Proper care of cattle requires the correct livestock supplies and equipment, such as load cells. Load cells are used to weigh heavy objects like cattle crates and consist of specially designed strain gauges. These gauges are metal components that deform under pressure, producing small electrical currents. Load cells have several limitations on their use. They require correct mounting and high-quality wire to ensure accuracy and they operate within specific weight ranges. If used on too large a weight, they will permanently deform and no longer work. If used on too low a weight, they will not deform enough to send a proper signal and will give an incorrect reading.Beam-Type Load Cells
Beam-type load cells can be either shear or double-ended shear cells. Shear beam cells are mounted on one end with the load attached to the other, whereas double-ended beam cells are attached at both ends like a crossbar, with the load hung from the middle. Both measure by tension, which is the amount of force pulling at their ends or in the middle.Compression-Type Load Cells
Compression cells are also commonly call pancake cells. They are a flat piece of metal, often disk-shaped. The load is placed on top of the cell, and its weight determined through the force of its compression.S-Style Load Cells
S-style load cells take the shape of a thick angular S. The centre of the S is the point where the weight is measured; a wire attachment here sends the signal to the reading device. S-type cells can be used as either compression or tension cells, meaning they can either have weight suspended from them or placed on top of them. Rod attachments function as cable attachment points for the S cell.Load Cell Accessories
Load cells require several important pieces of cattle scale equipment to function at their best. High-quality wiring is a must to ensure accurate signals. Electronic readers are required to translate the signal and display the result. Swivel foot and washer attachments help with the mounting and positioning of the scale. Winches and cables, as well as cattle platforms for the cattle to stand on, are needed for operation. You can also purchase other needed accessories such as cattle prods, temporary fencing and more.