Monday, March 27, 2017

Weighing Review Readers’ Choice Awards 2017 - Winners have been announced!



The forth edition of the Weighing Review Readers’ Choice Awards has reached the final stage and the winners have been announced. Once again the Awards were a huge success. Here are some statistics of this edition of the Weighing Review Awards (with more companies, more products and more votes from more countries):

  • 36 Weighing Companies Nominated
  • 61 Weighing Products and Solutions Nominated
  • 1744 Validated Votes
  • Votes from 69 Countries
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Here are the Weighing Review Readers’ Choice Awards 2017 WINNERS. Congratulations!



Best Weighing Company 2017 - First Place

METTLER TOLEDO (Switzerland)
METTLER TOLEDO is a global manufacturer and marketer of precision instruments for use in laboratory, industrial and food retailing applications. The Company has strong worldwide leadership positions. A significant majority of our instrument sales are in segments in which we are the global leader. In addition to a broad product offering, we have one of the largest global sales and service organizations among precision instrument companies. We focus on the high value-added segments of our markets by providing innovative instruments that often integrate various technologies including application-specific solutions for customers. We design our instruments not only to gather valuable data but also to facilitate the processing and transfer of this data into customers' management information systems.
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Best Weighing Company 2017 - Second Place

Minebea Intec (Germany)
Minebea Intec, formerly known as Sartorius Intec, provides products, solutions and services to the industry for increasing the reliability, safety and efficiency of production and packaging lines. This we give evidence through our promise to our customers and consumers: 'We make daily life safer.'

Our core market position, that of a leading global product and solution provider together with our aim to set strong standards in all areas of our business, are both reflected in our company motto: 'The true measure'.
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Best Weighing Company 2017 - Third Place

Balanças Marques (Portugal)
BALANÇAS MARQUES (part of Grupo José Pimenta Marques Lda.), with headquarters in Braga, Portugal, is a company with more than 40 years of business in the manufacture of scales, specializing in all types of weighing equipment for retail and for industrial applications, being today one of the main companies in the Iberian Peninsula on these two weighing areas.
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Best Laboratory Scale/Balance 2017

METTLER TOLEDO XPR Microbalances
METTLER TOLEDO (Switzerland) - METTLER TOLEDO has launched a new generation of XPR Micro and Ultra that boosts performance and ergonomics. This new XPR balance models offer 25% better repeatability than traditional microbalances through innovative features such as Active Thermoelectric Cooling (ATC) and ongoing quality-assurance checks.

Usability is delivered by a small bench print and a new user interface that, similar to a smartphone, allows users to swipe or programming while running tasks. A built-in result notepad simplifies documentation and let users to store comments. Individual task methods can be stored and accessed via icons, saving time and enhancing process security.

Additional XPR design benefits include a new weighing pan for easier cleaning, and a two-screen system allowing easy weighing with the small screen while the main touchscreen can be placed wherever it is more convenient.

Taken together, XPR’s productivity-enhancing features and excellent micro-range accuracy allows it to create a new level of productivity for companies working with small samples sizes.
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Best Retail Scale 2017

BM5 XS Retail Scale
Balanças Marques (Portugal) - The BM5 XS is a scale with touch screen that combines all the desired features for the retail sector: competitive price, small size, reliability, high performance and design.

The BM5 XS gathers hardware and software of excellence and is equipped with the latest technology. The high performance of the BM5 XS is guaranteed by ARM processors of latest generation and a motherboard fully developed and produced by Balanças Marques. The 12.1" LCD touch screen, with projected capacitive technology, ensures speed and efficiency in customer service.

The BM5 XS has a new version of the certified billing software, ETPOS 5, which mantains the features of previous versions - simple, intuitive and functional - and presents a completely renewed interface that greatly enhances the user experience. The integration of ETPOS makes the BM5 XS a device with integrated management capability that emits any type of legal documents.

Available in two models – Double Body and Suspension - the BM5 XS is a scalable, configurable and expandable solution, allowing a greater return on investment in this equipment.
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Best Industrial Scale 2017

Industrial Scales Combics
Minebea Intec (Germany) - Industrial scales with an 60.000 d resolution.

The well-known high quality complete scales Combics and platforms Combics with one load cell and capacities from 3 kg to 300 kg will be shortly available with a 60.000 d resolution. This high accuracy weighing solution helps to improve product quality and/or reduces costs by avoiding expensive overfilling.
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Best Load Cell 2017

Load cell PR 6212
Minebea Intec (Germany) - Optimum corrosion resistance for chemically aggressive environments.

The PR 6212 load cell from Minebea Intec is made of stainless steel 1.4418. This material offers optimum corrosion resistance even in chemically very aggressive environments. The maximum allowable operating temperature of 180˚C makes the load cell optimal for use in the chemical, steel and other heavy duty industries.
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Best Onboard Weighing System 2017

RAVAS-SafeLoad
Ravas (Netherlands) - RAVAS-SafeLoad acts as an active load diagram for your forklift truck: it helps you prevent accidents, injuries and damages from tipping forklifts and breaking forks.

