Thursday, November 16, 2017

HBM Load Cells Provide Accurate Weight Date of the Soil during Subway Construction in China

HBM - Hottinger Baldwin Messtechnik GmbH (China) - Urban Construction and the Sensors Involved.

How can booming mega-cities be developed into a livable place for billions of people? This question is one of the central, global challenges. The use of measurement technology and sensor technology plays a crucial role in improving the infrastructure in these cities. For example, in the subway construction in the Chinese 6-million-inhabitant city of Nanning: HBM load cells ensure continuous safety in subway construction.

Underground space, as an essential natural resource of a city, has been applied in number of aspects in developed countries. With the accelerated development of China's economy, the creation and utilization of underground space has received widespread attention. The creation of urban underground construction is becoming more popular.

For the underground rail traffic, China first constructed the underground railway in 1965, and so far, many big cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Shenzhen, Suzhou, Wuhan and Hangzhou have built part of the subway. China's subway construction has entered into a new stage of rapid development.

Images from the construction site:

Issues in Subway Construction:
In subway construction projects, the probability of a surface subsidence accident is quite high. For instance, in the construction of Shenzhen subway line 1, the surface subsidence accidents made up for 25% of the total accidents during the total construction period. The accident happened in the downtown area of Shenzhen, which caused serious impact on the nearby buildings and underground pipelines, and also had an impact on the construction progress and raised the cost of the project. Therefore, it is very important to pay attention to how to control the surface subsidence from process schedule of project and cost from the safety side.

As the capital of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Nanning is also currently involved in subway projects. Nanning Railway Transportation Group Co., LTD. has asked the Professors from Tongji University to provide a comprehensive solution to monitor the surface subsidence by calculating the volume of excavated soil from the shield tunneling machine.

After very thorough research, the Professors concluded that to control the surface subsidence, the weight of excavated soil must be monitored in real time. HBM, as the leader company of weighing technology will provide the necessary support to the customer on designing the equipment as well as on analyzing the dates.

RTN load cells in use:

Sensor Solutions:
So as to provide an accurate weight date of the soil, HBM suggested a very classical sensor - RTN. RTN ring torsion load cells are available with extremely high maximum capacities, and offer an unrivaled precision. During the project Sense Scale & System, who specialize in designing and producing customized weighing equipment, partnered with HBM to offer a comprehensive solution including how to flawlessly connect the loading vehicle at the construction site and transmit the weight signal wirelessly.

The Chinese team of HBM also created software to make it easier for customers to receive and examine the weight data. With the aim of keeping RTN working well for a long time, Sense developed a buffer device and a cross-tie to protect the service life of the load cell.

So as to guarantee the validity of incoming data, Sense selected AD103C and AED9101 from HBM to guarantee the authenticity of the data, and achieved wireless transmission by RS485 to Wi-Fi module.

The Chinese team of HBM totally understood the demands from customer and customized a software for data collection which significantly minimized the workload of the customer. Through robust technology, products with superior quality, high quality service and reasonable prices from HBM, a traditional weighing system became a very crucial part in Subway construction and won customers’ praise and trust.

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Mettler-Toledo's X37 Series Combines High Detection Sensitivity with Lower Power Consumption

METTLER TOLEDO (Switzerland) – New food x-ray systems for tall, rigid containers ensure maximum detection sensitivity and high throughputs while reducing operational costs.

Optimum product inspection of tall, rigid containers, including cartons, doypacks, metal cans, and plastic and glass containers, can be achieved with the new X37 Series of x-ray inspection systems from Mettler-Toledo Safeline X-ray. Available in a number of flexible technology alternatives, the X37 Series can be configured with different detector sensitivity options supported by a range of power generators, to detect and reject contaminants, such as metal, glass, calcified bone, mineral stone and high-density plastics.

This customisation enables food manufacturers to create a system specifically designed to suit their individual application, whilst reducing their total cost of ownership (TCO) and complying with safety regulations and guidelines by consistently guaranteeing contaminant-free products.

