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Cable / Wire Tension Sensor CableBull®
for measurement on pretensioned cables and belts
 •  rugged design, compact lightweight
•  comfortable quick lock for threading
  high accuracy and reproducibility
  calibrated for the following material diameters:
    1-8 / 4-12 / 8-16 / 14-22 / 20-30 / 24-34 / 30-40 / 36-46mm
  12 rated load ranges available:
    0 to 1kN ...   0 to 300kN

The sensor is used for tension measurement
  on pretensionend cables and belts in open and closed Force Systems
  at very high forces

CableBull® is the technical innovation
               for mobile tension measurement in Closed Force Systems (CFS).

Exact tension measurement in CFS with handheld equipment is up to now not possible and
typically afflicted with high measuring errors.
(Already a small change of the geometry in CFS causes a marked variation of tension.)
The unique conception of Honigmann CableBull® fulfills this complicated measurement job.

CableBull® first-time enables engineers precise measurements in CFS
with very easy handling:
  - take CableBull® to measuring position

  - turning the lock-lever 180°

  - measuring

Tension measurement:
  aerial mast stays
  aircraft support cables
  catenary ropes for railways and trams
  guy-wires for antennas and masts
  guy-wires for chimneys
  moving ropes
  overhead cables / open wires
  pre-loaded wire ropes
  ropes for shipping
  ropes for fishing
  small tapes and belts
  suspension and transmission lines
  stay ropes and cables, static wires
  steel wire ropes, braided tension wires
  towing ropes and belts
  solid rods
Range of application:
  cranes and hoists
  crown bracing on trees
  equalise loadings on multi-cable assemblies
  earthquake-proof construction
  event rope technology
  guying on buildings
  climbing frames
  industry applications
  lifts and elevators
  spreader at container crane
  load spreading of multiple ropes
  manufacturing of pre-stressed concrete PC
  ship rigging / rig
  silo rigging
  ski sites
  hail protection systems
  stage and set building / rigging
  street lighting, christmas illumination
  telescope and extension mast
  staging / scaffolding anchor
  flare stacks / gas flares
  towing of loads
  transportation lock
  vehicle pull and logging
  water ski sites
  cable railing
  steep slope logging
  zip lines

Special features
  minimal sensor influence on the tension by smallest deflection angle
   (thus avoiding a damage of the rope)
  by means of the Diameter Compensator independent of material diameter
   (individual calibration of each material diameter is not necessary)
  hardened steel skids with special DRS-shape of contact surface (Dual Radius Skid)
    They are used, when the rope is not moving through the sensor.
  hardened steel rollers with special DRR-shape of running surface (Dual Radius Roller)
    They are used, when the rope is moving through the sensor.
  high resolution and precision

CableBull® ...   the best world wide

Construction sizes, diameter and force ranges

 400mm measurement path
Ø range [mm] Type Nominal force [kN] 
    LR (Low Range) Standard HR (High Range)
1-8 S-R08 / 400 1 2 3 4 5 10 20 30 40    
4-12 S-R12 / 400 1 2 3 4 5 10 20 30 40    

 500mm measurement path
Ø range [mm] Type Nominal force [kN] 
    LR (Low Range) Standard HR (High Range)
1-8 S-R08 / 500 1 2 3 4 5 10 20 30 40    
4-12 S-R12 / 500 1 2 3 4 5 10 20 30 40    

 600mm measurement path (Preferred construction size )
Ø range [mm] Type Nominal force [kN] 
    LR (Low Range) Standard HR XR
1-8 S-R08 / 600 1 2 3 4 5 10 20 30 40 50 100
4-12 S-R12 / 600 1 2 3 4 5 10 20 30 40 50 100
8-16 S-R16 / 600 1 2 3 4 5 10 20 30 40 50 100

 800mm measurement path
Ø range [mm] Type Nominal force [kN] 
    Standard HR (High Range) XR (Extended Range)
4-12 S-R12 / 800 5 10 20 30 40 50 100 200      
8-16 S-R16 / 800 5 10 20 30 40 50 100 200      
14-22 S-R22 / 800 5 10 20 30 40 50 100 200      
    Standard HR (High Range) XRX
20-30 S-R30 / 800 5 10 20 30 40 50 100 200
24-34 S-R34 / 800 5 10 20 30 40 50 100 200
30-40 S-R40 / 800       30 40 50 100 200 300
36-46 S-R46 / 800       30 40 50 100 200 300

 1000mm measurement path
Ø range [mm] Type Nominal force [kN] 
    Standard HR (High Range) XR (Extended Range)
30-40 S-R40 / 1000       30 40 50 100 200      
36-46 S-R46 / 1000       30 40 50 100 200      

The measuring range of the sensor begins at force’s zero point.
Nominal forces differing from the list are available.

... with one click to more information at the InfoGallery

Schematic diagrams of force systems
CableBull is für suitable for the following applications.

closed force system (CFS):

open force systems:



Closing and opening of measuring geometry


Lock-lever on front side

Lock-lever on the rear

  splash proofed version



Carrying case
  rugged design

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Tension measurement on prestressed cables and rods
The measurement, regulation and control of tensile forces is particularly important for flexible and solid pretensioned materials such as ropes, braces, cables, rods and bars. Only in this way it is possible to permanently provide the necessary functionality and safety. The traction force has to be measured in Closed Force Systems (CFS) and also in open force systems, concerning installation, maintenance and quality assurance. Tension measurement is found in a wide variety of industrial sectors and applications such as rope tension or wire tension of high voltage cables and power lines, winches, suspension cables of elevators and lifts, but also antenna masts, catenaries, festive lighting, street lighting, Christmas illumination, gas torches and flares as well as architectural ropes in the facade construction. In construction engineering, the tension measurement is often used in the bracing of scaffolding and various lashing, but also in the production and testing of prestressed concrete or railway sleepers, as well as the processing of reinforcing bars, concrete iron, reinforcing steel, for tension wires, tension strands and the anchor preload. Tensile force measurement plays an equally important role in industrial applications in cranes and winches, in load distribution in multiple ropes, on the spreader of a container crane or in telescopic masts. In many areas, the measurement of rope tension by means of a cable tensiometer is of particular importance for the safety of the plant, as for the quality assurance of hail protection systems or for silo rigging. In event technology, checking and regulating of the tension forces ensures the necessary reliability, for example in stage technology in the theater, when using winch ropes or in climbing plants and ski sites. The measurement of the cable force allows the correct load distribution and ensures essential functions even with the steep slope harvester, the treetop safeguard or in the airship or captive balloon. Due to the variety and high number of installations, a mobile solution for measuring the tension is usually the only option. However, precisely in Closed Power Systems, it is scarcely possible to measure the tension exactly, or it is typically associated with large, incalculable measuring errors. Even a small change in geometry causes a significant variation in the tensile force. The unique design of the Honigmann CableBull® fulfills this difficult measuring task in a special way. The complex individual calibration, based on the diameter of the material, is not necessary. The Honigmann CableBull® is a purpose-built force sensor and offers easy handling with maximum resolution and accuracy and is suitable for material diameters from 1 to 46 mm and a nominal force of up to 300 kN. The low material deflection ensures minimal influence of the sensor on the tensile force, thus ensuring maximum precision and preventing damage to the material being measured.


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Special features
Construction sizes, diameter and force ranges
Schematic diagrams of force systems
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