Load Cells and Pins

Rugged Controls design a wide range of rugged, high-quality sensors - from load cells, load pins, tension links, instrumented shackles to many other load and rotational measurement systems for construction, oil & gas, offshore and hazardous environments.

For over 25 years Rugged Control's in-house design and engineering team has designed sensors, provided system integration and completed installation/commissioning services for beginning to end solutions.

Our products and customer applications include:

- Load Pins for various oil & gas and oceanographic applications
- Running line tensiometers for offshore mooring and utility cable pulling operations
- Instrumented shackles for retrofitting CTD winches in ocean research
- Tension links for cranes, marine terminals, and hoist applications
- Instrumentation to provide complete load measurement systems.
- Load cells with unusually high factors of safety for critical applications

What is a load cell?
A load cell is a transducer that converts an applied force into either an analog or digital electrical signal. The conversion is achieved by the physical deformation of resistive foil strain gauges which are bonded internally to the load cell. The internal strain gauges are wired to form a Wheatstone bridge configuration. Precision excitation voltage is required and the expected electrical output typically varies from 5-100 mV. Internal amplifiers can be used to provide higher level analog outputs or digital outputs. Load cells can be distinguished according to the way they detect weight (bending, shear, compression, tension, etc) and the way they detect pressure (hydraulic, pneumatic, etc).

Load Shackle, Smart Shackle, RC Smart Shackle, Instrumented Load Shackle, Rugged Controls, Load Testing, Load Monitoring

THE ONLY US MADE LOAD SHACKLE WITH FULL CERTIFICATION, TRACEABILITY AND WARRANTY DIRECT FROM THE SHACKLE MANUFACTURER.  Rugged Controls has partnered with Skookum Gold Standard Forgings to provide the highest quality, made in USA load shackles.

Designed for marine, heavy lifting and extreme applications, the Smart Shackle range of load shackles feature an innovative 17-4 stainless steel pin, manufactured complete with anti-rotation plate and an optional loading centering bobbin. 

Shear Beam Load Cell - Bulk Tank

Rugged Controls works with its customers to design and manufacture a wide range of load cells for all industrial and oil & gas applications using the latest design and manufacturing technologies.

Rugged Controls Load Pins

Over the years, Rugged Controls has designed load pins to meet tension requirements of 100lbs to 2,500,000lbs.

Made out of marine grade stainless steel, tension links are a high accuracy sensor used for tensile measurements.

About Us

Rugged Controls is an ISO 9001 certified manufacturer of rugged programmable controllers, sensors, instrumentation, controls and automation equipment used in industries ranging from oil & gas, industrial, oceanographic to mining to construction. Our brand of multivariable controllers is continually selected in mission-critical applications where rugged durability, viewability, accuracy and data acquisition is required.

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