The X37 Series includes the X3710, X3720 and X3730 x-ray systems, as well as the X3750 - the most technically-advanced x-ray system on the market for glass-in-glass inspection. Featuring an adjustable, angled x-ray beam and innovative detector technology, the X3750 provides outstanding and reliable detection of glass and other dense contaminants at high throughputs. In addition, the X3750 is capable of performing multiple food quality checks, ensuring not just product safety and integrity, but complete brand protection.

he X37 Series – the Big Difference is in Every Detail:
To suit a variety of tall, rigid packaging applications, manufacturers can choose between a 0.4mm and a 0.8mm detector diode. The 0.8mm detector technology is five times more sensitive to x-rays than traditional systems, ensuring unparalleled precision in the contaminant inspection of food products. For the inspection of composite cans, cartons, tubes, doypacks and plastic containers, for instance, producers can select a 20W generator which can result in a significant reduction of power consumption and cooling requirements, as it offers the same precision as a conventional 100W device.

“Traditionally, food processors needed to implement high-power x-ray systems to inspect cans or glass containers at high speeds, of up to 1,200 products per minute,” explains Daniela Verhaeg, Marketing Manager of Mettler-Toledo Safeline X-ray. “The X37 Series' advanced detector technology and class-leading inspection software enable systems to offer equal or, in some cases, improved detection levels whilst typically only needing one fifth of the standard x-ray energy power consumption. Consequently, this allows food manufacturers to reduce operational costs whilst maintaining the utmost level of safety and quality for their products”.

The x-ray range can be configured to the particular needs of a specific production facility. Manufacturers can, for example, select different high-speed reject systems to match their production needs and guarantee easy and effective product rejection. Suitable for a wide range of product types, some systems in the Series are available with fully-adjustable pusher and air blast options with large vision windows.

For the X3710/20/30, an optional removable roller track in the reject chute can also be installed to ensure products slide down the chute gently and to facilitate easy cleaning. The X3750 offers a short stroke pusher reject device which is capable of rejecting product that doesn't meet predefined quality levels onto an integrated driven reject table without damaging the product. While standard systems are available in a number of different configurations, Mettler-Toledo Safeline X-ray also offers manufacturers the option to develop bespoke models to meet individual application requirements.

As the X37 Series can easily be integrated onto existing customer lines, manufacturers can maintain high volume production targets with no need to reduce line speeds. Optimum product inspection is achieved at high throughput levels of up to 1,200 containers per minute, depending on product configurations. Furthermore, the x-ray systems are capable of simultaneously performing additional quality control checks, such as assessing the fill level of products, measuring head space, detecting missing caps on plastic bottles, identifying agglomerates, such as flavour and powder lumps, confirming the presence of a vacuum and inspecting for packaging defects. These tried and tested features ultimately ensure that only high-quality products leave the manufacturing facility, optimising product integrity and upholding brand reputation.

All models in the X37 Series are hygienically designed, providing a robust system fit for all applications. The X37 Series is IP65 rated as standard but may be upgraded to IP69, making systems suitable for harsh washdown environments. The hygienic design is further enhanced by sloping surfaces to allow water to run off easily after washdown. User ergonomics have also been fully considered to make systems easy and comfortable to use, for example, full length guiderails can be adjusted from the front of the systems to allow quick and easy installation and changeovers, effectively increasing uptime.

Mettler-Toeldo now offers a 5-year generator warranty for all Next Generation x-ray systems. This ensures the most expensive component of your x-ray system is covered, avoiding any unexpected downtime or additional costs, when purchased with a comprehensive or standard care package.

Mettler-Toledo Product Inspection offers ProdX™ 2.0 data management software system, which is designed for use on food lines, as well as in pharmaceutical and chemical processing. The data management software package connects product inspection equipment across the entire production line into a single, unified network.

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Top production quality thanks to an optimally embedded X-ray Inspection from Höfelmeyer Waagen

Höfelmeyer Waagen GmbH (Germany) – Production processes are becoming increasingly complex, digital and transparent. Only by using optimally coordinated process steps, components, interfaces and QA measures can consistently high production quality be ensured. This applies to food production as much as for the chemical, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, plastics, and bulk materials industries, etc.

