Friday, September 22, 2017

Thames Side Sensors obtains ISO9001:2015 Certification

Thames Side Sensors Ltd (UK) – Thames Side Sensors Ltd. announced that it is one of the first global load cell manufacturers to achieve certification according to the new ISO9001:2015 standard.

“This new certification represents our unrelenting commitment to continuous improvement of our processes and systems, which will ultimately benefit our customers and their own business success”, shared the company.

“For existing holders of a certificate according to ISO9001:2008, the deadline for compliance with the new version is September 2018 so Thames Side Sensors has been very proactive in achieving this upgrade - more than 1 year before the deadline”, they added.

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Precia Molen’s New R1TP Platform Scale

PRECIA-MOLEN (France) – “Weigh everything everywhere”.

“Many activities require transportable and resistant weighing devices that can be adapted to different requirements and working stations. In line with our latest innovations, our new R1TP platform scale offers the high manufacturing quality, accuracy and reliability you need without any compromise on design. A fine technical design that allows the R1TP to integrate into any work space whether on the floor or table-top”, explained Precia Molen.

R1TP: patented resistance:
The R1TP platform scale includes a brand new shock bumper system. Patented bumpers protect the load cell from possible overloads. R1TPs with 150kg capacity thus resist a vertical impact of 200 joules on the platform (10 joules are equivalent to 1kg falling 1 metre).

R1TP: a transportable weighing system:
“You require an accurate, reliable and above all transportable weighing device? The R1TP platform scale is for you! Weighing under 10kg and with minimal dimensions, you can take it anywhere you need”, stated the company. “Moreover it provides storage for the measurement cable and is fitted with handles for easy moves”, they added.

R1TP: a modular platform scale:
To meet the customer’s requirements and fit to their environment at best, the R1TP platform scales come into different versions. Is possible to choose the capacity (15kg to 150 kg) and weighing electronics: the R1TP can be connected to all PRECIA MOLEN indicators, whether i5, i20 and even i25 touch. The weighing electronics can be directly fitted to the R1TP, or remote column-mounted.

Numerous available options:
Various column heights and various fitting supports to fix the indicator directly onto the R1TP platform scale. The standard composite platform is coated with a stainless steel metal sheet. “A transparent version magnifies the product’s high tech design”, concluded the company.

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Sartorius Campus expands

Sartorius AG (Germany) – Official opening of the new manufacturing facility for laboratory instruments:
  • New building covering approx. 25,000 square meters
  • The largest single investment of Sartorius Campus totaling around 42 million euros
  • Building protected by special construction against vibration

With its new facility for the manufacture of laboratory instruments, Sartorius provides high-quality production conditions and an advanced, efficient work environment. The biopharmaceutical and laboratory equipment supplier officially opened its approximately 42-million-euro new building as part of Sartorius Campus in the presence of some 250 guests, including Lower Saxony's Governor, Stephan Weil, and the Mayor of the City of Goettingen, Rolf-Georg Köhler. Around 450 employees build laboratory instruments, such as balances, ultrapure water systems and moisture analyzers, at this facility covering about 25,000 square meters, or nearly 270,000 square feet, in the industrial zone of Grone in Goettingen.

The production facility, to which the State of Lower Saxony and the German federal government together contributed 4.2 million euros, represents the largest single investment of Sartorius Campus. On the whole, Sartorius is investing around 500 million euros in its Campus up to completion of construction scheduled for the end of 2018. The new Group headquarters will combine two Goettingen sites and, apart from providing more capacity for manufacture and administration, offers an attractive work environment. Moreover, the Campus grounds covering around 170,000 square meters, or 1,829,865 square feet, can be used to further expands its facilities.

The new building combines different manufacturing sites, formerly spread out at various locations, all under one roof: parts manufacture, prototype construction, calibration center, an extended vocational training workshop and an administration complex. Glass expanses of close to 7,000 square meters, or 75,350 square feet, provide plenty of daylight throughout all areas of the building; a modern office design permits efficient work. As highly accurate balances are also calibrated inside, the building is protected from temperature fluctuations and protected by a foundation isolated from vibration by decoupling.

