Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Scotload launches Zone 1 Hazardous Area SmartLoad® Products

Scotload Ltd. (UK) - Scotload delivers improved operational safety with the launch of zone 1 hazardous area SmartLoad® products.

Scotload, part of James Fisher and Sons plc, announced the launch of the newly certified SmartLoad 1Ex® wireless product range. Incorporating the innovative and award-winning SmartLoad® wireless technology, the newly extended suite of hazardous area products features advanced functionality which benefits clients across a range of safety critical industries.

The newly ATEX and IECEx certified zone 1 products include the SmartLoad® handset and wireless transmitter, which have been approved for use with Scotload's load cells, load pins load links, load shackles and line tension monitors.

The ATEX and IECEx certification also includes three standard battery sizes, meaning users are able to change batteries directly within zone 1 and 2 hazardous environments, significantly increasing usability and driving operational efficiency. Scotload is the first company to ever provide this functionality for customers operating in hazardous environments.

Describing the benefits of SmartLoad®, Simon Everett, managing director of Scotload says: "The exciting addition of SmartLoad 1Ex to our already extensive portfolio of hazardous area products enables us to increase safety and efficiency for our customers operating in a number of critical work areas. By eliminating cables from critical work areas, we can help to reduce the maintenance costs associated with cable damage and improve the overall operational safety."

SmartLoad® includes numerous hazardous area display options including the ergonomically designed SmartLoad® handset featuring an intuitive menu driven display with individual load cell naming facility. Requiring only one handset to connect to any sensor, these simple plug and play products automatically detect all cells in range with a live simultaneous display of multiple cell data.

Adrian Coventry, engineering director at Scotload, explains the unique functionality of SmartLoad®: "We have designed the hazardous area Smartload to combine the latest wireless technology with ease of use and is fully compatible with existing equipment so it can be easily retrofitted, removing the need for expensive system upgrades. Being able to replace standard batteries in the hazardous area also ensures uninterrupted operation."

Working in partnership with sister company Strainstall, Scotload delivers improved operational safety to an array of complex load monitoring environments with its globally approved hazardous area product range.

"Our entire product range is fully compatible with ATEX and IECEx certifications for zone 1 and 2 classifications, with the North American certification pending. Once achieved, Scotload will be the only company to have gained certification for all three types of hazardous area legislation for its load monitoring products", Everett concludes.

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New Stainless Steel Hardy HI 6020IT and HI 6020JB Summing Box Models with Hazardous Area Certifications

Hardy Process Solutions (USA) - Hardy Process Solutions announces new stainless steel models in its HI 6020 Summing Box line with hazardous area certifications. Summing boxes are a critical weighing system component that distributes excitation voltage from up to four load cells, and transfers each load cell’s performance characteristics and weight signals to a Hardy weighing instrument.

The HI 6020 Junction Box is UL, CE, RoHS2 and REACH compliant and now is rated for installation in hazardous locations:
  • HI6020IT-SSX-Y and HI6020JB-SSX-Y models include : USL/CNL Class I, II, III, Div 1 Groups ABCDEFG intrinsically safe per Hardy drawings 0594-0007 and 0594-0008 (Drawings are available for download on the Hardy website)
  • HI6020JB-SSX-Y-EX and HI6020IT-SSX-Y-EX models: ATEX & IECEx Ex ia IIC T4 intrinsically safe per Hardy drawings 0594-0011 and 0594-0012 ATEX Certificate No. DEMKO 17 ATEX 1819; IECEx Certificate No. IECEx UL 17.0009
  • All HI6020IT and HI6020JB also meet: USL/CNL Class I, II, III, Div 2, Groups ABCDFG (except -EX versions). Fiberglass, painted steel and summing card options only carry the Class I, II, III, Div. 2 hazardous area certifications.
Hardy HI 6020 models use two core Hardy technologies: C2® electronic calibration and Integrated Technician® (IT). (C2® allows electronic calibration without test weights. IT offers complete weighing system monitoring and troubleshooting.)

Weighing applications include:
Batching/blending, filling/dispensing, level-by-weight, inventory management and product inspection.

