Pressductor PillowBlock Load cells - vertical force measurement


These units are designed for strip tension measurement in applications where it is essential or advantageous to determine the vertical force component.

Machined from a single block of stainless steel, they have exceptionally high tolerance for overloads, shock and impact, in addition to high immunity to dust and corrosion.

The standard construction is of high resistant stainless steel with potted internal components. Mill-duty versions are available for exceptionally hostile environments in i.e. galvanizing or pickling lines.
Pressductor® Technology


Nominal load
(rated capacity) kN 5.0 10.0 20.0 50.0
Lbs. 1125 2250 4500 11250
Extended load kN 7.5 15.0 30.0 75.0
Lbs. 1688 3375 6750 16875
Permitted load
Transverse direction kN 2.5 5.0 10.0 25.0
(horizontal) h=300 mm Lbs. 563 1125 2250 5625
Overload capacity
Measurement direction
(vertical) kN 50.0 100.0 200.0 500.0
Lbs. 11250 22500 45000 112500
Transverse direction
(horizontal) h=300 mm kN 12.5 25.0 50.0 125.0
Lbs. 2815 5625 11250 28125
Deflection mm 0.02 0.02 0.02 0.02
1/1000 inch 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8
Spring constant kN/mm 250 500 1000 2500
1000 Lbs./inch 1430 2860 5720 14300

Pressductor® Technology

The first Pressductor transducer was developed in Västerås, Sweden, in the early 1950's and patented in 1954.

ABB's well-known Pressductor® Technology is a measurement principle based on the magnetoelastic effect - the magnetic properties of a material are influenced by the mechanical force applied to it.

When exposed to mechanical force, ABB's Pressductor transducer produces measurement signals as a result of changes in magnetic fields. (Move your mouse over the illustration to see these changes.) Because these signals are not contingent upon physical movement or deformation, the load cells combine sensitivity with extraordinary tolerance to overloads and virtually no built-in limit to the number of load cycles.

The ABB Pressductor transducers produces high-power, low-impedance AC signals that are very resistant to electrical interference and earth faults.

ABB's Pressductor transducer stands for unbeatable load cell performance, thanks to its unique combination of accuracy, overload capacity and ability to withstand harsh environments. By using this technology you will achieve higher quality and reliability, especially under demanding conditions.


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