How to Use a Dynamometer for Weight and Mass Measurement

Scientists and engineers worldwide use the metric system. This measurement system is based on the meter, the litre and the kilogram. This system allows scientists to measure the properties of their samples more accurately.

Mass, in physics, measures an object’s inertia and resistance to change of position when a force is applied. It is independent of shape, size and location.

Measuring mass with a balance

Although the terms weight and mass are often used interchangeably, they are different. Weight is a measure of gravity’s effect on an object, while mass represents the amount of matter in it. An object’s weight will change if it is moved to a different planet, but its mass will remain the same.

When using a balance to measure mass, it is important that the scale is properly zeroed. This is done by placing a weighing boat or a clean piece of weighing paper on the balance. The tare button must be pressed to make sure the reading is at 0. Then, the sample is added and subtracted from the first value to obtain the final mass measurement.

The most common method of measuring mass is the balance. This is a very simple and accurate instrument, especially when using modern electronic instruments that use load cell technology. However, it can be difficult to maintain these instruments in a laboratory environment. Temperature fluctuations, vibration, and humidity can cause problems with weighing accuracy.

Measuring mass with a meter stick

The meter stick is an instrument for measuring the distance between objects. It is usually divided into lines for every millimeter and has a numeric label for each centimeter. It may also be marked in other units, such as feet or yards. Hybrid meter sticks with customary measurements on one side and metric markings on the other also exist. These are often referred to as yardsticks or meter rulers.

To determine the mass of a meter stick, you must hang an unknown mass and balance it with a known mass. Then, you must determine the size and direction of the force that causes the torque. In addition to this, you must also consider the weight of the meter stick, which causes a torque that must be balanced by the other four forces.

Measuring mass with a weight

Although many people use the terms “weight” and “mass” interchangeably, they are two different measurements. Mass is a measure of the amount of matter in an object, and weight is the force exerted by gravity on that object. An object with the same mass will have the same weight on Earth, but will weigh differently on other planets.

In order to accurately determine an object’s mass, scientists use a balance. This instrument is perfect for measuring mass, because it is not affected by gravity. It can also be used to find other information about an object, such as its inertia and the strength of its gravitational attraction to other objects. Mass can also be measured using a weighing machine. There are several types of weighing machines available, including scales, balances, and load cell instruments. These are more sophisticated weighing instruments that can measure an object’s mass to within one part in 2,000. These instruments have better accuracy than standard laboratory balances, which can measure to only one part in 4,000.

Measuring mass with a dynamometer

A dynamometer is one of the most powerful tools that can help you determine the weight of an object. It can be used for both small and large weight equipment. It also provides precise and accurate data. In addition, it can help you fine-tune your machines and motors. It is a great investment for your business.

The dynamometer is based on the law of mechanical physics called Hooke’s law. This law states that the force exerted on an elastic body is proportional to its elongation. The dynamometer measures the tension of the spring, which is then converted to weight in kilograms or Newton or dyne.

Before testing, verify that the dynamometer system is operating at its reference condition using the manufacturer’s recommendations and good engineering judgment. For torque verifications relying on a dynamometer hysteresis, select two additional acceleration and deceleration rate pairs that cover the range expected during the test. Then, use good engineering judgment to choose the sequence in which you will introduce these reference values.

Accuracy in the Weighing Process

Several factors can affect the accuracy of a weighing measurement. Selecting a top-quality load cell is the first step to ensuring accurate mass measurements.

Keep the weighing weights free of moisture and corrosive gases. Also, avoid letting them rub against each other or hard surfaces. Doing so can cause them to change their mass, resulting in inaccurate weighing readings.


A weighing instrument’s measurement uncertainty is the sum of four significant components — repeatability, eccentricity, nonlinearity and hysteresis. These parameters are evaluated during a balance calibration and documented on the calibration certificate.

A quality load cell (also known as a load sensor) is the backbone of your weighing system. A machined piece of metal, it bends with the weight’s mechanical force and converts those movements to proportional electrical signals based on its elasticity.

Depending on the location of your weighing system, it may be subjected to temperature changes and static charge that can affect its accuracy. Moisture that enters the weighing system’s junction box can also cause problems by wicking into signal lines between each load cell and degrading their accuracy. Using a hermetically sealed, NEMA 4-rated junction box and plugging any unused holes in the box can help improve weighing accuracy. Also consider using a weigh platform with a waterproof evaporative cooling system to reduce the effect of ambient temperature changes and moisture.


Weighing is a safe measurement method, especially when the system is properly designed & operated. It is also a widely accepted method of quantifying food, making it an ideal ingredient-intake monitoring tool in manufacturing facilities.

A weighing system is composed of load cells that support (or suspend) a weigh vessel or platform, a junction box that sums the individual signals from each cell, and a weight controller that converts the sum signal into a weight reading. Many factors can influence the weighing system performance, including shock loading (forces greater than the load cell’s rated capacity), vibration, large temperature changes, and pressure differentials.

It is important to follow calibration procedures for your weighing equipment in order to maintain accuracy. Consider using a risk-based testing schedule for your balances, as it will reduce unnecessary testing and lead to time, cost & energy savings. It is also crucial to keep your weighing equipment in an environment that is free from moisture, corrosive chemicals, and dust.


Weighing instruments may drift over time unless you regularly calibrate them. This reduces the error from environmental changes and ensures you always get accurate results. It’s important to have a calibration plan that is clear and that all users understand. The calibration plan should also be traceable to a primary standard.

External calibration is a manual process and requires trade approved calibration weights that are carefully purchased, preserved and managed. It’s also important to record the reading from each standard stamped weight used in the calibration process so that a linearity curve can be generated and a correlation factor identified.

For a deadweight calibration, the vessel is evenly loaded to about 10% of its live load capacity using standard weights and the weight indication is recorded. The weights are then removed and process material is added until the weight indicator registers the same weight as the calibration weights. This procedure is known as comparison weighing or substitution weighing.


Having an effective maintenance plan in place helps prevent system breakdowns, reduces repair costs, and optimizes the return on your equipment investment. The first step to a successful maintenance plan is to identify potential safety hazards. This includes a thorough risk assessment and implementing proper lockout/tagout procedures.

When performing a maintenance check on an industrial platform scale, start by visually inspecting the overall condition of the unit. Any issues found should be recorded. Next, the junction box should be disconnected from its power source (i.e. shut off the circuit breaker or unplug the cables). Finally, the scale should be isolated with barricades and signage placed to divert traffic away from the PM area.

Once the load cell is disconnected, its input and output resistance should be measured and compared with the tolerance range specified on its datasheet. Also, the cables connected to the junction box should be checked for damage and strained connections. Lastly, the heavy section test using certified weights should be performed and adjusted as needed to bring the scale up to its certified NIST Hand Book 44 standards.