The HI 6020 Summing Box is available with a variety of options, including:
IT, trim pots (for non-Hardy load cells), and a NEMA 4X enclosure in stainless steel, painted steel, or fiberglass. A single HI 6020 Summing Box supports up to 4 load cells. To connect two HI 6020 Summing Boxes together to support between 5 and 8 load cells, Hardy supplies a TB6 Auxiliary connection between boxes. To support this feature, Stainless Steel summing boxes are available predrilled with six holes instead of the standard five holes.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Passing the Audit Risk-Based Process Verification with Mettler Toledo’s Good Weighing Practice

METTLER TOLEDO (Germany) - Do you have an informed response when an auditor asks, “Why are you using this weight to calibrate the scale?” Klosterfrau Healthcare Group always has a competent answer regarding their routine balance testing and weighing processes, making it easier for them to pass audits in the highly regulated pharmaceutical industry.

For more than 200 years, the German-based company Klosterfrau Healthcare Group has been developing, manufacturing and selling pharmaceutical products. Its portfolio combines traditional remedies with modern drug therapies and encompasses more than 30 brands and nearly 220 over-the-counter products.

At its Berlin site, the company runs state-of-the-art production lines. Scales and balances, whether in quality control or production, are an integral part of the process. Every piece of weighing equipment in use must be regularly calibrated and qualified to ensure regulatory compliance.

The challenge for Claudia Brostmeyer, Head of Quality Control at the Berlin site, is to ensure that all workplaces with their variety of processes and responsibilities calibrate and qualify weighing equipment according to stringent Good Manufacturing Practice and Good Laboratory Practice standards.

Running a compliant weighing station is more complex than it may seem. In addition to making sure that a scale or balance is suitable for the application, sound documentation must prove that suitability to auditors. Operators also must be trained according to valid standard operating procedures to ensure periodic equipment testing, calibration and qualification is done accurately.

When Brostmeyer learned about Good Weighing Practice™ (GWP®) Verification from METTLER TOLEDO, she immediately recognized that this approach would make her life easier. “GWP is a well thought-out and accepted concept that provides a scientific basis for our weighing equipment verification needs,” she says.

After METTLER TOLEDO conducted a GWP Verification assessment at Klosterfrau’s Berlin site, Brostmeyer received a risk-based assessment and testing recommendations for each scale and balance.

“What I like about the verification document is that it clearly states whether the equipment is suitable for the given process. It also provides recommendations on which tests should be conducted at which intervals with which test weights,” says Brostmeyer. “That makes it easy for me to instruct operators and maintenance personnel on appropriate testing procedures.”

Shortly after METTLER TOLEDO verified the weighing equipment, a production audit put the new process to the test, leaving no questions unanswered.

About Klosterfrau Healthcare Group:
The Klosterfrau Healthcare Group is one of the most important German pharmaceutical companies and has almost 200 years of history. From the company center in Cologne, the production and distribution of over 220 products are directed.

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New C500 Series Indicators from Rinstrum

Rinstrum Europe (Germany) - Rinstrum announced the launch of the new C500 Series instrument family which is the culmination of 25 years of weighing design experience; bringing together the best of their indicator ranges into a compact weighing processor platform.

The C520 is a direct drop in replacement for instruments like the RANGER 5000, 5200, AND AD44XX, Mettler Toledo IND331 and HBM WE2110, WE2111.

With embedded Linux, Ethernet, USB Host, USB Device and 2 expansion slots for analogue output, isolated serial or direct I/O control, the C500 is designed to bridge traditional industrial control and modern IT communications.

Industrial protocols:
The C500 includes HBM AED, Rinstrum rinCMD, Modbus RTU, ASCII and TCP/IP.

With the Ethernet connection comes remote access capabilities through serial sockets, and an on-board embedded web server. Configure graphical application specific user interfaces to connect to any standard web browser.

User Programmable:
Unprecedented at this price point for trade certified weighing instruments is access to full application programmability. Custom applications are written in the scripting language Lua which is familiar to programmers used to mobile app develop, web apps and gaming platforms like Minecraft.

LUA-MAX fixed priced app development:
Rinstrum also offers fixed price application development on this platform through their LUA-MAX program. They take the design risk so the customer can quote custom applications with confidence that they won’t end up with a surprise development bill at the end.

  • The C520 has a high intensity 14-segment LED display and comes with integrated panel mount brackets and a desk stand
  • Multiple instruments can be locked together using the supplied brackets or you can fit an optional dust cover for desk mounting
  • Connect to industrial control networks via I/O, Analogue, Serial or Ethernet
  • Unmatched price point: List price 680€

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Ishida delivers total solution for Crisp Packing

Ishida Europe Ltd. (Czech Republic) – Ishida installed a complete potato crisp packing line at leading Czech manufacturer Petr Hobža, at its factory in Strážnice in the Czech Republic.

