A load cell is a load cell module - a carefully designed metal structure with small elements known as strain gauges that are mounted at exact locations on the structure. Load cells are designed to measure a specific force and ignore other forces that occur. The electrical signal output of the load cell is very small and requires special amplification. Fortunately, Phidget Bridge interfaces handle all the amplification and measurement of the electrical output, see the Connection & Compatibility tab for details.
This S load cell can be operated under compression or tension.
Load cells require a current source and generate a very small voltage difference under load. To read this signal, an amplifier or board with a high-precision analog-to-digital converter is required. For more details and a list of the phidgets connected to this load cell, see the Connection & Compatibility tab.
Be sure to calibrate your load cell before using it. Refer to the Load Cell Primer for cell calibration information.