Force measurement: All you need to know. Technical articles, seminars, know-how, tips and tricks.

Force: actually one of the most important and most often measured quantities. However, the following questions arise, again and again, when measuring force in test benches or industrial process control:

  • Piezoelectric or strain-gauge technology - what is the right choice for force measurement?
  • How to measure force in the force shunt - i.e. completely without using a force transducer?
  • How to configure test and measurement equipment to ensure correct force measurement?
  • What needs to be considered regarding the topic of measurement uncertainty?

Our white papers and tutorials provide important tips and hints enabling you to correctly measure force.

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White Papers on Force Measurement

Electrical connection of force transducers - what you should keep in mind

In this article you learn what you should keep in mind for the electrical connection of force transducers regarding output voltage, four wire circuit or six wire circuit.

Installation of force transducers

This technical article explains what you should pay especially close attention to when installing force transducers to achieve the highest possible measurement accuracy.

Spoilt for choice: piezoelectric or strain gauge based force transducers?

Two principles have become dominant in force measurement: Piezoelectric sensors and strain gauge (SG) based force transducers. When is which principle appropriate?

Measuring forces in the force shunt: Three methods used in practice

Sometimes it is of advantage to measure force in the force shunt. This article presents three methods used for measurement in the force shunt.

How does a strain gauge-based force transducer work?

The functionality, benefits and special characteristics of strain-gauge force transducers: This technical article provides the perfect introduction to the topic.

How using high-precision force transducers reduces sources of error during measurement

Using high-precision force transducers offers many benefits: Measuring chains can be designed for high overload, transducers can be flexibly used in many different measurement tasks. Moreover, sources of error during force...

Avoiding measurement errors: Important characteristics of force transducers

You should know and understand the major features and characteristics of force transducers to be able to avoid measurement errors. This articles explains what to keep in mind when measuring force.

Increasing manufacturing efficiency by selecting the right transducer technology

This article provides an overview of current trends in production monitoring and sensors. Learn how to enhance your manufacturing efficiency by selecting the right transducer technology.

Videos on Measuring Force

How to connect force sensors to an amplifier

How do I connect a force transducer to an amplifier? In our new video, HBM Product Managers show you the steps that really matter.

Force Measurement based on piezoelectric technology

Piezoelectric force transducer: 5 rules for installation and mounting

Do you want to use piezoelectric force transducers? If so, you should make sure that you observe our 5 rules for installation and putting into operation to get correct results.

Strain-gauge or piezoelectric technology? When you should use which transducer type

Different principles of measurement are used for measuring mechanical quantities such as force. Strain-gauge and piezoelectric technology are the most common methods. Read our article to learn when you should choose which...

The basics: The piezo effect and its applications

Read our technical article to learn more about the fundamentals of piezoelectric technology.

HBM force transducers

HBM seminars on the topic of force measurement