At the beginning of this year, the building won the 2017 Engineering Award of the German Structural Steel Industry, "Ingenieurpreis des Deutschen Stahlbaues" in the category of high-rise building construction. The jury of the prize sponsor bauforumstahl e.V. lauded this construction as a symbol of the dynamics and solid quality workmanship of the laboratory balances manufactured at the facility. In addition, Sartorius is aiming to have this new building certified by the German Society for Sustainable Building, DGNB.

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Utilcell‘s VCAP Certificate was renewed

Utilcell (Spain) – Utilcell have renewed the VCAP (Verified Conformity Assessment Program) certificate, originally obtained in 2014, which certifies that their Production Quality System is suitable for the design, manufacture and sale of certified load cells under the demanding standards of accuracy and quality of NTEP (National Type Evaluation Progam) metrology approvals, thus meeting the requirements of the NCWM (National Conference on Weights and Measurements).

According to Utilcell “Few european companies have this VCAP certificate, which is recent and obligatory for the North American standards, so it positions us as a leading company with a clear vocation for the global supply of Load Cells, as well as its associated components such as Mounting Accessories, Junction Boxes and Weighing Indicators and Transmitters”.

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Hardy’s HI 1734-WS POINT I/O Weight Processing Modules Breathe New Life Into An Aging Machine

Hardy Process Solutions (USA) – Hardy HI 1734-WS POINT I/O weight processing modules were recently deployed to economically replace older analog strain gage conditioners used to measure force on a pipe extrusion machine. Immediately, the HI 1734-WS modules dramatically reduced calibration and set-up time versus the older analog strain gage conditioners.

With 96 channels of strain-gage inputs per machine, each with course and fine adjustment trim pots, hundreds of manual ‘tweeks’ were required using a small screw driver and steady hands to dial in the process. “By the time we are done with fine-adjustments on the 96th sensor, the first needed to be adjusted again”. Using the C2® weightless calibration of the HI 1734-WS modules, what used to be an almost perpetual process can now be done with a software command; calibration is automatically preformed at the click of a button. Likewise, the HI 1734-WS can also re-zero the equipment after drift occurs instead of arduously making manual adjustments with a screwdriver.

A second benefit is increased product quality and product consistency:
Replacing the 16-bit analog input modules with Hardy’s 24-bit digital solution not only improved resolution of the process by a factor of 200X, but the process also benefited from Hardy’s advanced digital filtering technique called WAVERSAVER® that virtually eliminates electrical noise and mechanical vibrations inherent to the equipment. The noise and vibrations were the source of constant erroneous readings back to the control system – causing the process to hunt for adjustments that weren’t necessary and ultimately caused deviations in pipe wall thickness. With greater resolution and the elimination of erroneous readings – wall thickness can now be controlled (using the same mechanics) to a level never seen before on the equipment.

“This module is exceptionally easy to mount, set up, calibrate, and maintain” says Timothy Norman, Product Development Manager for Hardy Process Solutions. The HI 1734-WS is a true weight processing module designed for POINT I/O systems, as opposed to passing raw A/D counts through to the PLC for interpretation as in competitive models. It is also easy to configure using a Rockwell Automation Add-On-Profile (AOP) and an easy-to-use Faceplate.

The HI 1734-WS is ideal for applications where fast, stable weight data and low cost of ownership are important. It is designed to be a high-performance replacement for analog transmitters with the advantages of noise filtering and vastly superior scale settling times. It is ultra-compact, reducing machine cost and control cabinet footprint. The module also includes Hardy Process Toolbox features: C2 weightless calibration, Integrated TechnicianTM system diagnostics, and WAVERSAVER immunity from mechanical vibration.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Trimble Introduces the Next Generation of Loader Onboard Scales for Aggregates

Trimble Inc. (USA) – Trimble LOADRITE L3180 SmartScale with Weighing Intelligence to Optimize Loadout, Track Productivity and Prevent Overloading.

