Wednesday, January 17, 2018

HBM’s New Ultra-Robust WTX110-A Weighing Terminal

HBM - Hottinger Baldwin Messtechnik GmbH (Germany) – Complete Solutions in Weighing Technology: HBM Expands Its WTX Series with the New Ultra-Robust WTX110-A Weighing Terminal.
  • Ideally suitable for utilization in harsh environments and compliant with the stringent hygiene requirements of the food, chemical, or pharmaceutical industries
  • Convenient soft-key control through a high-resolution, 4.3-inch TFT color display
  • Ethernet TCP/IP ensures easy and secure remote access

HBM Test and Measurement has expanded its high-class WTX series with a new version for use with analog load cells - the new, legal-for-trade WTX110-A weighing terminal. The robust WTX110-A weighing terminal combines the key technical and legal features of cutting-edge and future-proof weighing electronics. All the housing versions offer the IP69K degree of protection and thus can be put to use in the harsh environments prevalent in the chemical or pharmaceutical industries. They comply with the stringent requirements for hygiene measures of the food industry.

The WTX110-A stands out for its tremendous user-friendliness. Its use on-site is significantly easier than conventional weight indicators due to its high-class, 4.3-inch color display and convenient soft-key control.

Well prepared for the future:
The WTX110-A has one particularly outstanding feature – it facilitates extremely easy configuration or calibration as well as other servicing measures. These can be carried out quickly and conveniently on site or in a distributed system using HBM’s PanelX weighing software. This enables, for instance, a remote calibration to be performed via the Internet quickly and cost-effectively. An encrypted connection ensures secure data exchange through (remote) access via both PanelX software and the WTX Mobile App. HBM is one of the first manufacturers of weighing technology products that offer this highly innovative option for future applications in the Industrial Internet of Things.

More than just components – complete weighing solutions from HBM:
The WTX110-A terminal is an all-rounder, which is ideally suitable for being combined with load cells from HBM’s range of products, thus, offering complete weighing solutions from a single source. Users have been benefiting from the many years of experience HBM has as the global market leader. HBM provides a complete and highly precise measurement chain, ranging from the load cell, through the electronics, to a secure remote access and service, all at a fair price.

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New Supplier Entry - Fobitec - Fotiadis Weighing Equipment (Greece)

Fobitec - Fotiadis Weighing Equipment (Greece)

Fobitec - Fotiadis Weighing Equipment is a private business located in Greece.

Our company operates since 1974 and we collaborate with different companies across the globe.

We are specialised in the design, manufacturing, service and repair of a wide range of weighing equipment for different industrial applications, producing products of high standards and guaranteed quality.

Our long experience and knowledge help us manufacture products that have rapidly become known nationwide and internationally and stand for the detailed design, excellent build quality, accuracy and durability.

All this combined with the consistency and the solutions given to each individual customer on special weighing applications make our products one the first choices of all professionals.

Main Products/Services:
Electronic and Mechanical Weighing Scales, Animal Scales, Packing Machines, Weighing Indicators, Weighing Load Cells, Hanging Scales, Cranes, Industrial Scales, Bale Pallets, Etc.

Contact details:
Address: Fobitec - Fotiadis Weighing Equipment, DA 9 Industrial Area, Sindos, 57022 Thessaloniki, Greece.
Phone: 0030 2310 795686
FAX: 0030 2310 795687
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New Automatic Volumetric Screw Feeder Combines Functionality and Affordability

Scaletron Industries, Ltd. (Canada) – Scaletron Industries, Ltd., a manufacturer of corrosion resistant digital and mechanical scales, feeders and batching controls, has introduced a new volumetric feeder. The new Model VMF-90A™ Volumetric Screw Feeder is designed for automated additive dosing in water and chemical treatment processes. The new feeder retains the functionality and user friendly features of the popular VMF-28 feeder, but has been re-engineered for cost-savings and versatility.