RAVAS-SafeLoad uses weight and load center point to alert the driver in case of unsafe lifting. RAVAS-SafeLoad: load indication and lift truck stability in one display. It uses information from a hydraulic sensor and a set of sensors that measures the moment forces from load center position and mast tilt, to present stability information in the display. A led bar below the weight display goes from green (safe lifting), via yellow, to red (unsafe lifting: risk of tipping over). The led bar stability indication is enhanced by the color of the weight display (green backlight in safe situations, red backlight in unsafe situations), and by a fork in the weight display that is divided in three segments, one of them blinking to indicate the load center position on the forks.


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Best Weighing Instrumentation 2017

HBM WTX120
HBM - Hottinger Baldwin Messtechnik GmbH (Germany) - Beyond Components: Complete Weighing Solutions by HBM

The new HBM weighing terminal WTX120 stands for excellence in weighing technology: Any analog load cell based on strain gauges can be connected to the industrial and rail-mountable indicator. Future-proof interfaces like PROFINET, EtherNet/IP, Modbus-TCP and Fieldbus (PROFIBUS DP) guarantee maximum investment safety.

Push buttons, display and text navigation allow for effortless on-site operation. As an additional benefit, the intuitive HBM weighing software PanelX helps with start-up or maintenance. The weighing terminal is ideally suited for filling, dosing and sorting plants and machines and fulfils all technological and legal needs including OIML, NAWI certifications.
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Best Dosing, Filling and Packaging Solution 2017

Siemens Siwarex WP251 Weighing Module
Siemens (Germany) - The new weighing module Siwarex WP251 is part of the SimaticS7-1200 Basic Controller family and seamlessly integrated into TIA-Portal.

Siwarex WP251 controls dosing and batching tasks completely independent and fulfills the typical requirements of these processes, such as speed and accuracy.

Operation and commissioning of the scale are quick and easy: due to the free software example application ""Ready-for-use Siwarex WP251” the commissioning, calibration and operation of the scale can be done completely via the CPU / Touchpanel – thanks to the WP251 function block without any additional programming!

Additionally, Siwarex WP251 is very flexible in its usability: Integrated in Simatic S7-1200 all advantages of the automation system can be used: customer and application specific requirements can be added and programmed in the Simatic CPU easily. This offers a free programmable and flexible weighing solution by using Simatic standard components. Operated in stand-alone mode all parameters and functions can be accessed and edited via the on board Modbus RTU or Modbus TCP interfaces. In this case a PC or a Modbus-compatible user interface can be directly connected and used for operation.

With the trace function it is possible to optimize the scale. The saved values and status information can be illustrated and analyzed with Siwatool V7 and Microsoft Excel.
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Best Truck Scale/Weighbridge 2017

Weighbridge PCM M1500
Balanças Marques (Portugal) - The PCM M1500 is a modular construction weighbridge designed to weigh up to 80 tons, capable of withstanding the highest efforts resulting of carrying out the more demanding weight, with improved resistance to fatigue. The PCM M1500 is built with metallic or mixed (metal and concrete) modules standardized width of 1.5 meters, enabling platforms set up to 18 meters long and 3 meters wide, with two modules arranged side by side, occupying the entire width of the scale, which eliminates the use of directional louvers, thus allowing a perfectly safe circulation of vehicles.

The PCM M1500 has a very reduced assembly time due to the great ease of module fitting and the minimum amount of necessary hardware. Because of its features and quality, the new weighbridge for weighing trucks Marques is synonymous of total guarantee of performance, accuracy, effectiveness, efficiency and durability. Installing a PCM M1500 takes less than a day. It has been developed so that it can be mounted easily with the use of few human and technical resources, through a fully modular factory prepared. The PCM M1500 has the advantage of being easily disassembled and transported for use at another location, with total use of the equipment. Balanças Marques guarantees its customers all the convenience and ease of not needing to hire other services following the acquisition of a PCM Marques, since Balanças Marques provides a full turnkey service.

The PCM M1500 can be used in multiple locations and without related costs to construction or destruction of civil work, at least significant, and because it saves the customer from hiring other companies in other related services, such as the CE verification and legalization of equipment.
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Best Weighing Software/Solution 2017

Weighing Software ProRecipe XT
Minebea Intec (Germany) - Intelligent formulation guarantees safe processes.

ProRecipe XT® is proven as a practical solution for processes in the food, pharmaceutical, chemical and cosmetics industries. The ProRecipe XT® recipe management system simplifies the tasks of monitoring and managing manual and semi-automated weighing and dosing processes. The intuitive user interface ensures that operation is safe and needs little training. In addition the system is 100% flexible when it comes to integration into existing production systems.
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Best Medical Scale 2017

Chatillon 1300 Series Autopsy Scales
Chatillon (USA) - The Chatillon 1300 Series autopsy scales are widely used in hospitals, laboratories, research centers and universities all over the world for demanding clinical applications. The 1300 Series autopsy scales come in the classic, elegant design that characterizes all Chatillon hanging scales. Due to its hanging features the Chatillon 1300 Series autopsy scales can be used in any environment. These mechanical medical scales do not require a table to stand on, nor electrical power. This, combined with the temperature compensated dual spring mechanism, makes the Chatillon 1300 Series autopsy scales ideal for use in hospitals in any part of the world regardless of the humid conditions or the size of the room it is used in.

