What is a load cell?
A load cell is a transducer that outputs an electrical signal based upon the force exerted upon it. Weighing scale load cells are considered the most common in regards to how load cells are used, where the force being applied can effectively be turned into the weight of the object pushing down on it.
Please see our beginners guide to load cells for more information about these useful devices.
What is a transducer?
Transducers are devices that convert energy from one type into another. In electronic devices the type of energy on one side of the process will be electrical energy. Some examples of transducers include microphones (sound energy in, electrical energy out), speakers (electrical energy in, sound energy out), pressure pads, thermometers, electrical motors (mechanical energy out), antennas, light-sensors and load cells.