I would be interested in making at least 8 of them for the time being. As you can see, one side is marked with ten kilograms. If the difference between set weight and measuring weight is greater than or equal to 50gms, the buzzer beeps with a 200-millisecond delay (slowly). Other good suppliers may be Zemic or Stellartech for heavy duty tasks. INA125 actually is a chip that embeds a well known signal conditioning circuit: the cascade amp. Thanks a lot. As you can see, the load cell has some screw threads, so we could mount it on a base plate. For high quality load cell it can be anything between 50 and 1000 Ohm. For your application the best ones are manufactueed by HBM ( http://www.hbm.com ). Hi Alberto this is a great Tutorial, but i need more of your help. We will wire the INA 125 P in the pseudoground configuration. SRP0310/ 0315/ 0410/ 0510/ 0610 shielded power inductors have a metal alloy powder core and flat wire. thank you. finally, we attached the main switch to the side of the balance and that's it. In any case you cannot ask for low voltage power supply with low cost ADC with low cost load cells. Congratulations for you amazing tutorial. I'm new at Load Cells and i'm trying to use the model 1242 of Tedea Huntleigh (2mV/V @ 150 Kg), and i need to be able to measure 100g variations, do you think that i can do exactly like you ? What you need is to select a good heavy duty load cell for such an application. i have a ZC-A 300kg load cell from a functional scale. My suggestion, coming from direct experience, is to use dedicated products from SMD Sensors (once again, nobody pays me for suggestions. k means thousands (so 60k means 60000 Ohm). In fact you cannot use strain gage load cell without instrument amplification, since the sensitivity of the bridge is really low. For common economic load cell the gain potentiometer should be set to a value between 50 and 120 Ohm (to check this, use a multimeter and read the resistance between pin 8 and 9 of the INA 125P). You can use it with all load cells available on the market. You can find few that lets you use a load cell as a simple scale where force is measured only in one direction,  but the wiring is poor and those methods really bring the noise to an unacceptable level. Sorry for all the silly questions, you seem like a busy guy. Ask them for a sample and test it. You may see everything you need highlighted at page 13, figure 6 of the datasheet you downloaded. Last thing, check your analog input from your micro: maybe it doesn't have enough resolution for the gain level you set up, so you have to bring the gain up a little bit more. or it could be at +-10v.. +/- 10 V supply won't be enough and may burst your IC. Lastly, even though I'm using VREF, my Vout is nearly 0V when balanced. thank you so much for for one of the most advanced tutorials on load cells. Regards, Great tutorial! G = 4 + 60k/Rg. I'd like to use the full range from 0V to 5V with my arduino & INA125. sir my final year project (to design digital CNG and petrole indicator for fule monetering) sir i am use load cell for petrole and pressure sensore for CNG and also use arduino , sir please explaination and calculation of both transducer ? My suggestion in your case is to go in any case for a symmetric supply since it is fundamental for measurement precision, even if you sense forces mono-directionally. Thanks Alberto, I will try the voltage divider. I am using a NI USB-6002 DAQ which can provide 5V from one of the pins. - on top you have to use a data acquisition block (analog data, voltage) and you have to set up continuos acquisition. Among them: we used a round plastic sheet as the top smart of balance. In fact, no matter how good your setup is, every transducer suffer from uncorrelated and correlated noise. This has been extremely helpful for some of my hobby projects. You said you used the INA125P to measure 0.1 grams out of 1 kg - what setup did you use to solve that task? If you use Arduino Due, you get a 12bit ADC, so your resolution becomes about 1 mV. sir, Sampling rate is not important in this case. The pot sets up the behaviour of our amplifier, so altering the pot means changing radically the response of the circuit. In the coding section, first, we added all three libraries. Reference voltage is less important as it is not sampling a voltage from an unrelated circuit - the supply to the wheatstone bridge is the same supply as the ADC (if it’s wired correctly, anyway) and hence it’s … Thank you so much for posting this. Article finally finished (I apologize for delays) with video too. Furthermore strain gages have a low resistance (from 60 to 350 Ohm depending on the models) and feeding load cells with high excitation will heat strain gages up. The total effective measurable range drops from (3.3-2.5= 0.8v) to (1.4 - 0.9 = 0.6v) Nonetheless, this module is commonly being used to measure weight. However Arduino Uno works perfectly with this circuit, so I believe you will not encounter any particular problem in usign a load cell. thanks for a great presentation I do not see any problem in using this circuit with PLCs. *Excitation(recommended)=10V to 12V DC HX711 module is a Load Cell Amplifier breakout board for the HX711 IC that allows you to easily read load cells to measure weight. Next, we will explore calibration and test the load cell as a weighing scale. I read something about it but it's hard for me understand it at the perfection. Now come the problems with the Arduino: measuring 0.1 grams out of 100 grams, means you want to have at least 1000 levels between the minimum output and the maximum one. -high precision ADC: I used a +/-5V 24bit ADC. Dear Mike, Your application is definitely manageable by INA 125 or 128, since you need an amplification gain of about 500 (which is a fair value for those ICs) and, furthermore, since you are working with PLC, the level of noise is easily manageable with a lowpass filter. Learn How to Interfacing HX711 Load Cell Amplifier Module with Arduino. Well this is a good question and thanks for asking! Once you wired everything as shown before, you can connect your DAQ board to the PC. To perform this task, one solution is to use mathematics and statistics to provide a linear regression of the data shown in the previous table. })(window,document,'script','//www.google-analytics.com/analytics.js','ga');

