Most often the subject of weighing is a reference to scales. Although most of the world knows Interfaced for our expertise in test and measurement, aerospace, automotive, energy, and medical industries, we know our way around all kinds of weighing applications and scales.
In fact, load cells are truly the heart of every scale system and make modern use cases for highly accurate weight data possible. At Interface, we design, manufacture, and guarantee the highest performing load cells in the world.
In our online seminar, Weighing Your Options, Keith Skidmore, and Jeff White detail Interface products used for weighing, along with engineering tips, applications, and frequently asked questions.
How have sensors historically been used for weighing and lifting? The most common uses are in weigh modules, floor, and bench scales, along with truck and rail transport weighcheck systems. Interface’s involvement in providing measurement solutions have traditionally focused on test and measurement applications, sensors for machines and rigs, as well as use in weighing components. Trends are moving to complete weighing solutions.
Sensors are used throughout the product life cycle, from R&D to distribution, including
- Weighing individual parts or components
- Equipment and machines that measure weight during assembly and production
- Weighing ingredients in food and chemical processes
- Weighing products during distribution
- Weighing before and during transportation
Interface load cells can measure across a wide range of force, from 0.02 to 2,000k lbf. Interface products used in weighing applications are diverse in design, including:
- LowProfile Load Cells Models 1200, 1100 and 1000 in Various Capacities
- Stainless Steel Load Cells for Ruggedized Requirements
- Miniature Beam Load Cells including Overprotection and Sealed Options
- Platform Scale Load Cells
- Load Pins
- Load Shackles
- Tension Links and New WTSATL Lightweight Aluminum Wireless Tension Links
- Wireless Load Cells
- New Pillow Block Load Cells
Our weighing sensors combined with available instrumentation use a variety of communication methods, including analog, digital, wireless and cloud based, to allow users to gather data in-facility or remotely. Junction boxes such as our JB1100 4-Channel Advanced Signal Conditioning Transmitter Indicator and Junction Box are frequently used for weighing systems. We can also customize sensors to meet specifications for weighing use cases.
Most Common Types of Instrumentation Used for Weighing
- Analog Signal Conditioners
- Digital Signal Conditioners
- Active Junction Boxes
- Digital Displays
- Programmable Weight Controllers
- Data Acquisition Systems
- Wireless and Specialty Devices
Interface has also introduced several weigh system modules, like the WSSCLC-Mount Weighing Assembly. It is a stainless-steel construction and available in three sizes. It incorporates a safety retainer to prevent accidental vessel lifting or sliding. When used with Model WSSCLC Load Cell, the system is IP68 rated and good for rugged applications.
The place to start with any new weighing application is what do you need to weigh by and what is the smallest increasing increment? Interface application engineers can help you choose the correct equipment, including the load cell, weigh module, instrumentation, and any accessories. They will review the requirements such as live load, dead load, number of supports, washdown, weighing materials, temperature and temperature swings, hazardous environment and exposure, type of vessel, measurements of compression or tension, mixers or shakers attachments, rigid conduit, or piping and even shock loading issues.
Watch the complete online seminar to learn more about weighing systems used for tank and hoppers, conveyor belts, industrial equipment, continuous weighing and automation features for alarms and safety requirements. We detail do’s and don’ts along with frequently asked questions.