An important pillar of quality assurance is early and reliable management of contaminants. The X-ray system from Höfelmeyer Waagen GmbH plays a vital role in achieving this. The X-ray scanner is used, for example, for foods, granulates and liquids. With a sensor resolution of 0.8 mm, the scanner detects a wide variety of contaminants. Examples include metal, glass, ceramics, stone, bone and several plastics (PVC, rubber, Teflon, etc.). It also detects product defects such as tears, air bubbles, cracks or clumping and checks attributes like completeness, filling quantity, weight and position. Even products in metallic packaging can be reliably checked. All products that do not comply with the requirements are automatically ejected from the line by separating systems including pushers, air nozzles and sorting gates.

In real-time operation, the system enables high-speed inspection at a rate of up to 600 pcs/min. The product-specific visualization software incorporates simple, fully automatic product learning. It is also possible to hide packaging components (aluminum clips, etc.). The data is centrally stored and reused for the monitoring, documentation and optimization of production.

With its modular structure, the X-ray scanner enables single-lane, multi-lane and multi-product checks and is very simple and intuitive to operate. It features a cleaning- and maintenance-friendly design in accordance with hygienic design requirements and complies with BRC, IFC and HACCP standards.

To ensure the best possible product quality, safety and process efficiency, however, the crucial factor is where and in which combination X-ray inspection systems are used. Multi-stage checks are usually a practical solution. As a weighing and process specialist, Höfelmeyer provides comprehensive advice and supplies QA solutions for the whole production process. Its portfolio therefore includes metal detection, optical detection, weight checks, labeling, leak checks, separation, etc. These components can be integrated into the existing production line in a modular format, or they can serve as a complete QA station with a central control system for comprehensive safety. External systems can also be integrated into the QA station. The advantage of having a central QA partner for the customer is comprehensive service, fast response times and the provision of all services from a single source.

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Dynamic Check Weighing Machine on The Connected Enterprise™ Helps Prevent Overfilling Expense

Hardy Process Solutions (USA) – Hardy Process Solutions’ Dynamic Checkweighers were able to diagnose and reduce overfill rates through process optimization with filling machines. With integration into the factory control system, via Rockwell Automation’s FactoryTalk®, the Hardy Dynamic Checkweigher is saving the manufacturer overfill expenses of approximately $35K annually.

Machine control, statistics, and analytics are managed with an integrated Rockwell Automation CompactLogix® PLC while the high performance Hardy HI 4050CW check weigher controller contributes as a co-processer, generating fast, stable and accurate weight data. The resulting high speed check weighing system can process up to 350 pieces per minute and generate a myriad of process data that is easily shared with any other device on The Connected Enterprise Network.

Using Wide Area Networking (WAN) connectivity, the customer was able to:
  • Monitor real-time production trends and process performance
  • Set alarms around real time trend data
  • Share and distribute TAGS with upstream control systems
  • Track and Monitor local changes made on the equipment
  • Push down product recipes and operating parameters from a centralized control center
Hardy provided these capabilities to the customer with standard integrated software. The Hardy Dynamic Checkweigher series is a fully automated system designed to automatically weigh items while in-motion. The Checkweigher controller can communicate both upstream and downstream across Rockwell Automation’s The Connected Enterprise™.

Flexible and highly accurate, the Hardy Dynamic Checkweigher weighs products of virtually any shape or size in containers such as boxes, cans, bottles, rigid shrink-wrapped packages or flexible packages. Items compatible with the system include bagged and boxed sugars, raw meats, fruits, vegetables, chemicals, fertilizers, and consumer packaged goods.

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New NTEP Certification for Load Cell Mod. 730 from Utilcell

Utilcell (Spain) – The load cell Mod. 730 (30…40t) has obtained the metrological certification NTEP Class IIIL Multicell 10.000 divisions, complying with the metrological requirements of USA and Canada. The main applications are in the high capacity systems and, specially, for truck scales.

