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September 20, 2018
The global annual cost of fractures has been estimated at more than $150 billion dollars, with an optimistically stated uncertainty of ±10%.  The cost includes the cost of the item that...
September 18, 2018
Torque measurement is a very common application, used to measure engine power output on propshafts and driveshafts, driver input through steering wheels, tightening bolts, or anywhere a component is...
August 30, 2018
We often talk about zero and balance as if they are the same thing (in the same way that stress and strain are often incorrectly transposed), but for measurements this can lead to incorrect decisions...
August 9, 2018
As (“Advanced Sensors”) robots and drones become ever more common, and as their industrial applications grow in scope, variety, and complexity, so does the need for strain-gage-based...
July 31, 2018
Notwithstanding the fanciful notions implanted in the public imagination by science-fiction purveyors, it will be a long time before every person and stress analyst will have their own clever little...
July 17, 2018
A transducer is the generic name given to devices that convert an input stimulus into a measurable signal. Precision weighing or force transducers based on strain gage sensors convert the mechanical...
July 16, 2018
“A leadwire is a source of potential trouble (or stress) connecting two other sources of potential trouble.” This joke among stress analysts is worth keeping in mind. Different strain...
July 3, 2018
How to Install a Strain Gage in a Small, Deep Hole. We all know that rabbits can go down a hole but did you know that strain gages can too? There are instances where it is preferred to install the...
June 18, 2018
I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “throw spaghetti against the wall and see what sticks.”  Or as the stress analyst will rephrase “throw a strain gage against the...
June 11, 2018
Men who wish to know about the world must learn about it in its particular details – Heraclitus (c. 535-c. 475 B.C.) The laws of Newtonian physics go hand-in-hand with engineering. The...