Tuesday, August 15, 2017

New Version of Hardy HI 6600 Modular Sensor System for PROFIBUS®-DP

Hardy Process Solutions (USA) – Delivers up to 28 Channels of Stable Processed Weight over a Single Profibus-Dp Connection.

Hardy Process Solutions announced a new version of the HI 6600 Modular Sensor Systems for PROFIBUS®-DP control systems. PROFIBUS-DP (Decentralized Peripherals) is used to operate sensors via a centralized controller in production (factory) automation manufacturing applications.

The modular design of the HI 6600 allows manufacturers, OEMs and systems integrators to configure up to 28 channels of stable, processed weight over a single PROFIBUS-DP connection that sends data for 10 modules at a time to a control system. This distributed design provides the lowest cost, on a per channel basis, for weight into a control system, greatly simplifying wiring and network addressing, all in an ultra-compact, power efficient design.

Hardy also provides a PROFIBUS.GSD file, which simplifies integration.

Weight processors are used as front ends to control systems, or standalone for all types of general weighing applications. Operating blind or with an optional display, they measure, condition, and communicate weight without any need to control. The HI 6600 series is designed to support weighing applications in process and packaging such as inventory management, blending, filling and checking. The HI 600 is especially well suited for batching systems, multi-head fillers and tank farms.

According to Tim Norman, Product Manager, Hardy Process Solutions, “The HI 6600 series for PROFIBUS-DP meets the respective needs of manufacturers, OEMs and System Integrators seeking flexible multi-channel, high-resolution weight processors that are simple to install on a PROFIBUS-DP network. The HI 6600 series is designed to meet the weighing application needs of food processing, chemical, consumer package goods, and general manufacturing automation, at a very low price per channel.”

The HI 6600 series delivers stable processed weight with a resolution of 1:10:000 and an update speed at 110 updates per second, per channel (processor, display and communications). The HI 6600 system enhances the productivity of process manufacturing systems where fast, precise weight-based controls are critical.

The HI 6600 series is delivered with the Hardy Process Toolbox, including C2® electronic calibration, INTEGRATED TECHNICIAN® diagnostics, and WAVERSAVER® vibration immunity. An embedded webserver in the Hardy Gateway Module allows access to any of the connected weight processing modules from anywhere on the user’s communications network.

For more information about the New HI 6600 Weight Processor from Hardy Process Solutions click here.

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Twilmij optimizes premix production plant with KSE Solutions

KSE Process Technology (Netherlands) – Well Thought Out Transport Design Accelerates Premix Production.

Premix producer Twilmij’s new plant has to double the current production of 50,000 tonnes per year. The first phase of the modern, man-hour saving 1,500m² production facility is ready. The integration of the fully automatic container transport system, which also prevents contamination, is a novelty in the premix branch.

Twilmij in Stroe manufactures premixes for animal feed and works with no less than 350 different types of raw material. “One batch can contain up to sixty different types of raw material. By automating the raw material addition through use of containers, we are not only saving on man-hours, we also minimize the chance of contamination. What is necessary for one animal, can be unnecessary for the other”, says production manager Ton Megens. The exact and pure composition are an important issue in the production of premixes. Premixes are a carefully composed base material for compound feed producers. Even though they make up only 0.5-2 % of the animal feed, they are crucial to improve the growth and health of the animals and therefore also to the productivity and efficiency of the farmer.

New Production Facility:
The new 1,500m² production facility which was commissioned in September 2016, consists of 62 raw material silos, five finished product silos, four ALFRA dosing weighers, two Nauta blenders and a third bagging line, complete with a palletizer and a wrapping machine. The new plant is equipped with a fully automatic transport system for 20 containers of 2.6m³. The containers consist of a frame with coated polyester cloths, equipped with a vibration system.

