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A load cell is a transducer which converts force into a measurable electrical output.

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HX711 noise, but only in a specific environment

I'm working on a small project at my farm to automate vegetable weighting. The system consists of an STM32 MCU, some additional ICs (matrix decoder, parallel-serial converter for some push-buttons etc....
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Suitable op-amp and voltage regulator for 16-bit ADC

I would like to use the AD4008 16-bit ADC from Analog Devices to sample a load cell. I also need a linear regulator and driver amplifier and instrumentation amplifier. I am curious to know if these ...
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Reduce load cell creep and drift programatically

I am trying to build a weigh scale and have read through the parameters that affect its reading in the long run. My question is can we reduce the Creep and drift of the load cell by compensation ...
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What does %FS (Full Scale) represent in load cell?

Lets say that a load cell has these specifications: Rated Load = 500 g Rated output = 1 mV/V Excitation voltage = 12 V Creep = 0.02 %FS / min Then the output range should be 0--12 mV. Does %FS mean ...
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Why aluminium for load cells?

I am currently working with load cells for weighing small masses. Almost all of them, as far as I have looked, have been made from aluminium. Given that repeatability is critical, why aluminium and ...
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Linearizing a load cell

As I understand it most load cells (all?) are only approximately linear. To improve the linearity would a 3 point calibration be sufficient? For example, at no load, half load and maximum load. If so, ...
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How to determine if a load cell is quarter-bridge, half-bridge or full-bridge?

Im looking to purchase 4 disk type load cells for weighing applications but it doesn't mention what configuration it is in (quarter bridge, half bridge etc.) Is it safe to assume 2 wire load cells = ...
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Load Cell ADC HX711 Alternatives?

Looking for an HX711 ADC alternative. Sparkfun sells a pricey breakout board with the chip, but I cannot source the IC anywhere online for some reason 🤷‍♂️. Are there any ADCs out there that have a ...
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Load Cell Decreasing Output

I built the following weight system using a Load Cell and Hx711. I am using an Arduino UNO and running the calibration sketch in HX711 library. However, I noted one interesting behavior that you ...
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Regarding PLC and several input/ output modules

I have to use more than 40 servo motors and 20+ load cells using PLC. But the problem is that I have to use many I/o modules ( that is costly and hectic). Can I reduce the no of I/o modules by any ...
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How to connect two load cells to one HX711?

I have two 5 kg load cells and one HX711. The project's goal is to connect them together, and measure the weight of the same object. I would like to get the average in order to make my calculations ...
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How does the HX711 circuit work?

This scheme will be designed for weight scales. Why is there a transistor installed. And I want to understand why need capacitors and resistors in this circuit. (their purpose) The documentation does ...
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HX711 chip not working

I'm working on an electronic weight scale using MSP430 and I need your help: I've written the code using Energia and I've used the HX711 module for testing and everything works just fine. The final ...
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Can I “sum” internal ADC channels to achieve extra bits resolution?

First of all I am a newbie in electronics. I am building some weight scale applications using (as seen everywhere) load cells wired to a HX711 ADC and a ESP8266. I am now giving a try to the Texas ...
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How to measure multiple objects' weights with load cells and Raspberry Pi 4?

I am working on a class project that involves a raspberry pi and strain gauge load cells. . The goal is to measure the weight of two or more objects using a set of two load cells (In the picture it ...
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What would cause an ADC to stick on an arbitrary value?

I have a differential ADC (HX710) that I am using to interface a load cell. The wiring is as follows with (J4) going to the load cell: Mostly, this reads very reliably and accurately. However, ...
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Load cell continually increases or decreases

I am using a load cell that is wired to a HX711 amp in the following manner: . I have been attempting to use the calibration example code that is included in the HX711_ADC library (code listed bellow)...
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3 wire load cell and HX711 weight compensation

in my project I use 3 wire load cell (like this (3wire 50kg) but mine are purchased from ebay) and HX711 for weighing. My wiring is like this (but i use Arduino mini pro 3V3): Apparently it should ...
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What is the nuance between these electrical parameters in this load cell datasheet?

A load cell has the following specs: I've highlighted the relevant part in yellow. There are two parameters called Uref and Bu. Both of them is about the excitation voltage for the Wheatstone bridge ...
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Is AD7794 a good alternative to Hx711 for multi-channel ADC?

note: Electronics isn't my main background so I might make silly mistakes. I did read the datasheet but don't understand all the terms despite my effort. Suggestions are welcome. AD7794 (datasheet) ...
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Input impedance of load cell CZL635 seems wrong

I'm working with load cell Phidget CZL635 and HX711 ADC in order to make a weight scale. Load cell: https://www.gotronic.fr/pj-461.pdf ADC: https://pdf1.alldatasheet.com/datasheet-pdf/view/1132222/...
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Load cell behaving weirdly. Output magnitude of force depends on which side is held and which side force is applied

also asked at: https://forum.arduino.cc/index.php?topic=670246.0 I have a generic load cell (image) and am using Hx711 which is connected to arduino. The code is from Instructables. When I fix and ...
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Connecting 4 load cells in parallel

I have 4 strain gauge load cell to calaculate actual weight.I want to use summing method for 4 output signals. I searched at internet for summing box schematic I found this pic Now if V1 , V2 , V3 , ...
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Use a precision opamps or instrumentation amplifier for load cell application

I'm making a low power weighing scale with good precision. I'm contemplating if it'll be better to build a instrumentation amplifier with discrete OPAMPs of LPV821 which is low power (Iq 650 nA), high ...
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Load cell amplification circuit operation

Here's the reference circuit for amplifying the signal from a load cell with precision OPAMPs as per the MAX44248 datasheet. Can this OPAMP circuitry be explained please. What's the relation between ...
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Loadcell strain gauge with 10 V excitation

