Evaluating Requirements for A Tension Indicator

For any type of tensioning system, the use of tension controllers and indicators is essential for operation. These two components of the system work together to maintain the correct tension on the machine as well provide information to the operators for system control.

There are several different options in the tension indicator designs offered by various companies. Taking the time to consider what is needed for the specific system and machine is critical in choosing a model and design to provide the necessary readout and information.

Analog or Digital

The two basic options in a tension indicator are the digital and analog models. Analog systems are ideal for many types of applications and provide an easy way to determine the tension with a glance. They can be customized to the specific scale required for the system.

Digital systems use an LED display. Like the analog models, specialized scales can be integrated into the electronics of the system. Additionally, as with the analog model, there is also the option to monitor the tension applied to the transducers or the tension on the system. Lighting and location are important factors in determining which option is best for a specific application.

Design Considerations

Regardless of the readout option for the tension indicator, choosing a device that is built to last is important. Check to make sure the enclosure for the electronics is corrosion resistant and made of stainless steel that meets the required ratings.

Verify the power options are compatible with the system in place and also that the mounting position and location is ideal for machinery and equipment. It is also important to consider how easy the indicator is to configure, adjust, and set. Checking the ambient temperature range for the use of the device before making a choice is another factor to consider.


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