Wednesday, March 14, 2018

EXCELL Launches New IP68 Weighing Indicators GWS & QWS

Excell Precision Co., Ltd. (Taiwan) – EXCELL has introduced an upgraded IP68 weighing indicator product line to improve user experience. The newest models, GWS and QWS, offer more than 10 functionality improvements for easier-to-use. This includes new function classification, new design of button for operational consistency and increased product accessibility.

"EXCELL strives to create people-friendly products by pursuing functionality, operability and convenience from the customer's perspective in actual usage situations," said C.C. Lo, President and CEO at EXCELL.

"Our experience and feedback, via customers from over 100 countries, has enable us to find new ways to improve customer satisfaction and loyalty. To that end, we have adopted a universal design approach through which we endeavor to create products from a customer perspective from the design stage onward, facilitating use by all customers," said Jeff Chien, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at EXCELL.

The GWS and QWS are highly versatile digital check weighing indicators. They have numerous applications, from check weighing nuts and bolts to assisting in automatic filling, including liquid filling. The Hi/Lo alarm with visual traffic light indicates when a target has been reached, meaning no waste. The built-in RS-232 connection allows weight and count data to be transferred directly from the scale to a computer. An optional printer is also available for printing weight or count data on sticky labels. Other key features include Counting, Tare, Pre-set Tare, second scale input, long battery life and optional remote display.

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The completely Hygienic Weigher: MULTIPOND attains HDW and USDA Certificates

Multipond Wägetechnik GmbH (Germany) – "MULTIPOND has developed a weigher that meets the most stringent hygiene requirements in the food industry. The MP-14-3800-1250-J is the first weigher in the world to be certified by Hygienic Design Weihenstephan (HDW). Rating: Perfect hygienic design", stated the company.

Hygiene plays a key role in the food sector as well as with non-food products. The demanding requirements and strict regulations extend throughout the entire production chain and are affecting machine construction to an ever greater degree. MULTIPOND made the topic its own long ago; when MULTIPOND introduced the J Generation, hygienic design became standard. The company is also an active member of EHEDG (European Hygienic Engineering & Design Group). The organization combines under one roof the expert knowledge of machinery and component manufacturers, foodstuff industry specialists, and also research institutes and health authorities. The exchange with experts from various sectors generates important impetus for the targeted development of new solutions.

The independent experts from Hygienic Design Weihenstephan recently confirmed that all details of the MP-14-3800-1250-J meet the extensive design requirements of Hygienic Design Weihenstephan, which is based on EN 1672-2 criteria and on the guidelines published by the EHEDG. The HDW certificate confirming a Certified System for highly-sensitive hygiene applications has been attained. The American certificate from the USDA is valid for all MULTIPOND series of an identical design.

The weigher is designed to meet hygienic design requirements and conforms to protection class IP69. All liquids can be drained and collected by a special "Drip, Drop and Drain system". The associated collecting pan can be removed and cleaned without much effort. MULTIPOND has developed a hygienic channel coupling that operates without moving parts. The company has already filed a patent application for this innovative solution.

The certification for the hygienic weigher in compliance with the stringent directives of the HDW Certified System and the U.S. Department of Agriculture emphasizes MULTIPOND's unwavering pursuit to constantly improve its product range – to the benefit of those customers who have to keep pace with ever-increasing market requirements as they process their products. With "Engineered and Manufactured in Germany" quality, high-performance technology, MULTIPOND proves once again to be in the forerunner position on the market.

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MOBA's New Weighing System HLC-2000 for Wheel Loaders

MOBA Mobile Automation AG (Germany) – MOBA Mobile Automation AG presented its new weighing system HLC-2000 for wheel loaders for the first time at steinexpo 2017.

The new generation of the wheel loader expands the proven predecessor HLC-1000 by a handy mobile printer and a USB interface. In addition, the software was revised and the user interface was optimized again.

Thanks to an extension of the basic system by a mobile printer, the operator is immediately able to print documents of the loaded weight. This does not only protect him or her from truck overloading but at the same time provides the operator with a written proof of performance.

The data collected on the loaded weight are stored on a USB medium as a CSV file and become immediately available. Just as intuitive and easy is the configuration of the HLC-2000. By USB individually created customer and material lists are just as easily loaded into the system. This procedure leads to a simplified data management, a user-friendly creation of invoices and a direct proof of the loaded material.