The transport system has an elevator with chain transport that connects the new and old facility with each other. In the new plant, raw materials are no longer manually added to the blender, the process is automated with the use of containers. The containers are also used in the old plant for dosing processes. “The process optimization is part of a ten-year plan”, quality manager Alphons Oosterwegel explains. “We have discussed our ambition to double the production with the community and at the same time arranged the permits for the investments in the next construction phase. We have an ATEX-certified and very clean plant with a proper dust exhaust. The noise reduction has also been improved.”

Replacement Of Manual Work:
“Manual addition in the new plant is a thing of the past. With a push off the button the system transports the raw material out of a container via chain transport to the blender”, says Ton Megens. “In addition, compared to the old situation dosing with this new method is much faster. The dosing capacity has also doubled. Also, the direct transport from the silos to the blender is fully automatic.” According to Alphons Oosterwegel, the innovative part of the design is the multiple dosing. “What makes this new design in our branch innovative, is the fact that we weigh the different types of raw material such as minerals and vitamins on multiple positions and bring them together in one blending process.”

This physical dosing, weighing and transport system with separate containers and software control has been developed and carried out by KSE. First, KSE did a thorough analysis of the recipe database of Twilmij. This resulted in a practice based, custom-made system of dosing and weighing installations. The smallest dosing installation processes from 50 grams and upwards, the largest up to 4,000 kilograms. This offers us maximum possibilities to automate our processes”, says Ton Megens. “In addition to that, the containers can be used flexibly. A container that has been placed on a dosing unit, can be replaced very simply with a forklift. “For example, it takes an employee less than half an hour to take off six containers and replace them with six new ones that contain different raw materials”, Ton Megens explains.

Production manager Ton Megens and quality manager Alphons Oosterwegel: “With the new plant and the fully automatic transport system, Twilmij is focusing on doubling the production.”

Elevation of Efficiency:
The new system requires considerably less man-hours per 1,000 tonnes. Megens expects the advantages will increase even further when the production will be increased with among others the already placed silos in the next expansion phase: “We already know that we can easily cover the production elevation with our current 25 FTE’s in the production facility. And, when the production increases in the next phase and we have dealt with all the teething problems, for example, finetuning the lagging in transport, contact signals, adapting container-ID, writing and reading of RFID tags, then we might achieve more than 25 % productivity improvement per FTE. People will have a controlling duty rather than physical labour”, Ton Megens explains.

There is already a 50 % increased productivity with the new bagging line. Also, the scaling replaces more bagging goods with bulk supply per lorry. Oosterwegel emphasizes the efficiency: “The lab research costs (purity control, content of active substances and/or absence of undesirable substances) for lorries carrying one type of raw material are much lower than, for example, lorries carrying seven different types of raw material.”

The innovative container system is very flexible. A container placed on a dosing unit can be replaced within 5 minutes by another one with a forklift.

Minimizing Contamination:
The reason for choosing this container system has, next to efficiency improvement, also to do with minimizing contamination. After each batch, the residue is blown out of the containers. “Preventing contamination is inseparable with the high quality that we pursue. For this reason, we also work with family codes for all our recipes. We analyze which types of raw material can and which ones absolutely cannot end up in a recipe. We also register what we produce before and after one specific batch”, says Alphons Oosterwegel. Depending on that, Twilmij decides whether the equipment has to be flushed to limit the chance of contamination. This also affects the transport. Twilmij has its own bulk lorries which are maintained by the premix producer itself. “For each bulk lorry, we carefully register which load we are transporting at what time. To prevent contamination, we work according to established procedures and clean the lorries.”

Use of Gravity:
The new plant is built quite high which does not only increase the silo capacity, but also enables the use of gravity. The two Nauta blenders are placed up top in the plant. This innovative solution saves on transport and this has two advantages. By use of gravity, energy costs are dropping significantly and less transport meters lead to less contamination. The results are great. “The external laboratory does a periodically exam in the context of the GMP requirements. With its 0.4 %, Twilmij already has an extraordinary low contamination percentage vs. an average of 2 to 5 % in the compound feed industry. In the new plant, we will even drop below that”, Alphons Oosterwegel says.

