Strain Gauge to USB Converter (DSCUSB)

DSCUSB Compact Load Cell to USB Converter. For converting a strain gauge sensor input to a digital USB output
Easy sensing with the portable USB load cell digitiser for weight, pressure, fore and torque USB Load Cell: DSCUSBOEM pcb module (top left), DSCUSBOEM1 pcb module (bottom right)
  • 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
  • Supplied with 1.5m USB to Micro USB lead
  • 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)

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

A rugged ABS IP50 enclosure makes this USB load cell converter suitable for all environments. Simply by plugging the DSCUSB 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 as the power is drawn from the USB bus.

The strain gauge to USB converter (DSCUSB) is ideal for one to one interface, however you can connect multiple DSCUSB's to the same PC/Laptop via a suitable hub

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 load cell signal converter will be those requiring simple sensor connectivity in desk top settings such as test & measurement, R&D and laboratory environments.

An optional temperature sensor module (DTEMP) is available which will enable an advanced 5-point temperature compensation of measurements.

The USB load cell signal converter is also available as OEM pcb modules - please see product sheet for more information. A 4.5mV/V version of this device is also available.

 USB load cell is a high performance digital signal conditioner with USB connectivity for applications requiring high accuracy measurement, enclosed within a rugged IP50 case, making the device suitable for all indoor environments




  • DSCUSB Toolkit : Version 04.06.00 This toolkit allows configuration, calibration, logging and parameter management of the DSCUSB, DSCUSB-PT, DSCSUASC and DSCSUEASC modules.
  • DSC 24 Channel Logging : Version 1.3.2 View and log data from up to 24 DSC, DLC or DSCUSB modules.
  • Driver DLL DSCUSB : Version 2.2 DSCUSBDrvxx.DLL is a standard Windows DLL that can be used to help your own Windows PC applications communicate with DSC USB instruments DSCSUASC and DSCSUEASC.
  • DSC Fixed COM Ports : This software ensures that all DSCUSB modules plugged into the PC are allocated the same COM port. This is useful for OEM scenarios where many modules are connected for production purposes.
  • Instrument Explorer : This software allows the user to quickly set up and start to use the digitisers and indicators that Mantracourt offers. Capabilities include event monitoring and data logging, as well as calibration and configuration.

Product order options

Options Code
Strain 3mV/V to USB Converter DSCUSB
Strain 3mV/V to USB Converter with field connectors - no case DSCUSBOEM1
Strain 3mV/V to USB Converter OEM - No case or field conns PCB only DSCUSBOEM
Strain 4.5mV/V to USB Converter DSCUSB-A
Strain 4.5 mV/V to USB Converter with field connectors - no case DSCUSBOEM1-A
Strain 4.5 mV/V to USB Converter OEM - No field conns PCB only DSCUSBOEM-A
Strain 3mV/V to USB Converter (Unlabelled) DSCUSB-UL
DIN Rail Mounting Kit* DSCUSB-DIN
Accessories Code
Digital temperature sensor module for wiring to DCell/DSC DTEMP

These are the following industries and applications in which this product has been used:

Digital Load Cell Converter

Digital Load Cell Converter

Evaluation Kits for DCell & DSC

Evaluation Kits for DCell & DSC

Fast USB Strain Module

Fast USB Strain Module

Q: How do I communicate with the USB device?

A: Using a simple ‘Virtual Com Port’, the DSCUSB communicates as if the device is connected to a serial port. The device addressing allows multiple devices.

Q: Is temperature sensing available on the DSCUSB?

A: An optional temperature sensor module (DTEMP) is available which will enable an advanced 5-point temperature-compensation of measurements.

Q: Is there Linearity compensation in the DSCUSB?

A: Advanced 7-point linearity compensation available as standard.

Q: How stable is the DSCUSB device?

A: 10ppm/°C basic accuracy (equates to 16 bit resolution).

Q: Are there self-diagnostics capabilities?

A: Continuous monitoring on the DSCUSB for faults such as strain overload, over/under-temperature, broken sensors or power failure. All fault warnings are retained on power-fail.

Q:What are the output options of the DSCUSB?

A: We currenly only offer the device in ASCII protocol.

Q: Tell me about DSCUSB low current

A: Functions as a ‘Low Power Device’ i.e. draws less than 100mA (one unit load) when connected to a 350 Ohm Bridge.

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