The state-of-the-art technology for determining the optimum weighing range uses particularly robust MOBA tilt sensors and is thus the most reliable method of dynamic weighing on the market. During the loading process, the exact weight of the loaded material is determined.

Ergonomics and robustness were once again the focus of the further development of the system. The intuitively operational panel GDC-320 can withstand any harsh situation - whether wind, water, dust or vibration. The one-handed operation during the ride is supported by the operating wheel, the MOBA Wheel. As such, the product design was consistently further developed and optimally adapted to harsh environments. Being absolutely vibration resistant and easy to operate with gloves, it is unique in the market.

About MOBA Mobile Automation AG:
MOBA Mobile Automation AG is a recognized expert and global player in mobile automation. More than 40 years of experience in the market combined with a special customer proximity daily characterize the further development of their solutions. This is how practice-oriented technologies emerge, which are convincing in the harsh environment of construction. In addition to the mobile wheel loader scale, it also offers assistance systems for rollers and excavators in earthmoving.

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Jumbo Trucks, a Bioproduct Mill and Tamtron Truck Scales

Tamtron Group (Finland) – Reliable Tamtron Scalex 1001 truck scales guarantee fast and accurate weighing at Metsä Group’s next generation bioproduct mill in Äänekoski, Finland. The automatic license plate identification enters the vehicles directly into the reception system.

The largest investment in the history of Finnish forest industry was started in August 2017, and when the mill is operating at full volume, it will process 6.5 million cubic metres of pulpwood in a year. The mill will reach a nominal production of 1.3 million tonnes of pulp within one year from its start.

The trucks drive through Tamtron’s Scalex 1001 truck scales when arriving at and leaving the area. The three Scalex 1001 truck scales (a 26-metre scale and two 39-metre scales) are installed at the new measuring station for weighing timber. One of the 39-metre scales is intended for roundwood transports, while the 26-metre scale is for woodchip transports. Both types of transport use the second long scale for departure weighing.

“The whole mill investment was made for decades to come, so we wanted to prepare for things like specialised trucks with the giant scales”, says Maija Perävainio, the Terminal Operations Manager responsible for all of Metsä Forest’s measuring stations.

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Intercomp WIM Sensors are Pre-screening in Colombia for Vehicle Enforcement

Intercomp Company (Colombia) – Intercomp’s Weigh-In-Motion strip sensors have been installed at four High Speed Weigh-In-Motion (HSWIM) systems in Colombia, operating as vehicle screening and enforcement sites for overweight vehicle identification. Significant heavy traffic transits Bogota via the Perimetral del Oriente highway in Colombia, and the WIM stations offer the concessionaire a reliable and accurate method to screen for overweight vehicles.

Regional integrator Básculas Prometálicos partnered with Intercomp for their experience with Weigh-In-Motion (WIM) sensors and electronics. The WIM sites gather weights at high speeds, and are coupled with cameras and electronics for identification of vehicles in violation, which are diverted to enforcement scales. As vehicles that are within weight limits are allowed to bypass the enforcement scales, both driver efficiency and the enforcement sites benefit from accurate WIM screening.

Identifying overweight vehicles on the highway is vital to maintaining the condition of the roadway, and keeping traffic safe from overloads. With investments made in expanding and improving the roadway, highway officials require classification of vehicles and accurate weighing of axle and gross vehicle weights.

Installed in 3 inch (70mm) channels cut into the pavement, the WIM sensors detect and measure axle and gross vehicle weights at speeds up to 80mph (130kmh). Deployed upstream from weighing enforcement efforts and coupled with cameras and other sensors, the WIM systems are used in for screening for axle and gross vehicle weight violations, indicating overweight conditions for further inspection and issuing citations.

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FUTEK Releases New Miniature S-Beam Load Cell: LSB205

FUTEK Advanced Sensor Technology, Inc. (USA) – FUTEK released the LSB205 Miniature S-Beam Jr. Load Cell 2.0. This miniature S-Beam style load cell has a capacity range from 1 to 100 lb. and is built for in line tension and compression applications.

The LSB205 has an integrated IEEE 1451.4 TEDS chip, which makes set up and calibration of the sensor with electronics easy. This unique miniature load cell also includes a PT-1000 temperature sensor this allows for temperature changes in applications to be monitored.

