S300 Application Note

General Description

The SMD S300 Load Cell is a monolithic stainless steel-bodied structure with a proprietary thin-film technology strain gauge applied, capable of producing an analog voltage output in response to loadings of up to 10, 30, and 80 grams depending on the model chosen.

Physical Considerations

Mounting: One 3mm dia. for a shoulder bolt associated with two 2mm holes for roll, pins are provided through the mid‐section of the sensor body. Washers or spacers should be used between the sensor and a rigid mounting surface to preclude any interference with the sensor’s moving element.

Loading: Load forces may be applied in either direction to the load button on the free side of the sensor, perpendicular to its body and on the center axis of the #10‐32 threaded hole. Single point contact is best and often achieved by contacting a spherical element with a flat surface. The design of the S300 sensor provides for inherent overload protection up to 1000% of its full load value.

Wiring: Color-coded lead wires are provided for electrical connections however when extended, adequate forms of strain relieving should be provided in the assembly design.

Electrical Considerations

As seen in the schematic drawing, 4 resistive elements are created by proprietary thin-film technology in a Wheatstone Bridge configuration and adjoining areas of strain concentration. The application of a load to the sensor causes an electrical imbalance between the resistive elements and produces an output voltage (in millivolts) that is linear and proportionate to the load applied. Less than the maximum excitation voltage may be used however the resulting output will be reduced proportionately.

Environment Concerns

While the thin-film technology is itself immune to normal humidity levels, care must be taken to avoid condensing moisture and direct water exposure. The S300 is very stable over time & temperature.


Due to the nature of the thin film technology, care in handling should be observed and no damage be allowed to occur especially in the area of the thin film strain gauges. During handling and assembly procedures anti‐static discharge practices should be observed.

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