Replacing parts and components in a system, particularly an older system, can pose a challenge. When there is a need to replace a tension indicator in an existing system, choosing the right model with the best features and functions specific to the application are critical factors.
Ideally, choosing a tension indicator that integrates seamlessly into the current system and without the need for modifications is the best option. This means that the indicator can be used with tension systems and components from other manufacturers without the need for workarounds or changes to the wiring and connection options.
There are other factors to consider that need to be carefully considered. Looking for a product made by a leading manufacturer in the tension measurement industry is always an important issue and one that should not be overlooked based on a lower price by an unknown manufacturer.
For both analog and digital options in tension indicators, having user-friendly interface and easy to read display is a critical factor. With the analog model, the meter and scale should be designed to be easily read at a glance, while the digital models should have a crisp, clear and bright LED display that can be read in both dark conditions as well as in direct lighting conditions.
Simple controls on the front panel of the tension indicator is another user-friendly issue to consider. Having the switches positioned where they are easy to access to change readings and settings is always important. More advanced systems may offer push-button controls for easy adjustment as well as indicator lights and multiple setting features.
Options such as tare adjustment, corrosion resistant enclosures and the ability to work with the range of tension in a system and in the environmental temperature and conditions for the equipment should also be carefully compared before making a purchase.