Other features include:
  • Detachable 7 Pin FUTEK Receptacle
  • Heat treated stainless-steel flexure design
  • Light weight, miniature size
  • Shock and vibration resistant
  • Integrated overload protection

This innovative load cell also includes a higher fatigue life, an increased resistance to off-axis loading, and a quick disconnect cable design aimed to decrease cable rips and tears. Additionally, the cable can be easily altered to allow for custom lengths.

About FUTEK:
FUTEK Advanced Sensor Technology, Inc. is a U.S. Manufacturer of load cells, torque sensors, pressure sensors, multi-axis sensors and related instruments and software. Located in Southern California, FUTEK has built a reputation as a quality provider of test and measurement tools. As the Sensor Solution Source, FUTEK supplies test and measurement products to many industries, especially medical, robotic, and aerospace.

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Soehnle Professional's New Flyer for Transport & Logistics

Soehnle Professional (Germany) – "Scales and weighing technology is usable for multi purposes. There is a large range of application possibilities and the target audience is numerous. With our new flyer we would like to present our scales and realized solutions for transport & logistics to you and your interested parties", shared the company.

"In order to support shipping and logistics, weight and volume are statically or dynamically calculated in the continuous weighing process. In addition, we ensure reliable excess weight controls with weighbridges and check weighers. In this sector, the development of calibratable measuring systems with integrated tilt sensor as well as centre point detection are among the most important innovations from Soehnle Industrial Solutions", added the company.

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CROSS introduces OptiWIM® - world's unique product of Weigh-in-Motion

CROSS Zlín, a.s. (Czech Republic) – "We are introducing a revolutionary solution for high-speed dynamic weigh-in-motion: OptiWIM®, world's first free-flow dynamic high-speed weights able to accurately weigh vehicles in full width independently of the instantaneous position of the wheels during crossing", stated CROSS.

"The weights achieve the highest possible accuracy from all current WIM systems on the market. The use of optic technology enables us to get a disproportionately larger amount of data from the sensor during each measurement in comparison to conventional technology. It also allows us to offer unique new features such as double-tyre detection, underinflated tyre detection or vehicle axle width measurement directly by the sensor", added the company.

For its unique solution, the new OptiWIM® product was nominated for the Intertraffic Innovation Award 2018 in the Infrastructure category.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Thayer Scale’s New Flat Idler Conveyor Belt Scale

Thayer Scale-Hyer Industries, Inc. (USA) – THAYER SCALE-HYER INDUSTRIES announced the introduction of a new Model SG-SP mini flat idler conveyor belt scale. The new scale is designed to accurately measure light-to-medium-duty loads and can be incorporated into new or existing conveyors using idlers or slider deck designs. The Model SG-SP is custom engineered to meet the customer’s unique conveyor design, suitable for flat belt conveyors transporting dry products. Available in belt widths from 10” to 48”with either carbon steel or stainless steel (sanitary) configurations available.

Thayer’s Model SG-SP Belt Scale offers many features including easy installation and robust, corrosion resistant components that are virtually maintenance-free. Fitted with high accuracy load cell(s) sized for each unique application produces accuracy from 0.5% – 1.0%.

As a system, one of several Thayer belt scale integrators are available plus a high accuracy belt speed sensor mounted to the conveyor’s tail pulley for integration of load and speed to produce accurate rate (lbs/hr) and totalization. The areas of application range from food, confectionery, and chemicals industries.

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Anyload 108DA and 108DH Series Single Point Load Cells are now New NTEP Certified

Anyload Transducer Co. Ltd. (USA) – Test Conditions: A model 108DH (50 kg) and 108DA (500 kg) load cells were tested by the NMi Certain B.V. at The Netherlands facility. Testing was conducted in accordance with the OIML DoMC Mutual Acceptance Arrangement, signed by the NCWM as a utilizing participant for load cell testing. Testing was conducted using deadweights as the reference standard.

The load cells were tested over a temperature range of -10 oC to 40 oC with tests run at each temperature. The temperature effect on zero was measured and a time dependence (creep) test was performed. The barometric pressure test to determine sensitivity of the load cell design to changes in barometric pressure was conducted. The data were analyzed for single load cell applications. OIML R60 selection criteria were used to determine cells tested.

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New KERN catalogue of Medical Scales

KERN & SOHN GmbH (Germany) – Here are the new products for 2018: KERN presents its Medical Scales for clinics, doctor's surgeries, care institutions and vets at MEDICA.