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Dini Argeo launched the New DFWPM Remote Control and Repeater

Dini Argeo S.r.l. (Italy) – According to Dini Argeo, the “DFWPM is the ideal solution for managing one or more Dini Argeo scales from a distance, by means of radiofrequency communication”.

The latest version features:
  • Compact case with IP65 protection for use in outdoor environments
  • Pwer supply through rechargeable internal battery
  • Management of the alibi memory, for legal for trade systems
  • 25mm backlit LCD display with 6 high-contrast digits with icons for active function indication
  • Powered by a long-lasting rechargeable battery, supplied complete with battery charger
  • IP65 degree of protection
  • 5 key polycarbonate keyboard
  • Compact and sturdy case, easy to clean and durable in harsh and corrosive environments
  • Memory for recording weights (standard for models DFWPMxxUSB)

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DLM to the Rescue

Dynamic Load Monitoring Ltd. (UK) - A large outdoor climbing company based in the north of England approached DLM wanting a custom design product for mountain rescue operations.

The Quad Pod which was delivered to the firm earlier this month consisted of an aluminium metal frame with four legs in the shape of a pyramid with ropes secured around the base to restrict movement and secure the frame. The brief behind DLM Designs latest innovation was to design and build a product that could be transported easily up a mountain and assembled quickly in an emergency.

The Quad Pods stainless steel frame has been designed to open and assemble on the mountain side, with a load cell attached beneath the top of the pyramid which can hold up to 800 kilos. A lever hoist is then to be fixed underneath the load cell for lowering people down in order to aid recovery. The shackle load cell attached to the quad pod measures the tension being place on the load cell, this measurement is then wirelessly transmitted to a DLM display which can be placed up to 200m away.

Tony O’Brien, Mechanical Design Engineer comments ‘We have worked with this particular company before to custom design and build a test frame for their training courses, so it is great to see they have come back to us with a brand new project for us to get our teeth stuck into. We can’t wait for the next one!’

This is another example of DLM Designs capabilities. With over 40 years combined experience in not only load cells but also load monitoring and electronic systems. DLM Design engineers are able to carry out complete bespoke designs from conception through to completion.

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Loadshackle from Straightpoint Monitors Sewer Pump Station Cylinder Removal

Straightpoint (Australia) – Dynamic Rigging Hire (DRH) supplied a 25t Wireless Loadshackle from Straightpoint and other rigging gear for removal of a large hydraulic cylinder at a Melbourne Water sewer pump station in Australia recently.

Melbourne Water supplies drinking and recycled water, whilst managing the city’s water supply catchments, sewage treatment, rivers, creeks and major drainage systems. It is conducting an ongoing maintenance programme at one of its major pump stations in the western suburbs. Integral to the project was removal of the cylinder for overhaul at an offsite machine workshop.

DRH provided the engineering contractor with all the required rigging equipment needed to lift and rotate the cylinder out of position. Utilising an SP Wireless Loadshackle and Hand Held Plus, it monitored the weight of the cylinder as it was lifted from the floor of a deep shaft in the centre of the pump station.

The cylinder weighed approx. 23t, while another two, weighing 13t, will be removed at a later date. Ross Johnson, general manager at DRH, explained that the cylinders are similar to smaller, hydraulic units that one might see under a tip truck or earth moving machine—just much bigger, he said. They open and close the gate (like a valve) in the sewer system.

The contractor utilised a 55t capacity overhead crane that spans the building in addition to a 25t capacity mobile crane; each crane was connected to the load at two pick points. The overhead crane was rigged with grade 100 (grade 10 in UK) chain slings that connected at either side of one end of the cylinder frame as it was lifted vertically. The mobile crane, meanwhile, rigged with the same type of chain and longer, synthetic slings, lifted from the bottom as it was raised beyond the level of the shaft entrance.

DRH supplied a set of Gunnebo grade 100 alloy steel master links for the main hook of the overhead crane, rigged into a 55t shackle and then the 25t load shackle with the two-leg chain sling.