The fully integrated line comprises a 16-head Ishida CCW-RS-216B multihead weigher, and two Astro bagmakers, TSC-RS seal testers and DACS-G checkweighers incorporating Ishida’s unique IDCS data capture and production monitoring software.

The 16 head multihead weigher is operating in twin mode, with eight weigh and booster hoppers feeding each of the two Astro bagmakers. Handling two bag sizes of 60g and 175g, the line is achieving speeds of 180 and 110 packs per minute respectively, delivering pinpoint accuracy to within 0.1g of the target weight, with overall efficiency levels close to 100%.

While ensuring effective quality control monitoring for the integrity of each sealed bag, the Ishida seal tester also provides valuable feedback for the overall production of the potato crisps. A sudden difference in the amount of seal rejects may indicate that the tube size of the batch of potatoes has changed producing larger potato chips that can directly impact on the performance of a packaging system, and action can be taken immediately to adjust production accordingly.

This high level of monitoring is further supported by the Ishida Data Capture System (IDCS) which records and analyses data from every pack that goes across each checkweigher to provide fully customisable real-time production information and displays the line’s Overall Equipment Efficiency (OEE) in terms of availability, performance and quality.

The installed Ishida multihead weigher and bagmaker combination has been specifically designed for snacks applications. As well as the proven high accuracy of Ishida’s multihead weighing technology, the Astro bagmaker features servo-motors and software controlled variable seal time, jaw temperature and pressure for the effective sealing of each pack. In particular, stripping plates clear the seal area before sealing which ensures the highest pack quality, while servo driven and vacuum assisted pull down belts enable accurate and consistent bag lengths to optimise film use and pack presentation.

A user-friendly colour touch screen allows easy operation, self-diagnostics and simple and rapid transfers between bag types and film, all of which help to minimise the system’s downtime.

Ishida was always the first choice supplier for Petr Hobža.

“Ishida’s reputation for world-class snacks packing solutions is well established,” explains director Petr Hobža.

“The accuracy of the equipment alone fully justifies this. Practically zero giveaway is an essential requirement in an operation such as ours, where we are producing some 25 million packs every year.”

The reliability of the equipment is another important factor for a line that is in operation 16 hours a day, five days a week, while the local support provided by Ishida is a further significant advantage.

“Having a single supplier for the entire line who can respond quickly means that in the event of a problem, the issue can be speedily sorted so that the line is up and running again,” explains Petr. “It also means that we do not have to keep lots of spare parts on site as these can be supplied only if they are needed.”

The Strážnice factory produces around 600kg of crisps every hour, the equivalent of 10,000 60g bags, in a variety of flavours including salt, garlic, bacon, and pepper and salt. Changeovers between flavours is simple using the easy-to-use remote control unit on the weigher where all pre-set information is stored, while all parts of the weigher are easy to remove and replace for rapid cleaning.

As well as the complete line, Petr Hobža is operating a second Ishida CCW-216/Astro combination system and this line will also become fully integrated with the arrival of a further two seal testers and checkweighers later this year.

“As part of automating our processes, it is essential that we can ensure that every bag is accurately weighed and correctly sealed,” points out Petr.

“We are a family-run business and any investment has to come out of the income we generate,” he continues.

“That is why we select equipment such as Ishida’s which will deliver the best performance and the fastest return on investment and which will ensure we continue to achieve the high standards that have characterised our success to date.”


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New PW15iA Digital Load Cell from HBM

HBM - Hottinger Baldwin Messtechnik GmbH (Germany) - The “All-Rounder” for Automated Applications.
  • New digital load cell that comes in commonly-used standard dimensions
  • Integrated weighing function for checkweighing, filling, and batching
  • Highest possible degree of protection, IP68/IP69K

HBM Test and Measurement has launched the new PW15iA digital load cell, a practical multi-functional product for use, for example, in packaging machinery. Due to its commonly-used standard dimensions, the highest possible degree of protection, IP68/69K, and a wide range of digital special functions, the load cell is quickly ready for use, even in existing structures.

The PW15iA digital load cell is mainly used in packaging machinery. Since the load cell comes with many additional functions (e.g. checkweighing, filling, and batching), there is no need to develop them separately for the packaging machinery. This significantly reduces development time for the machine manufacturer.

