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Feeling the pinch? Novatech Measurements can provide cost-effective bespoke loadcell products

Novatech Measurements recently designed and manufactured a pair of bespoke loadcells for a research team working in partnership with an American University.

The team were conducting research into the relative size and strength of coconut crabs found on Pemba Island, in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Tanzania, compared to those found in their more common environment. Coconut crabs are the largest land-living arthropods in the world and a fully grown adult can reach 1m in span. The larger
(left) claw can deliver well over 300kgf of grip force, which is 10 times that of a strong human adult.

Due to the aggressive nature and strength of the larger crabs, the loadcells incorporated a finger guard and put the sensing elements at a safe distance from the grip. The crab would instinctively 'attack' the probe and apply a compressive force through a moment compensated bending element, reducing force position errors. The probe was profiled such that a quick twist would release the probe from the vice like grip.

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NovaTech Measurements Ltd.
83 Castleham Road, St Leonards on Sea TN38 9NT
Tel: +44(0)1424 852744
Fax: +44(0)1424 853002

February 2019

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