Ed Dougherty, Scaletron president, said the new VMF-90A feeder was developed in response to market demands for a highly functional yet affordable volumetric feeding device. He said that by changing many of the previous model’s standard features into optional add-ons, Scaletron was able to offer a high level of functionality in the VMF-90A at an affordable selling price. In Dougherty’s words, “We were able to offer the VMF-90A at an attractive price point by eliminating several features which had convenience value but didn’t effect function. For example, the steel base framework and the bag holder – both standard on the VMF-28 – have been removed to reduce cost.”

Dougherty further explained that besides enabling more attractive pricing, removing features like the mounting stand makes the VMF-90A feeder more flexible in terms of where it can be installed. He said, “The VMF-90A feeder is a compact unit that readily fits into confined workspaces where the previous model could not be used. So integrating the VMF-90A into existing feeder systems typically requires little to no redesigning, even when presented with limited installation space.”

For feeding dry powdered or pelletized materials, the VMF-90A feeder achieves feed rates of up to 10.19 cu. ft. per hour. The Scaletron unit uses gravimetric feeding enhanced with a built-in mechanical, cam actuated hopper agitator. The agitator continually conditions the material being added to promote uniform flow, a feature that is particularly useful when working with materials than tend to clump. If additional agitation is needed, Scaletron can add on an external vibrator.

Scaletron offers an optional “loss in weight" weighing system for applications where enhanced precision is required. This option comprises an integrated precision Scaletron scale utilizing four load cells and a Scaletron Model 1020-B digital scale controller. Scale accuracy is to within 1.0% of volume and 0.25% of weight. With this option, weight loss or gain is monitored in real time. Changes to an additive’s mass due to heat, moisture and other environmental variables, are detected and accounted for when metering and dispensing begins. Precise dosage amounts are then automatically adjusted to improve the accuracy of the feeding process.

With a corrosion resistant stainless steel frame, the VMF-90A feeder is rugged and durable. The stainless steel hopper has a capacity of 1.5 cubic feet. A stainless steel auger (0.50", 0.75" or 1.5" diameter) with bayonet style connection enhances a steady feed rate. The VMF-90A feeder is water and dust proof and controls are housed in a NEMA 4X, UL-approved enclosure.

The 90 VDC motor is right-angle geared and wash down ready.

The VMF-90A feeder is readily adaptable to small treatment systems being loaded from bags, or to large water treatment plants that load from super sacks or silos. The new Scaletron unit is designed for fast, easy attachment of accessories using Scaletron’s quick-clamp design. The VMF-90A is fully compatible with Scaletron’s line of digital indicators and controllers.

Among the numerous modular add-ons and accessories are FBIC bulk bag unloaders, 316 stainless steel or dry powder epoxy coated carbon steel construction, 316 stainless steel augers and overwind helix augers, SCADA programmable and HMI PLC touch screen motor controllers, dust collectors, feeder stands and more.

Scaletron volumetric screw feeders are designed to accurately dispense alum, carbon, lime, polymers, potassium, soda ash and other dry powders or pelletized materials into secondary processes.

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Precision Instruments Joins Northern Balance in the Gem Scientific Group

Northern Balance Ltd. (UK) – Leeds based Gem Scientific has acquired the ISO accredited weighing specialist Precision Instruments who will become part of the Gem Group with immediate effect. This is the third acquisition Gem have made within the past two years with the backing of investment partner Solingen Private Equity.

The acquisition of Precision Instruments allows Gem Scientific, through previous acquisition Northern Balance, to extend the capability of its calibration business, providing a competitive edge whilst offering a greater range of services and support to its customer base throughout the UK.

Established in 1970, Precision Instruments offers calibration, legal verification and sales of weighing equipment along with expert knowledge and service to the laboratory, medical, industrial and education sectors.

With over 45 years’ experience, Precision Instruments has built a strong reputation for its technical expertise, outstanding personal customer service and support throughout the whole service and calibration process.