3) the good thing is that, with this wiring you can sense forces in two ways, instead that only one, In any case the most correct way to use INA125P for accurate force sensing is to switch to a real symmetric power supply (+5V / -5V). Please, can I use the computer atx power dual supply with -12 v , 1A, +12v , 25 A and common ground???? Measuring the resistance directly is not always practical, because the change is very small. The dynamic range of the full load cell is reduced. What do you think ? Well statistics can tell you that the estimation of sensitivity is really robust, so you can start your application by calculating a mean level of zero load output before starting measurements. Strain gages are glued and since glue is a viscoplastic material it is normal to see a relaxation effect. I never tested the Linx binding for Arduino, hence I'm not able to say if there is any particular limitation. And temperature drift is the main problem affecting accuracy of strain gages. hi,can I have your email.thanks in advance. First, we displayed the welcome text using the LCD.print() function, after two seconds, we cleared the display using lcd.clear(). The SparkFun Load Cell Amplifier is a small breakout board for the HX711 IC that allows you to easily read load cells to measure weight. I need gerber files. when I apply a load of 10grams, I get an analog value between 190 and 210 - after half an hour, it seems like this value slightly decreases. Hello Alberto, thank you for making this nice and clear explanation! Your choice is really good for high precision measurements since noise plays a relevant role into determining resolution (and accuracy as well). What to do? can you suggest an alternative? The HX711 library is for taking the load cell values. https://circuits4you.com/2016/11/25/hx711-arduino-load-cell Alberto, Thanks for your input Alberto. Any suggestions. Given this, the choice for HX711 is just perfect and you won't face any particular problem with that. which amplifier we can use instead of INA125?? Then we placed the LCD, LEDs, and push-buttons to the front panel, and everything connected with long insulated wire. If you look at page 1 of ina125p datasheet you will see the "cascade amp" circuit. Also, you can notice some sort of white protective glue over the load cell and four different colors of wires are coming out, will uncover the secret underneath the white protective glue and the function of these four-color wires later in the article. That is why the aluminum bar bents downward on the left side. Please kindly email the file on my email id: I have a 12V regulated power supply that I bought for the load cell, should I do away with the 12V power source and use the 5V from my DAQ to power my load cell? We have a hand held load cell indicator and all type of load cell. The video completes the tutorial, it does not substitute it. The input circuit can be … Also, I'd rather use analogue filtering - anything to reduce the amount of coding.....;-). For instance, I often use Phidgets (this is an example) load cells, and they use these colour chart: Once you finished with wiring and connecting things, you can proceed with the next section. I am building a product in which I am making bi-axial strain measurement would love to have your feedback on my project. it is possible to use it the way you want it. Now what I was wondering if I would boost up the 3.7v to let's say 5v with a step-up convertor wouldn't that introduce noise? Alberto. For your application I suggest to boost the signal by setting the pseudoground at 2.5V. Connect the ground of LCD, HX711, and Arduino to the ground, also connect VCCs to the 5Vpin of Arduino. Hi Alberto, this is very nice tutorial, very helpful, I have a problem when I use 6 amplifiers INA 125, using breadboard, the output of 6 wheatsone-bridges is not stable in arduino uno. The problem is that if the strain supplied by loaded structure is too low, the sensitivity of strain gages bridge is too love hence the voltage/grams ratio is so low that you need such an ADC. Thanks, Ben. I'm working with arduino Due and have the option of CONVERTION to 12 bits. The load cell in your kit is referred to as a cantilever configuration load cell in that measures the bending force applied to one end of the unit. HX711 module is a Load Cell Amplifier breakout board for the HX711 IC that allows you to easily read load cells to measure weight. for a calibration setup is it reasonable to simply place/stack this cell on top of a good electronic scale and apply forces to the cell ? 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If I use the "+1" output (2.5V) as my load cell excitation, will the voltage be too low to acquire an accurate measurement? What to do? Nonetheless the preload strain (which is the strain caused by the classic strain gage glueing) is also a limit. You also recommend to have 3n levels available which leaves only about 300 usable levels. This is normal, so, what you have to do is to: 1)filter the signal in order to remove noise. This module uses 24 high precision A/D converter chip HX711. (it's for my degree project, this week) In fact most of the noise (if you wired everything in good shape) comes from the ADC procedure. First of all, this is a wonderful tutorial, the best by far among all those available online for load cells. (Not saying it is too much that the board bursts, but it is too much to get a low level of noise) consider to power the INAs with an external 5V - 1A power supply (in your case batteries could be a good choice). Tare function of this weight scale is to bring the readings to zero. Then I'll give you a few tips: Now I have output value about 2,5V and a little noise (I'm using breadboard). Thank you for your very good tuturial. In fact, since the circuit doesn't have a properly set zero level (the thing which IAref pin is made for) altering the gain will alter also the output when no load is applied. You can design with your ideas but remember to place the load cell-like as in the image. However in the video tutorial I will show you how to do it with the MS Excel spreadsheet. !