The PW15iA’s dimensions and bolt spacing correspond to those of the “SP4M footprint” industry standard. This enables the load cell to be quickly integrated into existing systems, without any additional construction effort. The PW15iA is made of stainless steel and has the highest possible degree of protection, IP68/IP69K. Thus, the load cell withstands industrial cleaning and is corrosion-resistant.

The combination of the highest possible degree of protection, compatibility with industry-standard dimensions, and useful weighing functions allows the use of PW15iA load cells in many different applications, well beyond the field of packaging machinery—ranging from automated batching to underwater force measurement.

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

New Range of Stainless Steel Wireless Load Links Available Ex-Stock from LCM Systems

LCM Systems Ltd (UK) - As a result of working closely with industry and listening to the needs of users, load cell designer and manufacturer LCM Systems is pleased to announce the launch of their new WLL range of wireless load monitoring links, designed primarily for marine and offshore applications. Incorporating many new features, these stainless steel load links are one of the most innovative available on the market, with IP67 environmental sealing, 3.1b material certification, and a robust storage case supplied as standard. Also, having taken into account the short delivery times users of this type of load measuring equipment typically demand, all load ratings are ex-stock ready for immediate despatch.

Available in capacities from 5 tonnes to 100 tonnes, the all stainless steel construction provides corrosion resistance, while the dimensions have been matched to suit standard shackle sizes to ensure suitability for a wide range of under-hook weighing applications. With safety and traceability becoming ever more important, users can rest assured, as the WLL series fully complies with the European Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC.

Because these load links will be used in challenging and exposed environments, the design team at LCM Systems have utilised their unique telemetry housing that is robust enough to withstand day to day operational requirements, does not degrade in sunlight, yet is compact and light. The antenna is completely enclosed within the housing to protected it from damage, while two clips enable you to open the housing to access and change the batteries without the need for any tools, leaving the electronics safely sealed underneath. The load links have a transmission distance of 600 metres (clear line of sight) and are capable of more than 300 hours’ continuous use with AAA 1.2Ah batteries.

The WLL series is also supplied as standard with a T24-HS-LS handheld battery powered indicator that can display in both tonnes and lbs, or alternatively, an optional T24-HA handheld display can address up to 12 load links for individual monitoring or for summation applications. For more complex systems, including data logging or monitoring/reporting requirements, a robust tablet PC with installed software is available for use with single or multiple load link installations.

Supplied in a quality, lockable moulded polyurethane transit case that is highly durable and impervious to most chemicals and moisture, the WLL load links are fully protected when not in use and during transit. The robust construction of the transit case means that it will not dent or rust, and as it also features pre-cut foam inserts, the load link and handheld display will always remain securely in place.

Steve Sargeant, Managing Director said “Although we have sold aluminium load links for many years, we have on multiple occasions been approached by customers looking for a more robust and heavy duty solution, particularly from those working within the offshore oil and gas sectors. Being manufactured from stainless steel, the new WLL series satisfies this requirement, while at the same time having the added advantage of meeting the more stringent safety and traceability requirements often demanded by this particular market. For even broader market appeal, we are also in the process of certifying this product for use in Zone 1 & 2 hazardous areas, so watch this space for further updates!”

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Datum Electronics’ Bolt-On Strain Sensors: Bin Weighing Application on the Mining Industry

Datum Electronics Ltd. (Australia) - Australia is the fifth largest producer and the second largest exporter of coal in the world. Apart from export, coal is used domestically for electricity generation, manufacture of steel and cement and other power generation purposes.

Mining contributes heavily to the Australian economy and accounts for 6-7% of Australia’s GDP, exceeding both agriculture and tourism industries together. Being a critical contributor to the Australian economy, coal mining not only depends on its volume alone, but also focuses on continual improvements in productivity and efficiency. As a result, the industry has been massively supported by strong equipment, world-class transport system, high-quality port facilities and infrastructure.

The Client:
The majority of coal mines is located in the western coalfields of New South Wales. The client is one of the most established operations in Australia’s Hunter Valley, specialised in mining thermal coal. Recently, these mining operations have been granted governmental approval to expand their operations for producing around 4 million tonnes of export quality coal annually.