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Gibertini’s New High Precision Weighing Platform

Gibertini Elettronica s.r.l. (Italy) – Gibertini launched new PTF 36 C 36 Kg platform with 0,1 g accuracy. Suitable for paint mixing and general weighing.

  • Readability: division 0,1 g all over the scale
  • Material: stainless steel pan 330 x 330 mm
  • Connectivity: to computerized paint mixing systems - RS232 (USB on request)

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Balanças Marques launches Quilo Mobile Weighing Application

Balanças Marques (Portugal) – The Portuguese company Balanças Marques has launched the application "Quilo", which allows the remote control of all its Weight Indicators.

The mobile application, developed in partnership with SDILAB, a company of the same Group of Balanças Marques, allows easy, fast and safe access, from anywhere, to Marques Weight Indicators connected to scales and platforms.

The "Quilo" allows the user to remotely execute all actions in the weight indicator, as if in front of it. The application implements a virtual keyboard that emulates the indicator own keys, which executes the instructions as if the keys were pressed physically. Simultaneously, a virtual display allows the visualization of the physical display of the Indicator, thus allowing full control of the equipment and the real-time visualization of the weight update, in Kilograms (kg) or Pounds (lb).

Communicating through TCP/IP protocol, the application allows an easy and fast unlimited configuration of the equipment to be controlled, with the possibility of activating only those that it is desired to control at the moment, and it is also possible to remotely receive support from the technical assistance team.

"Quilo" is compatible with the full range of Marques Weight Indicators with Ethernet connection and is available for Android® or Apple® mobile devices, in smartphone and tablet formats, in multiple languages.

General features:
  • Control the Weight Indicators remotely as if in front of them.
  • Allows remote support from the technical support team.
  • Communication made via TCP/IP protocol, allowing for easy and fast setup of the equipment you want to control.
  • Real time visualization of the weight update.
  • Display of weighing units in Kilograms (kg) or Pounds (lb).
  • Unlimited configuration of Weight Indicators with activation of only those who want to control at the time.
  • Access to all functions available in the Weight Indicators: On/Off; Shift/Cancel; Zero; Tare; Fix Tara; Send Data /Print; Total.
  • Access to all signal indicators that shows the current state of the equipment: Count; Total; Tare; Fix; Net; Stable weight; Zero.
  • Besides the normal operating mode, it also allows to operate in the configuration and editing modes.
  • Compatible with the full range of Marques weight indicators with Ethernet connection.
  • Compatible with Android® or Apple® mobile devices in smartphone and tablet formats.
  • Languages: Portuguese, English, French, Spanish and Chinese.

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BLH Nobel Announces PROFINET Support, FM Approvals, and New Language Features for Industry Best-Selling G5 Series Measurement Amplifiers

BLH Nobel (USA) – The BLH Nobel brand of Vishay Precision Group, experts in standard and custom process weighing and force measurement solutions, including high-quality and high-accuracy weighing and control systems, announced the addition of PROFINET support, Factory Mutual (FM) approvals, and French and German language accessibility for its industry best-selling G5 Series measurement amplifiers (G5 Series).

The new PROFINET support module for the BLH Nobel G5 Series allows the modern, user-friendly measurement amplifiers the necessary flexibility to keep pace with the very latest Industrial Ethernet automation standards in Asia and Europe. The module may be plugged into the back of the G5, in the same manner as its Ethernet IP module. This next-generation PROFINET support further allows the end user to create seamless end-to-end, integrated processes and network interface configurations, with fast and secure data exchange. G5 Series measurement amplifiers offer continued ease of calibration and remote access with common field busses, with intuitive user-friendly setup via web browser or keyboard.

For customers based in the United States and Canada, the addition of FM approvals provides added assurances that G5 Series measurement amplifiers meet only the highest standards for property loss prevention and safety. They further allow the G5 Series to be used within an increasing series of control and process industry applications where such approvals may be required. Additional full language support in French and German, including complete menus and software, join the existing English and Swedish versions. Short form manuals are available in all four languages.

