App note from Maxim Integrated discussing strain gauge and accompanying circuit are used in today’s weight measurement applications. Link here (PDF)
Current laws and regulations require honesty, tolerance, and accuracy in weigh scales. The most commonly used weight-measurement element is the strain gauge. This application note explains how strain gauges are useful in multiple applications that must measure stress and pressure and their effects. The electronics of honest weigh scales are varied, and can provide the resolution and accuracy that each application demands.
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