AWTX Launches Redesigned Stainless Steel ProDec Scale

Based on feedback from end-users and distributors, Avery Weigh-Tronix is pleased to announce the availability of a redesigned ProDec (DSLS) floor scale.

ss prodec floor scaleThe complete stainless steel structure of the ProDec now incorporates hermetically sealed, stainless steel Weigh Bars as standard. Ideal for the hygienic requirements of the Food and Chemical processing industries, the hermetically sealed Weigh Bars are designed with high accuracy and reliability and are NTEP approved.

The DSLS now includes a side access to the stainless junction box to further reduce the chance of food, debris and other matter from getting trapped in the creases of the junction box compartment. The redesigned ProDec is available in standard sizes ranging from 36 x 36 inches to 84 x 60 inches and capacities from 2,000 to 10,000 pounds.

Can I Buy An American Made Load Cell?

You know we get asked this question usually about once every three months so we figured that we’d throw together a quick write up on the blog to give you an answer to the question.

And that question is, can I buy a Made in the USA load cell?

The answer is……

YES!

The good people at Cardinal Scale in Webb City, Missouri still make load cells for a large portion of their product line at their factory in Missouri. So if Made in the USA quality is important to you, we suggest that you take a look at the Cardinal Scale product lineup.

Load cells convert force into an electrical signal and are an essential component of hanging scales, truck scales, railroad track scales, and many other medical and industrial weighing systems. The load cell sensor detects force and moves the strain gauge, which then measures the movement as an electrical signal that can be used to give power to the scale. Cardinal Scale is one of the largest load cell and strain gauge manufacturers in the U.S. with their own state-of-the-art facility. Cardinal features a wide variety of USA-made load cells for use with all weighing systems. From powerful aluminum alloy electronic load cells to durable stainless steel load cells, each model is available in a range of capacities. Cardinal also offers several hydraulic load cell models that provide accurate weighing in harsh conditions because they are water-proof and immune to lightning.

Artech Load CellsWe also have a wide variety of Made in the USA load cells from Artech Industries.  They are based in California and build just about every type of load cell that you can imagine in their Riverside, California load cell factory.  Artech Industries is a major supplier of strain gauge load cells / force transducers for a wide variety of industrial and OEM applications. They rely on proven engineering innovations, careful manufacturing and quality control procedures have built an enviable reputation and record of performance since 1985.

We know that buying Made in America weighing products is important to many of our customers and we appreciate your loyalty and share your enthusiasm for Made in the USA equipment. If this is important to you please let us know before we process a quote or before we provide service on your scales. The reason we say this is many times when we are asked to quote on scales or parts we often choose the best overall product (price/durability) and often that is an imported item. So, if Made in the USA is very important to you, let us know and we would be happy to quote you an American Made scale or load cell if we can.

Cardinal S-Type Load Cells

cardinal s-type load cellsCardinal’s American-made stainless steel tension load cells are ideally suited for single or multiple load cell tension applications. Simplicity of design permits their use in a wide variety of configurations. The ZX250, 500 and 1000 load cells are potted with a proprietary waterproof sealant that remains flexible over the life of the load cell and protects the load cell strain gauges over a broad temperature range. Load cells ZX-2500 and up have the gauge cavity sealed by a welded stainless steel cup. Metric threads are available on most models. NTEP legal-for-trade certified. Available capacities range from 250 lb / 113 kg to 20,000 lb / 9072 kg.

Click below to see the literature on the Cardinal’s ZX series stainless steel tension load cells with USA made quality. The ZX series is the superior choice for single or multiple load cell tension applications. These cells are NTEP certified for use in commerce and capacities range from 250 lb to 20,000 lb.

There is also new literature available for Cardinal’s Z series tension load cells. These waterproof tension load cells are ideally suited for single load cell tension applications. Fabricated from aircraft-quality aluminum alloy, these cells ofer a cost-effective solution to many tension applications. They are potted with a proprietary sealant that provides for superior water protection and remains flexible over the lifespan of the load cell. The cells feature threaded holes on each end for hanger assemblies.

CenterPoint Series Tank And Hopper Weighing Systems Offer USA Made Quality

Cardinal Scale’s new CenterPoint series Tank and Hopper Weighing Systems utilize double-ended shear beam stainless steel load cells with center load design for optimum efficiency in mixing, blending, batching, inventory control, and general weighing.

Manufactured entirely at Cardinal’s factory in Webb City, MO, the bolt-in-place mounting assembly with articulating top plate makes them ideal for indoor or outdoor weighing applications. Available in three or four legged mounting assemblies with mild or stainless steel stands and self-checking sliding pin design, the Cardinal CenterPoint load cell kits may be combined with one of Cardinal’s state-of-the-art 200 series weight indicators for a complete digital weighing system.

Ideal for new installations or conversions, each kit comes complete with three or four stainless steel IP68 load cells, your choice of mild or stainless steel mounting assemblies, 30 feet of load cell cable, and one stainless steel junction box.

Features and Benefits
* Environmentally-sealed, USA-made stainless steel load cells
* Self-checking, low-profile mounting assemblies bolt directly to floor and tank
* Light to heavy capacity mounting assemblies available
* Ideal for new installations or conversions
* Rugged bolt-in-place hardware design
* System capacities up to 200,000 pounds

Load Cell Sealing

There is more to a load cell than is it an alloy steel load cell or stainless steel load cell?  Load cells also have a lot of different sealing types. What’s the difference? How do you choose what load cell to buy?

The majority of us aren’t industry experts on load cell production. But when you comprehend the fundamentals subsequently selecting the best one will be considerably less difficult. Let’s begin with straightforward weighing jobs. At the very least, the majority of load cells are environmentally sealed. What does that suggest? It implies that the internal gauge area is protected with potting, and determined by design you might find either a rubber boot or glued metal plate guarding that location too. Environmentally sealed load cells are designed for simple indoor/outdoor use-not frequent moisture contact. You’ll see these cells produced from a variety of material; aluminum, alloy or stainless-steel. Continue reading

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In an era of sea change for weighing equipment and its distribution, certain important brand attributes remain the same for Pennsylvania brand scales.  Consistent, flexible treatment; Made in USA quality; long Warranties; 15-20 year service life (in a world of throwaway equipment); Technician-friendly products; and a commitment to our customers.  Continue reading