WIKA Mobile Control GmbH & Co. KG

The Force to Measure

From theoretical principles of the physical quantity "force" to the technologies of force measurement.

Gravitational force, force field or tour de force: We encounter the notions of force and power time and again in everyday life – in their literal and figurative senses. In universal terms, force refers to something that can cause acceleration or deformation of a body. Force is the power needed to get work done, in the process of which energy is consumed. In total, there are four fundamental forms of force. These so-called basic forces of physics are the gravitational force, the electromagnetic force, the weak force and the strong force. 

All four determine our life, but in reality we are almost entirely unaware of the strong and weak forces. In contrast, we are very aware of the actions of the forces of gravity and electromagnetism – for instance, when loads are lifted, weights are measured or bridges are secured. The forces involved can be measured using various technologies and then be processed. Selecting the right force measurement technology and the appropriate force sensor is individually dependent on the field of application. Whether in port logistics, crane applications or machine building, force is required to monitor operations and processes, to control them and to move loads. The measurement of force serves mainly to protect man, machine and material. WIKA Mobile Control offers two different technologies for force measurement: Thin-film and strain gauge technology.  

All force transducers from WIKA Mobile Control are based on one of these two sensor technologies. Depending on the application, a large number of different geometries and measuring ranges are available. When it comes to the question of which force sensor is best suited for your application, which components combine measurement accuracy, safety and economy, or how space and weight can be saved, it is important to consider all the general conditions of your project. WIKA Mobile Control will gladly advise you on choosing the right force transducer for your application.

For further information please visit our website or contact our Sales Team directly for a non-binding consultation. We look forward to hearing from you!

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