With the next generation of loader scales, Trimble is significantly improving aggregates payload management. The LOADRITE L3180 SmartScale uses weighing intelligence to analyze the load, machine and its environment using solid state sensors for more accurate, precise and faster loading. It also connects machines and devices for the collection and syncing of loading data via built-in Wi-Fi and GPS connecting to the InsightHQ™ quarry reporting portal. InsightHQ consolidates live, operational information from Trimble LOADRITE devices on loaders, excavators and conveyors across the site, to provide near real-time productivity and performance reports for extraction, processing and load-out operations in quarries.

Reengineered from the ground up, Trimble's innovative, next generation loader scale platform features smarter weighing, smarter data management and a smarter interface. Intelligence in the weighing software and new hardware gives operators of all skill levels the ability to load faster and more productively than ever before.

"We took our 35 years of world-leading technical and domain expertise and challenged our team to deliver the ideal tool for the industry," said Johan Smet, general manager of Trimble's Aggregates Division. "The result is our most accurate and easy to use scale ever. Operators appreciate the confidence, independence and comfort it gives them, and managers value the cost savings and improved customer service."

Smarter Weighing:
The LOADRITE L3180 offers more precise weighing in a wide range of conditions including adjusting for rough terrain, operator technique and machine movement using new weighing intelligence algorithms. The system also includes digital CAN-bus sensors for noise immunity and ground slope compensation as a standard feature.

Smarter Data Management:
The L3180 now offers in-cab key performance indicators (KPIs), including ton/hour, tons and truck count to enable operators to monitor performance and achieve daily targets. When using Trimble's cloud-based InsightHQ quarry reporting portal, personnel can gain access to site production and operator performance KPIs on a desktop or mobile devices. Data is presented in dashboard or graphical formats, including a new loadout performance heatmap, powered by built-in GPS. Trimble provides data integrity by caching data locally and then syncing with InsightHQ.

Smarter Interface:
The L3180 features a 5.7 inch touchscreen display, which is twice the size of previous generation scale displays. Colorful graphics, cleaner interface design and the new touchscreen allow for faster menu navigation and interaction. New loading information detail including customer and product for each job can be customized on the interface by each operator to match their workflow and make it easier to see the right information for maximum productivity.

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Marsden Group’s New PT-450 Waterproof Pallet Truck Scale

Marsden Weighing Group (UK) – Marsden’s first fully waterproof pallet truck scale can be built to customer spec.

British weighing scales manufacturer Marsden Group has launched its first fully waterproof pallet truck scale - and it can be built bespoke to customers’ needs.

The stainless steel PT-450 is IP68 rated, and Marsden say it’s been built with some of the most challenging environments in mind.

The PT-450 is a result of enquiries from customers, who wanted a pallet truck scale that could be used outside or in damp environments, but still be easy to use and compatible with most pallet types and sizes.

The scale is built to order by the Rotherham-based company, and whilst there is a standard specification, the scale can also be manufactured bespoke to customers’ needs. Bespoke features available include alternative fork lengths and higher accuracies.

Features of the PT-450, and its IP68 indicator the I-400SS - also a new product for Marsden - include Tare, Gross, Hold, Accumulation mode and a 32mm LCD display. It is also unit switchable. Standard capacity is 2000kg, accurate to 500g.

Marsden’s Managing Director, Richard Black, said: “We are increasingly finding industrial customers want bespoke weighing scales, so our response to that is making our scales as customisable as possible. The PT-450 is not exception.

“The IP68 waterproof rating was also a must because there are so few affordable waterproof pallet truck scales on the market.”

Operations Director Mark Coates added: “Our first waterproof pallet truck scale is our most premium pallet truck yet. It’s perfect for challenging environments, it’s built to last and it’s easy to use.

“Pallet truck scales make weighing quicker and more convenient anyway - if the pallet truck is waterproof too, you have even more flexibility.”

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Lifting is going Wireless by Sensor Technology Ltd

Sensor Technology Ltd (UK) – New wireless control technologies are being adopted by manufacturers and users of cranes and other lifting equipment. Tony Ingham of Sensor Technology Ltd explains the advantages and looks at how the field is developing.

