Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Modulift Revolutionises Load Monitoring Capabilities with New Active Link Spreader Beam

Modulift (UK) – The Active Link is an innovative new end unit system with an integrated load cell, compatible with the existing range of Modulift spreader beams. It will provide wireless real time data by measuring the load at either end of the spreader beam and is ideal for both weighing and dynamic load monitoring. Data is transmitted wirelessly to a USB transceiver that must be connected to a Windows computer or tablet with a spare USB port.

The Active Link, which replaces the standard drop link component, presents a myriad of benefits with time, cost and weight savings all attributable to the fact that measurement technology doesn’t have to be sourced as an additional rigging tool. Another standout feature is that the height of rigging is significantly reduced, especially beneficial in low headroom applications.

Modulift has worked closely with load monitoring and load cell equipment specialist Straightpoint to integrate its strain gauge technology into the new spreader beam concept. David Ayling, director at Straightpoint, said: “Rigging a load cell into a crane or lifting application takes up space that can otherwise be removed by incorporating the load cell in the beam itself.”

He added: “In the case of a Modulift spreader beam, the drop link lends itself perfectly to the adaptation and the product makes a lot of sense to both manufacturers.”

The Active Link is available in a range of capacities up to 100t based on standard Modulift beam sizes from MOD 12 to MOD 70H; the initial range will be AL 12, AL 24, AL 34, AL 50, AL 70 and AL 70H. The new drop links are designed to fit standard end units, as well as the standard top and bottom shackles specified for the spreader.

Chris Schwab, sales manager at Modulift, said: “We recognised that if we could supply a spreader with a built-in load cell, eliminating the need for additional force measurement devices and associated rigging, it would be welcomed by the industry”.

He added: “Our marketing and engineering departments agreed there was a market for it, particularly among customers who lead the way in best practice. It felt like a good idea at the time and I’m delighted that my sales colleagues and I can now promote the concept to industry influencers and decision makers.”

Upon consensus that the Active Link concept was worthy of further exploration, a prototype was designed and extensive tests were subsequently conducted over a six-month period either side of the turn of the year.

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Straightpoint Load Cells Test Mooring Equipment at Huge Port Project

Straightpoint (Brazil) – Straightpoint force measurement technology has been used to test mooring equipment at Pier IV of the monumental Ponta da Madeira Maritime Terminal (TMPM), in Maranhão, Brazil.

The port is part of the S11D mining project that has been designed to accommodate Valemax ships, a fleet of large ore carriers that carry up to 400,000 metric tons and are 362m long by 65m wide.

Vigo, Spain-based Ibercisa Deck Machinery was contracted by the S11D project, located in São Luís on Brazil’s northern coastline, to install 26 identical 100t capacity mooring winches and 50 150t capacity fairleads, for the new pier that will be the point of departure for vessels from the Carajás mine, bound for Asia, Oceania and Europe.

Ibercisa utilised 52 custom loadpins (two for each winch) with 4-20mA analogue outputs for PLC integration, designed for use in applications where an end of line load cell cannot be used and an integrated solution is required; and a 150t capacity Radiolink plus, commonly applied in marine, offshore, oil and gas applications.

All winches were calibrated at the factory and again at the port, while the Radiolink plus was utilised to calibrate the loadpins when mounted onto the winches and then to test the machines. The fairleads are essentially rings that guide ropes, keeping them clear of obstructions and preventing them from cutting or chafing.

Manuel Ricardo Romero Vega, project manager at Ibercisa, said: “Because of the strong tidal currents and lack of a breakwater, the pier has land-based cables that help to moor ships to the berths. Given the importance therefore of the winches and fairleads, TMPM represents a landmark project for Ibercisa.”

David Ayling, director at Straightpoint, said: “This project will be memorable for a number of reasons. The first point of contact was at a trade show where we were exhibiting with our distributor, Rigmarine. It was rewarding to enter dialogue with Ibercisa face-to-face and explore force measurement solutions for their challenging scope of work at TMPM.”

He added: “Delivery of the loadpins and Radiolink plus marked completion of our first order from them and we hope it represents the start of a long-term relationship. We relished the challenge of custom manufacturing 52 loadpins, which are essentially round shearpin load cells enabling load measurement in mechanical joints, to the specifications of the winches Ibercisa was to install at the port.”

