Uses of Load Cells

Load cells are available in a variety of shapes, sizes and capacities and are now the industry standard for all types of weighing. This can be a bit of a minefield trying to find the correct load cell for your application. I have listed some of the most commonly found today and their uses.

Single Point – Single point is probably the cheapest and most popular type on the market today. Because of their price and reliability, they can be found in most types of retail scales, weighing scales, medical scales, parcel scales, and postal scales. This type of load cell can also be used in platform scales and industrial weighing systems to provide accurate readings regardless of the position of the load on the platform, reducing manufacturing costs.

Tube type – The tube type has been around for a long time and is likely to become the industry standard for most high capacity compression applications. Tube type load cells are used for single and multi weighing applications. This type of cell has buttons on the top and bottom sides and can only be used in compression. Tube-type load cells are used in tank scales, ship weighing applications, axle scales, truck scales, vehicle scales and weighbridges. Tube type load cells offer accurate weighing in harsh environments.

Double Ended Shear Beams – For medium to high capacity applications, double ended shear beams offer a number of advantages over other designs. This type has the ability to sway on the stand to accommodate misalignments in the mounting surface while still being maintained, it also allows limited movement to allow thermal expansion and contraction as well as lifting protection. This cell type is also available as a weighing module kit.

Single End Shear Beams – Single ended shear beams are commonly found in all types of floor, platform and shipping scales today and provide the ideal solution for most medium capacity weighing applications. The single end shear cell has the ability to withstand full capacity side loads without any problems which makes it particularly suitable for weighing systems with mixers, blenders and agitators. This type is very durable but can be expensive and impractical to install above 10,000 kg. This cell type is also available as a weighing module.

Tension Links – Tension links are suitable for applications such as winching, hanging scales, crane scales and lifting systems. This type of load cell offers superior accuracy in high capacity weighing. This type of cell has openings at both ends for easy connection to shackles, wire ropes, D links, or other rigging. Tension link load cells provide a robust design for resistance to side loading.

Torque Rings – Torque rings are a relatively new design concept and provide an excellent low profile solution for a wide range of weighing applications. Unlike standard compression load cells, which can easily suffer from off-axis loading problems, the torsion ring is loaded via an annular ring located in the middle. By using a central float pin to transmit the load to this ring, optimal load recognition is ensured and off-axis loads of up to three or four degrees can be tolerated without loss of performance. Exclusive mounting modules, which offer great versatility, are now available for process weighing and platform weighing applications.

Weighing Modules – Weighing modules generally consist of load cells with mounting kits. Many types now come supplied as modules but generally single or double shear beam and tube types are the industry standard. Load cell weighing modules are used in tank scales, silo weighing, ship weighing applications, axle scales, truck scales, vehicle scales and weighbridges.

Wireless – All of the above has one major drawback; they are connected to the device via a cable. One of the main problems with weighbridges or floor scales is the possibility of damaged cables. Using the latest technology, wireless, load cells are now available and could one day become the industry standard. All of the above load cells are now available in wireless format, although this technology is very expensive.

Type S – Type S gets their name from their shape, being the letter ‘S’. S type load cells can provide digital output when used in either tension or compression and provide superior side load rejection. This type of cell has two female threaded mounting points, the top and bottom are where eye bolts or threaded rod ends can be attached. This type is used in crane scales, hanging scales, hoist scales, and most tension applications.

Business Manager – Vital Cog in Business Enterprises

A Business Manager is a professional who is entrusted with the job of managing a business firm or a corporate enterprise or a private enterprise on behalf of a company or individual with the outcome of earning profits and revenues. There are several areas where a Business Manager can use his or her knowledge and expertise to serve – accounting, auditing, budgeting and taxes, data processing and analysis, finance, HR and personnel, marketing and public relations, operations analysis, purchasing and so on. Besides there are also specific technical areas in which a Business Manager can have specialized knowledge and skills like computer programming, e-commerce, law, science etc.

Even small businesses or home businesses sometimes typically have Managers doing multiple roles that focus on the company’s marketability and reach. In such a scenario, the Business Manager shares much of the owner’s duties and responsibilities in running the business successfully and in some cases, earning a share of the profits.

There is no doubt that the role of a Manager is very essential and crucial to a business. As we have seen in the modern era, even artists and private individuals like musicians, dancers, painters, writers, sportspersons etc. have Managers who manager their business affairs, professional commitments and financial matters. Hence, the role of a Manager cannot be taken lightly. In the context of a governmental agency or a military agency, the position of Business Manager would be equivalent to that of an Executive Officer or a Chief of Staff.

Functions or Role

Overseeing the operations in small, large or private enterprises involves many specific functions. Generally, the duties of a Business Manager extend to:

• Developing and implementing budgets
• Fixing business goals and targets
• Hiring, training and evaluating employees
• Supervising and overseeing duties of support staff
• Handling payments and contracts
• Managing business commitments, travel schedules etc.