Unlike other conventional underground mining operations that incorporate continuous mining and long wall retreat technology, the coal mine is integrating a mix of dragline and loader methods of mining. The latter, allow the mining of the highest quality coal by only extracting the bottom three metres of the coal seam, eliminating the need for coal washing.

The Challenge:
After coal is dug up from the open cut mine, it is transported in trucks to the process plant (where it is processed) and then fed to the train load bin for shipping. Coal loading is done automatically and continuously with the train passing by without stopping (it slows down up to 0.8 km/h). It is crucial that load bins are filled to their optimal capacity. If you under fill the wagon, you run the risk of it being pulled off the track on a curve by the other carriages. If you over fill it, it can bounce on the rail causing damage to the track.

Considering that the government owns the main shipping lines, there is a compulsory fine of $100K per hour for any delay and a $4M fine for any minor derailment or damage to the line. And even if you don’t manage to load coal, you still must pay for the train, as they run on a schedule every day.

Bolt-On Sensor Solution:
When it comes to bin level measurement, there are a few systems available. Often these solutions require using specialist skills and tools. To replace a faulty sensor, you need to drill a large hole, accurately hand ream it and press the sensor into the metal using a specialist tool, without damaging it on installation. Datum Electronics solve this conundrum with the bolt-on sensors, having none of these risks. All you need do is to mark and drill 3 off 9mm holes, clean the surface and torque them up! It takes two men as little as an hour to install the bolt-on sensors to the bin, whilst other solutions can take hours.

Datum 3–hole bolt-on weighing sensor solutions are ideally suited for inventory monitoring and process control, ensuring reliable operations in the mining industry. Their low maintenance requirements along with the ability to compensate for temperature changes result in increased loading rates and reduction of capital and operating costs.

The Impact:
The Coal Mine complex is operating 24 hours a day 7 days a week. With 3 trains of 80 carriages a day, they aim to ship about 240,000 tonnes of coal per day.

As a day of delay can cost the company up to $29M, it’s imperative to eliminate unnecessary failures and reduce maintenance issues to a minimum.

Moreover, strain gauges utilised in the harshest environments, cannot withstand the ravages of time. By using a junction box, it’s easy to find a faulty sensor, replace it and get on with loading the trains quickly. And should the worst happen, replacing all 4 bolt-on sensors costs considerably less than 1 press-in type sensor from a typical bin level measurement system.

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Marsden launched New Medical Scales with BSA Calculation

Marsden Weighing Group (UK) – British weighing scales manufacturer Marsden Group has launched a new range of weighing scales with a unique Body Surface Area (BSA) calculation function.

And Marsden believes it is the first time BSA calculation has ever been made available on a weighing scale.

Body Surface Area is a calculation used to help determine the amount of fluids to be administered intravenously, and the correct drug dosage for a patient, such as drug dosage for chemotherapy.

There are a number of different ways BSA can be calculated. Marsden’s new scales use the most commonly used formula, DuBois.

The function is available to three new Marsden scales: a column scale (the Marsden M-125), a floor scale (Marsden M-545) and a chair scale (Marsden M-225). This means one scale can provide a patient’s weight, BMI and BSA readings.

Marsden’s Managing Director, Richard Black, said: “Last year Marsden contacted thousands of GPs to find out whether a BSA function would be useful to them on their scales - and the overwhelming answer was ‘yes’.

“It will help doctors to calculate dosages of medicine and the amount of fluid to be administered.”

Operations Director, Mark Coates, added: “BSA is already used in NHS DEXA standards to calculate body composition. BMI also features on the new scales, to provide a picture of body health.

“We’ve never seen a weighing scale with a BSA function, so we believe we’ve brought something brand new to the market - that will save medical professionals a lot of time.”

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Free Webinar: How to cope with the growing demands for weigh-filling

Exclusively offered by the HBM academy, this webinar, all about weigh filling & how to cope with the growing demands regarding filling, dosing, check-weighing & packaging technology takes place on 28th June 2017 at 9am (GMT).

Confronted with the demand for ever increasing precision and higher speeds for packaging – often with the expectations of reduced costs – this webinar looks at the advantages which can be achieved in comparison to other filling technologies, such as accuracy, which could result in costly over filling of products, speed and the prevention of contamination etc.

Participants will also be given the opportunity to learn more about the best weigh-fill solutions provided by HBM and to see how they work in practise.

