Dillon Force Gage Calibration

Dillon is 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.


Dynamometers 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.

Dillon 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.

Their Model AP Dynamometer is one of the most widely used in the industry and has proven to be very versatile.

Crane Scales

Crane 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

Dillon 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

Dillon Mechanical 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.

They come with either D-shaped or U-shaped deflection beams and are very simple to operate.

Force Control Instruments

Dillon manufactures 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 overload.

Dillon Force Gage Calibration

A visual 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 during use.

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 calibrated.

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.

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