Load Cell - 200kg, S-Type (TAS501)

This S-Type load cell (sometimes called a strain gauge) can translate up to 200kg of pressure (force) into an electrical signal. Each load cell is able to measure the electrical resistance that changes in response and proportion to the strain (e.g., pressure or force) applied to the form. With this gauge you will be able to tell just how heavy an object is, if an object’s weight changes over time, or if you simply need to sense the presence of an object by measuring strain or load applied to a surface.

Each straight bar load cell is made from an alloy steel and is capable of reading a capacity up to 200kg. These load cells have four strain gauges that are hooked up in a Wheatstone bridge formation. The color code on the wiring is as follows: red = E+, green = O+, black = E-, and white = O-. Additionally, these load cells offer an IP66 protection rating and feature two M4 and two M5 sized through-holes for mounting purposes.

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Customer Comments

  • This is my biggest engineer pet peeve: the description says that this load cell can “translate up to 200kg pressure (force) into an electrical signal”. Kilograms are neither pressure nor force, kilograms are mass. I’m sure you all at SparkFun know that pressure, force, and mass are not interchangeable - so why use those terms inaccurately?

  • Thank you for at least mentioning once or twice what this CAN measure. Could the marketing people PLEASE take their copy to a physicist, and get the errors in this ironed out? I know that marketing wants us to think it can do anything, including iron our clothes, and include lots of words for search engines to pick up, but they have gone so far that to some readers they’ve made you look foolish.

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