These autopsy scales feature a large 13 inch double dial with chrome-plated housing. For easy cleaning and protection of the dial, dials are glass-covered with one dial reading clockwise and the other counterclockwise. The dial features bold black numbers and graduations that are easy to read, along with a contrasting red pointer. Two brass dashpots ensure accurate, stable readings by eliminating oscillation. Stainless steel pinion and bronze rack combination ensure low friction performance even in elevated temperatures.

The Chatillon 1300 Series autopsy scales offer accuracy down to +/-0.05% and enable a maximum overload of 120% of rated capacity and a tare capacity of 10% of full scale capacity. Full capacity comes in three dial revolutions and available scale capacities of 9 and 15 kg.

The Chatillon 1300 Series autopsy scales include a holding loop and can be supplied with a bottom hook or a removable sanitary pan constructed of 300 Series stainless steel featuring drain holes per USDA specifications. The autopsy scales qualify as “Legal for Trade” in the US and conform to NIST handbook H44 Class III.
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Best Train Scale/Weighbridge 2017

Portable Train Weigher (PTW) for In-Motion and Static Weighing
Weighwell Engineering Ltd. (UK) - Formed in 1988 by inventor and Managing Director Paul Horsfall at the age of only 22, Weighwell are renowned for the patented Portable Train Weigher (PTW) with hundreds of weighing systems in over 30 countries worldwide. All rail vehicle wheels have a flange that prevents the train from “jumping the track”, Weighwell invented and designed a frame that lifts the wheel tyre but for safety keeps the flange within the rail head.

The PTW allows for either static or in-motion train weighing with the flexibility to weigh the single axle, bogie or full railcar without impeding or stopping regular train movements. The safety aspect, cost saving potential and the accuracy of the PTW are some of the reasons as to why Weighwell are trusted as the industry leaders in portable train weighing technology. The robust portable train weighing systems are an integral part of national and international projects where reliability, backup support, experience and quality are a fundamental component. The principal value of Weighwell's train weighing systems are to stop overloading in the rail freight industry and to understand the balance of the train within train maintenance depots.
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Best Aircraft/Airport Scale 2017

Erichsen 343 Maintenance-free Hydraulic Gauges for Aircraft and Aviation
Chatillon (USA) - The Erichsen 343 scales are high quality hydraulic gauges specially suited for the aircraft and aviation industries where the hydraulic gauges are used for force balancing, weighing and weight distribution. The Erichsen 343 hydraulic gauges for aircraft and aviation are made of stainless steel and are hermetically sealed into a closed circuit filled with hydraulic oil. The hydraulic gauges are easy to operate and do not require any power source.

The large dial allows you to view loads from a distance. If the gauge needs to be viewed from a remote location an optional extended tube for the dial can be added. These hydraulic gauges come with a center thru hole enabling them to be used wherever there is a need to fit a centering adapter to secure the load being applied. The centering hole design allows for accurate load applications in both compression and tension applications.

Unlike their electronic counterparts (load cells with digital indicators), the Erichsen 343 hydraulic gauges are immune to ESD (Electro Static Discharge) and transient voltages.

Due to its rugged design the Erichsen 343 hydraulic gauges can operate in harsh environments where traditional hydraulic gauges give up. They come with a load range of 1 kN (220 lbs) to 2500 kN (560.000 lbs) and an accuracy of 1.6% of full scale. An optional digital indicator is available.

The Erichsen 343 hydraulic gauges may also be used in additional applications such as hydraulic press, clamp force verification, continuous measurement of axial forces, to monitor bearing forces that arise on lathes, boring machines, extrusion presses and similar.
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Best Personal/Fitness Scale 2017

Smart Diet Scale
Smart Diet Scale, Inc. (USA) - The world's smartest nutritional tracking kitchen scale. Smart diet scale gives the consumer the ability to track and weight their entire meal all at once and it's painted 4 quadrant platform technology. Through Bluetooth the consumer can display the complete nutritional formation of their meal with over 650,000 food choices on iOS and android platforms.
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Best Kitchen Scale 2017

L6P Planar beam for Kitchen Scales
Zemic Europe B.V. (Netherlands) - The L6P planar beam is a low profile single point loadcell. The parallel beam construction and the flat ribbon cable makes this sensor the most suitable for kitchen scales and other electronic leisure devices where space is limited. The planar beam is available in the capacities 22 kg , 45kg, 75kg and 110 kg capacity. Most loadcells have a resistance of 350 Ohm.

Due to the increased wide range of “Internet of Things” applications this L6P planar beam has a resistance value of 1000 Ohm, which makes it an energy saving sensor.

This IP65 force sensor also has the OIML approval which can be downloaded on our website. Also a 3D STEP file of this sensor can be downloaded here to directly integrate this sensor in your 3D application.

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