Most of us find it odd to look back five or ten years to when our home computers were tethered to the wall by a cable. Somehow we just accepted that the cable restricted the mobility of the device and lived with that limitation. Now, of course, it is completely normal to pull a mobile phone out of your pocket and dial up the internet so that we can look up obscure information, book tickets or connect with a computer many miles away.

In the industrial and commercial arenas, wireless technology has revolutionised many practices. Logistics companies now routinely track the progress of every single parcel in their charge; field engineers collect data from and send instructions to remote facilities such as water pumping stations; customer accounts can be updated in real time, etc.

However, there is another aspect to wireless technology that is less obvious to the general public, but which engineers and technicians are really coming to appreciate. This may best be described as ‘local wirelessness’ or ‘wireless LANs (local area networks)’. Basically these remove to the need to install and maintain wiring for control equipment fitted to machinery such as cranes, hoists, lifts and elevators.

Control technology is essential to many modern industries, as it is the only practical way to ensure reliable operation and high efficiency.

Handling products through a busy working environment whether it is a container port, manufacturing plant, warehouse, logistics centre or retail outlet involves making sure that materials handling is rapid, accurate and safe. This requires a control system that can handle huge amounts of data in real time, can safely operate heavy duty machinery, and if necessary withstand extremes of climate and environment. Further, as many operations now run 24x7 there are likely to be immediate consequences to breakdowns and other stoppages, meaning control equipment has to be robust and reliable.

However the basic principles of a control system are relatively simple. The rotation of drive shafts in the various cranes and other machinery can be used to collect load and movement data on each item being moved. Each turn of the shaft will progress the equipment’s operation forward or backward a small but consistent amount, and if you can also measure the torque (rotational strain) in the shaft you can calculate the weight of the load being transferred.

This raw data stream can be used to easily calculate operational information such as the amount of goods or product moved, the time to completion of each operation, and the destination of each load. It is also equally easy to convert this operational data into commercial information and safety reports that include cumulative operating hours, total load lifted and other statistics.

In the past taking measurements from drive shafts has been difficult, but TorqSense from Sensor Technology of Banbury, UK provides a perfect solution. Previously, it was necessary to install sensors in difficult to access parts of industrial machinery and wire them back into the communication network that connected with a computer for collecting and interpreting the data. And once installed, the wiring had to be protected from damage and replaced if it failed.

However TorqSense gets around this by using radio transmissions instead of wiring. Further, old fashioned torque sensors tended to be delicate because they needed a fragile slip ring to prevent the turning drive shaft from pulling the wiring out of place, whereas TorqSense uses a wireless radio-frequency pick-up head that does not need physical contact with the rotating shaft.

A practical attraction of TorqSense is that its wirelessness makes it ultra-simple to install and robust in use. Furthermore it is largely unaffected by harsh operating environments, electromagnetic interference, etc. It is equally at home measuring coal on a conveyor, working on a dockside crane weighing and counting containers or in any other lifting application.

TorqSense is proving popular with an increasing number of users across many fields - not only in lifting, but also in robotics, chemical mixing and automotive applications - almost anywhere that uses machinery with rotating drive shafts.

Sensor Technology has also developed a complementary range of sensors, which measures the straight line equivalent to torque. Called LoadSense, this too uses a wireless radio frequency pick-up to collect data signals from the sensing head and transmit them wirelessly to a receiving computer for analysis.

It is notable, that both TorqSense and LoadSense can be used in a fully wireless mode, but equally can be fitted into conventional cabled systems, so is easy to retrofit into existing control systems.

It is also interesting to know that LoadSense was actually developed at the behest of a particular customer, a helicopter pilot who wanted real-time and exact information about the weight of loads he was carrying from an underslung cargo hook. The issue for him was that he would invalidate his helicopter’s certificate of airworthiness if he drilled a hole in the fuselage for a cable, so he had to have a wireless solution. This application also required very robust hardware that could withstand heat and cold, extreme movements and shock loads and be unaffected by motor noise, radio interference etc – all characteristics that translate well into fields such as lifting, conveying and cranage.

