Special Weighing Problems solved by Custom Load Cells

Special Weighing Problems solved by Custom Load Cells

At Arlyn Scales, our experience in the industrial scale industry means we’re often approached by our customers to offer unique and custom scales for a variety of needs. These custom scales require features that we’ve worked extremely hard over the past several decades to perfect.

One feature of our scales that we’re extremely proud of our load cells. We use a variety of different types of load cells, depending on the scale you choose, but whichever type of industrial scale you purchase, whether it’s a bench, platform, cylinder, or any other scale, know that we’ve invested countless hours to develop the ideal load cell for that particular scale.

What is a Load Cell?

A load cell is a transducer that generates an electrical signal proportional to the weight that is being measured. In other words, load cells are used to measure weight. From your car to the cheese counter at the supermarket, load cells are used in many daily encounters. You might not notice them though as they work behind the scenes inside machinery.

Load cells typically include a spring element upon which strain gauges have been placed. The spring element is usually made of steel or aluminum which isn’t very elastic but is very sturdy. Strain gauges allow for small increments in stress with every load weighed to be measured. When it is stretched, it gets longer. This causes the resistance in the electrical conductors to change. The strain can be determined on this basis, as resistance increases with strain and diminishes with contraction. The weight is determined by the change in resistance. At Arlyn Scales, we primarily use strain gage load cells and our internationally patented SAW load cells (more on these below).

Common Problems Solved by Our Custom Load Cells

Our industrial scales are used in a wide array of industrial applications, several of which require custom scales and load cells to provide the highest level of accuracy and reliability for the necessary application. Our load cells are made of extremely rugged stainless steel instead of aluminum. This is because stainless steel is much more durable, helping to prevent damage due to overloading and shock loading, which is both common scale problems with other strain gage load cells.

Below are just a few instances where our custom load cells are used to meet the needs of our customers.

Weighing Livestock and other Animals

One common problem with weighing animals of any type is getting an active reading due to the movement that is simply unavoidable during weighing. At Arlyn Scales, we utilize four stainless steel load cells that are positioned in the corners of each scale platform to help remedy this issue. Our custom processing function built into the agricultural scales takes a number of weight readings in succession and comes up with an accurate average.

Inventory Control for Parts, Batching, and Counting

Multiple bins on shelves are monitored to determine the number of parts in inventory. A WiFi connection communicates this data to a website. Low inventory levels trigger automatic e-mail messages. Systems from around the world can be monitored anywhere there is internet access. Custom Scales with automatic, semi-automatic, and manual batching controllers and solutions will be able to confirm production inventory, packing parts in containers, or quantities.

Filling, Dispensing and High-Speed Check Weighing Solutions

Arlyn’s Ultra Precision load cells can be programmed to provide extremely fast measurements. When adapted to a conveyor, industry best speeds and accuracy can be obtained. You can rely on us for fast, precise, and repeatable applications for filling bulk containers, totes, drums, sacks or vehicles.

Gas Cylinder Levels, Containers, and Flowmeters

The quantity of liquified gas in a cylinder cannot be determined by gas pressure. Cylinders are placed on scales, which may then be monitored to provide alarms when levels are too low. Liquids, powders, solids, and gases are captured, stored, and processed in various types of vessels, tanks, cylinders, silos, and other unique containers with data entry monitoring from anywhere online. These weighing scales also have traceable calibration inside vessels or machines for automated volumetric dispensing in research and electronic manufacturing.

Paint-Mixing Scales and Batching Mixers

Ultra Precision load cells (more on these below) can be used to very accurately mix chemicals, and other ingredients. Precise scales are needed for producing the right paint colors so they come equipped with refinishing solutions that are high-performance weighing scales.

Bulk Material Handling i.e. Laundry Cart Weighing Kits

Bulk material handling needs weighing Scales that provide accurate measurement even in harsh environments for conveyors, tanks, silos, hoppers, vehicles, and laundries. Laundry cart weighing kits, for example, have built-in weight sensors determine the amount of laundry in the cart when portioning or quality control need to be carefully monitored with factors such as speed and quality playing an important role.

Precision Weight Readings at High Capacities

In the past, if you wanted precision readings, you typically needed to purchase a force motor scale that was incredibly expensive and could only accurately weigh items around 25 lbs. and below. This created problems for industries where precision weight readings were necessary, but at much higher capacities.

To combat this common issue, Arlyn Scales has developed their Ultra Precision Scales, which are powered by our internationally patented Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) technology. This technology utilizes SAW load cells, which measure displacement as opposed to stress or strain in the case of strain gage load cells. This allows our SAW load cells to be much more accurate because they can be constructed from a much thicker metal due to the fact that much less movement is required to provide an accurate reading. In addition, this ruggedness helps to prevent scale problems due to overloading or shock loading, and more importantly allows our SAW scales to offer precision readings at weights of 1000lbs., if not more.

Additional Scale Features That May Interest You

Aside from high-quality load cells, we’re proud of a number of other scale features that seem to be welcomed by our growing number of customers. A few of these include:

Arlyn UpScale Touchscreen Indicator

Gone are the days where you had to control your scale with a basic digital indicator. With our Arlyn UpScaleColor Touchscreen Indicator, you’ll be controlling your scale with a fully powered Android tablet that puts all of our scale features right at your fingertips.

Communication Options

Accurate weight data is critical, but what you do with that data is often even more important. With each of our industrial scales, you have the option of transmitting your weight data over all sorts of communication options including USB, Serial, Ethernet, WiFiand many more.

Custom Scale Designs

Not only do we offer a number of custom load cells based on certain applications, but we also can design a fully customized industrial scale based on your needs. Simply give us a call to learn how we can take your current scale problems and turn them into successes with one of our cutting edge weighing instruments.

A Bit of Background Regarding Arlyn Scales

Arlyn Scales was founded more than 35 years ago and has continued to innovate by offering the highest quality industrial scales at the most competitive price points. Arlyn Scales does a number of things differently than your typical scale manufacturer.

US-Based Manufacturing

Instead of shipping our manufacturing jobs overseas, we have always kept both our design and manufacturing facilities in the US. We’re headquartered in Long Island, New York, which gives our customers instant access to our team at any time.

Factory Direct Sales Approach

Because of our unique manufacturing process, we’re able to sell factory direct to our customers, helping to reduce the cost of our industrial scales while still utilizing the latest technology. We don’t have to rely on an extensive network of distributors who must mark up the products they sell, which quickly translates into additional costs for the customer.

Intimate Industry Knowledge

Many of our team members have been with us for decades and this experience is hard to replicate by other companies. Should you run into an issue with your scale, or have a question prior to purchase, you can simply pick up the phone and speak with the exact individuals who have built or will build the scale you’re interested in.

Cutting Edge Scale Features

The high level of industry knowledge possessed by the team at Arlyn Scales has allowed our company to develop a number of “firsts” in the scale industry when it comes to scaling features. Many of these new scale features revolve around the load cell.

Ready to Finally Upgrade Your Industrial Scale To Match Your Industry?

If you’ve been putting off the idea of upgrading your industrial scale, now may be the time to finally take the next step. At Arlyn Scales, we’re confident we can help you find the ideal scale for your needs at a price that’s within your budget. Contact our team today through our online form and we’ll respond right away to determine which of our custom solutions could be your best fit, or else something entirely unique for you. We’re confident that you’ll come to trust our load cells for all your weighing needs.