G5 Series measurement amplifiers from BLH Nobel combine standard interfaces, a modular design, and onboard integral web servers, in support of advanced weighing and process control applications. They offer streamlined commissioning and calibration; reduced operations and maintenance costs; and advanced communication protocols for optimized system efficiencies, including remote diagnostics, parameterization, backup and maintenance functions.

A February 2017 firmware upgrade (v1.3.0) added new capabilities such as flow rate calculation, enhanced diagnostics, excitation current measurement and supervision, along with updated Fieldbus data mapping, and an EtherNet/IP interface. Panel mount versions of the G5 Series were further certified “legal for trade” in May 2017, per EN45501:2015 and the International Organization of Legal Metrology (OIML), for R76 Class III or IIII single-interval industrial use criteria (NTEP approvals pending). Other features may be available upon request.

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EXCELL Acquired Bright Advance Corporation (e-Accüra®)

Excell Precision Co., Ltd. (Taiwan) – EXCELL announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Bright Advance Corporation, one of the middle-end scale solution providers in the market.

"We are very pleased to announce the agreement with Bright Advance”, said C.C. Lo, President and CEO at EXCELL. “A key pillar of our global growth strategy is the strategic acquisition of brands that will help extend our reach into new and growing categories. Our combined customers will benefit from a broader range of scale solutions and greater depth of expertise”.

Bright Advance's e-Accüra® brand will complement, as well as significantly strengthen EXCELL's existing portfolio of scale solutions. The acquisition will give EXCELL the opportunity to broaden its relationship with its scale business partners and grow Bright Advance’s business.

"e-Accüra® brand has built leading positions in middle-end scale market," said Jeff Chien, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at EXCELL. "We are confident EXCELL's global presence in over 100 countries will create tremendous growth opportunities for Bright Advance and take e-Accüra® brand to the next level."

e-Accüra® will operate as a sub-brand of EXCELL. Bright Advance's team will become part of an enhanced EXCELL sales team. EXCELL will continue to support the existing Bright Advance distributors and rep network.

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Utilcell’s New Accessory Silent-Block Lift-Off Prevention for Model 350 Up To 10,000kg

Utilcell (Spain) – Utilcell extended the range of their silent-block accessory with lift-off prevention up to 10000kg. Now they are available in 3 range sizes: 300…2,000kg, 3,000…5,000kg and 7,500…10,000kg. They have also 3 kinds of finishing: Zinc plated steel alloy and stainless steel.

These silent-block have a rubber pad which add flexibility in applications like tanks, reactors and machinery, which require a semi-rigid bearing point in case of vibrations, impacts or thermal expansions. This flexibility will help on improving the accuracy because they will absorb structural torsions, deflections or miss-alignments, and, they will reduce force peaks of impacts in respect rigid fixing points, which should be avoided in weighing applications.

“These high capacity silent-blocks are safer because they will increase the fixation between upper part and the load cell due to the presence of a bolt that cross the rubber vertically. This will increase the lift-off and lateral force limits in respect other commercial rubber pads where security depends on fixation between rubber and the metal”, explained Utilcell.

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Flintec launch a family of legal for trade, dynamic, Load Cells for use in waste collection and agricultural On-Board Vehicle Weighing Applications

Flintec (Sweden) – Complementing the already established PC2H and PC3H, Flintec announced the launch of three new dynamic load cells, designed for use in vehicle and machine mounted lifting hoists. The PC5H, PC6H and PC7H have been created to help installers fit load cells to new or existing applications where space is a limiting factor.

Alongside the three new products, Flintec have also redeveloped the conventional PC3H variant, replacing the potted seal with a welded hermetic seal, in-line with the full range of on-board dynamic load cells.

“Making the Flintec range of five dynamic weighing load cells unique is their OIML & NTEP certifications, coupled with the ability for corner correction to measure off centre loads. The PC.H family ensures that installers can achieve legal for trade approval quickly and efficiently. Current matching (mV/V/W) is an additional feature that allows for damaged or defective load cells to be replaced easily”, shared the company.

