanical lifting operation with one of our sensors, to ensure the crane bearing the weight does not become overloaded. Meanwhile, makers of food products accurately weigh ingredients and ensure the proper balance of additives with our sensors.

At Cooper Instruments & Systems, we provide the best customer service in our industry on our full range of items, which include products from competing companies in addition to our own product line. By contrast, most manufacturers only carry their own line, and this forces many customers to go to multiple sources to purchase all the necessary components for a load cell system.

With Cooper Instruments & Systems, you can buy everything you need in one purchase. Remember, the best way to choose a load cell is to determine all the necessary components at once so you can buy them at the same time from the same source, as this will ensure compatibility between all the parts to your system.

The capacity of our load cells ranges from 0-10 grams to 0-3 million lbs. Companies around the world use our load cells, including those in the automotive, aerospace, construction, education, energy, manufacturing and medical sectors, in addition to a range of other industries.

Contact Cooper Instruments & Systems today for more information on the best load cell for your application or to request a quote. We can find what you are looking for and offer custom solutions that will meet your needs.

Food and Beverage Industry

Torque Measurement Applications for the Food and Beverage Industry

When it comes to the manufacturing and distribution of food and beverages, both safety and accessibility must be thoroughly established before anything reaches retailer shelves or customer hands. The ripeness of fruit, the amount of pressure it takes to open a bottle of soda and more all need to be tested by cutting-edge technology to ensure and maintain appropriate pressure requirements.

At Cooper Instruments & Systems, we have a fully stocked inventory of load cells with a wide range of capacities from 0-10 grams to 0-3 million pounds. You’ll also find test stands, scales, force gauges and any other force testing equipment you need no matter what sector of the food and beverage industry you’re in.

We’re an authorized distributor for Mark-10 products — made entirely in the U.S. — that allow force and torque measurement applications of almost any kind:

  • Bottle cap torque testing: Find out how much pressure it takes to twist the cap off a bottle of soda or other beverage, for example, so you have a safe and accessible product without too much required force.
  • Bottle cap pull-off force testing: Protect your reputation and stay sure your pull-off cap beverages are accessible.
  • Top load testing: Assess the top load force of products and containers like stacked cartons and keep your products and environment safe.
  • Burst testing: Determine the strength and resilience of your food, beverages and packaging before they reach the distribution stage.
  • Crush testing: Determine ripeness, readiness for consumption, durability and more for any number of consumables.

Why Choose Cooper Instruments & Systems?

While we’re proud of our extensive equipment inventory, it doesn’t stop there. We also manufacture our own products and provide extensive calibration services, even for measurement equipment you didn’t originally purchase from us. Our multi-year service agreements include one-, two- and three-year contracts to ensure ongoing calibration and accuracy and you’ll even have access to discounts when you sign on. Other benefits of our service agreements include:

  • Locked cost that doesn’t change during the contract lifetime
  • Priority handling and quick delivery of any orders you place with us
  • NIST-traceable in-house calibration completed on state-of-the-art equipment
  • Email or phone contact for expertly delivered priority technical support
  • Additional two-month warranty on calibration services

You can’t take a chance when it comes to any torque measurement applications in the food and beverage industry. It’s a matter of compliance, safety, reputation, productivity and overall profitability. We can work with your needs internationally in addition to our availability in the United States, and we work with a variety of budgets to ensure your measurement needs are met quickly and affordably no matter your circumstances.

Request a free quote today so we can show you how well we rise to the challenge.