Best Force Measurement Tools: Analog and Digital Force Gauges

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Force Measurement Tools - Analog and Digital Force GaugesManufacturers across just about every industry rely on force measurement tools for important real-world product development. There are many different types of tools used to accurately measure force. Force can be either a push or a pull. While you can’t see force, you can see it in action. A variety of force meters are used to provide these measurements, such as torque meters, tensile testers, peel testers, and compression testers. The unit of force used in this type of measurement is the Newton, which is represented by the letter N.

Analog and Digital Force Gauges

Testing is done to ensure the quality or ability of a product. One example would be the ability of a seatbelt to protect a person in a high-speed accident. Another example would be measuring the amount of force required to open product packaging. There are many different ways that analog and digital force gauges are used to measure the force required to use just about every product that you use in your daily life. CSC Force Measurement carries a wide variety of both digital and analog force gauges. Some of our more popular choices include Mark-10 force gauges and Chatillon force gauges, both of which are available on our website.

A load cell is a device that is used to covert one form of energy into another. Load cells are a very simple method that can be used to accurately measure force. Many different industries rely on load cells for precision measurement data. When properly installed, the accuracy of standard and custom load cells can be designed to support just about any application. There are two primary types of load cells, which include analog and digital. It is important to understand the difference between these two types of force measurement tools, along with the common uses and advantages of each.

How Analog Force Gauges Work

One of the most widely used types of load cell is an analog cell, which is used to measure stress and weight strain. Engineers use analog force gauges to accurately measure force. We currently carry three analog force gauges to meet our customers’ needs. The first is the Chatillon DG Series mechanical force gauge. It is ideal for testing applications up to 500 lbF or 2.5 kN. We also carry other Chatillon force gauges, including the Chatillon LG Series, which is a great choice for a wide range of force testing applications up to 100 lbF or 500 N. The third option in our offering of analog force gauges is the Dillon Model X-ST. It comes in seven distinct capacities, ranging from 100 lbF to 10,000 lbF with an accuracy of ±1 percent of full range.

Analog force gauges can be used as hand-held testing devices. However, they can also be used with a mechanical test stand for a very versatile and economical method for testing. Depending on the model and brand that you choose, there are a variety of features and extra options that can be added to meet your needs. Calibration certificates are supplied standard with these mechanical force gauges. Used for many different functions, including tensile pull testing and compression testing, depending on your needs for force measurement tools.

How Digital Force Gauges Work

The primary difference between analog force gauges and digital force gauges is in the way that the signal is processed. The digital signals are much stronger than the analog signals, providing a more stable signal that is safe from interference that could be caused by temperature, electromagnetism, and radio signals. The data sampling rate of digital force gauges is also much faster than analog load cells can provide. As a result, digital load cells and digital force gauges can read and record hundreds of measurements in seconds. Analog force gauges are excellent for simple tests; however, digital force gauges are best for more complicated measurement requirements.

At CSC Force Measurement, we carry two major brands for digital force gauges: Mark-10 force gauges and Chatillon force gauges. We have the Mark-10 Series 2 (M2), Series 3 (M3), Series 4 (M4), Series 5 (M5), and the Series 7 (M7). We also carry the Mark-10 M5-2-COF (coefficient friction) gauge, which is the core element in a COF testing system. In the Chatillon series, we carry the DFE II Series, the DFS II/DFS II-R Series, and the DFX II Series, which is available in four capacities to include 10 lbF, 50 lbF, 100 lbF, and 200 lbF.

Need Help? Contact CSC Force Measurement

If you aren’t sure which force gauges would be best for your needs, give us a call toll-free at 1-800-866-3672. Our team can answer any questions that you might have about analog force gauges and digital force gauges. Our website features detailed specifications, data sheets, and videos about all of the Mark-10 force gauges and Chatillon force gauges that we carry. Call today to place your order or to learn more about our full spectrum of force measurement tools at CSC Force Measurement.