The ability to weigh dynamically allows for operators to weigh on the move, providing enhanced operating efficiencies by not slowing or stopping collections to register a weight. The Flintec PC.H family of on-board weighing load cells offers vehicle operators the ability to improve productivity and profitability.

Manufactured using stainless steel and hermetically sealed to IP68, the range has a variant designed to fit most dynamic on-board weighing application, and can be ordered in a choice of capacities from 1000kg to 5000kg.

Suitable for fitting to waste truck rear-ends, front-end loaders, single operator side-loaders and agricultural lifters, the range forms part of a complete weighing system. Users can extract weight information for each load whilst lifting, allowing for enhanced planning, reporting and pay-by-weight.

Flintec manufacture all five dynamic load cells. Cables, connectors and electronics can be adapted to individual needs. We also offer a range of accessories, allowing customers to purchase a complete on-board weighing system comprising load cells, indicators and electronic components.

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Rope and Sling Provides Below-the-Hook Equipment for Nuclear Site

Rope and Sling Specialists Ltd. (UK) - Rope and Sling Specialists Ltd. (RSS) provided below-the-hook equipment for ITP (inspection and test procedure) work during decommissioning of Chapelcross, Scotland’s first commercial nuclear station, built on the 92 hectare site of an old airfield in Dumfriesshire.

The site ceased operation in 2004 after generating more than 60TWh of electricity over 45 years of successful operation. Chapelcross has recently completed defuelling ahead of schedule. The overall aim of Magnox’s defuelling programme is to ensure that all of its sites are fuel-free. This involves safely removing the fuel from all of the reactors, emptying all of the cooling ponds and stores containing fuel, and transferring it to Sellafield for reprocessing.

RSS recently supplied a 25t Loadlink plus tension load cell from Straightpoint, two 10t beam clamps and a calibrated 20t hydraulic ram to CTL Seal, primarily for load testing during the latest round of ITP work at the Chapelcross site.

The equipment was delivered to Penny Nuclear, which fulfilled a scope of work for Magnox to decommission a cartridge-cooling pond. Magnox is owned and operated by Cavendish Fluor Partnership on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

Magnox oversees nine programmes, including defuelling, ponds, plant and structures, waste projects, waste operations, reactors, asset management, care and maintenance and site restoration. All have been established to create a one-stop decommissioning service for the sites. Working this way allows it to use innovative techniques and methods as well as providing a sequenced approach to work using the ‘lead and learn’ approach.

Mick Gill, senior testing engineer at RSS, explained that, prior to delivery to CTL Seal, the clamps were tested on the custom lifting beam and used to hang the bale arm unit. Gill combined with Gary Coleman, site engineer at RSS (both are based at the company’s Rotherham depot), to ensure the equipment was ready for the rigours of the demanding project.

In addition to the bale arm unit, RSS equipment was used to lift and load test a bale arm pintle grab, tipper frame support structure, tipper frame, cradle, and rotating pintle lifting attachment (RPLA) auto latches. Lifting operations for the latest phase of the project were completed over a one-day period.

Gill concluded: “It was an honour to service the project from our Rotherham facility. We know Magnox demands exemplary standards from its supply chain to support the safe execution and delivery of its programme of work.”

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Coop. Bilanciai’s New Terminal D70 ES Desk and Universal Mount Indicator/Controller

Coop. Bilanciai (Italy) – “Developed for the ease of use yet with the power to deliver, Bilanciai's Dialogica D70 ES Series indicators/controllers are full of innovation, multi communication channels, yet are simple and easy to operate”, shared the company about their new Terminal.

Equipped with a desk and universal mount, the D70ES delivers all of the powerful features you expect from a leader in its class. The numeric keypad simplifies the user experience, making operations more convenient and flexible.