Vega said: “Straightpoint manufactured an excellent custom solution and, following initial discussions, we were confident they would suit our requirements for this demanding project. The loadpins and dynamometer [Radiolink plus] performed under pressure and the manufacturer was able to deliver the custom units to site to a short lead time.”

The expansion of TMPM is the final stage of the logistics phase of the S11D project and incorporates both onshore and offshore expansion. The centrepiece of the offshore development is Pier IV, also called the northern berth, equipped with a ship loader that replicates the southern berth’s existing design.

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KSE Process Technology B.V. started printing parts in 3D for its ALFRA Dosing and Weighing Systems

KSE Process Technology (Netherlands) - At the end of 2016, KSE started using 3D printed parts for its ALFRA dosing and weighing systems. At first this was chosen because it was the quickest solution. “The designs and drawings were ready and the delivery time of the parts was simply the shortest when printed in 3D”, says Michiel Willemse – Manager Mechatronics Development. “In addition to that, the costs for the 3D parts are competitive compared to the conventional ways of producing”.

This is not the only benefit for KSE. “We supply various machines, each with its unique features. This means one and the same part can differ per machine. By using 3D printing, we can produce very flexible. This allows us to deploy developments much better and faster in a shorter time”, Willemse adds enthusiastically.

KSE sees a lot of future opportunities for 3D printing. With a brand new assembly hall and many product innovations it continues to invest in the future to meet customer requirements

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

New Supplier Entry - Conweigh (Australia)

Conweigh (Australia)

Conweigh is an new one-stop shipping container and heavy machinery weighing solution comprised of a portable OIML & NMI certified weighing equipment and a powerful all-in-one weighing software that instantly delivers weight data and generates 100% SOLAS-compliant VGM certificates.

The Conweigh equipment has been dubbed "Weighbridge-in-a-box" because it is easy to transport to weigh containers and then pack away. In under 30 minutes, containers and heavy machinery are weighed accurately because the equipment was designed to attach to containers quickly and for easy customisation to accommodate unique heavy machinery weighing setups.

Conweigh's one-of-a-kind weighing software, which includes an on-demand weighing service and VGM cloud storage, captures weight data in real time to generate VGM certificates electronically immediately after each container or machinery is weighed.

Altogether, the Conweigh solution enables a faster and simpler compliance method that adjusts to the needs, schedule and budget of any shipper.

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Mobile container and heavy machinery weighing equipment, Etc.

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Address: Conweigh (Australia), 1/58 Frederick Street, 4013 Northgate, Australia.
Phone: 1300022232
FAX: +61730733901
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Monday, February 13, 2017

DLM Ship 500 tonne Shackle Load Cell

Dynamic Load Monitoring Ltd. (Denmark) - DLM designed and manufactured a new 500 tonne Telemetry Shackle Load Cell for their key distributor in Denmark, NOS A/S.

The Telemetry Shackle Load Cell was manufactured from high strength marine grade steel and has the ability to transmit to multiple TW-2.0-T handheld displays, allowing load to be read by several operators in different locations. NOS A/S will be using the load cell for the load testing of deep water installation cranes in combination with large water bags.

The DLM Telemetry Shackle Load Cell is widely used within the industry for various testing and certifying applications. It is crucial for assets like cranes to be regularly tested and certified no matter their size and in combination with test weights the Telemetry Shackle Load Cell provides a key element to ensuring industry safety standards are maintained.

The DLM Telemetry Shackle Load Cell is widely used within the industry for various testing and certifying applications. It is crucial for assets like cranes to be regularly tested and certified no matter their size and in combination with test weights the Telemetry Shackle Load Cell provides a key element to ensuring industry safety standards are maintained.


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Straightpoint’s New Clamp On Line Tensionmeter with Bluetooth App

Straightpoint (UK) – Straightpoint has launched a new product for measuring tension on static lines—the Clamp On Line Tensionmeter (or COLT)—with a state-of-the-art Bluetooth load monitoring app among a myriad of standout features.

