The Dillon AWT15-500844-S quick balance tension meter measures the tension of single or multiple cables or wire ropes in installations such as elevator traction cables, tower and stack guy wire ropes, and crane rigging. This digital tension meter (also known as a tension gauge or tensiometer) shows measurements in pounds (lb.), Newtons (N), or kilograms (kg). It displays the present tension, measured in real time, or the maximum (peak) tension or average tension over a session in graduated increments of 10 lb., 50 N, or 5 kg. The meter has a maximum capacity of 10,000 lb., 45,000 N, or 4,500 kg. It has three pre-calibrated settings for measuring tension on 8 x 19 wire rope with a 1/2", 9/16", or 5/8" diameter, and it can be calibrated to accommodate wire rope in other types and sizes. The meter's internal memory can hold settings for up to five sizes of cable. The meter has a measurement accuracy of + or - 3 percent or + or - 5 percent of full scale, depending on the size and type of cable or rope being measured. The meter's balance mode measures the tension on two or more cables and compares the readings, for balancing multiple-line installations. The check tensioning mode compares the current tension of a cable or wire with a pre-set desired tension, for adjusting the tension of the cable or wire. The meter's temperature mode adjusts measurements to account for changes in ambient temperature and humidity, which can impact measurement accuracy. The meter displays the temperature in Fahrenheit or Centigrade, and the user can manually enter the temperature when environmental conditions do not allow for accurate temperature measurements. The meter can be used indoors or outdoors. The meter's handle has a quick-release pin that keeps the handle from opening as the tension is adjusted on a cable or wire and when the meter is attached to a cable for long periods of time. The zero function clears a reading on the display and zeroes the meter before measurement for improved accuracy. The meter is installed with one set of three sheaves that are suitable for use with cables and ropes from 1/4" to 3/4" in size. A backlit liquid crystal display (LCD) provides readability in low light. To conserve battery life, the user can program the meter to automatically turn off in one of three conditions: after a certain number of minutes, when no load is detected for a certain number of minutes, or if there is no keypad input or tension change in a certain number of minutes. The unit is powered by two 1.5V C batteries (included), and a battery test shows the amount of charge in the unit's batteries. It conforms with Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Canadian Department of Communications (CDC), and European Conformity (CE) standards. A hard plastic carrying case with foam inserts helps protect the meter during storage and transportation.
Force gauges, also called push-pull gauges or tension gauges, measure the tensile (pull) or compression (push) force applied to an object. They are used to test the strength and functionality of a variety of machines, electronic components, cables, wires, and consumer products in scientific, medical, automotive, quality assurance, and manufacturing applications. A digital force gauge shows the amount of force in digits on the gauge's display. Response time varies among digital force gauges depending on the speed of the processor. An analog (or mechanical) force gauge shows measurements on a calibrated dial. Analog force gauges are not as precise as digital force gauges, but they provide instantaneous measurements and can be used in a wider range of environmental conditions than digital force gauges. Hooks, compression plates, levers, handles, test stands, and other accessories can be used with the gauge for taking measurements on objects with a range of shapes and sizes.
Dillon manufactures industrial measurement tools and scales. The company, founded in 1937 and now a division of Avery Weigh-Tronix, meets International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standard 9001.