Rice Lake Weighing Systems® and Postea Group Inc.® Join Forces to Forge the Future of Dimensioning

The partnership will provide dimensioning solutions for the e-commerce, courier, logistics, retail, postal and production industries.

Rice Lake Weighing Systems and Cambridge, Mass.-based Postea Group Inc. have partnered together to develop and manufacture QubeVu®, an industry-changing 3D imaging system. Postea Group Inc. will continue to engineer and develop the QubeVu technology while Rice Lake Weighing Systems will utilize its 70 years of industry expertise to manufacture the product and distribute it through its vast dealer network as the iDimension™ Series.

Postea Group Inc. offers intelligent products and forward-thinking solutions, unparalleled in innovative technology and intuitive user design. With tremendous strides in the distribution industries since its origin in 2007, today Postea Group Inc. offers dimensioning solutions to maximize processing efficiencies and reduce the manual impact of the postal and parcel industries’ move to dimensional rating.

Rice Lake Weighing Systems was founded in 1946 and is an international leader in the manufacture and distribution of weight-related, measurement and process-control equipment. With 70 years of industry experience, Rice Lake Weighing Systems strives to be the leader in every aspect of the weighing, measurement and process-control industry, without sacrificing its founding principles of quality and customer service. “We are very excited about this partnership with Postea and the dimensioning technology,” says Rice Lake Weighing Systems President, Mark Johnson, Jr. “This investment allows each of us to focus on our respective strengths and expand our cutting-edge product offering.” Moving forward, Johnson will serve as a member of the Postea Group Inc. board of directors.

“We are delighted to have the US market leader in weighing systems join Postea. It is a perfect match for our dimensioning technology as Continue reading Rice Lake Weighing Systems® and Postea Group Inc.® Join Forces to Forge the Future of Dimensioning

Truck Storage, Printing ID Numbers, Inbound, Outbound and Ticket Printer

In the entry for today we provide an overview of truck in/truck out at a scale house that you would see beside a typical truck scale. Often an empty truck will pull into the business and drive over the scale and get a weight with nothing in the truck. Often the scale operator will enter the truck identification number or give the truck an ID number. Then the operator will place a ticket in the printer and print out the empty weight along with id number. Next the truck drives to the loading area and whatever material he needs to pickup is loaded into the truck. Then the truck driver drives back to the truck scale and once the scale shows zero the truck is driven on the scale. The scale operator then enters the id number and places the original ticket in the printer and it prints the total weight and the net weight. In case you didn’t quite follow all the truck storage, id numbers, truck in/out stuff, check out the video below to get a better idea of how all this works.

Truck Scale Solution For Busy Landfill

Have you ever stopped to think just how much trash and garbage that you generate each day? Or how much trash you (and your family) generate each week? Or, what about each year? That is many pounds and tons of garbage that has to be disposed of in a landfill. Of course, the town needs an accurate way to measure how much garbage they are accumulating with each truck. That is where an Avery Weigh-Tronix truck scale comes in handy.  See complete article here.

Safford, Arizona is located a couple hours outside of Phoenix, USA. The city is the site of a recently developed copper mine – a project that brought an additional 1,200 individuals into temporary residence in the city, with about 700 that would make Safford their permanent home. The sudden inflation in population resulted in a need for housing, hotels – and a way to better manage and track the increasing amounts of waste produced, which would soon stress the town’s landfill.

Jay Howe, Safford’s Utilities & Public Works Director, had been looking into purchasing a scale to measure waste as it’s collected long before the copper mine became a permanent fixture in the community. The city owns and operates a landfill that charges for the waste by truckload, rather than by ton. Trucks carrying this waste were supposed to haul only eight yards (7.3m) of materials at a time, but this served only as an estimate. Often, the waste loads were so compacted that they equated to ten yards (9.1m) instead. These excessive loads did not comply with city regulations and caused undue stress on the city’s roads.