Sam Jones, Managing Director of Precision Instruments said, “It is my pleasure that we can now announce our new partnership with Northern Balance, and becoming part of the Gem Scientific Group. The additional support from the experienced team at Northern Balance will allow Precision Instruments to continue its calibration, service, legal verification and sales of weighing equipment, whilst offering new services including UKAS calibrations and an enhanced product portfolio”

Northern Balance is one of the leading independent UKAS accredited balance and scales specialists in the North providing core solutions for the supply, service, calibration and repair of weighing equipment. They have maintained their UKAS accreditation for over 25 years and are one of the few companies to attain this high standard for on-site calibration of non-automatic weighing machines. They became part of the Gem Scientific Group in December 2016.

Gem Scientific has been supplying specialist laboratory products to the UK, Ireland and Europe for over 20 years and work collaboratively with the world’s leading brands and manufacturers to offer a comprehensive range of scientific consumables and instruments. Their attention to detail and responsiveness, along with knowledge of the marketplace has helped set them aside from the competition.

Justin Welton, Managing Director of Gem Scientific and Northern Balance said "This is a great opportunity for all the companies within the Gem Scientific Group to employ their respective expertise. The partnership between Northern Balance and Precision Instruments substantially enhances the Group’s ability to provide world leading brands of Weighing equipment whilst building on our reputation as one of the UK’s leading independent Weighing specialist offering impartial advice, quality products and first-class support.

Sam Jones will be taking up his new role as Technical Director for the Group and I very much look forward to welcoming Sam to the team and working with him to further to develop this marketplace.”

The latest acquisition by the Gem Scientific Group is part of an ambitious development plan to service the growing life sciences, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, education, manufacturing and medical technology sectors across the UK and Ireland.

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Straightpoint launches Multi Operation Survey System

Straightpoint (UK, Netherlands) – Load cell manufacturer Straightpoint (SP) has teamed up with measurement equipment specialist Tarka-Systems B.V. to add to its extensive range a product that can be left at a jobsite for a period of time and capture data from up to six monitoring devices.

The Multi Operation Survey System (MOSS) features six, 4-20 milliamp (mA) inputs that collect information when multiple types of data are required, captured by load cells, thermometers, anemometers and other technologies. The MOSS, boasting USB data storage capability, is typically applied where data needs to be gathered over a period of time, say, when conditions are likely or known to change.

Originally designed for the marine industry, where wind speed and sea state might be among variables, the product is provided in an IP67-rated, portable case, mounted on which are the connectors (also IP67 rated) that can be used while the case is closed, offering protection from the elements—even snow and ice. The MOSS has also been successful in construction and infrastructure applications where other demands are placed upon it.

David Ayling, director at SP, said: “It is both compatible with our range of force measurement products and suited to use in many of the environments where SP equipment is already commonplace. The SP brand is synonymous with technologically advanced, durable equipment and we look forward to opening new markets for Tarka’s innovative solution.”

The MOSS’s case provides readout, presentation and storage of multiple sensor signals and houses the system’s key components, including screen with user control buttons and battery supply with status display. The battery lasts for up to 24 hours but an additional power pack extends this to up to five days for applications where monitoring is required over longer time periods.

Henry Wijgerse, owner of Tarka-Systems B.V., explained that the product was to some extent conceptualised during his time at Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN), which is principally engaged in nautical research.

He said: “I spent over a decade working on oil rigs and ships, and detected a need to provide the market with the technologies that we were using to capture and then provide it with data. However, MARIN wasn’t interested in product centric initiatives—it was a research organisation—hence the formation of Tarka in 2011.”

Wijgerse added: “[Two years later] a customer from the salvage sector wanted a solution for gathering data about a stranded ship, including the draft, angle of wreck, water depth, and how deep the vessel was in the sand, so they could calculate the towing force required to complete a rescue. It wasn’t called the MOSS at the time, but our solution was the blueprint from which future innovations have been based.”