Johnson said: “We were chosen as a specialist supplier of the below-the-hook equipment, including a force measurement solution that could confirm the weight of the load so we wouldn’t exceed the capacity of the rigging gear, cranes and / or transportation. The Wireless Loadshackle was therefore intrinsic to the custom package we assembled for the engineering contractor responsible for safe and efficient completion of the lift.”

The Wireless Loadshackle is particularly suited to low headroom applications. Additional features include its hard anodised aluminium electronics enclosure and an internal chassis providing IP67 / NEMA6 environmental protection even with the battery cover plate missing.

DRH provides a comprehensive range of rigging, hoisting and load measurement equipment across Australia from Melbourne headquarters. It frequently facilitates provision of a wide range of kit to a diverse client base including crane, construction, engineering, manufacturing, offshore and service projects.

DRH supplied a set of Gunnebo grade 100 alloy steel master links, rigged into a 55t shackle and then the 25t load shackle with the two-leg chain sling.

An SP Hand Held Plus is used to monitor the weight of cylinder.

An SP 25t Wireless Loadshackle is integrated into the rigging setup.

DRH provided the engineering contractor with the required rigging equipment.

The cylinder was lifted from the floor of a shaft at the sewer pump station.

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The New SM-MYA.B-5 Susceptometer from RADWAG

RADWAG Balances and Scales (Poland) – Magnetization of material that is used to manufacture the weights is a very important parameter specified by OIML R111 standard.

SM series suspectometer measures susceptibility and permanent magnetization of 2 g – 50 kg weights, wherein the measurement is done in accordance with OIML R111, and with the highest accuracy. The susceptometer is a complete reference solution allowing to determine magnetic chcaracteistics even for class E1.

For more information about the New SM-MYA.B-5 Susceptometer from RADWAG Balances and Scales click here.

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Hygienic Design meets High Speed: the New Checkweigher from Minebea Intec

Minebea Intec (Germany) – Since the launch of the checkweigher Flexus last year, the hygienic design features for the food industry have been systematically enhanced. The new Flexus Highspeed from Minebea Intec features hygienic design right down to the finest detail, and also offers faster processing speeds. The in-line checkweigher now reliably checks the weight of small packaged foods such as tinned fish, yoghurt or snacks at high speed.

Along production lines, checkweighers can often slow down the speed of production and therefore reduce its efficiency. Flexus Highspeed offers processing speeds of up to 2.6 m/s, opening up new possibilities in the food industry in terms of economy. “The success of our in-line checkweigher Flexus has shown us that hygienic design is right at the cutting edge. Therefore, when optimising the hygienic design of Flexus, it was clear that we needed to consider both product innovation and product diversification,” explains Stefanie Dahmen, Product Manager Inspection at Minebea Intec, “The new Flexus Highspeed is our response to the demand for a checkweigher specifically for weighing smaller products quickly. We are anticipating high demand in the 1 kg weighing range, and higher speeds in the weighing range up to 7 kg are of course also possible.”

Faster processing speeds, shorter cleaning times:
All checkweighers in the Flexus range have been consistently developed according to the EHEDG hygienic design guidelines, in order to comply with the strict hygiene standards in the food industry. As a result, contact surfaces and horizontal surfaces have been minimised, and the need for hollowed sections has been eliminated due the open frame. Together with the increased floor clearance, hygienic feet and a hygienic box for the pneumatics, the checkweighers thus guarantee straightforward inspection and quick and reliable cleaning. The resulting shorter cleaning times offer additional potential in terms of economy and efficiency.

Configurable for a wide range of applications:
Flexus doesn’t just stand for hygienic design: the checkweighers also offer a wealth of configuration options that provide greater flexibility. This means, for example, that it is easy to attach additional modules to the sturdy construction's upper frame. For optimal inspection in limited space, there is the Flexus Combi with integrated Vistus metal detection technology. There is also a comprehensive selection of separators and a wide range of data interfaces for seamless integration into any IT landscape.