The COLT measures tension on wire rope up to 11,000 lbf (lb. force) / 5,000 kgf (kg force) and up to 1 in. / 25mm diameter. It clamps onto pre-tensioned wire ropes, eliminating the need for additional sheaves or tooling, as is the case with alternative solutions. An integral Bluetooth module, meanwhile, transmits tension data wirelessly to any smart device running the Android or iOS app that also contains an infinite wire rope library. Tension in wire ropes can be measured and logged within a few seconds.

David Ayling, director at Straightpoint, said: “Therein lies the two revolutionary features of the product. Measuring tension of differing wire rope diameters often requires different sheaves to be exchanged, requiring tools and other ancillary equipment. The COLT boasts an integral quick adjustment mechanism, meaning it can be used to measure wire rope diameters from 3/16 in. to 1 in. or 5mm to 25mm.”

He added: “We’ll launch the app with a library of around 20 differing rope types but as our library here increases over time, the information will be forwarded to all app users via updates. They will be available even to users who download the technology upon its launch.”

Wire ropes are complex; composition, size, construction, type of core and lay all need to be considered. A 1 x 7 rope behaves differently to a 7 x 19 or 6 x 36 rope; even wire ropes of the same diameter will calibrate differently because of varying rigidity. End users will leverage the hardware and software benefits of the COLT to simplify tension-measuring applications beyond what was previously thought possible.

Ayling added: “As is the backstory to many Straightpoint innovations, we based the COLT on feedback from the end user marketplaces that apply our technologies. Combining industry intelligence with our own research and engineering expertise, we devised a product that fills a gap in the market and supersedes alternative solutions. Further, it raises the bar in tension measuring technology to the stratosphere.”

The COLT features a computer numerical control (CNC) machined aluminium construction with high precision roller bearing pivot; high leverage tensioning arm; auto-locking magnetic handle mechanism for security when installed; and IP67 / NEMA6 waterproofing rating.

Typical applications will include tower and stack guy wires; pretensioned cable barriers; bridges; elevators; winch rope; overhead electric transit wires; fall arrest systems; aircraft cables; and utilities. It is expected to be most widely utilised in North American markets and will be officially unveiled at the Nation Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) annual conference, which takes place 27 February-2 March in Fort Worth, Texas.

However, it will be consumed in other geographies and is available through Straightpoint’s global dealer network.

Additionally, the COLT carries many hallmarks of Straightpoint’s extensive range of equipment, including its construction from aerospace grade aluminium; exceptional battery life (up to 1,000 hours operational time); use of standard alkaline batteries; and its supply in a purpose-made carry case, suiting it to on-site cable tension measurement applications across the world.

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New Swift Ethernet/IP Indicator and Transmitter from Utilcell

Utilcell (Spain) – Utilcell has expanded the range of their SWIFT Superior Weighing Indicator and Fast Transmitter with the new ETHERNET/IP version, for both the DIN rail and panel mounting formats.

This new ETHERNET/IP version extends the communication possibilities of SWIFT with the main field buses used in the industry, such as PROFIBUS and PROFINET. ETHERNET / IP is one of the most booming communications standards in the industry.

The most outstanding advantages are:
  • Online access of the weighing data from the machine to any remote global point; Manufacturer-independent standard access
  • Network communication of your entire automation system
  • Real-time view of equipment status and easy remote diagnostics
  • Integration of weighing in the Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0. 

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Three Steps to Accurate Weighing Results

METTLER TOLEDO (Switzerland) - When accuracy is at stake, you need to rely on your balance delivering the results you need. To ensure your measurements meet your process tolerances, equipment selection, installation and calibration are of highest importance.

When purchasing a balance, you may think that you can rely on measurement resolution to determine if the equipment will work in context. However, because accuracy involves a lot more than resolution, only appropriate services can make sure a new balance delivers the accuracy required by your lab processes.

To ensure you obtain ongoing accuracy from your balances, METTLER TOLEDO Laboratory Weighing Service and Good Weighing PracticeTM (GWP®) personnel have teamed up to develop a simple, three-step approach that will help you:
  1. Choose the right instrument. GWP® Recommendation, a free of charge evaluation service, helps to ensure that the balance you select meets the accuracy requirements of your lab’s day-to-day weighing processes. This unique systematic and scientific assessment is used by METTLER TOLEDO representatives worldwide.
  2. Control environmental influences that affect accuracy. METTLER TOLEDO Installation Pacs provide professional balance installation and qualification based on your industry and work environment. This ensures that your new equipment is up and running on time and can immediately deliver results that meet your productivity, quality and regulatory requirements.
  3. Prove required accuracy. GWP® Verification demonstrates equipment accuracy and defines your optimal calibration and testing plan. Based on a calibration that determines measurement uncertainty and minimum weight on site, GWP® Verification ensures your performance requirements are met on an ongoing basis.