Ayling concluded: “Since we’ve introduced Mike Neal [product sales engineer] and Marcus MacDonald [machine shop supervisor] to the company, we’ve generated an increasing number of enquiries for custom products with autonomous logging, but it might not be practical to leave a laptop, for example, exposed to the elements. The MOSS fills that gap in our offering.”

Custom versions are available upon request.

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Ravas iForks 32: the Next Generation of Forklift Truck Scales

Ravas (Netherlands) – “iForks, the hugely successful RAVAS scale forks, are moving into their next generation! With only 52mm fork height and no external components on the fork shank, iForks 32 gets to look more and more like standard lift truck forks. The upgraded 3200 driver display offers attractive new features, like standard Bluetooth connectivity. Industry 4.0, here we come…”, shared Ravas.

Compact Lithium Ion batteries:
iForks 32 looks leaner than its predecessor: the big battery packs have been eliminated and replaced by more compact Lithium Ion batteries that supply the same capacity and more reliability. All scale components on the forks are now hidden below and behind the fork shoe, creating a slick, efficient look for iForks 32.

The changes to batteries and Bluetooth modules, and the elimination of the cover plates, leave no external components on the fork shank, making iForks 32 even more easy to fit onto fork positioners. And since machining of the fork shank is no longer needed, the structural strength of the forks has increased, making it possible to reduce the fork height to only 52mm. iForks 32 is now only marginally higher than standard lift truck forks.

New 3200 driver display:
The 3200 weight indicator offers interesting improvements, compared to the previous 3100. Its functions now include automatic tilt compensation, to automatically correct weight errors that occur when the mast tilts and the forks are not in horizontal position. And the 3200 instrument automatically logs tip loads and overload events.

Bluetooth 4.0 is a standard feature on the 3200, providing connectivity to PDA’s, tablets and smart phones. A RAVAS app is available from Google Play and the App store. It acts as a remote display and remote control for the scale, but also allows you to download data from the 3200 instrument and send it off via email.

iForks 32: all USP’s at a single glance:
  • Advanced 3200 driver display
  • No cabling, no external components
  • Standard fork shank, easy installation, fits on fork positioners
  • Forks are only 52mm high
  • Compact Lithium Ion battery packs
  • Automatic tilt compensation
  • Overload and tip load logging
  • Bluetooth 4.0 as a standard feature
  • With user and service app

The new iForks 32 Forklift Truck Scales will be available in 2018.

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Innovative Beehive uses Zemic Single Point Load Cells

Zemic Europe B.V. (Switzerland) – FPGA company developed an innovative beehive, they have called it HiveWatch. Zemic Europe developed and supplied FPGA company with a customized version of a single point loadcell for their beehive weighing system.

Load Cells used in beehives:
Zemic found it very interesting to help such an innovative company like FPGA company to develop their HiveWatch.

HiveWatch is an intelligent and efficient solution for the precise weighing of bee colonies. This system helps beekeepers to do their work more efficiently, precisely and without disturbing interventions with the bees.

FPGA and Hardware Design Services is a young and flexible start-up company that is specialised in FPGA and hardware design. The expertise within FPGA enables the customers' new products to be quickly introduced to the market, which differentiates them from other similar companies.

This vision matches very well with Zemic’s vision. As we strongly believe that our focus on creating value for our customers will help them to differentiate themselves in their market. Zemic Europe's slogan is therefore "We believe we make you stronger!".

How Zemic could help FPGA company:
All our products, from Zemic Europe and also from FPGA company, are designed with the intent to deliver important features and results to customers. This was the basis for FPGA company to develop the HiveWatch, an intelligent and efficient solution for the precise weighing of bee colonies. This is vital in understanding the exact state of each individual beehive.

Zemic Europe and worked together to develop a weighing platform and Zemic Europe worked out which loadcell was most suitable. A single point loadcell is modified and used in the new Beehive weighing system. Zemic has an R&D Department with more than 225 professional engineers which are able to develop custom made products.