The new 2018 product range was presented for the first time at MEDICA in Düsseldorf to a wide audience:
  • A convenient tape for measuring circumference with practical pull-out mechanism
  • An ergonomically-optimised baby scale with large lying surface
  • Two personal scales with column for convenient, ergonomically-optimised operation
  • A personal scale with particularly large, flat weighing plate to make it easier to step on and give maximum safety with integrated handle for comfortable transport
  • A mechanical personal floor scale with extra large, clear circular scale which is easy to read
  • A noble bathroom scale with extra large, flat glass weighing plate to make it easier to step on and give maximum safety
  • A design body analysis scale to determine body weight, body fat, body fluid, muscle mass, proportion of bone, BMI and metabolic rate/metabolic rate when exercising
  • A compact wheelchair platform scale with two integrated access ramps for easy access
  • A mobile chair scale in ergonomically-optimised design for safe, convenient weighing

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DETECTO Improves Platform of Popular 6550 Wheelchair Scales

Detecto Scale (USA) – DETECTO has completely upgraded the standard platform on the popular model 6550 portable wheelchair scale to increase time-saving and patient comfort benefits. The 6550’s new black platform has been expanded to an even more spacious 32 inch x 36 inch (81 cm x 91 cm) platform size that is only 2.2 inches (56 mm) high for easy patient accessibility and comfort while weighing. The dual ramps have been expanded to 8 inches long each and they now set on the floor to ease patient mobility on and off the scale. This improvement means only half the effort is necessary for a healthcare professional to pull a wheelchair patient onto the scale versus other competitive scales.

DETECTO’s 6550 wheelchair scale offers an easily-collapsible column, so with only one hand you can quickly slide the release lever and fold down the column for effortless transport or vertical storage. The 6550 vertical fold-up feature means only minimal floor space is required for storage in an upright position when not in use. Enjoy the time-saving benefits of single-pass weighing with this scale by using the convenient pushbutton or keypad tare to remove the wheelchair weight.

The 6550 features a high 1,000 lb / 450 kg capacity, optional Wi-Fi for EMR/EHR, two-way built-in ramps for accessibility from both sides, clinical-grade accuracy to 0.2 lb / 0.1 kg, battery or AC power, and up to 99 tares (optional) to store wheelchair weights for efficient patient weighing. The Hold/Release key holds the patient weight after leaving the scale for better patient care. The 6550 wheelchair scale is available for purchase through DETECTO’s worldwide network of clinical dealers.

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Inventory & Gate Management with LS-WIM from Intercomp Company

Intercomp Company (USA) – Bulk items, like aggregate or cement, can be difficult to track for the purposes of inventory management. Often, yard managers must estimate quantities to order based on educated guesses, leaving room for errors and wasted investment in the form of excessive ordering. Without a reliable means of measurement, yard managers are also unable to verify that they have received the amount of product ordered.

Tracking what comes in, and what goes out, of any yard is a crucial part of managing inventory. Our axle-weighing solution can capture weight information while keeping traffic moving smoothly.

Intercomp’s LS-WIM System offers an effective means to lower overhead, through better inventory management, greater accountability and automated front gate operation. A wide, 13-foot weighing platform, and up to 100,000lbs load capacity per axle, ensures accurate measurement of just about any type of vehicle, and material.

In addition to a better handle on inventory figures, the LS-WIM System offers the ability to convert gate operations to an efficient, unmanned process with the integration of the LS20 CPU. The optional key fob takes efficiency and automation to the next level, allowing vehicle drivers to activate the system without the need to stop and key in an ID number.

Regardless of yard size, Intercomp’s LS-WIM System gives managers the tools needed to improve efficiency, and decrease waste and unneeded overhead. With a solid understanding of what comes in and goes out, purchasing accountability increases while minimizing material shortages.

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Sartorius looks ahead to sustained, highly profitable growth

Sartorius AG (Germany) – Sales revenue to rise to around 4 billion euros by 2025.
  • New medium-term targets: underlying EBITDA1 margin of about 28 percent in 2025
  • Sales to rise through organic growth and acquisitions
  • Increasing significance of Asian markets
  • Revenue growth of about 9% to 12% and further increased profitability expected for the full year of 2018

Sartorius, a leading international technology partner of the biopharmaceutical industry and research laboratories, intends to continue on its profitable growth track over the long term. According to its new medium-term targets that will be presented today at the company’s annual press conference and its Capital Markets Day, the Group expects to achieve sales of around 4 billion euros in 2025. Management’s plan is to achieve around two-thirds of this growth organically while around one-third is to be generated by acquisitions.