TorqSense, LoadSense, wireless data transfer and communications are making an increasing contribution to the development of materials handling technologies. While they are ‘invisible’ to the casual observer, they have the capacity to revolutionise many aspects of lifting operations and to drive efficiency, reliability and safety to new levels.

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Leading Pallet Distribution Specialist Improves Loading Safety using Forklift Scales from Avery Weigh-Tronix

Avery Weigh-Tronix (UK) – Palletline, the UK's leading palletised distribution specialist, provides cost-effective, reliable pallet distribution to thousands of businesses and customer addresses every day. Using a network of hauliers and strategically placed hubs around the UK, the company delivers the highest levels of service with industry leading innovation. With safe operation at the forefront of their strategy, the need for safe loading and transportation of goods without affecting the speed, efficiency, or cost of pallet delivery, is paramount.

In January 2017, the company fitted 28 Avery Weigh-Tronix Forklift Truck Scales to a fleet of new Still forklifts at their central Hub in Birmingham. The scales allow Palletline Forklift operators to lift and weigh loads in one go. This streamlined process gives the operator the information needed to ensure safe positioning of the load on the upper or lower deck of the trailer.

Accurate weight readings with no extra steps:
The key objective is to ensure Palletline adhere to the RHA guidance that states no items over 400kg should be loaded on the top deck of a double deck trailer, as it could lead to uneven or unbalanced loads. Ray Engley MSoE MIRTE, Head of Technical Services at The Road Haulage Association comments: “The Road Haulage Association has published a guide to loading HGVs, called Safe and Secure, which is available online. This gives clear guidance that pallets weighing more than 400kg should not be loaded onto the top deck of a double-deck trailer unless there are bespoke securing measures. Our guidance is in line with safe practice and DVSA’s enforcement.”

Before investing in the forklift weighing system, Palletline would either use customer declared weights on packages, which are often guesstimates, or make repeat visits to a floor scale to check the weight of goods. Through several trials and investigations this was the only system Palletline could find which gave an accurate weight during operation at the lowest tolerance.

Richard Gutsell, Head of Hub Operations and Network Service Quality at Palletline comments: “Our old system of using a floor scale was time consuming. We had to bring the freight to the scale, stop to weigh it and then pick it up again. The new system allows us to weigh and lift in one step, while also keeping a running total of all weights.”

The forklift scales are mounted directly on the front of the forklift truck carriage, with a weight indicator in the cab of the truck. This arrangement allows the driver to clearly, easily and safely operate the scale system without interrupting their normal routine. Driverscan now lift, weigh, move and record a pallet in one operation, without additional steps.

Avery Weigh-Tronix fork lift scales are built with the tough warehouse and material handling environment in mind. The design features two metal plates coupled together with Weigh Bar weight sensors, which means no springs, hydraulics or flexures that can be easily damaged. Furthermore, the system monitors the orientation of the scale and maintains accurate weight readings even if the forklift truck is on unlevel ground, the mast is tilted, or the pallet load is o­ff centre.

Avoiding unsafe loads:
In addition to safe positioning of loads, the system allows Palletline to load vehicles to maximum capacity while staying compliant with GVW and axle weight requirements. As well as being a criminal offence which can attract fines and prosecution, unsafe loading can have a detrimental impact on the roadworthiness of vehicles – from braking systems to increased instability and wear and tear. With a network of over 6,000 vehicles, the potential cost of unsafe loading is huge.

Gutsell continues: “Our comprehensive focus on safety is integral to all we do. Our drivers are trained to the highest standards in the safe loading and unloading of freight and the new equipment from Avery Weigh-Tronix helps to make the process simpler and more accurate.”