Covering best practise solutions of HBM weigh-filling solutions, ‘How to cope with growing demands regarding filling, dosing, check weighing and packaging technology’ culminates in a live demonstration on how the well-established HBM filling algorithm works.

Presented by Thomas Langer, Product Manager of HBM Digital Weighing Technology, this informative seminar has been designed to fit in with challenging time constraints which can often make attending relevant training courses difficult.

This webinar, which normally takes a maximum of one hour, can also be easily accessed at a later date or simply used as a refresher course. As an added benefit, all registered attendees will receive a link to the webinar, via email, after the presentation. All HBM webinars are free of charge and open to anyone. Spaces are limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

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DLM Launch Subsea Data Logging Tensile Link

Dynamic Load Monitoring Ltd. (UK) - Dynamic Load Monitoring (UK) Ltd launches a new product for measuring and data logging the Tensile load on subsea applications. The Subsea Data logging Tensile Link was developed by DLM Engineers following numerous enquiries and a high demand from their Subsea, Offshore and Ocean Science customers.

The Subsea Data Logging Tensile Link is a robust Tensile Link used for measuring tensile loads on subsea mooring lines, underwater deployments and other similar applications. Available in load ranges from 5 tonne up to 200 tonne the, instrument measures and records the applied load using an internal data logger which was developed by DLM Electronic Engineers.

Fully sealed to withstand subsea environments the load cell is capable of being deployed in up to 3000m water depth for periods of up to 1 year.

Manufactured from Stainless Steel or Nickel plated Steel (depending on customers’ requirements) the load cell is pressure tested and fully calibrated after manufacture to ensure reliability and accuracy to the highest degree.

The internal data logger inside the tensile link is self-powered and enables load readings to be recorded at a maximum rate of 1Hz for periods of up to 12months depending on the sample rate. Data logs can be accessed by using the supplied subsea cable which is connected to the subsea connector mounted to the side of the Load Cell in a protective shroud. Stored as .CSV file format the logs are easily accessible using already existing PC software like Microsoft Excel, enabling easy data processing after de mobbing.

Martin Halford, Managing Director at Dynamic Load Monitoring said: “We have been manufacturing Subsea Load Cells and Load Monitoring equipment for over 20 years and have built up a strong reputation in the industry for supplying reliable Load Cells and excellent customer service. The Offshore industry is one which we are particularly familiar with and this latest product development was born out of discussions with various clients in the Ocean Science industry who had requirements to understand the forces exerted on mooring lines connected to Ocean Weather buoys throughout the duration of their deployment. Understanding this information enables them to improve designs and also helps to plot what happens to the buoy throughout the duration of its deployment.”

He added: “Since the development of this product, we have had enquiries from all over the world including mainland Europe, India and Japan amongst others. To date we have several Load Cells deployed off of the coast in Japan monitoring the line tension on a mooring catenary for a renewable energy application and also another Load Cell deployed at the mouth of the English Channel measuring and recording the line tension on mooring chain connected to a weather buoy. We see huge potential in this product as it is easy to deploy and maintain, while also providing the end user with vital scientific information over a long period.”

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Strainstall’s CWS™ successfully achieves EU-type Approval

Strainstall UK Limited (UK) – Strainstall in world-first with EU-type approval for load pin based container weighing system.

Strainstall, the leading provider of container weighing systems and part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has successfully achieved full Automatic Weighing Instruments EU-type approval from the National Measurements and Regulatory Office (NMRO) for its innovative Container Weight System (CWS)™.

Strainstall’s CWS™ EU-type approval enables complete compliance to the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) amendment for the verification of container weights, which came into force 1 July 2016. This is a critical milestone in the product’s development as CWS™ is now fully approved to provide the verified gross mass (VGM) of containers, assisting ports and terminals in the provision of container weighing services to their customers.

Strainstall’s CWS™ solution was specifically developed to meet the SOLAS container weight verification regulations and has been successfully installed at a number of international container terminals, including DP World Southampton’s full straddle carrier fleet, where the system has demonstrated its high accuracy in excess of industry expectations.

Simon Everett, managing director at Strainstall explains: “The NMRO approval process certifies full compliance to the IMO’s SOLAS amendment for the verification of container weights, and I’m delighted that CWS now has EU-type approval.”

CWS™ offers customers a fully compliant and robust solution. It’s designed to be easily integrated into terminal operating systems (TOS) giving a simple and automated process for producing a verified gross mass for SOLAS compliance, with no impact to existing terminal operating procedures.

