Load Cells in the Energy Industry

Force measurement equipment, with a wide range of capabilities, is critical in the power industry. If you’ve been in the field long, you probably know how important load cells are to your day-to-day operations.

At Cooper Instruments & Systems, we supply custom load cell solutions worldwide. In fact, we’re a leading provider of force and pressure instrumentation, sensor systems, custom calibration services and more. We’ve been headquartered in Virginia since 1988 — and numerous industries covering the globe trust our products and show us continued loyalty.

Delmarva Power was just one company in the power/energy industry that came to our business with a specific need. They left with complete satisfaction and loyalty to our capabilities, equipment and services. Read on to find out what we were able to do for them.

MasterLink and LQB 610Delmarva Power

Industry: Power/Energy Industry
Client: Delmarva Power
Project: Weigh gas bottles on their utility trucks

System Solution

  • LQB 610 1K
  • Masterlink 3000
  • Designed, manufactured and assembled plates for cylinders
  • Assembled and calibrated individual scales

The Load Cell Application Mission for Delmarva Power

In 2009, Delmarva Power came to us with the project to weigh the gas bottles on their utility trucks. They carry the bottles on the trucks, so we needed to come up with a system so they could easily know the amount of sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) gas they had on their service trucks. It didn’t take us long to come up with the answer.

The Custom Load Scale Solution

So how did we solve the problem? It’s all about customization, which we’re willing to provide for any customer who reaches out to us in need of equipment that allows for a unique load cell application.

We developed the perfect custom load scale designed specifically to hold their gas bottles. First, we used our LQB 610 load cell in tandem with our DC-powered DFI INFINITY CS indicator/controller. Then, we planned and built the plates that could hold their cylinders before assembling and calibrating their individual scales.

The Result: Delmarva Power Satisfaction

Had our new product not been right for their load cell application, we would have reworked it until we came up with the perfect solution. However, our creation proved to be exactly what they were looking for.

In fact, in 2016, Delmarva Power started to return the scales to us for upgrades so they could take advantage of the new Cooper Instruments & Systems wireless system. With an addition of our Masterlink 3000-P transmitter and a wireless head remote, they can now read the scale remotely to ensure they have accurate knowledge of their gas levels.

Choose Cooper Instruments & Systems for Your Load Cell Custom Solutions

Delmarva Power isn’t the only company we can impact with our quick services, accuracy and attention to customer satisfaction. If you need a custom load scale or quality calibration services, let us know. We offer a unique range of options with capacities from 0-10 grams to 0-3 million pounds. We will help you find the right equipment to get the job done right, whether that means finding the right product in our inventory or custom building something just for you.

We love a good challenge! Request a free quote for your next equipment purchase and find out for yourself.