I am designing loadcell (spec) measuring using 24-bit adc (MCP3561) with excitation 10 V. But I couldn't find the reference design for 6-wire loadcell that its sense pins connect to ref+ pin of ADC. ...
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Two load cells on one HX711

I need to read 4 full-bridge load cells about 10 times per second. Are there any drawbacks of connecting two cells to A and B channels of HX711 and alternating reading between them? I understand that ...
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Raspberry pi not getting any data from hx711

I'm trying to combine two boards into one: SparkFun Load Sensor Combinator(basically just a wheatstone bridge) and SparkFun Load Cell Amplifier. The data will be transmitted to a Raspberry Pi 3 so ...
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why is the reference of strain gauge changed depending on gains of amp? use ina128 and ad8542

I made a circuit for a load cell. It is available but when it is applied to the strain gauge, it has a problem. Reference voltage : 1.65 V When I measured value of load cell, I can see the change ...
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ADC value changes with changing power supply

I'm measuring weight using hx711 ADC and load cell. HX711 schmatic: I use 12V 1A power supply and 6V/4Ah dry cell. Also I use MT3608 boost converter to increase battery voltage to 12V because ...
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HX711 and 3 load cells

I am doing a small project with ESP32 and HX711 and I need to have 3 load cells. Like this one: I am totally newbie in electronics, my ground is programming. What I found are projects with 1, 2 or ...
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Reading and interpreting output sensitivity of a load cell from data sheet

I'm given these ratings /spec for load cell / sensor: Range: 0-200kg Output sensitivity: 0.7 ± 0.15mV / V Nonlinear: 0.05% F.S Hysteresis: 0.05% F.S Repeatability: 0.05% F.S Creep: 0.05% F.S/3min ...
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Drift in output voltage of load cell

I used one of these scales and after a few months the reading started drifting up: after hitting tare to get to zero, the reading would show 2 grams, then slowly go up to 10 g in one minute. I ...
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Weird component in load cell Wheatstone bridge

While trying to repair a cheap digital kitchen scale, I came across this component (see picture below). AFAICT, this is 95% identical to the standard Wheatstone bridge interconnect for combining 4 ...
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µC control of a force testing machine

At work we have a machine that is used for testing and calibrating force sensors. It basically consists of a huge lever that is actuated by an electric motor with a gear reduction and a calibrated ...
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AD7730 calibration failure

EDIT: The exact issue is this, the ADC has a gain register (set during internal FS calibration and again at System FS calibration) and an offset register set during system zero calibration. The ...
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Load cell accuracy: rated output vs. full scale

I'm currently shopping for some subminature load cells for a research project. I've narrowed it down to two options, the FUTEK LCM100 and the Burster Model 8417. Problem is the two specify their ...
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Build a scale without computer

I need to build a scale that is not attached to any computer. The goal is to weigh a dustbin and show the weight value on a small LCD screen. The weight I want to measure is approximately 10 kg, but I ...
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Load Cell Amplifier

I'm not from an electrical background and looking for possible options to amplify the load cell output. I'm using the following loadcell with a 2 mV/V output. http://www.sentranllc.com/pub/...
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How would I hook up this load cell to work with an HX711 amplifier?

I’m trying to build a scale using this load cell which is different than the similar looking load cells in that it these are rated for 100kg, whereas the typical load cells are rated for 50kg. More ...
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Read data from strain-gauge Labjack, Arduino

I am working on a project where we have to record breathing data. For that we ordered a LabJack U3-LV along a with an amplifier (datasheet) and a belt which is some kind of strain gauge I think. We ...
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Bipolar signal used in differential ADC

I'm trying to find a way to convert a bipolar signal from a load cell (Futek) to an input for a differential ADC on a TIVA microcontroller(TI TM4C123GH6PM). The load cell's amplifier outputs a bipolar ...
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RaspberryPi: Load cells and HX711 amplifier

I've created an app that will read 10 weighing scales at the same time with separate values but since some wires are like 1 meter long, I get so much noises in the values. I just wanna know if what's ...
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How to mount four 6-wire 10V load cells on Arduino or Raspberry Pi?

I want to connect four 6-wire load cells (Tedea Huntleigh Compression & Tension Load Cell 300kg, 15V dc, IP67, product page and datasheet) into an Arduino or Raspberry Pi and get four independent ...
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Drop test with load cell: longer impulse on load cell than optically

I have been performing a simple drop test on a load cell using a golf ball, recording the impact using a Phantom camera as well as collecting the data from the load cell. The problem arises when you ...
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How to select load sensor for specific application

I have a project based on weighting scale. On the internet I have seen multiple types of load cells such as shear beam, single beam, s-type, planner beam load cells etc. What type of load cell is best ...
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Load sensor ADC converter

Load sensor required external module HX711 (ADC converter 24bit for weight) for ADC converter. This module is then connected to the controller. If I have a controller with inbuilt 24bit ADC, then is ...
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Analog Sensor output signal accuracy and sensitivity

I have to decide between 2 load cell models. the only difference between the two is that the output on one is 2mV/V and the other is 3mV/V. Both are rated at 2.5klbs. Which one of them would be more ...
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Load cell series connection

I want to measure weight of 200kg using load cell. i have to use 4 load cell ( each capacity is 50kg). My question is : is this possible to increase the capacity of load cell from 50kg to 200kg by ...
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Instrumentation Amplifier - is it possible to have an output signal inverted, with respect to the supply voltage?

I'm doing some circuit design in order to translate a load cell input into the pedal input of a Logitech G27. What I want to achieve involves having a balanced state output as close to 5V from the ...