The hygienic checkweigher has an open frame, enabling straightforward inspection and cleaning.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Smart heli-hook from Sensor Technology Ltd helps raise golden statue to top of a church

Sensor Technology Ltd (UK) - An intelligent cargo hook has aided the heli-lifting of a golden statue of an angel onto the top of the spire at a church in rural Surrey.

The church was built in the 1950s and the statue was added as part of a recent major refurbishment and extension project. The cargo hook was fitted with a HeliNav LoadMaster made by Sensor Technology Ltd. This feeds the pilot with live information about the load hanging beneath his aircraft, making complex operations safer, easier and more efficient.

Additionally the system logs data on load, distance, location and flight path, giving the operating company a complete set of information for its client billing and aircraft maintenance scheduling.

Helicopters are now regularly used for lifting statues and large crosses so that they can be mounted atop church spires, or for removing them for maintenance and repair. Aerial lifting can prove the most efficient, safest and cost effective way of lifting ecclesiastical statues. The first recorded use in the UK was at the then newly built Coventry Cathedral in the early 1960s and today heli-cranes are particularly popular in America where new churches are regularly built.

The primary reason for using aerial lifting is often a financial one - a helicopter can typically lift up to 1.9 tonnes and can work out at a fraction of the cost of hiring a crane.

A ground-based craning operation will require a team of people working closely together because the driver won't have line of sight, road closures and traffic management may be required, etc. Additionally, there may be costs associated with locating the crane in a suitable position, say in a third party's car park. Typically the crane will be required for at least a day, whereas a helicopter often performs the lift in a matter of minutes.

Tony Ingham of Sensor Technology says: "The lift required a brief stoppage of the traffic on the nearby A-road, but nothing else. The whole operation was carried out quickly and efficiently and the few safety issues were addressed in the early planning stages.

"The pilot was highly experienced at lifting and flew the angel straight into position, ready to be secured with some suitably large bolts. The whole job was completed very quickly and the waiting traffic had quite a spectacle to watch during its short stop."

The load sensing and monitoring technology provided by Sensor Technology's HeliNav LoadMaster is simple yet accurate. Significantly it is a wireless system that means a hole does not have to be drilled in the aircraft's body to accommodate a cable from the hook to the cockpit.

HeliNav LoadMaster is based on Sensor Technology's wireless load sensor - a strain gauge based stainless steel tension type sensor. It has the capability of wirelessly transmitting its data to a readout where it both displays live readings and records them to build up an exact profile of each operation. Its inbuilt 32MBit memory can hold up to 280 hours of data which can then be downloaded to a PC via its USB cable. The load sensor transmits using the worldwide licence-free frequency of 2.4GHz using two built in antennae.

The cockpit mounted readouts provide the pilot with precise real time information in an easy to understand graphical format. The hook can also send signals to other handheld readouts so that assistants on the ground have the same information.

The HeliNav TrackMaster controller provides position information through an on-board GPS (global positioning system), inclinometer and accelerometer to help plot flight paths, flight times, fuel requirements, etc. It also logs the weight of the load and the distance travelled, so that the helicopter operating company can provide the client with accurate work reports and precise billing as well as schedule timely maintenance.

Tony sums up: "I can remember the national television coverage of the first job at Coventry Cathedral. It was fraught and tense because the lack of live information meant the whole operation relied on the fantastically skilled pilot. Little did I know then that more than 50 years later our HeliNav Systems would make similar operations so much more straightforward that they would become almost the de facto preferred method for precision heavy lifting.”

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Hardy Introduces New E-ScaleTM IIoT-Ready Bench Scale

Hardy Process Solutions (USA) - E-Scales offer complete network flexibility with integrated communications.

Hardy Process Solutions introduces the Hardy E-ScaleTM Bench scale series with the world’s first IIoT-ready (Industrial Internet of Things) scale base. It includes an integrated Hardy weight processor for direct network connection to EtherNet/IP®, Profibus-DP®, Modbus or Ethernet networks.

