ABB has many years of experience of installing load cells in all types of rolling mills.
To achieve the best possible measurement results, certain basic rules must be observed during the installation of the load cell:
The entire force must pass through the load cell.
The force must be measured as close to the source of the force (the roll gap) as possible.
The load cells must be protected to the greatest possible extent from large bending, lateral and torsional forces.
Under the mill screw
For installation under the mill screw, the load cell can be combined with thrust bearings and pressure plates into a package attached to the mill screw. This arrangement results in good force distribution, simple, inexpensive installation and easy servicing. In addition, there is no need to machine any surfaces on the roll stand. However, this arrangement does take up space in the roll window.
Under the lower back-up roll bearing
There must be a sufficiently large flat surface on the lower part of the roll stand to allow the installation of the load cell under the lower back-up roll bearing. This arrangement has the advantage that there is no need to pay particular attention to the load cell during roll change.
See also our offer regarding Load Cell Packages to the right.
Annular load cell between the mill nut and the mill stand
This version makes measurement possible even if the space under the mill screw and under the lower back-up roll bearing is insufficient. This arrangement also has the advantage that there is no need to pay particular attention to the load cell during roll changing, and it is well protected.