Accordingly, the Group’s underlying EBITDA margin is forecasted to rise by 2025 to around 28%. The Bioprocess Solutions Division is expected to grow to around 2.8 billion in sales revenue with an underlying EBITDA margin of around 30% by 2025; for the Lab Products & Services Division, sales revenue of around 1.2 billion euros and an EBITDA margin of about 25% are projected for the full year of 2025. (All figures of the mid-term guidance given in constant currencies.)

“Our targets remain ambitious because we have positioned ourselves well for the future and address a market with sustainable, fundamental growth drivers,” said Group CEO Dr. Joachim Kreuzburg. “We assume that demand for biopharmaceutical drugs will continuously increase due to a growing and aging population, improved access to medicines in emerging countries, a rapidly expanding market for biosimilars and also due to completely new, emerging treatment options such as cell-based therapies. In this respect, the Asian market will play an increasingly important role, primarily China. We positioned ourselves with our two divisions as a global strategic partner of the biopharma sector so that we should sustainably benefit from these trends. With our broad and innovative product portfolio and the early expansion of our production capacities, we are well prepared for further growth.”

Business development of the Sartorius Group in 2017:
The groundwork for reaching the Group’s targets has been laid: In 2017, Sartorius achieved an increase in sales revenue by 9.3% in constant currencies to 1,404.6 million euros, up from 1,300.3 million euros a year ago (reported: 8.0%), and increased its underlying earnings to 353.2 million euros. Organic growth and acquisitions contributed almost equally to growth.

"In 2017, Sartorius continued on its profitable growth track, executed two strategically important acquisitions, moved forward on its extensive investment program and created a considerable number of new jobs," commented Kreuzburg. "By entering the business field of bioanalytics in the Lab Products & Services Division, we opened a new chapter and reached a substantially higher level of growth and profit margin. Given the high revenue base after two years of exceptionally strong expansion and despite several dampening effects, our bioprocess business increased yet again. For 2018, we will continue to pursue our targets of achieving significant profitable growth, investing extensively in innovations and capacities and of creating additional jobs."

All regions contributed to this strong performance. Asia|Pacific expanded the most, with sales up 22.5% to 344.6 million euros. EMEA2 grew by 6.8% to 604.5 million euros. In the Americas, the region in which Sartorius had recorded especially strong gains over the past years, sales revenue rose year over year by 3.5% to 455.5 million euros.

Order intake for the Sartorius Group was up 13.7% in 2017, increasing more strongly than sales. Demand in its bioprocess business picked up significantly, especially in the second half.

(All growth rates for the regions and order intake in constant currencies)

Underlying EBITDA rose by 8.5% in the reporting period, despite unfavorable currency effects, to 353.2 million, and the respective margin edged up slightly from 25.0% to 25.1%. Relevant net profit3 for the Group increased 8.6% from 132.6 million euros to 144.0 million euros. Consolidated earnings per ordinary share rose to 2.10 euros (prior-year period: 1.93 euros) and per preference share, 2.11 euros (prior-year period: 1.94 euros).

The Group's key financial indicators continued to remain at a strong level, even after the two acquisitions executed in 2017. At the end of the reporting period, the company's equity ratio was 35.1%, and the ratio of net debt to underlying EBITDA stood at 2.5 (Dec. 31, 2016: 42.0% and 1.5, respectively).

Capital expenditures rose in the reporting year from 152.1 million euros to 209.4 million euros due to considerable expansion of the Group's global infrastructure; the respective ratio of capital expenditures to sales revenue was 14.9% relative to 11.7% a year ago.

Sartorius employed 7,501 people worldwide at year-end 2017, thus 8.5% or 590 more people than a year earlier. Of this number, 214 employees joined the company due to acquisitions.

Business development of the divisions:
The Bioprocess Solutions Division, which offers a wide array of innovative technologies for the manufacture of biopharmaceuticals, recorded full-year sales growth of 4.9% in constant currencies to 1,010.3 million euros in 2017, relative to a very high prior-year revenue base, with acquisitions accounting for around one percentage point of growth in this sales figure. The division's business development was dampened by several simultaneous and temporary effects, primarily impacting the Americas region. Thus, temporary bottlenecks in supply for its business with cell culture media, inventory destocking by a few large customers and an interruption in production at the plant in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria all had an impact. Order intake rose at a rate nearly twice as fast as sales revenue, reaching 9.7% in constant currencies after significant double-digit gains in the second half of the year.

