What are the different types of force gauges?
At Dillon/Quality Plus, we offer 4 types of mechanical (analog) force gauges.
The Dillon Model X-C is used for measuring compression (pushing) only. It operates by using a C-shaped bar that deflects to produce an accurate measurement, and is usually used in production environments to calibrate equipment or the compression load being applied to a specific part or product. The Model X-C comes with a compression ball fitting, which is where you can apply the load, and has a capacity range of 25-25,000lbs with a ±1% accuracy.
The Dillon Model X-ST is virtually identical to the Model X-C, but is used to measure tension (pulling) rather than compression. It functions similarly to a dynamometer, but has a lower capacity and is less rugged, making it ideal for controlled environments like laboratories. It is also more compact than a dynamometer, with a width of 5-6 inches. The Model X-ST comes in nine capacities, from 100-10,000lbs, with a ±1% accuracy.
The Dillon Model X-PP features a split dial and can be used to measure both compression and tension. This model is available in seven capacities, ranging from 50-2,500lbs, with an accuracy of ±2% of the maximum dial reading.
The Dillon Model U is smaller and lower capacity than our other mechanical force gauges. It measures compression and features a slim line design ideal for applications with limited space. It can be used as a handheld device, permanently mounted on a flat surface plate, or used in test fixtures.
We also offer a digital force gauge made by Mark-10, which combines a 3I indicator and a load cell to measure both tension and compression. The Mark-10 offers a capacity from 25-550lbs.