Qualifications

Most Managers require a basic qualification of a bachelor’s degree in Business Management which has many in-built modules in tandem with the duties listed above. They also need to have excellent communication skills, great inter-personal relations, be adept in promotional and marketing abilities and have contacts with media agencies and networks. In many businesses, salespersons who have worked through the company for many years handling several responsibilities are promoted to Managers levels and entrusted with greater responsibility.

Public profile

In a private enterprise such as a Manager handling the portfolio of an artist or sportsperson, the role of a Business Manager is very much in the public eye. Several past business managers have been caught in financial and personal scandals ranging from negligence of professional commitments to fraudulent practices in financial matters, illegal and unethical management of assets, swindling of revenues etc. which can be a serious setback to professional enterprise.

What Is An Online Business Manager, and Is It Time for You to Hire One?

Are you a successful woman entrepreneur whose multiple 6-figure business feels out of control?

Are you stuck? Overwhelmed? Frustrated?

Ever thought seriously about walking away because you’re so bogged down with business operations that you can’t follow your passion?

If this sounds like you, it’s time to find an online business manager.

What’s an Online Business Manager?

According to Tina Forsyth, the author of Becoming an Online Business Manager, the official definition of an Online Business Manager (OBM) is:

A virtually based support professional who manages online based businesses, including the day-to-day management of projects, operations, team members, and metrics.

An OBM isn’t a virtual assistant who performs tasks. He or she is a professional business manager who runs the company’s daily operations to give the owner energy and time to focus on strategic growth. The OBM gives the owner permission to be the Visionary and serve her clients, plan the company’s growth and future, and use her gifts to their fullest potential.

The OBM keeps all the balls in the air as the Integrator of the business. Gino Wickman and Mark C. Winters first defined the Integrator role in their book, Rocket Fuel: The One Essential Combination that Will Get You More of What You Want from Your Business. The Integrator harmoniously combines the major functions of the business (sales, marketing, operations, and finance), runs the organization, and manages day-to-day issues. This role is literally the glue that holds the people, processes, systems, and strategy of the company together.

The Integrator creates space so the business owner, the Visionary, can fully step into the CEO role and do what she’s called to do-change the world.

Finding an Integrator for your business would take a big load off your mind and off your plate, wouldn’t it?

I help women business owners who need that time and space. For the past eight years, as an Integrator in my clients’ businesses, I’ve had the great honor of making someone else’s vision happen.

You can’t do it all, and you don’t want to.

When you started your business, you had to wear all the hats. You had to be the visionary and the manager. You knew it wasn’t your best fit, but you could do it until the business grew a little and you could hire help.

Soon you hired someone to take care of the tedious work, but you couldn’t let go of much more. You still needed to lead and manage alone. You told your family (and yourself) that wearing both hats wouldn’t last much longer and you could handle it.

Now, your business keeps growing and you spend way too much time managing and not enough time leading and serving. You don’t have enough time to decide where the business is going because you’re trying to keep up with managerial tasks you never wanted.

You started your business to change the world and to have the freedom to enjoy life. At this point, you can’t do either because you can’t get out of that manager role long enough to catch your breath!

Hitting the ceiling is inevitable. Every successful woman entrepreneur I’ve seen comes to the point where she’s exhausted and can go no farther – she can’t continue to manage and grow the business by herself. She needs online business management services so she can move into the CEO position and Visionary role to grow her company.

Transform your business with an OBM

Your business needs a Visionary and an Integrator to be successful, and you can’t be both for long and sustainable growth. As the Visionary, you need an Integrator to implement and drive your vision, and your Integrator needs you to lead the company’s direction and strategize its future.

My specialty is working with multiple 6-figure clients who have hit that growth ceiling. They know they can’t continue being in charge of everything. I’m an Online Business Consultant, Certified Online Business Manager, and most importantly, a diehard Integrator in every sense of the term.

My clients are high-achieving women entrepreneurs who want to change the world, and their visions are huge. They have proven business models that generate multiple 6-figure+ revenues. Their desire to build an empire is inspirational, and they’re ready to turn over the reins of management to a trusted professional who will move the business forward.

Are you ready for your Integrator?

Have you hit the ceiling in creating new growth? Feeling overwhelmed or frustrated with all the “DOING” in your business?

About

Brenda Violette is Founder and CEO of Violette Business Services, a business management company that partners with entrepreneurial woman who have built a multiple six-figure online business and are stuck in their ability to create new revenue with them being the only one in charge of everything! They struggle and lose traction as they are buried in the “DOING” of the business.

Being a seasoned woman business owner herself, Brenda understands the struggles of other women trying to build a viable online business, balance work and a personal life, and contribute to the world through the business.