About HiveWatch:
HiveWatch enables the weighing of all bee colonies at a fraction of the cost of existing digital bee weighing systems, and implements intelligent algorithms that make the analysis easier.

The HiveWatch offers the following benefits:
  • Alarm; Always informed HiveWatch notices when bees swarm, if there is threat from a thid party or when the food is running out. The beekeeper will be informed by SMS, phone or email.
  • Analysis; Compare and identify The scales comparison allows comparing bee colonies and detecting patterns of behaviour. Bee swarms and theft can be recognized.
  • Practical; Robust and reliable Maturity over 1 year with only 3xAA batteries. SIM card included, links worldwide with numerous mobile networks. There are no hidden fees for SMS/phone alarms.
HiveWatch allows the connection of up to eight scales to the radio station. The weight data are collected regularly and transferred to the web server over the mobile network at configurable intervals. In case of special occurrences such as bee swarm or prey, the transmission is carried out immediately so that the beekeeper receives an alarm within a few seconds. The beekeeper can view the data of the bees from any location via the HiveWatch application and make configurations (transmission interval, alarms, etc).

Different beekeepers are very enthusiastic about the possibilities of the HiveWatch.

Single point loadcells by Zemic Europe:
Zemic Europe is a center of competence in the area of designing and manufacturing of load cells, straingages and miniature sensors. We have the production facility to accommodate small batches of sample pieces or to mass produce millions of miniature sensors.

Single Point Load Cells can be used for a variety of weighing functions but their most common application is found in most small to medium sized platform scales. Zemic Europe defines maximum plattform sizes from 200x200 mm up to 1200x1200 mm. The maximum platform size is of course restricted according to the capacity of the loadcell - available from 300 grams up to 2000kg.

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MRO HAECO Americas Chooses Intercomp Aircraft Platform Scales

Intercomp Company (USA) – Intercomp announced the order of AC60-LP platform scale systems for multiple HAECO Americas MRO locations. The MRO evaluated other scale systems, and selected Intercomp’s latest low-profile aircraft scales because of the high quality of scales and accessories, solid-state technology, and ease of use. The fully electronic, certified intrinsically safe AC60-LP low profile platform scales provide unequalled accuracy and repeatability required for weight & balance operations.

Operating as part of the HAECO Group, HAECO Americas provides airframe and engine services, and cabin refurbishment services at multiple locations in the United States. HAECO has used top-of-jack methodology in the past for weighing operations, and the rapid deployment and weighing capabilities of the AC60-LP aircraft platform scales offer the MRO benefits with efficiency and less time for the weighing procedure.

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Hardy Integrated Panel Solutions Simplify Complex Weighing Applications

Hardy Process Solutions (USA) – Hardy Process Solutions’ new Integrated Panels help solve complex weighing applications with easy to configure and order solutions. Manufactured in the USA in a UL508A Certified Panel Shop in type 4 or 4X enclosures, Integrated Panels accommodate weighing instrumentation and peripherals including buttons, switches, relays and summing cards.

Integrated Panel Solutions (IPS) are delivered in a variety of materials, shapes, and types with technically advanced weighing instruments complete with a wide range of interface options for automation and process control systems. With features such as push buttons, switches, relays and tower lights built in, IPS are easy to integrate into complex industrial manufacturing operations.

“Hardy supports most major industrial protocols and are Rockwell Automation’s only weighing partner to achieve the Premier Integration status (the highest level of integration with Rockwell Automation® ControlLogix® and CompactLogix® systems)”, explained Hardy Process Solutions.

“Hardy delivers turnkey solutions with fast turnaround times for customers' with complex weighing needs,” said Tim Norman, product manager instrumentation for Hardy Process Solutions. “We simplify integration into their manufacturing system, saving time in configuration and installation, enabling customers’ to get up and running faster and with just one supplier.”