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Monday, September 11, 2017

EXCELL Accounces it's ESW IP68 Waterproof Scale Series Obtain NTEP Certificate of Conformance

Excell Precision Co., Ltd. (Taiwan) – EXCELL, a global manufacturer and marketer of precision scales, announced that it completed testing on the IP68 Waterprrof Scale Series - ESW/ELW Plus and received the National Type Evaluation Program (NTEP) Certificate of Conformance for Weighing and Measuring Devices.

The NTEP was created in cooperation with the National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to provide a one-stop evaluation process that satisfies the initial requirements for the introduction of weighing and measuring devices in the U.S.

The certificate, No. 17-100, covers model ESW Plus & ELW Plus scales with both wired and wireless charging capabilities. This new certification makes EXCELL the only IP68 Waterproof scale manufacturer that can offer certification for the wireless charging capability.

"Our development team has worked hard to meet the requirements of what is, and continues to be, an important and evolving evaluation program in the U.S.," said C.C. Lo, President and CEO at EXCELL. "Through this process, our IP68 waterproof scale series have received NTEP certification and developed into even stronger, more functional products.”

"We are proud to include NTEP Certificate of Conformance for our IP68 Waterproof Scales as a demonstration of our quality standards and dedication to progress in EXCELL's excellence. The US customers can enjoy our innovative, one-of-a-kind IP68 waterproof scales now." said Jeff Chien, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at EXCELL.

NTEP tests new devices to a single set of standards, as outlined in Handbook-44, and the results are recognized by most states as well as local weights and measure jurisdictions. Handbook-44 provides recommended specifications and tolerances for testing weighing and measuring devices, providing all jurisdictions from states to counties, cities and localities a uniformity of weights and measures laws and methods of inspection. Products with a NTEP Certificate of Conformance assure these jurisdictions that devices being sold in their area are capable of meeting the requirements of fair trade.

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New Supplier Entry - Grand Rapids Metrology (USA)

Grand Rapids Metrology (USA)

Established in 1922, our core business has focused on providing our customers with prompt, professional, and precise Industrial Measurement Solutions. With five locations across Michigan, our team members work to meet our customer’s needs through our industry leading A2LA accredited ISO 17025 scope of capabilities. Whether you require repair, service, application sales and support, or custom engineering solutions, our experienced team of professionals can add value to any number of your Industrial Measurement needs.

Main Products/Services:
Product Categories: Metrology Equipment, Weighing Equipment and Heavy Capacity Equipment; Services: Calibrations & Repair, Scheduled Maintenance Agreements, Asset Management, Custom Engineered Solutions, Heavy Capacity Overhaul, and Rental, Etc.

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Address: Grand Rapids Metrology, 4215 Stafford Ave. Southwest, 49548 Grand Rapids, USA.
Phone: 8003485701
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VPG Onboard Weighing Introduces BinWeigh 03 Dynamic Weighing System for Waste Collection Truck Fleets

Vishay Precision Group (USA) – 4G Wireless Real-Time Data Transfer, Industry-Exclusive Early Hardware Failure Alerts and No Driver Input Requirements.

The VPG Onboard Weighing brand of Vishay Precision Group, Inc., industry experts in the design, manufacturing and sales of on-board weighing systems for vans, light commercial vehicles, heavy trucks, bucket loaders, and aircraft, today announced the global market introduction of its BinWeigh 03 dynamic onboard weighing system, approved for Class Y(b) use on waste collection truck fleets.

The BinWeigh 03 helps commercial and residential waste collection agencies to optimize service efficiencies via the accurate onboard dynamic measurements of individual bin contents, simultaneous to waste collection, with no driver input requirements. Its durable design features IP67 protection from dust and liquids. The system’s real-time high-speed data transfer capabilities, achieved via 4G wireless connection to GSM network, are accessible from virtually any location. The network also affords fleet vehicles the fastest Internet service speeds available at individual locations. An easy-to-read 7” wide in-cab touchscreen displays vital real-time information in multiple languages regarding overall BinWeigh 03 operating conditions. A series of 4.3" LCD rear status boxes offer similar visual references. The screens display all available data regarding an individual waste bin being lifted, as well as its RFID number; weight; working status; and customer credit control status. Data backup methods, including remote Cloud server, in-cab USB device, and in-cab SD card, are available as standard.

