A force gauge, also called force measurement device, is a device used to read changes in the force that is applied to a constant reference measurement. Most applications exist in manufacturing, science, research and development, and field and laboratory settings. There are mainly two types of force gauge devices available in the market today: digital and hydraulic force gauge. Digital type is capable of outputting accurate results and has better response and accuracy over a shorter span of measurement compared to the former. Hydraulic type is widely used in the measurement of force, and measures output as well as input resistance to provide more accurate results.
Force measurement device comes with many different features, depending on its specific application. They are used extensively in fields where there is a need to determine or estimate measurements of force and acceleration. In most cases, it is used in the measurement of force, acceleration or force measurement with displacement. For example, in the manufacturing industry, it is commonly used in production lines to determine the weight of machinists or other workers as well as to maintain productivity in the work place. Meanwhile, in the scientific community, it is commonly used in various experimental tests and experiments.
Force Gauge can either be digital or a hydraulic device. Digital type is capable of measuring only constant forces and does not incorporate the concept of pressure where multiple components exert varying pressure on one another. Hydraulic type on the other hand incorporates the concepts of both pressure and acceleration, which are typically present in any measurement device used for force measurement. If we look at a typical example, a lever that is pulled up when its position is shifted left will result to the measurement of force or acceleration. This example just shows the basic principle behind how a force gauge works.