Each IPS includes:
  • One or more Hardy HI 4050, HI 6500, HI 6500-XP, or HI 6600 series instrument configured with any number of options, mounted on DIN Rail in a hinged type 4 or 4X enclosure with the associated pass through glands for power, communications, up to four sensors and up to three output cables.
  • Optional pre-installed/pre-wired display mounted onto the enclosure door and located in the center of the upper half of the door allows an area for buttons and switches to be located in the lower half of the enclosure door.
  • Optional pre-installed/pre-wired Hardy HI6020 IT summing card with connectors mounted in the back of the enclosure on stand-offs, simplifying wiring for multiple load cells.
  • 22mm metal pushbuttons and associated indelible marking. Available buttons are currently Blue (reset), Black (zero) and White (tare) and are located in the bottom half of the enclosure door.
  • N position selector switch and associated indelible marking to indicate modes of operation for Gross or Net located in the bottom half of the enclosure door.
  • A 3-mode tower light wired to the instrument on the top of the enclosure.
  • Opto22 relay backplane to accommodate a large variety of relay choices in AC, DC, low and high current, mechanical and solid state

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Sartorius Research Xchange Forum 2018

Research Xchange Forum 2018 - March 20-21, 2018, at Sartorius College, Goettingen, Germany.

Promoting interdisciplinary exchange between science and industry on the topics of regenerative medicine and cell therapy: this is the objective Sartorius will be pursuing by hosting its second Research Xchange Forum on March 20 and 21, 2018, at Sartorius College in Goettingen.

Experts from the biotechnology sector will report on the new developments in cell therapy. Sartorius has gained guest speakers Dr. Priscilla N. Kelly, editor of the journal Science, and Dr. Stefan W. Hell, the winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2014 and a professor at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry.

As part of the Forum, the Sartorius & Science Prize will be conferred, which Sartorius together with the scientific journal offers to recognize research contributions made in regenerative medicine and cell therapy. The prize winner and the three finalists will present on their research results.

Who Should Attend: This forum is ideal for professionals of these areas:
  • Pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical companies
  • Universities and research institutes
  • Contract services and research laboratories
  • Government testing agencies

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METTLER TOLEDO launched its New XPR Precision Balances Range

METTLER TOLEDO (Switzerland) – New Innovative Precision-Weighing Solutions Offer Top Speed and Accuracy in Tough Environments.

METTLER TOLEDO is pleased to launch its new range of flexible XPR precision balances. These balances are designed to speed up weighing processes and simplify sample preparation—even under challenging conditions.

Lab operators around the world know that a small mistake in weight value can become magnified in subsequent analysis steps. This makes getting weighing right the first time key to analytical success. Efficient weighing also saves time and lets users focus on the analysis. New METTLER TOLEDO Excellence XPR precision balances go beyond weighing to support the kind of process efficiency that enhances accuracy, reduces rework and lowers costs thanks to features such as user guidance and sample ID management.

New XPR balance models also include the SmartPan™ weighing pan. This innovative pan delivers results in half the time by minimizing air-current effects on the weighing cell for significantly shorter stabilization and better repeatability—even when weighing in a demanding environment such as a fume hood, production environment or high-traffic area.

Normally, particularly at very low minimum weights, a draft shield is needed to produce accurate results. However, opening and closing draft-shield doors adds procedural steps, while reducing them increases speed and helps to protect operators from repetitive-motion injuries. Under standard conditions, even a 1 milligram XPR balance with SmartPan can be used without a draft shield. In turbulent conditions, these sensitive balances can be used with the draft-shield doors open.

XPR precision balances remove the guesswork from sample handling by guiding users through the weighing process via built-in applications or saved customized methods. The results of each step are displayed on the balance notepad, where users can add comments and export data, and the ability to print barcode-ready labels ensures results are attributed to the correct step. This avoids sample mix-ups, ensures accurate formulation and creates process traceability.

