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The Best Hygienic Weigh Module In The World: METTLER TOLEDO SWB805

The SWB805 is one of the most well thought out products that METTLER TOLEDO has ever come out with. The SWB805 is a completely hygienic, self-draining weigh module designed particularly for food and beverage, pharmaceutical, or areas where contamination could become problematic. This weigh module is available in six weighing capacities from 250lbs all the way up to 10,000lbs.

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ACM360 Industrial Bluetooth Data Transfer Device

As connectivity demands increase in production facilities, the new ACM360 connector from METTLER TOLEDO, can provide reliable means for connecting to scale terminals via Bluetooth. The ACM360 works with a variety of METTLER TOLEDO terminals to allow connection of printers and other Bluetooth 4.x devices in a fast, convenient way. What Can I Do With…

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Cost Effective Automation

Now that you know why it is important to automate your facility, we can look at very simple and easy ways to incorporate cost effective automation for immediate ROI. These simple changes have helped our customers increase productivity and improve quality control. Barcodes and Smart Label Printing If you are relying only on text based…

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The Cost of Automation? It’s Lower Than You Think 

The world is moving towards automated production but what exactly will the cost of automation be? The global spend on automation increased more than 140% to $155 billion dollars compared to just $65 billion in 2000 and is estimated to increase to over $300 Billion by 2020. It’s easy to see why that trend will…

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APPLICATION STUDY: Custom Filling Solution

Filling is a surprisingly tricky part of many production environments. Ensuring everything is packed as efficiently as possible while not over packing or under packing product can be costly if not accounted for when setting up processes.  Powders are especially tricky to deal with due to air pocket creation in the container and potential hazardous…

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APPLICATION STUDY: Batching Customization

For customers looking to increase batching effectiveness, batching customization is an incredible opportunity to increase efficiency without the addition of complex automated control mechanisms. Our Industrial Applications team recently installed a solution to fit a plastic pellet manufacture’s unique process in a safe and intuitive way. WHO: Plastic Pellet Manufacturing WHAT: Semi-Automatic Batching PROCESS DESCRIPTION:…

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APPLICATION STUDY: Custom Check Weigher Size

Product verification is an integral part of quality processes. Verifying correct parts, regulatory weight, and proper packaging is vital to ensuring that your customers receive the product they have paid for. In-motion check weighing is a common solution to check product quality. However, your processes may not fit standard solutions available on the market today….

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APPLICATION STUDY: Unattended Weighing

Sometimes scale operators are necessary on truck weighing applications to ensure that processes are being followed. Automation can help keep processes moving swiftly and working at off hours while still ensuring the correct process steps are being followed. In a recent project, our Carlton Industrial Automation team helped a waste management municipality make their third…

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Why ISO 17025 Accreditation Matters

  Scale calibration organizations, including us, will often flaunt their ISO 17025 accreditation, but what exactly is ISO 17025? Why does it matter if a company is accredited? Does it cost anymore to work with an ISO 17025 organization? And more importantly, how does partnering with an accredited organization save money? What is ISO 17025?…

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What To Know About Scale Accuracy

Here is a question we often get: which scale is more accurate, one that reads 20.0 g or one that reads 20.000 g? Most people would think it is the scale that reads further out, right? The only difference between the scales in the example is that one is setup with a greater readability. The measuring…

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Why Use Dedicated Batch Controllers

Automation is the future of manufacturing, especially with batching processes. The question is, what is the best way to start incorporating automation processes? Most engineers are incredibly comfortable with PLC system control, but that leaves floor level scale operators, maintenance personnel, and scale technicians in a difficult situation when it comes to maintenance and operation. It…

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How Often Should Scales Be Calibrated?

  The Quick and Easy Answer….. …it all depends on your process tolerances and ISO procedures. Some applications may need scale calibration at the beginning of every shift in order to maintain compliance, while other applications may only need a scale checked once every 90 days. What about Process Tolerance? So the real question is…

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The Cost of Scale Inaccuracy

  How Much Does Inaccuracy Hurt your Bottom Line? Imagine this. Your customer receives your product. Opens a box or accepts the shipment and they find out they’ve been shorted a part, box, or amount of product. How does that impact your business? Is your customer going to be coming back to your solution? Probably…

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Analog or Digital Load Cells?

Often customers will ask, should I use analog or digital load cells? Both have pros and cons, but the main difference between the two is how their signals are processed.  Signal strength, signal content, and data sample rate are the main elements that vary between the two load cell options….. Signal Strength:  Both load cells use strain gauge signals that begin…

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Why Measure Scale Return on Investment?

