Force Gauges

Today, around the world, there remains a continued emphasis for improved product quality and consistency, plus a demand for increased efficiency and higher productivity. Johnson Scale Co. “The force gauge experts” We have over 100 years of experience as one of the leading suppliers and repair centers for Chatillon, Mark-10, Dillon, and Mecmesin force gauge products for production, quality, and R & D applications. We offer a comprehensive range of mechanical, digital, and an ergonomic force gauge as well as mechanical and digital, and pneumatic test force stands, comprehensive easy to use software packages, grips, and fixtures.

A handheld force gauge measures how items respond under test by monitoring forces acting against its stem in tension or compression.

Some examples include:

  • The force required to separate two items
  • The amount of force required to insert one component into another
  • The amount of force required to extract it.

Handheld force gauges are portable or can be mounted to a manual or motorized test stand for more sophisticated testing. All of our gauges are pre-calibrated and include a NIST traceable calibration certificate (unless otherwise noted). Our ISO 9001:2008 calibration system will also send you a reminder when your instrument is due for calibration.

Some examples of applications include:

  • Suture strength
  • Peel testing
  • Switch activation
  • Tensile testing
  • Wire terminal strength
  • Food texture analysis
  • Syringe insertion and extraction
  • Adhesion testing
  • Open force testing
  • Spring testing
  • Crimp pull testing
  • Puncture testing

How to choose:

  • When looking at digital force gauges you may see the term sampling rate. This is the rate per second that the force gauge takes a reading or sample. Generally speaking, a higher sample rate equates to better performance.
  • Accuracy is usually listed at +/- percentage of full scale +/- 1 digit. This is an accuracy statement indicating that the gauge is accurate to within a percentage of the full scale with an uncertainty of one count (or least significant digit). In the case of a 100lbf capacity gauge with an accuracy statement of +/- 0.3% of Full scale that means that the readings can be off by a maximum of 0.4lbf anywhere on the scale from 0 o 100lbf. For this reason it is recommended to choose a gauge with a maximum capacity as close to the measured load.

Our knowledgeable sales representatives are ready to answer your questions about product specifications, features, performance and benefits. Whether it is a new purchase, repair or NIST traceable calibration, Our goal is that prompt order delivery, quick turnaround, and easy access to technical support is always within reach.