Strain Gauge USB Converter (DSCUSB)

The DSCUSB USB strain gauge converter is a compact, high performance strain gauge digital signal conditioner with USB connectivity aimed at applications which require high-accuracy measurement repeatability.

Strain Gauge USB Converter (DSCUSB)

A rugged ABS IP50 enclosure makes the device suitable for all environments. Simply by plugging the device into a PC, data can be extracted from most strain gauge bridge input sensors and acquired by software which allows data manipulation removing the need for amplifiers, filters & multimeters. No additional power supply is required.

Although ideal for 1 to 1 interface the device can connect with multiple sensors with the use of a suitable hub. Available in ASCII protocol, offering higher resolution and lower temperature drift.

Ideal for all strain gauge bridge based sensors including load, weight, force, torque, pressure & displacement, the device simply plugs into your PC where data can be acquired and manipulated by accompanying software.

Typical applications for the DSCUSB USB signal converter will be those requiring simple sensor connectivity in desk top settings such as test & measurement, R&D and laboratory environments. No additional power supply is required as the power is drawn from the USB bus. Although ideal for one-to-one interface, the device can connect with multiple sensors with the use of a suitable hub.

  • High stability providing superior performance
  • USB strain gauge interface – device appears as a virtual com port
  • Simple & easy to connect to your strain gauge sensor
  • Multiple devices can be used with one PC
  • Free DSCUSB strain gauge to USB converter toolkit software
  • Compatible with most load cells and sensors
  • Non-expert maintenance
  • Windows driver DLL’s available
  • OEM pcb versions available (shown on thumbnail image on left)
DSCUSB High Stability Bridge Measurement
  Min Typical Max Units
Strain Gauge Excitation System 4 Wire
Strain Gauge Excitation Voltage 4.5 5 5.25 V DC
Strain Gauge Drive Capability 80 5000 Ohms
Strain Gauge Sensitivity -3 2.5 3 mV/V
Offset Temperature Stability 1 4 ppm/C
Gain Temperature Stability 3 5 ppm/C
Offset Stablitity with Time 35 160 ppm of FR (1)
Gain Stability with Time 300 ppm of FR (2)
Non Linearity before Linearization 5 25 ppm of FR
Internal Resolution 16 Million Counts/Divs
Resolution @ 1Hz Readings (Noise Stable) over 100s 200,000 Counts/Divs
Resolution @ 10Hz Readings (Noise Stable) over 100s 120,000 Counts/Divs
Resolution @ 100Hz Readings (Noise Stable) over 100s 50,000 Counts/Divs
Resolution @ 500Hz Readings (Noise Stable) over 100s 18,000 Counts/Divs
Signal Filter Dynamic recursive type user programmable
Supply Voltage Range 4.25 5 5.5 V DC
Average Operational Current (normal mode) 68 75 mA*
* When connected to a 350 Ohm Load Cell
Data Transmission        
Data Transmission Rate 2.4 460.8 kbps
Output Cable Length 5 m
Communications (USB)
The load cell to USB adaptor will communicate as a simple serial device rather than a ‘native’ USB device.
Once the device is plugged into a PC and the supplied drivers are installed, the device will appear as a Virtual Serial Port to the PC.
Standard Modbus drivers, configurations and libraries can be used with this device. Mantracourt will also supply a driver for its own ‘Instrument Explorer’ software.
Because each device, when plugged into a PC, creates an additional serial port, the total number of devices that can be attached to the PC may be limited by the communication software’s ability to utilise these multiple ports i.e. an existing Modbus communication program may only support COM1 to COM4.
Support Modules
Instrument Explorer Software
DSC Toolkit Software
DSCLOG24 Software
IP Rating IP50
Storage Temperature – 40 to 85ºC
Operating Temperature – 40 to 85ºC
Relative Humidity 95% maximum non condensing
CE Environmental Approvals European EMC Directive 2004/108/EC


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Offering higher resolution and lower temperature drift.