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Weight sensors and arduino

At this point we need a precise voltage amplifier. A digital component that fit at our needs is INA125.

You can get the data-sheet from here : ina125

From the data-sheet we can get a generic schematic

INA125 Schematic

Notice that INA125 have a gain range from 4 up to 10.000
This gain is regulated by the resistor RG located at the pins 8-9
The gain formula for this device is :




In our case for a 5V arduino reference we need
RG=60000/(896-4)=>Rg=68 Ohm

In the 1,1V reference case we have
RG=60000/(196-4)=>Rg=312 Ohm

The connection with the arduino will be like below







The same procedure will be followed with a 20Kg load cell.

The load cell manufacturer once again says that the rated output is 1,0946 mVout/Vin
This means that 1,0946 mVout/Vin

So if we drive the loadcell with arduino (5V) we have
Vin = 5V and mVout-max=1,0946*5=5,473mV(full loaded with 20Kg)

So at 20000gr we have a mVout-max=5,473mV
At 1gr we have x mV

So x=0,00027365 mV/gr

By default arduino uses an analog reference of 5V this means that you have a resolution of 4.9 mV/step as we said before.

We need a precise amplifier that can increase the electrical signal in order to get 0,00027365 mV/gr

So we need a gain like this :

 Gain = (arduino mV/Step) / (loadcell mV/gr)

Gain (5v) = 4,9 mV/step / 0,00027365 = 17906
The maximum gain of INA125 is 10000, so a gain that high, using 5v as analog reference, is not possible.

Let's see what happens at 1,1V using analogReference(INTERNAL);

We know that 1.1v/1024 steps = 0,00107421875 v/step = 1,07421875 mV/step

So :

Gain (1.1v) = 1,07421875 mV/step / 0,00027365 = 3925

This time the gain is reachable! We need a resistor :
RG=60000/(Gain-4)=>Rg=15,3 Ohm

All the schematics can be downloaded from here : loadcell-schematics

Now we are ready to start constructing Liquid Filler !!!

See you in the next article!