“After looking through our reports, I noticed that the amount of waste collected was estimated by truckload, rather than weighed, making it challenging for us to accurately determine whether we’re in compliance,” Howe said. “With a scale, we know exactly how many tons of waste we’re collecting, which helps keep us accountable.” Continue reading Truck Scale Solution For Busy Landfill

Paying it Forward

As we often remind folks, scales and weighing related solutions are all around us. Today we wanted to take a look at an application that you might not think about when it comes to weight.

Paying it forward should accomplish things that the other person cannot accomplish on their own. From this, the practice of helping one another can spread exponentially throughout society, at a ratio of three to one, creating a social movement with an impact of making the world a better place.

The New England Organ Bank regularly facilitates the ultimate “pay it forward,” using one lost life to save or improve another.

All organ and tissue donations begin with a weight. Once consent for donation has been obtained through either the donor’s DMV records or from next of kin, the donor’s weight must be recorded. This is one of the first qualifiers to move on to the next stage: recovery. Once a confirmed weight passes as acceptable, tissue samples undergo rigorous testing. Serology tests are run on the donor to ensure the samples are safe and disease-free. Cultures are also taken on every tissue recovered.

Prior to 2009, an accurate means of measuring weight was missing, potentially skewing acceptable donations from moving forward to the recovery phase. Donor weight was estimated based on medical records and the family’s best estimate—which was not always accurate. New England Organ Bank rightly errs on the side of caution whenever something is in question, and estimating weight meant perfectly safe tissue could be deemed unsafe for transplants. If a donor’s weight was on the border of acceptance, it would not advance to the recovery phase. A more precise means of recording donor weight was needed to ensure no acceptable tissue would be lost. The organ bank needed a custom floor scale exhibiting accurate weighments and durability, while adhering to strict sanitary standards.

In addition to accuracy, the organ bank also required a scale in the recovery area that could withstand equally important washdown requirements. Avoiding contamination is essential in the transplant process—a factor which requires special scale considerations. With the installation of the custom washdown-ready Rice Lake floor scale, the donor’s weight is now precisely recorded and converted into kilograms, which is the industry standard unit of measure. This weight is used to calculate the total amount of blood and plasma a donor can receive without compromising the tissue sample; too much fluid given results in dilution, making it unfit for transplantation.

“The scale needs to provide an accurate weight of the donor,” Kristina explains. “This is very important because if the scale is off, or the weight is estimated, the calculation for fluid levels won’t be accurate. We are very happy with Rice Lake’s floor scale which gives us readings down to a tenth of a gram.”

Another wonderful example of how Rice Lake scales work accurately and provide a high quality solution for many industries throughout the world. Whether it’s wash down with water or industrial warehouse type scales; pounds or grams, the odds are pretty good that you can find a Rice Lake scale, either standard or custom built that will meet your requirements.

Tripping over cables? Check out CAS new wireless wheel weigher

If you’re a user of portable wheel load scales, we have a question for you. Are you tired of tripping over the cables? If so check out the new wireless wheel weigher – the CAS RWT-F Series.

Three features of the RWT-F Series:
1. Zigbee Wireless Technology
2. Static or in-motion weighing
3. Data management software included for reporting capabilities

Four different sizes and capacities!
The ultra-low profile platforms are designed to weigh trucks with a multitude of axle configurations and capacity requirements. Each wheel weigher platform includes an integral weight display, and can be interfaced via Zigbee Wireless Technology up to 12 platforms to the CAS RWT-5000F Indicator/Printer.

Wireless Wheel Weigher
• 10K, 20K, 30K & 40K lb Capacities
• Low profile platform size: only 1.4″ / 34 mm high
• Zigbee wireless technology
• IP66 Rated
• In-motion and static weighing capabilities
• Includes 2 rechargeable Lithium Polymer (Li-Po) batteries and optional lightweight urethane ramps and connectors

Multi-Platform Wireless Indicator
• Used with RWT-F Platform
• Zigbee Wireless Technology
• Connects up to 12 wireless platforms individual or simultaneous readings
• USB & RS-232C ports included
• Memory for up to 10K vehicles

Build your own Wheel Weigher System!
Optional accessories including dummy plates and connectors allow the user to configure the RWT-F Wheel Weighing System to be used in several different weighing applications.

