ForcePlates

The relative light weight and small geometry of the plates aids in a wide range of upper and lower limb applications. The ForcePlates measure as little as the touch of a finger through to full standing weight bearing. Multiple ForcePlates can be used to increase the data collection options. Use of two ForcePlates provides easy measurement of bilateral upper or lower limb weight distribution. Combining 4 ForcePlates allows continuous dynamic measurement of anterior/posterior and mediolateral weight distribution.

There are two model options - the FP3 (100Kg full scale output) and the FP4 (250Kg full scale output). Each ForcePlate consists of a sandwich of 2 uniform precision metal plates, with 4 load cells mounted between them. The vertical component of the total reaction force is measured independent of where it is applied over the surface of the plates.

  FP3 FP4
Dimensions 200 x 125 x 14 mm 250 x 125 x 22 mm
Mass 790g 1560g
Rated Load (RL) 0 to 100Kg 0 to 250Kg
Safe Overload 150% of RL (without change of parameters)
Accuracy ± 0.5%
Max. Supply Voltage (Vs) 10.0 Vdc
Sensitivity 15.0 mV/ RL at 10.0 Vs

Both FP3 and FP4 ForcePlates can connect to Biometrics Ltd. interfaces – DataLITE, DataLOG, DataLINK, or K800 Amplifier. It can also be connected to various 3rd party interfaces or be combined with EMG, joint goniometry movement data, or other sensor inputs into one simple system.

The BF8/ BF10 BaseFrame is designed to hold ForcePlates in a variety of positions on the floor to accommodate a wide range of subject sizes with different stance widths.

The BaseFrame has cutouts which usually hold 2 or 4 ForcePlates and comes with 8 blanks to fill any unused cutouts. The integral handle makes the BaseFrame easily portable and the non skid strips on the bottom prevent sliding on floors or carpet.

Dimensions 740 x 600 x 20 mm
Mass 10Kg

The modularity of the ForcePlates provides maximum versatility of applications such as:

  • Upper extremity – unilateral or bilateral
  • Seated balance
    • On the chair/wheelchair seat
    • Under the chair legs
    • Under wheelchair wheels
  • Incorporation into other equipment – for example into stair steps to measure weight bearing during stair climbing
  • Lower extremity
    • Unilateral or bilateral
    • Single axis
      • Mediolateral (Left/right)
      • Anterior/posterior (Front/back)
    • Multi-axial
      • Simultaneous Mediolateral (Left/right) and Anterior/posterior (Front/back)
      • Sit to stand – use 2 ForcePlates on the seat and 2 or 4 on the floor
  • View our E-LINK ForcePlates for clinical weight-bearing balance evaluation and exercise!