Hardy E-Scales are ideal for dry food processing, laboratory and industrial installations. Applications include piece count and portion control, minor ingredients or hand-add applications, small batch reactor applications for chemical/biochemical, machine filling and dispensing, conveyer scales and more.

Designed for ultimate flexibility, the E-Scale comes in a variety of configurations with a built-in interface for direct connection to a PLC, PAC, DCS or PC. The E-SCALE-6500 is an IIoT ready scale with integrated weight processing and communications. The E-SCALE-6610 is capable of powering up to 20 scales daisy-chained up to 50 ft. from beginning to end to a single Hardy HI 6600 Gateway Module. The Gateway Module provides a single Ethernet connection back to the PLC/PAC or PC – no additional power is required.

All E-Scales come standard in 12” x 12” and 24” x 24” sizes and range in capacity from 33 lbs. to 1300 lbs. (15 kg to 600 kg). With built-in communications, E-Scales eliminate possible failure points and the cost of extra splice-boxes and other network components.

Bench scale covers are stainless steel for superior durability, and bases have no bearings, spirit levels or moving parts that can be damaged or wear out. Hardy E-Scales come standard with Hardy Process Toolbox features, including: Waversaver®, C2®, Webserver, and Rockwell Automation integration tools such as Faceplates and Add-on- Profiles.

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Cardinal Indicator on Egg Sorting Application

Cardinal Scale (USA) – Cardinal 210 Indicators Integrate Seamlessly into National Poultry Equipment Company’s Egg Processing. National Poultry Equipment Company (NPE), based in Iowa, produces egg processing equipment for small-to-medium sized egg producers across the globe. The types of eggs processed span from traditional sources, such as chickens, to more exotic varieties, namely game birds. NPE provides well-functioning, affordable, and reliable machinery to their clientele. Most importantly, NPE provides their customers with systems that fit their clients’ needs and capacities, which is where Cardinal Scale enters the picture.

NPE utilizes Cardinal’s 210 indicators and custom application software as a solution to meet their variable customer base. Due to differing dimensions between poultry species, NPE needed an indicator with a plethora of options to guide the sorting process with their machinery. Cardinal’s 210 indicator offers an expanse of features perfectly suited to their customers’ operations.

The Cardinal 210 indicator’s functions are the final step of a multi-step process in NPE’s Sani-Touch CSG series machinery. Eggs are placed on a cross-loader leading to a spool spinner candler, positioning the eggs in a uniform manner laying horizontally. Eggs are “candled”, meaning a light is illuminated through the egg to check for egg shell quality such as cracks or yolk imperfections such as blood spots. The eggs are then transferred onto a conveyor chain and passed through a metal tank enclosure where a water-based sanitizing solution is applied and rapidly revolving, soft nylon brushes wash and sanitize each egg. A second set of brushes then dries the egg before exiting the sanitizer where the egg “grading”—separation based on size—can begin. At this point, the 210 indicator will begin its integration.

Programmed into the 210 indicator are six preset egg weights determined by the operator: small, medium, large, extra-large, jumbo, and anything falling outside of the aforementioned parameters as a reject. Eggs are optically scanned for placement and weighed, which are read and stored in the 210 indicator. The eggs are then moved along the conveyor chain where five differently located “rotary kickers”—an implement that pushes the egg off of the conveyor chain—receive a signal from the 210 indicator and push each egg into their respective grading station determined by their weight. While all of this is going on, the Cardinal 210 stores and recalls the number of eggs per grade.

In addition, the Cardinal 210 also offers many other advantages that may also be utilized from its software. Counters may be used to track each grade’s sorted totals. Accumulators can tally each grade’s total weight. Average weights can be tallied for each class within each flock. Counters and accumulators can be saved for up to ten different flocks. And each grade can be assigned to one or many kickers simultaneously.

