Mechanical & Digital Dynamometers: Tension & Traction Measuring

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Mechanical Digital DynamometersDynamometers are known throughout industries who rely on force measurement tools by a variety of different names, including dynomometers, dynometers, and even dynos. They are used to measure the force that is generated by something. An essential weight measuring instrument to many different industries and throughout a variety of stages during manufacturing and assembly, both mechanical dynamometers and digital dynamometers can be used, depending upon the requirements of the situation. Dynamometers are used to determine things like horsepower, maximum power absorption, and the maximum rotary speed, making them essential in the automotive and transportation industries.

In the simplest of terms, a dynamometer is a mechanical device that is used by laboratories, manufacturers, and quality assurance industries to measure the power, output, force, and torque of something. There are different types of dynamometers, depending on what it is that needs to be tested. Whether you are engaging in tension and traction measuring or power and force testing, the basic principle is the same. In fact, while a mechanical and digital dynamometer has some key differences, the idea of how these devices are used and the data that is achieved is the same. It is important for companies to choose the type of dynamometer you will use based upon what it is that you will be testing.

Collecting Data & Ensuring Accuracy

To ensure that your digital dynamometer is working is it should, it is important to utilize the control panel to measure the speed and load of the sample that you are testing. This will help to test performance and provide engineers with the data they require to provide speed control and load control during the testing with the weight measuring instrument, either in the lab, on the production line, or out in the field. The Dillon EDxtreme Electronic Dynamometer is a flexible, modular dynamometer that can be used as a basic hanging scale or as part of a more complex weighing system. This digital dynamometer features an optional communicator, which allows communication to be done from a single, wireless remote, even when there are many critical lifting points and multiple dynamometers in use.

This particular model from Dillon has ultra-high capacities up to 250-tons or 550,000 lbF, providing our clients with a wide range of options for quality tension and traction measuring. It offers precise measuring that is designed to survive punishment in real-world applications due to its superior strength and resistance to corrosion. The communicator offers a 300-foot common range, and multiple links can be connected to one remote device, providing up to 63 networks of 15 digital dynamometers per communicator. A radio is included with capacities of 100,000 lbF and above, providing reliability and communications in any environment in the lab or on the job site. It relies on 2.4 GHz frequency for improved communications. Make sure to ask your representative about the Dillon EDextreme Electronic Dynamometer to find out if it is the best choice for your unique requirements and specifications.

Mechanical Dynamometers

In some instances, a digital dynamometer is not needed. C.S.C. Force Measurement offers two options for non-electronic, non-digital dynamometers. The Chatillon Scale-TD-5 Mechanical Dynamometer & Crane Scale and the Dillon AP Series Dynamometer, Mechanical 5″ Dial are both available in the Dynamometers section on our website.

  • The Chatillon TD-5 crane scale provides excellent performance for industrial applications, features a 5-inch dial with markings that offer high visibility in any situation. The sturdy C-beam design of the TD-5 crane scale from Chatillon is made from a cast aluminum housing and features a shatter-resistant dial, making it a great choice for the harshest of environments. Needle bearings in the shackles prevent distortion from occurring even under heavy loads of up to 20,000 pounds. Additional options include a swivel hook, shackle, or eye hook, depending on the needs of the client.
  • The Dillon AP Series Dynamometer is very versatile and can be used for tension and traction measuring. It is an excellent weight measuring instrument and has a full selection of options for capacities ranging from 500 to 100,000 pounds. The core of the Dillon AP Series mechanical dynamometer features a steel flexing beam core with a heavy aluminum alloy case enclosure that has a baked on protective finish. The dial face itself is even cushioned and sealed with a rubber gasket for extra protection. It is even deemed safe for overhead application with a 5:1 ultimate safety factor.

Mechanical and Digital Dynamometers

If you are interested in learning more about our selection of mechanical dynamometers and digital dynamometers for tension and traction measuring or power and force testing in the industry, give us a call toll-free at 1-800-866-3672. Our team will be happy to answer any questions that you might have, provide you with a FREE quote for any of our weight measuring instruments or force measurement equipment, and offer expert advice to help you find solutions based on your unique situation. Call today and see why so many businesses trust C.S.C. Force Measurement for their force measurement equipment sales, repairs, and services.