“The industry is still experiencing some issues with implementation and enforcement, so this certification will help to give customers complete confidence in compliance and their ability to provide verified weights as legislated by the IMO, using our innovative and fully integrated container weighing solution.” Everett adds.

CWS™ also doesn’t just provide the verified gross mass of a container, but also container snag detection and its centre of gravity (COG), helping to ensuring the safety of container stowage and transportation.

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New NTEP Certification for Utilcell’s Load Cell Mod. 350

Utilcell (Spain) – The load cell Mod. 350 (500…5000kg) has obtained the metrological certification NTEP Class III 5.000 divisions and Class IIIL 10.000 divisions, complying with the metrological requirements of the USA and Canada markets.

This model has the international Test Certificate OIML and ATEX. The main applications are in the 4 load cells platforms, tanks and hoppers weighing.

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Haugen Telehandler Attachment Incorporates Straightpoint Load Cell

Straightpoint (USA) – Forklift and telehandler accessories manufacturer Haugen Attachments is offering the innovative Smart Hook, an attachment that incorporates a 7.2-ton (14,000-lb.) capacity Straightpoint load cell.

The 225-lb. Smart Hook can be easily attached to all kinds of telehandlers, giving end users a Crosby swivel hook that incorporates a wireless load shackle positioned at the center of a 42-inch wide and 36-inch long attachment; the attachment holds the lifting hook at 24 inches on center.

Four legs act as storage stands to keep the load cell off the ground, which can be removed or left in place during use.

Straightpoint’s wireless load shackle is primarily used in low headroom applications. Boasting an anodized, aluminum electronics enclosure, an internal chassis provides IP67 / NEMA6 environmental protection even with the battery cover missing. The Smart Hook concept utilizes the technology to measure loads and ensure telehandlers are not used beyond their rated capacities. Operators typically read data via a device in the cab.

Jeff Haugen, general manager, Haugen Attachments (the company is owned by his mother, Carol Haugen, CEO), said: “The beauty of the system is that there is no installation required, allowing the unit to be moved from one machine to another in seconds. Further, it gives an accurate load measurement without confusing set-up or programming. It is a safe and simple solution.”

Haugen explained that the product was conceptualized in response to increased use of telehandlers on U.S. jobsites and the lack of another load measuring device in the marketplace. The company has been manufacturing hooks without load cell technology for many years. The new hook has proved popular with both sale and rental markets; the latter has been keen to capitalize on its interchangeability and divide rental rates over multiple applications.

Haugen said: “Telehandlers have the ability to lift and extend out a load.

They have load charts for each position but in most cases the end user does not know the weight of each load they are lifting, which should be confirmed before the operator extends out the boom. The Smart Hook allows the operator to weigh the load and consult their load chart before starting a lift.”

Haugen offers the product in different sizes, with the most popular being its 14,000-lb. (7-ton) capacity unit. Much of the telehandler marketplace is covered by the 8,000-lb. to 12,000-lb. capacity equipment range. However, Haugen has the capability to manufacture the Smart Hook up to 30,000-lb capacity. David Ayling, director at Straightpoint, said: “The Smart Hook concept leverages the inherent benefits of the wireless load shackle in limited headroom applications. We’re always excited to see innovative use of our technologies and the Haugen team has opened up a new marketplace for the product. As industry trends suggest there will be continued increase in telehandler utilization in North America, it’s exciting to be involved with a product that enhances safe use of the equipment across varied agriculture and industry sectors.”

Operators drive telehandler fork tines onto the Smart Hook; it is secured into position with pins behind each tine with an additional safety chain and hook, Haugen explained.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Zemic introduces the H2B Miniature Load Cell

Zemic Europe B.V. (Netherlands) – Zemic proudly introduces the H2B miniature load cell. This force sensor is extremely suitable for suspension force measurement. With a height of only 6.4 mm this is one of their thinnest sensors.

This sensor is available in one capacity: 3110 Newton (+/- 317 kg) and can be attached directly to a plane surface. It is an ideal sensor for test and measurement purposes to determine the strain of objects, for example in injection molds. In applications where space is an issue this small sized sensor is an excellent solution.

The H2B has a 2 meter long 4 wire conductor cable which can be directly connected to one of the Top-Sensors weight transmitters. This will enable you to convert the signal into 4-20mA, 0-10V or one of the many options.

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