In summary, these three steps can provide the foundation for years of successful analysis and development in your lab.

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Next-Generation Batching and Checkweighing Indicator 150S from Excell Precision

Excell Precision Co., Ltd. (Taiwan) - EXCELL introduced their next-generation Batching and Checkweighing indicator, 150S, a single weigher, multiple ingredient, weigh controller that may be used in a variety of weighing, flow metering and batch processing applications.

"EXCELL 150S indicator is priced lower than competitive models, and it contained up to eight configurable outputs that allow for manually added ingredients," said C.C. Lo, President and CEO at EXCELL. "With 150S, users are able to run up to eight different recipes, depending on what batch size they need. Plus, the recipes are easy to configure and adjust using our e-program provided."

"150S indicator can store multiple recipes directly in the indicator and perform process control for weighing applications, with no PLC required", said Jeff Chien, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at EXCELL. "In addition, the 150S’s totalizing feature tracks and prints the running totals of each weighing transaction, allowing users to see and manage all data directly on screen. With this robust feature, users can monitor how much of each ingredient is used in their batches of treatments—a benefit for both the company and its customers."

EXCELL 150S offers the flexibility of high accuracy automatic ingredient weighing, metering and discharge, along with configurable timer/interlock functions for control of mixing, heating and other process operations from a single weigh controller. Operating from stored recipe data selected through its front panel or from a supervisory PLC or PC system.

The feature of 150S Batching and Checkweighing Indicator include:
  • Fast sampling speed for checkweighing application
  • HI/OK/LO comparator lights with buzzer
  • 100 sets of target and tare can be stored with individual code number
  • Standard current loop output and standard RS-485/RS-232
  • Full digital calibration
  • Selectable I/O terminals
  • Bright blue fluorescent 7 segment display with 13mm digits

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Marsden launched New Medical Scales for dementia patients

Marsden Weighing Group (UK) - UK-based weighing scales manufacturer Marsden Weighing Group has launched two new weighing scales for dementia patients.

The floor scale and high capacity wheelchair scale have been issued with white bases - a recommendation to Marsden by dementia experts - making them suitable for those with visual/spatial problems.

Dementia patients will often find it difficult to differentiate between different textures and colours. Shiny surfaces may appear to be wet, and dark surfaces may look like black holes. Weighing scales with a black platform, therefore, may cause confusion and anxiety.

White bases have been made available on the M-650 Wheelchair Scale and M-420 Floor Scale, alongside the standard black base versions. These scales were chosen as they are Marsden’s best-selling wheelchair and medical floor scales.

Marsden’s Managing Director, Richard Black, said: “Reports show there is a link between weight loss and dementia, so we want to make it as easy as possible to weigh patients with dementia.

“The M-650 and M-420 are the first Marsden medical scales to be available in white, and allow patients with vision and colour misconceptions to feel more comfortable in their surroundings.”

Operations Director, Mark Coates, added: “Both our new white scales are Class III Approved, so legal for medical use. We wanted to make sure there was a suitable scale, whether a dementia patient was in a wheelchair or not, hence the decision to launch two white scales.

“We’re always willing to hear from experts in any given field and work on new scales such as these. It helps make our medical scale range more versatile and suitable for all users.”

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Omnidea use Zemic H3G S-type Load Cells to capture high altitude wind energy

Zemic Europe B.V. (Portugal) – Omnidea uses Zemic S-type load cells, assembly and transmitters in her project H.A.W.E. (High Altitude Wind Energy). This project focuses on a high altitude platform for wind energy conversion capable of varying the altitude at which the energy is produced. Also having no fans of any type in use; it produces energy from the aerodynamic forces acting upon an airborne airfoil-like craft. If connected to the ground through a tether cable, this apparatus can convert wind energy into electrical energy, in a completely new and innovative way.