For in-motion weighing applications:
• The single axle configuration (2 scale platforms) including the use of the CAS optional dummy plates and connectors insure optimum level weighing conditions.

For static weighing applications:
• The cascaded configuration can be interlocked via our CAS optional dummy plates and connectors, allowing up to 12 platforms to be interfaced via Zigbee Wireless Technology to the CAS RWT-5000F Indicator/Printer.

Rice Lake 920i Flexweigh At Work…

Pasta is a finicky food. Most people think of it in its fully cooked state—soft, succulent and durable enough to harmlessly toss against a wall to gauge its eat-readiness. However, the pasta manufacturing process reveals its true identity: a rigid, break-happy material demanding ultimate precision and care. When Claude Smith became plant manager of Pasta Montana in 2010, he immediately noticed areas that needed improvement. Bulk containers weighing between 500-1000 pounds were being manually filled and adjusted to reach specified targets. “It was a very time-consuming and inefficient process,” Claude explains. “We set the empty container on a floor scale, weighed it, and then scooped product in and out until we got the right weight. People were using their best guess to predict the overshoot or undershoot on the scale.”

Furthermore, operators were confined to an area near the weight display. “Someone always had to keep an eye on the readout,” Claude continues. “We spent a lot of time adjusting the weight and had to use two people on the job because of the inefficiencies.” Pasta Montana manufactures pasta 24 hours per day / 7 days per week, and at least one of those days was devoted to this bulk filling process. Making dry pasta is a continuous process. The raw material, semolina, is mixed and extruded through a set of dies to determine shape based on customer needs. After its shape is formed, the pasta mix enters a dryer for approximately four hours. It then runs through a cooler to avoid condensation. Once out of the cooler, the pasta travels through a few elevators and on to the next line, where a tote, bag or box is filled and packaged. This process runs on a loop, around the clock. “We needed the tote filling process to be continuous,” Claude explains. “If there’s a shutdown, it affects everything. Pasta dryers require a lot of humidity to dry the pasta. It seems counter-intuitive, but the humidity comes from the product. So if you’re not continuously putting fresh product in the dryer and taking dry product out, the process stops. It’s difficult to maintain good quality product because you’re eating away your humidity and not replenishing it in the form of product that’s been freshly extruded. If a line stops, we have product ready to exit the dryer and product ready to enter the dryer and each is now suspect in quality. In the past, this happened when we had issues filling totes, the operator fell behind, or a button wasn’t pressed at the right time.” After a thorough review of the process, a Rice Lake 920i FlexWeigh System 101 was selected to control the bulk packaging process.

The 920i FlexWeigh 101 system features a simple, rock-solid program that’s as easy as 1-2-3:
1. Empty container is placed on the scale
2. Container is automatically filled to a preset weight
3. Filled container is replaced with an empty container

With 920i FlexWeigh 101s in place, line stoppages no longer occur. The proverbial bottleneck which once existed in packaging has now spun its way back to processing. Increased packaging capacity has created a ravenous demand for more product. “I knew of Rice Lake by reputation,” Claude remembers, “but never had the chance to work with the products until this project. In the food industry, everything is very cut and dry. Either something works or it doesn’t; there aren’t very many shades of gray. The highest compliment I can give Rice Lake is that their stuff just works. I’m very happy with the results. One person can now run that packaging line without worrying about keeping an eye on the scale’s digital readout or scooping product in and out. They are free to allow the system to fill, build a few totes ahead of schedule, and come back when it’s done.” This was just the beginning. Click here to read the entire article.

New Requirements for Laboratory Balances?

The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) is a scientific nonprofit organization that sets globally-recognized standards for quality of medicines, food ingredients and dietary supplements developed and manufactured for human consumption. The USP’s guidelines recently underwent major revisions, and in December 2013, updates to Chapter 41 and 1251, which have an impact on weighing technology went into effect.