SmartPan’s extraordinary repeatability means results are delivered up to twice as fast even when weighing under challenging conditions such as a fume cupboard, production environment or high-traffic area.

Under standard weighing conditions, even a 1 miligram readability XPR balance that incorporates SmartPan can be used without a draft shield. In the turbulent conditions of a fume cupboard, you can weigh-in on these sensitive 1 miligram balances with the draft shield doors open and still benefit from outstanding repeatability.

Built-in applications guide users through their weighing processes. Customized methods can be saved and recalled later to provide consistency.


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Minebea Intec expansion in France

Minebea Intec (France) – Leading industrial weighing and inspection equipment supplier Minebea Intec had expanded its presence in France with the acquisition of two local weighing specialists last year – the integration of which into Minebea Intec France has now been completed.

Minebea Intec, one of the world’s leading providers of weighing and product inspection solutions, has now fully integrated all activities of the French industrial weighing specialists Aaz Pesage and Centre Pesage into its French operations. Going forward, all business will be carried out under the name Minebea Intec France. As noted by Isabelle Baumlin, Minebea Intec’s Country Manager for France, “this is an important step in Minebea Intec’s ongoing development of its weighing and inspection business in France, and we are delighted to have completed this process”.

Minebea Intec France’s range of products and services includes truck scales, platform scales, vessel and silo scales, checkweighers, foreign body detectors, process software and calibration, and maintenance and repair services. With a total staff of 170 spread over eleven locations, and with eleven distribution partners, Minebea Intec France is close to its customers wherever they are located. The company is Cofrac-accredited in accordance with ISO 17020 for legal in-service inspection of weighing instruments up to 300 tonnes, and has an accredited calibration laboratory in Chartres for weights and weighing instruments. It has 90 technicians and ten trucks serving the French market, each truck equipped with 50 tonnes of weights for calibrating truck scales.

On a global scale, Minebea Intec continuously invests in the development of leading technologies for improving the reliability, safety and efficiency of production and packaging lines. Via its world-wide presence, they stand beside their customers around the globe and through the whole life cycle of their products and solutions: from assistance with selecting the right equipment, design-in support, installation and calibration and maintenance and repair services, up to realizing equipment upgrades and refurbishments and providing user trainings. These factors, and the company’s placing of customer and partner needs at the heart of all activities, enable it to continually cater to market requirements in the best way possible.

All this, and 50 years of local experience, makes Minebea Intec a strong partner in the French market.

Isabelle Baumlin, Country Manager Minebea Intec France

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

New ATEX Terminal from RADWAG - Model HX5.EX

RADWAG Balances and Scales (Poland) – HX5.EX is an indicator intended for industry. It represents the newest RADWAG-manufactured equipment designed to be used in areas endangered with explosive atmosphere. HX5.EX is compliant with ATEX directive.

The indicator is a device intended to be used in environment filled with explosive gases and dust, it can be operated in zones: 1/21 and 2/22.

Indicator Models - There are 4 different models:
  • PUE HX5.EX-1: 2 × RS232, RS485 - standard design
  • PUE HX5.EX-2: standard design + 4I/4ยบ
  • PUE HX5.EX-3: standard design + 4I
  • PUE HX5.EX-4: standard design + 4O

  • The housing is made of AISI 304 stainless steel of high protection class: IP66 / IP68 (up to 1.5 m immersion).
  • The indicator features 5" colour LCD display covered with polycarbonate that protects it against shocks, and membrane keyboard. Ease of operation, clear menu and intuitive information arrangement on the display guarantee comfort of operation.
  • Hermetic intrinsically safe interfaces connectors are located on the back side of the housing. Stable mount bracket enables mounting the indicator either on any flat horizontal surface or on the wall where its inclination angle can be easily adjusted.

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Ishida Weighers first choice for Salad Success

Ishida Europe Ltd. (UK) – Advanced Ishida weighing technology has played a key role in the success and growth of specialist salad producer Bryans Salads, based in Tarleton, Lancashire.

