Industrial weighing produces a lot of data that must be recorded and processed, which is why the system you use to collect is just as important as the scale you choose.
For example, packaging and shipping companies must weigh containers to ensure that shipments and the associated costs are accurate to control costs and maintain consistency and customer satisfaction. The ideal connection would allow the operator to print complex labels quickly by enabling communication directly between the scale and printer.
The manufacturing industry also requires a variety of connections. In food processing, packages must be weighed and weights recorded to ensure that there are no issues with automatic dispensers over- or under-filling a package.
Many products must be mixed before they are packaged and sold, which requires a scale to consistently dispense ingredients into the mixing vat and maintain uniformity of product. The weight, date, time and batch information must be recorded so a business can track inventory and costs while ensuring the proper functioning of all equipment.
Before digital scales, operators would have to manually enter weight data into a labeling device to print a label. Many would even handwrite records into a ledger. Obviously this method is too slow, too prone to inaccuracies and offers very little security.
Ethernet and WiFi
Built into most computers, Ethernet uses LAN (a local area network) to connect multiple devices through a wired connection. WiFi works similarly but offers a completely wireless connection, which is especially convenient for large scale operations where data must be sent to multiple devices or where distance prohibits a wired connection.
In order to use Ethernet with your scale it must be assigned an IP address, which gives the scale a unique designation and allows communication with computers and other devices. The scale may also be given a name or industry-specific form of identification so it’s easy to identify on the network.
Using either technology, Arlyn Scales offers a Windows-based software utility that allows you to capture data in an Excel spreadsheet or Access database table. Once the computer receives the data, the utility can automatically organize it into tables, bar or pie charts, spreadsheets and other useful documents. By recording this data, it’s possible to monitor weight data over time and monitor trends.
Once digital scales were introduced, it became a simple matter of choosing an I/O port that would allow the transmission of data in a way that best suited the company. For example, packaging and shipping companies were able to choose a printer port that allowed them to transfer data to an inkjet, dot matrix or thermal printer. Data could be printed locally onto a label or recorded and printed on a form.
Yet for some businesses, sending data to a PC may be a more viable alternative. Computer functionalities would allow the operator to create printouts in virtually any format, store information in a database, collect it in a spreadsheet or send data to a separate location securely.
This is often accomplished using a RS-232 communication protocol. Available on all Arlyn scales, it’s a bi-directional interface that allows your scale to communicate with printers, programmable logic controllers and computers. Export data and enter commands through the connected device.
One of the latest advancements in data technology, cloud computing allows you to process massive amounts of data through a secure connection that requires no hard drive or dedicated server. Data is simply stored “in the cloud” and can be accessed from any authorized location throughout the world. This option is ideal for operations that need to compile data from a variety of remote locations.
Set Point Controller
For simple batching and PLC-type functions, use our set point controller to partially or fully automate various processes. This device allows the operator to set up to eight target weights that can be used to control various I/O functions. Ideal for continuous batch manufacturing, running conveyors, operating feeders, batching and mixing ingredients and operating sensors and valves.
If you operate in an area with no internet access or power source, using a USB flash drive is a convenient option for capturing data. Our datalogging system allows you to store a high volume of weight data. When you need to use the data, simple remove the drive, plug it into your computer and upload the information.
USB is the most common interface available today. It’s a wired connection that allows you to connect your scale with virtually any device. When used with our free USB Remote Software, you’re able to import data into an Excel or Access file for easy storage and review. It can also be used to access, monitor and operate the scale through the connected computer.
Industrial Digital Scales from Arlyn
We offer a variety of industrial bench, platform, floor and cylinder scales with an intuitive, easy-to-use digital interface. All scales are accurate, durable and versatile thanks to our use of best in class components including stainless steel load cells, welded frames and advanced digital algorithms.
We also offer a line of Ultra Precisions scales, which rival the precision of MFR (Magnetic Force Restoration) scales at about a third of the cost, as well as explosion proof scales that are intrinsically safe for an impressive range of hazardous locations.
As a factory-direct manufacturer, we also welcome inquiries for custom weighing scales and devices. All scales and subassemblies are manufactured right here in our Long Island, NY factory. Unlike the dealers you’ve worked with in the past, we offer vast product knowledge, expert design and production services, faster lead times and better customer service.
Contact us today to learn more about Arlyn Scales and how we can help you capture weight data in a way that’s most effective for your business.