The division's underlying EBITDA rose by 3.3% to 282.4 million euros. Despite unfavorable currency effects, the corresponding margin was 28.0%, at the prior-year level.

The Lab Products & Services Division, which offers products and technologies for laboratories primarily in the pharma sector and in life science research, recorded exceptionally dynamic growth due to its strong organic development and to a further acquisition in bioanalytics. The division's sales revenue rose by 22.0% to 394.2 million euros (reported: 21.2%), with around 14 percentage points of this expansion attributed to acquisitions. All regions and product areas contributed to this strong growth. In Lab Products & Services, order intake likewise increased at a faster pace than did sales, rising year over year by 25.8%. Underlying EBITDA for the division also rose overproportionately with respect to sales, by 36.3% to 70.8 million euros. The division's margin climbed to 18.0% relative to 16.0% in the prior year.

Positive effects expected from U.S. tax reform:
The U.S. tax reform approved in December 2017, which essentially lowers the U.S. corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%, resulted in the Sartorius Group in positive, non-cash extraordinary items of around 16 million euros during the reporting year, due to re-evaluation of deferred tax liabilities in the U.S. The corporate tax rate for the Group significantly decreased as a result of this effect from 29.0% a year earlier to 19.8% in the year under review.

A reduction in Sartorius' corporate tax rate by about 2 percentage points to around 27% is expected from 2018 onwards as a future effect. Since the changes in American tax legislation are very extensive, and further explanations and instructions for application by the U.S. tax authorities are still pending, this estimate is to be considered tentative.

Positive outlook for fiscal 2018:
Sartorius again expects considerable profitable growth for the current year and therefore sees itself on track to reach its current mid-term targets set for 2020. Management thus projects that Group sales revenue for the full year will grow by about 9% to 12% and the company's underlying EBITDA margin will increase by about half a percentage point over the prior-year figure of 25.1%. The capex ratio will remain at the previous year's level of around 15%.

In view of the two divisions, management anticipates that sales for Bioprocess Solutions will grow by about 8% to 11% and that the division's underlying EBITDA margin will rise by around half a percentage point compared with the prior-year figure of 28.0%. For the Lab Products & Services Division, Sartorius projects that sales will grow approx. 12% to 15% and the division's underlying EBITDA margin will increase by about one percentage point (2017: 18.0%).

Because of the latest currency developments, reported figures in actual currencies might differ from constant currency guidance, and additional details will be provided as 2018 progresses.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

HBM’s New PACEline CSW Miniature Force Washer Allows Reliable Shear-Force Monitoring

HBM - Hottinger Baldwin Messtechnik GmbH (Germany) – HBM, the test and measurement expert, has introduced its new PACEline CSW miniature force washers for reliable shear-force monitoring.

  • New piezoelectric miniature force washer facilitates reliable force measurement, even in confined spaces and/or unfavorable environments (EMC, humidity)
  • Broad measuring range enables different measurement tasks to be conducted with one sensor
  • Fast installation is possible due to matching accessories

The new piezoelectric sensors’ typical fields of application include force monitoring tasks in machining processes such as cutting, milling, and turning. Additionally, the CLP miniature sensors enable a swift upgrade of the force washer to a sensor with multiple axes.

The PACEline CSW piezoelectric shear-force washers have a very low height, ranging between 3 and 5 mm. Once the sensors are mounted and calibrated, they can measure shear force in the direction of the cable reliably. The CSW force washers take up extremely little space due to their low height and they have the same dimensions as the type PACEline CLP force washers (for normal force measurement) from HBM and proven useful for many years.

Combining them with the CLP force washers and using at least two CSW force washers mounted in different directions enables measurement systems to be set up to measure force in different directions simultaneously and, at the same time, take up only very little space.

The PACEline CSW series force washers have a fixed cable; they are made from stainless steel materials, and comply with the IP65 degree of protection. The PACEline CSW is available with maximum capacities ranging from 1 kN to 8 kN. Installation takes little time owing to matching accessories that are also available directly from HBM. Due to galvanic isolation, no additional insulation washers are required.

HBM markets its series of products for piezoelectric force measurement under the trade name “PACEline”. PACEline sensors and charge amplifiers complete the wide range of force sensors based on strain-gauge technology. Hence, customers can choose between the sensor technologies that best fit their applications, at any time.

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