Things Force Measurement Tools Do, And What To Do When They Don't Work

Posted on: 13 February 2019

Force measurement tools are part of an industry that tests how various forces act on a substance or product. These tools do a lot of different things in the course of testing something, and when force measurement tools need repair, you need to repair them immediately. The following five things are what force measurement tools do, and what needs to be done when they do not work as planned. 

Tensile and Compressive Loading

​Force transducers are the tools used to find tensile loading (a test of how much strength a substance or item has while being loaded down to try to force it to break), and compressive loading (as it suggests, the substance or item is compressed with increasing weight and/or pressure). The object of using these two forces is to see if such similar forces occurring outside the testing lab will have a particular impact. For example, maybe a car manufacturer wants to test the strength of a new metal the company wants to use to create doors for their cars. Tensile and compressive loading tests tell them whether or not this metal, in door form, will withstand a forceful impact in an accident, and subsequently save or injure the people in the car. 

​Tolerable Temperature Range During Force Applications

​In most cases, when any sort of force is applied, it is frequently accompanied by heat. A transducer relays the temperature tolerated by the tested item or material. Force of one kind or another may be applied with the elevation in temperature to see where the breaking point is. It is vital that the transducer in use be rigorously tested before these tests begin so that the data collected is not skewed and does not result in a false analytical report. If the transducers selected do not pass the tests necessary to deem them fit for temperature range and force application, you will need to send the transducers back to the manufacturer for replacements or have a company technician repair them. However, the former is preferential to the latter when data must not have any outside factors that could tamper with or change the results of the tests. 

Analyzing the Data

​Data is recorded, in part, by the transducer, but also in part by observation and careful recording of notes when various forces are applied. Analyzing the data is really everything to the project. Your force measurement tools must be able to handle the job. Reach out to a force measurement tool repair service for more help.