  • The D70ES Dialogica Series is designed for industry and built to last. With standard Double (Truck In/Out) and Single/Batch weighing applications and a host of standard printer interfaces the D70ES is industry ready
  • The intuitive multifunction keyboard allows navigation in any application and the IP66 rated enclosure effectively keeps internal components protected
  • A responsive high speed converter card coupled with configurable filtering makes the weighing process fast yet manageable
  • The D70 ES is packed with a range of connectivity — from RS-232/RS-485/RS-422-TCP/IP
  • Advanced FIR Averaging digital filtering
  • 10,000 Divisions NTEP and 4,000 Divisions OIML approved
  • Connect up to 24 x 700 Ohm analogue load cells
  • Powered by internal switching 110-240 Vac or external 12VDC adaptor
  • IP66 NEMA 4X stainless steel enclosure endures harsh environments

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Schenck Process launches MULTIDOS® VDP-C Apron Weighfeeder

Schenck Process (Germany) – Schenck Process has announced the latest extension to its MULTIDOS® weighfeeder range. MULTIDOS® VDP-C is a new range of medium-sized and compact apron weighfeeders mainly suitable for raw material feeding, hot clinker feeding and similar applications.

“MULTIDOS® VDP-C leverages the proven technical features and component reliability of the existing MULTIDOS® weigh- and apron feeder designs while addressing specific application scenarios. In particular, it offers a perfect solution wherever a regular rubber belt weighfeeder would otherwise be chosen but cannot be installed because of the physical, chemical and performance limits of a rubber belt,” according to Peter Groll, Managing Director Construction & Energy, Schenck Process EMEA.

“Moreover, because we have taken a ‘designed straight for the job’ approach, the cost is significantly lower than competitor apron weighfeeders,” added Groll.

With a completely enclosed design the MULTIDOS® VDP-C enables a cleaner installation environment, with no extra cost, while also allowing quick access for inspection by means of easy-to-remove covers. Alternatively, an open design is possible for permanently visible material feed. The kit structure of MULTIDOS® VDP-C enables installation in a total of 48 possible geometrical configurations to suit plant requirements. It can be installed on the ground or suspended under a bin. “Extremely high performance, component robustness, safety and the low cost of installation make this apron feeder stand out from the competition,” said Groll. “It is also very compact. MULTIDOS® VDP-C has the lowest installation profile of any apron feeder on the market, and it is the shortest apron weighfeeder that is available with an integrated weighing section.”

The chain used on the MULTIDOS® VDP-C is an enhanced version that can easily tolerate a drive torque four times higher than required. In addition, apron pans accept loads up to six times higher than the nominal load, for maximum robustness. So there are no compromises that need to be made when it comes to durability and reliability. Apron pans are available for fine grain material, and alternative designs for sticky and coarse material. The coarse material apron pans are made of HARDOX® steel for maximum strength and service life.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Minebea Intec EasyFill® – The cost-effective solution for simple Dosing and Filling processes

Minebea Intec (Germany) – With the new EasyFill application, Minebea Intec is now offering an innovative solution for easy single-component dosing. The software ensures simple and automated filling of raw materials such as liquids, powders and granulates. This reduces the manual workload, speeds up the production process and ensures that product quality remains consistent.

"EasyFill means no programming work and no process controller", explained the company.

The EasyFill software application was developed to meet the growing demand for simple electronic weighing and filling systems. Mechanical engineering companies and plant manufacturers in particular are looking, for example, for modular production systems based on smart, small solutions. Minebea Intec electronic weighing systems with EasyFill will be able to control dosing processes and are now available as a stand-alone solution or can be effortlessly integrated into existing PLC or PC systems without additional programming work. Marcel Pfnister, Product Manager Process Controllers and Transmitters at Minebea Intec, explains: “Process controllers such as our tried-and- tested Maxxis 5 are too complex for simple dosing processes. With the development of EasyFill, we are offering our customers an expanded range that is tailored to their needs. Because of this, the new application has been pre-installed in our PR 5220 and PR 5230 weight transmitters as well as the X3 weight indicator.“

Filling is as easy as installing the electronic weighing system, selecting the mode and controlling the process.

Electronic weighing systems with EasyFill can easily be integrated into production networks due to their high-performance communication interfaces and options. The process is controlled directly via the digital inputs and outputs that are included. The integrated website offers user-friendly, time-saving and economical configuration options option for the dosing process. The first users have already successfully tested EasyFill.

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