Chapter 41 focuses on the “requirement for balances used to weigh analytes for quantitative measures.” Balance repeatability and accuracy was once an area in which there was once much ambiguity, and the updates attempt to better define the parameters to be used when determining the appropriate minimum weight and operating range. The updates to Chapter 41 include increasing the number of balance tests from one to two, changing expansion factor from 3 to 2 and increasing the limit of repeatability test from ≤ 0.1% to ≤ 0.10% to reduce errors caused by rounding. Additionally, Chapter 41 addresses calibration weights for the first time, indicating that test weights should be between 5% and 100% of balance capacity.

Chapter 1251 has undergone major revisions focusing on balance qualification and operation. Among the new additions is a clear definition of minimum weight, which refers to the sample weight, and not tare or gross weight. Chapter 1251 also defines protocol for balance testing frequency, in order to ensure necessary testing is conducted and unnecessary testing can be eliminated, helping to improve laboratory efficiency. For example, a daily balance check, which is typical in many laboratories, is not actually a requirement. Instead, the type and frequency of balance checks should be determined by the risk and process tolerance of the application. Performing the right tests at the right intervals will ensure quality results and can potentially save time and money by eliminating unnecessary testing!

While the criteria listed in Chapter 41 is enforceable, Chapter 1251 includes recommendations for optimal results.

Defining guidelines and requirements for accurate and precise weighing from the outset will help assure accuracy during every phase of a project. OHAUS portfolio includes multiple balances, including the Explorer and Adventurer Pro, that conform to these guidelines and can assure that all weight determination in pharmaceutical compounding applications meet the criteria set forth by the USP. Click here to see the complete article courtesy of Ohaus.

Is the Ohaus Ranger 7000 The Right Scale For You?

Are you Tough Enough?

Flexible Enough?

Ranger 7000 is. Choose a Weigh below hook for density determination or below balance weighing. Die-cast metal housing and indicator that can be tower or bench mounted.

Introducing the All New Ohaus Ranger® Series of Compact Bench and Counting Scales. The all new Ranger is tough, precise, and ready for anything. The Ranger Series is the “go to” scale for the toughest jobs, with durable construction, user-friendly operation, and fast, precise weighing and measuring capabilities. Ranger. The Right Tool For The Toughest Jobs

Advanced Features Take Industrial Weighing to the Next Level
Ranger 7000 has ten advanced application modes for a variety of complex applications which minimize the need for manual calculations, and can also control peripheral devices and/or a scale platform with option kit.

Fast Performance and Legal for Trade Certifications assure Accurate Results
With a one second stabilization time, up to 75,000d or 350,000d display resolution and legal for trade certifications, Ranger 7000 provides the precision that cannot be matched by any scale in its class.

Sturdy Industrial and Modular Design Support Flexible and Heavy-Duty Use
Ranger 7000 was developed to thrive in rugged and harsh industrial environments. This modular scale was built with IP54 cast metal housing and sealed metal indicator to ensure durability. Continue reading Is the Ohaus Ranger 7000 The Right Scale For You?

Quick Note of Thanks

The crawlspace of your home is often something you never think about, yet it’s really an integral part of maintaining your house (especially for those of us in the southern United States).

Damp and humid crawl spaces create conditions conducive to mold/mildew growth, deterioration of wood structural members, wood destroying insect infestation, buckling of hardwood flooring, and significantly decreased indoor air quality.

So with that being said, we just wanted to give a quick word of appreciation to Crawlspace Tech for giving us a little advice and feedback recently.  Based on their experience as home inspectors, they are able to design and implement a strategy for vastly improving the environment under a house, and can often do this at a better price than those “specialists”.  They also can design a solution for you to install yourself for a small fee.

They approach each situation as a building inspector and clearly define the line between necessary and excessive.  Once again, just wanted to say thanks and we appreciate your honest feedback and courtesy.