Up to now, the force at the supporting cylinders has often been determined indirectly via the pressure in the piston chamber. However, this is very inaccurate and measurement deviations of more than 20% are possible, especially under the influence of lateral forces. In order to ensure stability at all times, however, appropriate safety factors are required, which in turn lead to reduced load capacity utilisation. For this reason, WEBER-HYDRAULIK developed a new supporting cylinder for a customer, in which the force is measured directly at the spherical head of the cylinder. For this purpose, an innovative force transducer has been developed that is fully integrated into the piston rod. A large number of realizable analog or digital output signals also ensure the best possible compatibility with the user’s systems.