What are the different types of dynamometers?
At Dillon/Quality Plus, we stock Dillon “AP” Mechanical and Digital Dynamometers both in the EDjunior and EDxtreme models. We also offer Crosby/StraightPoint Bluetooth Dynamometers & Wireless Load Shackles.
AP Mechanical dynamometers have moving parts and gears. They are less accurate and have a lower capacity than digital dynamometers, but they don’t require a battery and can function accurately even when submerged in water.
Digital dynamometers have no moving parts and use strain-based gauges to measure force. They are more accurate than mechanical dynamometers and can accurately measure up to 550,000 lbs of force. They are also less likely to incur internal damage, and can be used for shock-loading. Digital dynamometers allow users to save and record readings, display measurements on external handheld devices, and can even be configured to sound an alarm when the load reaches a certain level.
Wireless load shackles serve a similar function as digital dynamometers. Wireless load shackles are placed in-line with the load being lifted, and can wirelessly connect to an external display. Wireless load shackles take up less space than dynamometers, making them better-suited for applications with low headroom.