The Cardinal 210’s great flexibility and easy programming are of great benefit to the many customers of NPE. “Our customers sell to a variety of markets such as restaurants, farmer’s markets, local and national grocers, and vaccine research companies. Being able to change weights quickly to meet their outlet’s specifications is a great benefit,” states Justin Enzinger, President of National Poultry Equipment Company.

The synthesis of NPE’s Sani-Touch model design and Cardinal’s 210 indicator technology coheres multifaceted processes into an easy and effective unit. This fusion of implements can yield up to 8,640 eggs being candled, sanitized, and graded per hour. Such output capacity helps keep small-to-medium producers competitive for many years to come.

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Ishida RVE Multihead Weighers Raise the Bar for Mid-range Performance

Ishida Europe Ltd. (UK) – Ishida is launching a new series of mid-range multihead weighers for the high performance weighing of free-flowing and semi-sticky products for a large number of dry, fresh and frozen food applications.

The new Ishida RVE range is available in a wide choice of models – including 10, 14, 16 and 20 head models – together with a broad selection of radial troughs, hoppers (from 3 to 7 litres) and discharge chutes. This enables the weighers to be tailored to individual product requirements with models available for mono-, mixed product (handling up to four different products simultaneously) and multiple-outlet weighing, and from small to large target weights. Speeds are dependent on model and application and can reach 120 weighments per minute.

Key to the excellent performance of the new RVE weighers is the introduction of several advanced technology features from Ishida’s top-of-the-range RV multihead weighers, including programmable digital filtering and advanced automatic feeder adjustment. In addition, critical components such as loadcells and drive units are exclusively designed and manufactured by Ishida to ensure high performance standards are maintained.

An important benefit of the RVE range is that all models are pre-configured for the new generation of ‘smart’ factories and are available with a choice of packages incorporating Ishida’s pioneering Sentinel™ remote customer care software. This provides users with the options of automated daily reporting of production line data, remote interventions or a live performance monitoring service.

In addition, along with the proven robust construction of all Ishida weighers, the RVE WP models offer a unique ‘dew sensor’ and ‘temperature sensor’ option for the live monitoring of moisture ingress or extreme temperatures during production. Any problems, for example caused by a door cover left open or the failure of a loadcell membrane, will be immediately detected and flagged up on the weigher’s Remote Control Unit (RCU) or as part of Sentinel™ monitoring. This allows fast intervention to protect companies against unnecessary downtime and help deliver enhanced maintenance and longer machine life.

The weighers also feature a new high-processing speed ROHS-compliant RCU (Remote Control Unit), with intuitive simple-to-use controls for fast set-up and adjustments. The clear and easy-to-read screen prevents operator errors and simplifies procedures to help minimise downtime and maximise production efficiencies. Plug and play USB data import/export and Ethernet connectivity

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DLM delivered a custom built 14t Telemetry Tensile Link to Adventure Park

Dynamic Load Monitoring Ltd. (UK) - DLM have delivered a custom built 14t Telemetry Tensile link to an adventure park with the fastest zip wire in the world and the longest in Europe. The park will be using the link to measure tension on wire rope. The link, which is assembled at the start of the zip wire, is implemented as a safety factor to measure the peak load that can be applied to the zip line. Using internal strain gauges the link will measure the load and then wirelessly transmit this information across a distance of up to 2.4miles to a display at the end of the zip line.

DLM Tensile link pictured above was built with a Peli case display and transmitter box to house the long range telemetry electronics. The unique feature about this product compared to our standard 14t telemetry tensile link is the range that stretches over 2.4miles in comparison to our standard 200m range. The product underwent numerous range tests locally in the New Forest before it was delivered to the park last week.

Mike Sprague, Operations Manager at DLM comments “The customer first came to us with a brief spec of what they needed to achieve, following which we set about adapting one of our standard products to ensure the load could be read on a Peli case display up to 2.4miles away. It is really exciting to see our load cells being used for different applications, being able to solve the clients’ problem and deliver a first class product to their specification. We can’t wait to see the pictures of the load cell in use!”

