New emerging technology is making it easier each decade for manufacturers to produce goods quicker and more efficiently. Production systems are becoming more and more automated, which requires less manpower and allows for fewer possible errors. If an industrial company does not invest in the best technology out there, then it might fall behind its competition. This is as true for industrial weighing systems as it is for all other tools that are used in industry. Digital bench scales, floor scales, platform scales, drum scales, and crane scales are used in the paint industry, computer processor industry, aerospace industry, and so many more. The best industrial scale technology keeps these industries running smoothly and quickly.
Humans and Industrial Scales
Some industrial processes require oneelectronic scale that is loaded, unloaded, and operated by people. In places where there is not a lot of room, floor scales and digital cranescales are handy. Crane scales are hooked onto the end of a crane cable. Platform scales and floor scales are ideal for heavy and awkwardly shaped loads. Measurements are displayed on the scales’ LCD screens that are built directly into scales. Parts counting scales are useful for keeping inventory and separating small parts into kits.
Electronic parts counting scales come in many sizes and include bench scales and platform scales. A few pieces are placed on the scale platform to determine each piece weight. In counting mode, the scale uses this piece weight to calculate the total number of pieces on the electronic scale. Some parts counting scales, like Arlyn Scales’ parts counting scales, include up to 500 memory slots that can program piece weights for future use.
Most Production Lines Require Multiple Industrial Scales
Most industrial processes require more complicated systems than simply one human-operated industrial scale. Complex production lines usually rely on several industrial scales. These scales are typically wired to communicate with each other, with computers, and with other pieces of processing equipment. Due to all of the uses for electronic scales during industrial manufacturing, it is necessary to create a customized industrial weighing system. Companies like Arlyn Scales specialize in custom weighing systems and work with manufacturers to produce efficient, cost-effective, and organized systems. For example, while one parts counting scale is useful when keeping inventory for a few parts, manufacturing plats often need to keep track of hundreds of different parts that are used in dozens of different products.
Arlyn Scales’ Bin Inventory System
Arlyn Scales developed a bin inventory system that connects multiple electronic counting scales and allows users to view the entire inventory of a stockroom. The bin system is practical if the digital scales are wired to a computer. Protocols such as RS-485 and USB can be used to link scales to nearby computers. It’s more practical to use Ethernet to connect the electronic scales to a Local Area Network or wireless network. Using Remote Indicator Software, the inventory of each bin can be monitored by the manufacturing organization or by a parts distributor over the Internet.
Customizations By Arlyn Scales
Customization is not limited to physical industrial scales. The development of custom computer programming is more important when using industrial weighing systems.
For Example: A Chemical Mixing Plant
In a chemical mixing plant, for example, there might be several filling stations and every station might have its own electronic drum scale that is connected by Ethernet to a Local Area Network. Additionally, each station may have a local indicator. A computer program allows operators in a central location away from the plant floor to enter work orders for various mixtures of chemicals into the system as orders come in. Operators on the plant floor select one work order for their workstation. They place a drum on the drum scale and start the automatic filling process. The drum scale communicates with relays and valves that fill the chemical drums with measured amounts of chemicals, based on what’s stored in the memory. As the chemicals are used, the scale sends back data for how much chemicals were used. The information is kept in a central database for all of the scales. Once the automatic filling is complete, a label printer connected to the industrial scale prints out a label with the contents of the drum and a bar code that can be placed on the drum.
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