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5 Ton Load Cell


What is a 5-ton load cell?

There are many types of load cells—shear beam, compression, canister, and more. But when it comes to weighing during lifting, tension or crane load cells play a vital role: they allow us to measure and collect data about the loads being lifted, which is crucial in many industrial applications. 

Among the various types and sizes of load cells, the 5-ton load cell stands out as a versatile instrument, perfectly designed to accurately measure weights and force in applications of up to 5 tons.

The primary components of a 5-ton load cell are the strain gauge, the load cell body, the protective housing to shield the internal electrical components, and a display unit which is either integrated or remote. Manufacturing a quality load cell involves precision work as it encompasses the assembly of these diverse components. 

By using high-quality materials like aerospace grade steel, Eilon load cells are designed to last a lifetime while withstanding challenging work environments and conditions.

How does a 5-ton load cell work?

In order to measure force, tension, or weight, a 5-ton load cell uses a strain gauge, usually a thin metal foil or wire that changes its electrical resistance when it is stretched.

The strain gauge is attached to the load cell body, and when force is applied to the load cell, the body elongates slightly, causing the strain gauge to stretch as well. In this way, the strain gauge measures the amount of force or weight applied to the load cell, and after careful calibration, gives an accurate weight measurement.

Tension load cells with strain gauges are widely used in various applications, such as weighing scales, cable tension meters, material testing machines, and more. They offer high accuracy, reliability, and durability, as well as a simple and compact design. They can measure forces ranging from a few grams to several tons, depending on the size and capacity of the load cell.

Our line of load cells range from a half-ton to 300 tons. 

A 5-ton Eilon load cell used at Ball Aerospace on the JPSS-1 satellite

Crane scale vs. load cell

Though related, they’re not exactly the same thing. When we talk about crane scale vs. load cell, we should distinguish what differentiates them. 

Technically speaking, the load cell is the part of the system to which force, tension, or weight is applied. The load cell body will usually have a shackle at one end, and at the other either a hook or a second shackle. When a load cell has an upper shackle and a lower hook, we call this complete system a crane scale. 

That means a crane scale has a load cell as part of its construction, but not all load cells are crane scales. The same is true for shackle load cells, which have both upper and lower shackles.

How are 5-ton load cells used?

A 5-ton load cell can be used in a variety of industrial settings where the weighing or force measurement of heavy loads is necessary. Examples include:

  • Industrial scales: Load cells are often used as industrial scales for weighing large objects, such as shipping containers, heavy machinery, or other construction materials. 
  • Material testing: Load cells are employed in material testing machines to evaluate the strength and durability of materials by subjecting them to controlled forces.
  • Tension measurements: In the construction industry, load cells may be integrated into lifting equipment to measure the tension force on cables or ropes.
  • Aircraft and aerospace testing: Load cells are used in testing the structural integrity of aircraft components, such as wings and landing gear, to ensure they can withstand specified loads.
  • Offshore and marine applications: Load cells are used in marine environments for applications like mooring line tension monitoring, crane load monitoring on ships, and other maritime operations.

Wireless load cell

When it comes time to plan your next load cell purchase, you’ll want to consider whether a wired or wireless load cell is right for you. 

Wireless load cells have a number of advantages over their wired counterparts. For example, they are usually easier to install, especially in situations where running cables is impractical or costly. This can lead to lower installation and maintenance costs. 

Further, they offer greater mobility and flexibility in terms of where they can be placed, making them suitable for applications where the load cells need to be moved frequently. 

Finally, wireless load cells increase safety by allowing operators to remain at a safe distance from the lifted load and by eliminating the potential tripping hazard caused by on-site cables.

Wireless Ron 2501 load cell


Heavy Duty Load Cells

With close to five decades in the market, Eilon Engineering is a leading manufacturer of heavy-duty load cells. Our commitment to quality means our load cells are constructed of only the highest quality materials and components. Benefits include:

  • An industry-leading 5-year warranty
  • Fatigue-rated load cells for maximum safety and lifespan
  • High accuracy of 0.1% of the system’s max capacity
  • Aerospace steel load cell body
  • Unique 90-degree offset shackle holes for increased stability during lifting
  • Industry-leading battery life
  • High transmission range
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Minimum headroom loss

Learn more

Get in touch with a sales representative today to learn more about our Ron line of crane scales and load cells. With more than 45 years of experience in the field, we’ll be happy to help you find the perfect weighing system for your application. 

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