Nine Ishida multihead weighers, including three recently-installed from the company’s latest state-of-the-art RV range, are weighing a wide variety of salad products, packed into both bags and salad bowls, delivering excellent accuracy, speed and reliability.

A family-owned and run business, Bryans Salads is a BRC Grade A V7 supplier of pre-packed salads and vegetables to both the retail and foodservice sector. With orders received one day for delivery the next, a fast and reliable weighing and packing operation is absolutely essential to the business.

“When we first started our own processing and packing, we selected a different weigher but realised the error of our ways!” comments Jon Bragg, the company’s Chief Operating Officer.

“Our experience has been that Ishidas are the best multihead weighers – if you are going to buy one, they are the ones to choose. Selecting Ishida over the competition is a bit like choosing a Porsche in preference to a Ford.”

The weighers are handling a wide variety of pack sizes, ranging from 90g to 250g for retail and 250g to 1kg for foodservice, with accuracy to within 2g on a typical 100g pack of mixed leaves. Packing speeds are dependent on the capability of the bagmaker and the nature of the product – heavier items fall more quickly into the bag – but average speeds are around 40 packs per minute.

Four of the Ishida weighers are operating across two salad bowl packing lines. On each line, one weigher is dedicated to a base leaf mix and the other to a topping, such as mixed peppers. A dipping funnel beneath the weighers empties first the leaf mix before the bowl moves forward to accept the topping.

The weighers are working in excess of 12 hours every day. As well as their accuracy and speed, Jon Bragg cites their reliability and ease of use as major benefits.

“The Ishidas are literally plug and play – you switch them on and they continue to operate consistently and reliably, so we experience minimal downtime. And the touch screen means set-up and operation are very simple to perform.”

The weighers undergo a deep cleandown at the end of each shift, with their waterproof construction and removable parts enabling fast and hygienic cleaning.

“The weighers have proved an excellent long term investment,” concludes Jon Bragg. “Evidence of their longevity is the fact that when cleaned, our 2009 models look just as good as the more recent additions.”

Bryans Salads first diversified into the production of ready-prepared salads in 1997 and remains the only UK grower to supply its own lettuce, with most of its crops grown within a one mile radius of its processing site. Today the company processes around 350 tonnes of product every week. Its recent success had led to a huge growth in turnover since 2009, up from £3.8 million to £30 million today.

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

PT Limited announce PT600 Series Advanced Digital Indicators

PT Limited (New Zealand) – PT Limited, a load cell and weighing equipment manufacturer announced the launch of their latest range of digital indicators. The PT600 series are advanced, high-quality general purpose weighing indicators. All are housed in durable IP67 stainless steel and OIML approved. Easy & practical to operate, each has a wide angle LCD display with multi-colored backlight, 22mm main digits, and 8mm alphanumeric character/digits.

Ideal use for applications such as process and industrial weighing (silos, tanks, hoppers), bagging, filling, weighbridges, food processing and hygienic installations as well as general harsh conditions and livestock/dynamic weighing.

PT610 | PT620 | PT630:
  • IP67 rated
  • OIML approved
  • 6 languages - English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Turkish
  • Setpoint storage up to 500 sets Electronic calibration - no test weights needed!
  • Wall, desk, and panel mount options
  • 2x RS232C, 1x USB, 1x RS485 data port standard digital I/O option for input and control.

PT610 & PT630 Integration Options:
  • Profibus
  • Profinet
  • CANopen
  • Ethernet TCP/IP
  • EtherNet IP
  • EtherCAT
  • CC-Link
  • Powerlink Modbus RTU/TCP
  • Analogue outputs

PT620 | PT630:
  • Pre-tare value storage up to 500 values
  • Piece counting and totaling filling, check-weighing and classifying firmware standard.

  • Touch-free IR keys (two keys)
  • Ideal for food handling and dirty areas where not touching the indicator is ideal
  • Two platform weighing

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