An industry-exclusive proactive alert feature ensures that each BinWeigh 03 system component is continuously monitored, both individually and collectively, to ensure its continued reliability. In the event of a potential component failure, the vehicle sends an automatic status report to the Cloud server, with an automated email alert sent to relevant personnel for real-time diagnostics. The alert may be further customized for supporting personnel roles (e.g., fleet manager, dedicated mechanic, etc.). This early warning of impending hardware failure can help to prevent route interruptions; reduce emergency maintenance costs; and avoid unwanted downtime. In addition, the BinWeigh 03 system allows for the real-time transmission of credit control statuses to a full authorized list of all bins associated with a single waste collection agency, including allowed vs. blocked bin statuses. As a result, a customer’s bin may be emptied within just minutes of payment processing. Live, mapped GPS vehicle localization and real-time location tracking further serve to enhance customer communications and efficiencies.

The BinWeigh 03 dynamic onboard weighing system is well-suited for municipal and private waste management companies, wheelie bin collection companies, and their associated fleet vehicles. The system is further configurable for split body vehicles, with added capability to prevent incorrect product from emptying into the wrong compartment. The BinWeigh 03 system may be also used as an optional drop-in replacement upgrade to the BinWeigh 02, allowing existing customers to benefit from an expanded array of next-generation features.

About VPG:
Vishay Precision Group, Inc. is an internationally recognized designer, manufacturer and marketer of: components based on its resistive foil technology; sensors; and sensor-based measurement systems specializing in the growing markets of stress, force, weight, pressure, and current measurements. VPG is a market leader of foil technology products, providing ongoing technology innovations in precision foil resistors and foil strain gages, which are the foundation of the company’s force sensors products and its weighing and control systems. The product portfolio consists of a variety of well-established brand names recognized for precision and quality in the marketplace.

About VPG Onboard Weighing:
VPG Onboard Weighing is a brand of Vishay Precision Group, Inc. and is a recognized leader in the design, manufacturing and sales of on-board weighing systems for vans, light commercial vehicles, heavy trucks, bucket loaders, and aircraft. It is one of the largest global manufacturers of onboard weighing systems with direct sales offices in 10 countries across North America, Europe and Asia and an extensive dealer network - providing sales, service and installation. R&D is located in the UK and in the USA, and is staffed by electronic and software developers, and mechanical CAD designers. VPG Onboard Weighing continues to innovate and develop new products to satisfy the ever-evolving needs of its valued customers.

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

New Supplier Entry - Brosa AG (Germany)

Brosa AG (Germany)

With the goal of bringing quality and durable products on the market, BROSA has been developing force measuring sensors and pressure transducers since 1935. BROSA is specialized in developing and manufacturing customized sensors. We create solutions for new purposes and customize our sensors to the requirements and needs of each client for this purpose.

A production depth of over 95% enables us to ensure high quality standards both in mechanical production and with self-made electronic components. Our entire value chain is certified in accordance with ISO 9001 for quality and ISO 14001 for environmental management in regular audits by independent bodies.

Our safety-relevant sensors are available in ATEX design and with performance level c/d or SIL 1/2. When used in higher-level systems according to DIN EN ISO 13849-1, our sensors can even achieve PL e/SIL. 3 Several offices and partners exist in different countries and regions so that BROSA can react faster and better to the wishes and needs of its customers.

Main Products/Services:
Force Measuring Pin, Tubular Load Cell, Tension Load Cell, Force Sensors washer Rod End Load Cells, Compression Load Cells, Angle Sensors, MEMS, Etc.

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Adam Equipment Introduces New ABL Semi-Micro Balances

Adam Equipment (UK) – High-precision balances now available in the United Kingdom, Europe and Latin America.

Adam Equipment, a leading manufacturer of scales and balances for professionals worldwide, announces the availability of its new ABL series of semi-micro balances in the United Kingdom, parts of Europe, and Latin America.

