one of the oldest and most respected companies that provides quality force
measurement devices for tension, compression, load monitoring and push/pull
forces for industrial environments. The major categories of force
measurement products provided by Dillon are shown below.
are instruments that measure the tension force exerted between two sections of
cable or weight suspended from the end of the Dynamometer. They are used for diverse
activities, from suspended weighing to field testing chain and wire.
offers both analog and electronic versions and has a wide assortment of styles
and capacities, from 50,000 lbs. for dial/analog models and up to 550,000 lbs.
for digital models.
Model AP Dynamometer is one of the most widely used in the industry and has
proven to be very versatile.
scales are Dynamometers that are outfitted with large openings in upper
shackles and hooks appropriate for suspended weighing, and usually large, easy
to read dials for viewing the forces at large distances. They allow the
operators to move materials and gather accurate weight data or inventory
information in one step.
Tension Meters have a clamp design that allows a quick and simple way to
measure the tension within a wire or cable. The Tension Meters can be used to
measure the tension on a variety of applications and a wide range of materials
such as ropes, cables and wire, either single, multi-strand or coated.
Mechanical Force Gauges
Force Gauges are ultra-small instruments that display the force exerted between
the two load points. Available in tension, compression or both (push-pull)
versions, Mechanical Force Gauges are generally used to monitor tension in
small cable applications or to measure compressive forces within a press.
with either D-shaped or U-shaped deflection beams and are very simple to
Force Control Instruments
several mechanically actuated Force Control Switches that are used to protect cranes,
hoists and other lifting devices against overloads by activating alarms,
lights, or cutting off power to critical machinery facing an impending
Dillon Force Gage Calibration
inspection is first completed on the equipment prior to calibration to look for
any damage to the load-bearing shackles or hooks that would pose a danger
For calibration of most of
the Dillon instruments, they are placed in a press or weight machine with load
cells or weights with the capacities to enable the full-scale calibration of
the equipment. Force is applied at approximately every 20 percent of the
calibration range up to the full-scale value of the instrument. Both tension
and compression measurements are checked depending on the type of unit being
For Load Cell type
instruments, the forces are applied in both ascending and descending directions
to check for hysteresis of the instrument. For dial instruments, forces are
only typically applied in the ascending direction.
For the Tension Meters, an apparatus with a cable will be connected to a Load Cell and the cable tightened to produce the appropriate amount of force required for the calibration point. The readout of the Tension Meter should indicate the load cell reading, within the specification of the instrument.