We get it. Scale systems can be a serious investment. Often times it is incredibly tempting to go with a scale that has a lower upfront cost and save some the money now. But how much money is that mindset saving you in the long run? What happens when you have to buy a new bench…

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Volume vs Weight Batching

Volume Based Batching When we look at a system that is built using a volume based solution, we usually see flow meters attached inside of the feed or exit piping of the system. These operate by measuring how fast or slow the liquid product is moving through the piping of the system. These are tied…

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Pros and Cons of Batching System Types

Batching is the process of turning raw materials into finished goods. When building batching systems by weight, most engineers will design batching processes as either a full manual batching, semi-manual batching, or automated batching system. The chart below details pros and cons of each system:  Batching System PROS CONS Manual  Low upfront cost More manual…

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How to Combat Production Inefficiencies

Time, effort, and money is wasted every day by companies looking to improve their production. Where do managers need to look for quality improvements in production lines? What kinds of data is needed to make educated decisions about your production? The best starting places for production managers to focus on is yield loss, or how…

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Scale Terminology

We understand some of the Jargon we use can be lost on those who may not be as familiar with the metrology (the scientific study of measurement) terminology. That’s why we’ve compiled a pretty simple list of scale terminology to hep you understand the scientific aspects of this study of measurement. Accuracy– The ability of the weighing system…

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Common Problems with Moisture Analyzers

There’s no doubt that moisture analyzers can be a vital part of your quality control processes.  They allow you to measure processability, shelf life, usability, and quality of your products. So what are the common problems with moisture analyzers? Are you insuring that they are always performing to their best? Many facilities calibrate the weighing capabilities,…

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How to Buy a Truck Scale

Truck scales can go through a lot. These scales are often in relentless environments and exposed to the elements.  You need to be confident and know your scale will last before you invest thousands of dollars into this piece of equipment. So what should you look for when purchasing a truck scale so that you…

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Jaguar and JAGXTREME Replacements

METTLER TOLEDO is the world’s leading provider of weighing equipment.  They provided weighing equipment that last well past the availability of replacement parts. Terminals are a prime example of such equipment we see in the field, with the Jaguar and the JAGXTREME being two of the most popular. As partners for your productivity, this worries us….

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3 Things To Consider for Maintaining A Truck Scale

Truck Scale owners know that there is a lot that goes into the planning and purchasing of a truck scale. Deciding on a steel or concrete deck, making sure the site and foundation are correct, and deciding on the preventative maintenance program that is right for you. Here are three things to consider for maintaining…

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Improving Efficiencies in Warehouses

Who wouldn’t like to improve their warehousing efficiency? Intelligent use of scales in a production environment, especially a warehouse, has been proven to increase profitability. Scales ensure that you have a proper count of inventory, your product is shipped correctly and within the proper quality tolerances. Improving Efficiencies in Warehouses is easier than you think!  Maximizing…

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Weighing Safety First

At Carlton Scale, we pride ourselves on providing safe products and resources for our customers in a safe environment for our employees. Our safety slogan is “Weigh Safety 1st” and that commitment is a core pillar of our business, which carries to not only our employees but also to our customers. The below blog post is…

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5 Common Scale Myths

Scales shouldn’t be a mystery. In fact, they should be one of the most reliable aspects of your production work flow! Below are five common scale myths and ways to stay ahead of costly problems. 1) “All Scales are the Same” There are many different kinds of scales, each designed to meet a unique set of…

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The Importance of Scale Maintenance

Businesses that use scales do so to operate efficiently. When scales are not working properly the bottom line feels it either in material loss, incorrect packaging of product, or overfilling.  So why maintain your scales? Routine calibrations and preventative maintenance prolong the life of the weighing instruments and ensure that it will continue to operate to specification. What Effects…

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How Much Does a Floor Scale Cost?

Floor scale upfront cost varies from around $500 all the way up to nearly $45,000, but these scales could cost you much much more over the life of the scale.  So how much does a floor scale cost and why should you spend twice the amount for just a floor scale? The main answers are accuracy and…

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PDX® Technology in Weigh Modules

PDX® load cell technology is as good as it gets with regards to weighing accurately and efficiency, so it was only a matter of time before the most advanced PDX®  digital load cells became available for more applications. METTLER TOLEDO produces weigh module versions of PDX® with the PinMount™ systems. In this post we will look at different…

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POWERCELL® PDX® Technology

As with all forms of technology, load cells have evolved rapidly over the last decade.  Going from analog to digital was a big first step; however PDX® technology is a game-changer in the industrial weighing industry.  From the elimination of junction boxes, to the advanced predictive diagnostics capabilities, METTLER TOLEDO has developed the most accurate…

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Check Weighing: Key to Efficient Production

Check weighing is the process of verifying the quality of an end product by it’s weight. Check weighing has long been a key element of production operations due to their fast nature of operation, affordability and low error rate, when setup and calibrated correctly. Check weighing is the secret weapon of the most efficient productions. Check…

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How Much Does A Truck Scale Cost

SEE THE TRUCK SCALES How Much Does A Truck Scale Cost? How Much Does a Truck Scale Cost? The quick and easy answer: initial truck scale cost range anywhere from $35,000 all the way up to over $100,000. If you’re only looking at the initial sticker cost of the scale, you are going to be paying well over that…

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