ABL semi-micro balances meet the exacting standards of accuracy and precision for high-tech labs. These five-place dual-range balances have capacities up to 220g and readability to 0.01mg, making them ideal for advanced, complex applications.

Available in two models, the ABL features a streamlined design and 80mm round pan:
  • ABL 125 has capacities of 42g / 120g and readabilities of 0.01mg / 0.1mg.
  • ABL 225 has capacities of 82g / 220g and readabilities of 0.01mg / 0.1mg.
Repetitive sample weighing becomes less cumbersome with ABL’s simple operation. Results are clearly visible on the large, backlit graphic display and can be saved via the RS-232 interface. A built-in database stores up to 99 formulas, including 20 ingredients or steps for each formula.

The ABL is well-suited for use in product testing and quality assurance labs that need to meet stringent standards. ABL provides GLP-compliant printouts with date and time for traceability. For consistent results and exceptional precision, ABL offers selectable digital filtering to minimise the effects of vibrations or other disturbances.

Both internal calibration and external calibration are standard on both models, allowing for verification and adjustment of the balance. ABL balances also offer internal automatic calibration, which the balance user can set to be performed at predetermined times or to compensate for ambient temperature fluctuations. A technical calibration capability allows the balance’s internal weight to be fine-tuned, ensuring proper functioning.

With below-balance weighing capability, ABL can perform density determination and specific gravity measurement.

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Monday, September 4, 2017

Straightpoint Load Cells provide Data for Ship-to-Shore Crane Project

Straightpoint (USA) – Lifting Gear Hire (LGH) provided 16 wireless compression load cells from Straightpoint to perform benchmark weighing as 10 ship-to-shore cranes were raised 10m by Shanghai Zhenhua Port Machinery Company (ZPMC) at Port of Los Angeles in August.

The 150-metric tonne capacity load cells combined to weigh one Noell ship-to-shore container handling crane, originally estimated to have a weight of 1,350te, and provide benchmark data before it and nine other cranes were to be raised to accommodate larger ships calling the port.

The project, managed by ZPMC North America, involved raising the cranes and inserting longer leg sections; it was a collaborative effort between the crane’s original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and ZPMC. Structural fabrication of the new leg sections and frame bracing was accomplished at ZPMC’s Shanghai facility.

Rick Pope, vice president at ZPMC North America, explained that a key part of the project included benchmark weighing of one raised crane to determine the new, as-built weight and center of gravity. He said: “From this data, the crane OEM calculated the required concrete ballast that needed to be added to establish the crane’s designed operational center of gravity and stability. The results became the basis of ballasting for the other cranes being raised.”

The weighing procedure included lifting the crane utilizing ZPMC’s self-propelled modular trailers, placing the load cells in pairs under the eight intermediate gantry equalizers on specially designed pedestals, and lowering the crane down to rest on the load cells. The crane was lifted off the load cells between trials to allow for three distinct weighing evolutions.

The initial as-built weight of the crane as provided in historical documents was 1,185te. Post-construction weighing indicated the raising added 193te, for a total pre-ballast weight of 1,378te. Concrete ballast was added according to OEM specifications and resulted in a post-ballast weight of 1,414te and shift of the operational center of gravity approximately 1m toward the rear of the crane.

LGH also provided a rugged SP wireless tablet with data logging software and USB wireless base station. The data logging software provided user-configurable screens, recording the physical location of the load cells and collection of data. Center of gravity software collected data over three trials of weighing to calculate an average. A report was automatically created upon completion of the tests, including each load cell’s load, location, calculated center of gravity and standard deviation of weight data.

John Molidor, director of projects and market development at Straightpoint, said: “It was great to witness the application in person and get a first-hand impression of the 16 load cell system delivering safety and accuracy to such a landmark project. We enjoyed working with LGH and ZPMC North America to deliver the state-of-the-art solution.”

The weighing procedure included lifting the crane utilizing self-propelled modular trailers.

Load cell placement.

The load cells were placed in pairs under the eight intermediate gantry equalizers on specially designed pedestals.

LGH provided 16 wireless compression load cells from Straightpoint.

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