This type of construction allows a significant price reduction per unit of power installed as well as an easier implementation of the concept in off-shore applications (regardless of water depth). Omnidea is committed towards technological evolution and innovative thinking from state-of-the-art scientific knowledge.

The quality / service and price ratio from Zemic Europe convinced Omnidea to use the H3G S-type load cells, S-type assembly such as hook and eye bolts in combination with a tranmitter to convert the mV/V signal into a 4-20mA signal to measure the pulling force of the HAWE Balloons.

With the H3G Loadcells, Omnidea is able to measure the pulling force of the High Altitude Balloons.
  • Alloy steel IP67 S-type load cell
  • Specially developed for tension and compression applications like this wind energy solution (HAWE)
  • OIML approved

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Monday, February 6, 2017

New Supplier Entry - Smart Diet Scale, Inc. (USA)

Smart Diet Scale, Inc. (USA)

Here at Smart Diet Scale we have a passion for what we do. We not only produce the most revolutionary food scale on the market, but we also believe that our product changes people’s lives. With our patented technology the Smart Diet Scale is in a strong position to capitalize on this incredibly massive worldwide market.

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Fitness Scales, Diet Scales, Personal Scales, Food Scales, Software, Etc.

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Address: USA.
Phone: 586.383.6734
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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Welcome to the Weighing Review Awards 2017

Weighing Review Portal is proud to present the fourth annual edition of the Weighing Review Readers’ Choice Awards, the only global voting competition that covers the major innovations and best products in weighing technology. Through an online nomination and voting process, the Weighing Review Awards recognizes and honors the best products, solutions and companies in 17 categories.

For this edition we prepared New and Most Valuable Prizes!

The nominations are now OPEN. Click here to nominate your Weighing Products and Solutions.

The dates for the contest are:
  • Nominations – From February 1st 2017 to February 24th 2017. The nominations will close at 23:59:59 Greenwich Mean Time (UTC+00:00)
  • Online Voting – From February 27th 2017 to March 24th 2017. The online voting process will close at 23:59:59 Greenwich Mean Time (UTC+00:00)
  • Winners Announcement - March 27th, 2017
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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

New WS210 Microprocessor for Weighing and Automation from SAET

SAET S.p.A. (Italy) - WS210 is the new SAET system for weighing and automation.

High precision and flexibility it can be used in industrial environments where it is necessary logic, visualization and communication.

The management of signals from the load cell makes the tool suitable for each weighing system:
  • Static weighing
  • Dynamic weighing
  • Belt weight feeder (measurement and flow control)
  • Loss in weight feeder
Software and modern graphics are the real difference

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Yamato Scale Dataweigh Improves Factory Team Efficiency

Yamato Scale Co., Ltd. (UK) - Yamato Scale Dataweigh UK, a leading manufacturer of quality industrial weighing machines, has moved to a new factory in Leeds. The greater space at the new premises on Millennium Way means that Yamato has increased space to develop work flows and processes that improve team efficiencies in all areas of manufacturing, sales, maintenance and service.

Yamato commercial operations manager Andrea Spencer said: “We are delighted to be in new premises. The additional space means that we can deliver improved manufacturing capabilities and better lead times on orders through enhanced workflow and efficiencies.”

More space in the new factory means that Yamato is able to improve the efficiency of manufacturing flow for its ranges of weighing machines, multihead weighers, check weighers and metal detectors. Increased work flow, even more efficient processes and better capacity means swifter delivery of new machines and faster handling of repairs.

Andrea Spencer added: “Extra space means that we have more manufacturing capacity than before. This has led to us creating improved work processes which have made the team more efficient across the board.

“Yamato is one of the leading global manufacturers of multihead weighing technology, providing unique and innovative weighing machines to help its customers ensure their packaging processes are as efficient and productive as possible.

“Our ranges of multihead weighers are designed to be energy efficient, accurate, hygienic and easy to use. Our extensive industry knowledge and experience permits us to design and build customised multihead weighing solutions for a wide range of industry sectors including pharmaceuticals, fresh produce and frozen food, other non-food and hardware.

“The new factory space enables us to develop additional solutions for a wider range of customers even more efficiently than before.”

The new space also allows Yamato to stock more spares and fulfil orders for genuine parts more efficiently.

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