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if( !d.getElementById(id) ){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); © 2021 The MechTech Place — Powered by WordPress. Yes, we are talking about the weighing scale we often see in most of the grocery stores and other places, but have you ever wondered how a weight scale work? Second, most of the times scales exploit AC load cell excitation, and this changes dramatically the way a load cell is supposed to work (you get higher sensitivity, but you pay with low freqeuncy response). Sorry again for the delayed answer, I'd stare at datasheets forever and never figure that out, I've read this one front to back and I'm still not sure I get it 100%. Image by SparkFun licensed and re-distributed under CC BY 2.0 . -> http://www.mechtechplace.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/gerb_LC01.zip. As this is a very simple project, we will be building this very easily using components like Arduino and strain gauge load cell. High quality strain gages are glued with high quality bonders and do not show this behaviour, Solutions: You should use a potentiometer with at least 500 Ohm/rev precision, otherwise you won't get too far. However, since noise exists, it is normal that the signal floats. This 0-10v output i 'll send it to a a/d converter from a PLC. I'm considering building myself a small dynamometer, for testing fractional horsepower motors and drive electronics, so probably an electrically noisy environment, where a good front end is essential. The less you pay, the more noise you have during digital conversion. how to connect myrio instead of daq for load measurement?? Digital load scales are another miracle of modern-day engineering and design. 2) the other one is noise: in all IC the signal-to-noise ratio you get as output is dependent with the gain level (ok, if world would have been simple and linear it shouldn't, but it is how it goes with amplification with low cost ICs). I used both and they work perfectly. Emile. Thanks for your description. thanks in advance. I plan to weigh the food in ounces. I am using a pretty hefty load cell (1000lbs) which recommends a excitation voltage of 10-12V (I understand this is just "recommended"). Force load cells and torque load cells share the same measurement principle, so you only need to buy a torsional load cell, or to exploit a cantilevered shaft in order to load a force load cell from a torque. My advice here is to use some high level toolkit, such as LabView SignaExpress or the Data Acquisition Toolbox from MATLAB, in order to benefit from filtering and averaging toolkit that lets you clean the signal from uncorrelated noise. So forget to play with load cells as you can do with INA125P. Thanks! Alberto, -high precision transducers (in the case of load cell you need high precision strain gages) otherwise the level of noise is higher than the smallest level you want to measure A general purpose load cell (even 50g load cell) won't be able to give you milligrams reading with repeatability since a normal change in temeperature would produce strain bigger than the load you want to measure.

. In fact two amplifiers of OPA series of Texas Instruments and a high precision voltage regulator are embedded inside the IC. is it possible? With a load of 100 grams, I get around 5.20 Volts - which is unfortunately a little bit too high for the Arduino to measure. Next, we set the tare value, for that, first, we read the state of the tare pushbutton using the digitalRead() function, if the state is low, we tare that weight to zero. Grazie mille ! If you want an "easy" and low cost option for data acquisition, try Measurement Computing: http://www.mccdaq.com/. This means better accuracy, however this is a limitation when you need dynamic instantaneous force sensing. Now you have to beat the tip of the load cell with a somehow fixed pace. If you want to enhance resolution in order to get high accuracy in your load-displacement plots, try to use 12 or 16 bits ADCs. Thanks. You are at the right page :) This is 1kg load cell that comes with HX711 amplifier board. So, do check that out if that is your requirement. However you should wire the circuit the same way the INA125P is internally routed. When the strain gauge changes its resistance, it will unbalance the bridge, and the voltage will also change. Very good tutorial, thanks! I've connected it to the INA125P using a very small 10 Ohms resistor on gain (without IAref connected).The great thing is: With the 10 Ohms resistor and no load applied, I get around 0.09 Volts. If you don't want it as portable, you can directly power the Arduino using a USB cable. However, since the tuning on my potentiometer is very sensitive (the knob itself turns easily) I plan on replacing the potentiometer with a resistor of similar value to what I've set it to in my final circuit. Let's look at it: Could you give me some tips on how i could code this on the arduino? It is the most precise way to use load cells and the most common way when you have to provide precise measurements. yes, 24bit is too much. I want to ask if i want to make a weight scale. It reads the tiny voltage change inside the load cell and turns it into a 24bit digital numeric value that can be interpreted by the Arduino as a weight value. Hi there, For this circuit, since it works perfectly, I spent some time on generating a wonderful PCB (which is always better for measurements, since you have less noise). All the modules work on 5V, so we have added an LM7805 voltage regulator. This company provides super service: from basic PCBs to complex multilayer ones; they also offer complete soldering service. I think this will work. Maybe this is a stupid question, still I hope you can answer. I put the link to download them in the tutorial. Dear Amran, Thank you for the tutorial. Connect red to E+ of HX711 board, connect black to E-, connect white to A+, and connect green to A-, Dout, and clock of the board connect to D4 and D5 respectively. 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