“DLM specialise in custom building not only load cells but also load monitoring and electronic systems to client’s exact requirements. Our multi skilled engineering team consist of electronic, mechanical and systems engineers with over 40 years of combined designed experience in a multitude of industries including lifting, offshore, oil and gas, subsea and industrial”, they concluded.

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New White Paper from Mettler Toledo about the Influences on Mass Calibration

METTLER TOLEDO (Switzerland) - METTLER TOLEDO’s new White Paper "Influences on Mass Calibration" explains how multiple physical influences can affect the accuracy of daily weight calibration measurements. Recognizing how to control or correct for these factors is vital in minimizing the uncertainty of measurement and obtaining reliable calibration results.

This White Paper explains how to make accurate daily weight calibration measurements by minimizing the associated uncertainty. The extent to which a number of physical influences can affect the weighing performance - and therefore the measurement accuracy - is often under-estimated or unaccounted for. This can lead to uncertainties which do not fulfil the requirements of the applied regulations.

In order to achieve reliable and accurate mass measurement, environmental influences sources should be analyzed, so that influences can be reduced where possible. Recognize how to control or correct for the effects of these influences (e.g. air buoyancy correction) in order to generate higher accuracy measurements with confidence. This leads to generation of more reliable calibration results, and full compliance with industry regulations.

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Free Webinar: X24 ATEX / IECEx Wireless Telemetry Sensor System

Mantracourt Electronics Ltd (UK) – Free webinar which explains how Mantracourt’s new X24 ATEX / IECEx wireless telemetry sensor system can provide a complete solution for hazardous application needs, on 2 Aug 12pm London Time and 15 Aug 5pm London Time. Duration: 30 mins.

“Our intrinsically safe electronics, which have been approved for ATEX / IECEX Zones 1 & 2, are designed to run alongside our tried and trusted T24 wireless telemetry system to offer you a complete solution for your hazardous application needs”.

Kelly Voysey, Marketing Manager, and Jonathan Purdue, Sales Manager, will be presenting an informative 30 minute webinar on the new X24 product range with a live open-floor Q&A chat session.

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Minebea Intec PR 6212 Load Cell: No compromises where corrosion protection is concerned

Minebea Intec (Germany) – The PR 6212 from Minebea Intec is a state-of-the-art load cell. This corrosion-resistant product offers a long lifetime and ensures safer and more reliable processes in the chemical industry.

The new load cell PR 6212 from Minebea Intec now offers maximum resistance and precision for the weighing of tanks and vessels. The compact load cell is the only weighing technology product to be made from stainless steel 1.4418 and has proven(*) extremely corrosion-resistant. The smooth finish and lack of horizontal surfaces also provide additional corrosion protection. The manufacturer offers optional high-temperature versions or an additional protective coating for extreme environments.

“The load cell PR 6212 is the logical progression from our successful PR 6211,” explains Tim Schoppe, Product Manager for Process Vessel and Silo Weighing at Minebea Intec. “It enables measurement results in accuracy class C1 and maximum protection from corrosion. Its outstanding durability provides many benefits for users, for example by minimising downtime due to corrosion. The compact design enables quick and easy installation and its laser labelling guarantees long-lasting product identification. This is a significant advantage in the challenging environments typical of the chemical industry.”

Minebea Intec also thought outside the box when it came to the development of a new mounting kit. While the load cell PR 6212 is fully compatible with all the mounting kits from the tried-and-tested 6011 range, with the new mounting kit PR 6012 users benefit from an innovative complete solution. Thanks to the integrated jack-up function there is no need for external lifting devices and even a load cell dummy is no longer required. There is an integrated constrainer to protect against unwanted forces. A long lifetime is a priority here too. The inverted installation of the load cell prevents fluid build-up and provides additional corrosion protection.

(*)Its corrosion resistance is demonstrated in the endurance test in the ‘Load cell PR 6212’ video below.


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