The scale industry has largely been unchanged for many years. You have the standard strain gage scale that continues to be the most popular scale on the market. Additionally, you have force motor scales that were much more expensive, but capable of precision measurements at low capacities. While both of these scales have their place in the industry, they have shortcomings that created a need for a new technology that could help to boost production efficiency across a wide array of industries.
At Arlyn Scales, we recognized this need for a new technology, and thanks to our thirty years of experience in the industry, were able to develop an internationally patented technology that we truly believe can turn the entire industrial scale industry upside down.
Problems with Strain Gage and Force Motor Scales?
While strain gage scales are sufficient for many industrial uses, they do have a number of shortcomings that can cause issues, depending on the environment. First of all, depending on the manufacturer, the load cells are often manufactured out of inferior materials that can become damaged due to overloading or shock loading. This can affect the accuracy of the scale and force the scale owner to take it out of service for repairs, which can be costly. In addition, strain gage scales don’t offer precision readings, which may be necessary in certain industrial applications.
Force motor scales on the other hand do offer precision readings, but only at very low capacities, typically 25 lbs. or less. For years if you needed precision readings at higher capacities, you were unfortunately out of luck. Force motor scales are also highly susceptible to accuracy issues due to temperature fluctuations and air currents.
SAW Technology to the Rescue
To address the shortcomings of both strain gage and force motor scales, Arlyn Scales has come up with their Surface Acoustic Wave technology. This technology is internationally patented and gives scale owners the best of both worlds when it comes to precision readings as well as high capacities.
SAW technology works much different than standard strain gage scales. While strain gage scales measure stress or strain, SAW scales measure displacement. This allows these scales to use a load cell that can be manufactured out a much thicker metal that is less susceptible to overloading and shock loading and requires a much smaller amount of movement to generate an accurate reading.
Benefits of SAW Technology
There are a whole host of reasons why SAW technology is superior to the technology used in both strain gage and force motor scales.
Precision Accuracy Without the Need for a Force Motor Scale
Before our SAW technology was introduced, if you were looking for highly precise readings, you would need to purchase a force motor scale as opposed to a strain gage scale. While these scales could generate precision readings, they were and continue to be extremely expensive. In fact, in some cases they can be five to ten times as expensive as our SAW scales. Our Surface Acoustic Technology allows for the same level of accuracy, but at much lower prices.
Wide Array of Industrial Applications
As industries continue to become more competitive, there is a need for more precise scales. In certain situations strain gage scales simply may not be able to offer the accuracy you need. Our Ultra Precision Scales powered by our SAW technology are used in a wide array of applications such as the computer and semiconductor industries where small piece counting is necessary. Inaccurate measurements could result in significant additional and unnecessary expenses due to not having a clear idea of the amount of inventory on hand. The pharmaceutical industry is another area where precision readings are vital and could mean the difference between life or death. When medicine is being formulated on the granular level, it’s critical that measurements are precise to ensure an antibiotic is created that is both effective and safe. These are just a few examples of industries where SAW technology is needed.
High Capacity and High Accuracy
As mentioned above, force motor scales are not only expensive, but they also can only weigh items that are around 25 lbs. or less. This creates a problem for industries that must have precise weight readings at higher capacities. With our SAW scales, we can offer highly precise readings for weight capacities starting around 10 lbs., up to 500 lbs. With this combination of accuracy and precision, our Ultra Precision Scales offer a much higher value when compared to both strain gage and force motor scales.
Backed by an Industry Leader
Arlyn Scales has been manufacturing and designing scales for more than 30 years. In this time, we’ve seen many of our competitors come and go while we’ve stayed focused on meeting the ever changing needs of our customers. This intense focus on our customers is what allowed us to create our SAW technology that offers value, durability and accuracy across a wide array of applications.
To give you a bit of background on our company, we’re headquartered right here in Long Island, New York where all of our scales are designed and built. We feel strongly that by keeping our manufacturing facilities located in the US, we’re able to more quickly innovate and iterate as the scale industry changes. Our design and manufacturing teams work together to create the highest quality scales at the most competitive prices. As you can see with our SAW technology, even though we manufacture all of our products in the US, we’re still able to offer competitive pricing when compared to other scale manufacturers. In addition to our superior pricing, we’re also able to offer a high level of support simply due to the fact that our scale designers and manufacturers are all located in our New York offices and would be happy to discuss any issues you may have related to your industrial scales.
Should you want to learn more about our SAW technology, or any of the industrial scales we offer, feel free to reach out to our team by phone at 800-645-4301 or through our online contact form.