Manufacturing

Fairbanks Trident: A Proven, Strategically Special Scale White PaperJune 26, 2017

It is not uncommon to find our competitors focusing the sales dialog on the virtues of a steel deck truck scale. Most of the time, they will lead with a quick-to-install, low cost steel deck product. While steel deck scales have their value, cutting through the competitive noise makes you more successful and puts you in a position […]

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TensileCore Engineered Concrete White PaperJune 26, 2017

In just about any application, a concrete deck truck scale is a better long-term solution than a steel deck scale. When was the last time you drove across a steel bridge on the highway? Chances are every bridge you see is made of concrete. Strength, surface wear, maintenance needs and cost make concrete the best material for bridges. A […]

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QuickSilver Bench Scale meets all demands of Gulf Coast supermarket chainJune 26, 2017

Along America’s Gulf Coast, from Gulf Shores, Ala., to Layfayette, La., you will find locations for regional supermarket chain, Rouses Food Market. From its beginnings, Rouses has prided itself on providing customers with local fare such as Louisiana grass-fed beef, Chappapeela pork, Mississippi Lamb, Boudin and Andouille sausages, and locally grown fruits and vegetables. With more than 50 stores in three states, Rouses shares […]

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PDQ Scale White PaperJune 26, 2017

An area Sales manager (ASM) had developed a relationship with a local pipe company and uncovered an opportunity to help them with a scale solution. The pipe manufacturer had no means to confirm product / shipping weight. They were purchasing steel coils based on weight so they needed a scale to confirm the weight of the coils. This […]

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LabelBank Not Just for the Food Industry White PaperJune 26, 2017

Tracking boxes, crates, and bags of product is important to most businesses. Nowhere is it more important than in the currency business. Fairbanks Scales was approached by a leading armored car business with the problem of labeling and tracking bags of money. The request: “Help us label and record bags of currency, from pennies to paper, so that we can […]

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Beginning a Beautiful Relationship with 9104 Omnicells White PaperJune 26, 2017

Fairbanks has a solid and successful track record in tank weighing assemblies, and the word is spreading. Many industrial processes need and demand weight integration in the inventory holding tanks these processes depend on. This trend is expected to continue as more and more tank users demand integrated weighing systems on their above-ground tanks. With our expertise, Fairbanks is perfectly positioned to deliver […]

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An Innovative Solution White PaperJune 26, 2017

The cost for hand-harvesting operations has steadily increased over the years without regard to the delivered-in price that growers receive. Growers spend more money on harvesting operations than for all other production costs combined, including fertilizers, sprays, irrigation and weed control. This cost squeeze, created by increasing costs and a constant or decreasing price for […]

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Foodborne Illnesses White PaperJune 26, 2017

• 3,000 deaths • 1 in every 6 Americans get sick (that’s 48 million people) • 128,000 hospitalizations These yearly estimates are provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in reference to the foodborne illnesses in the Unites States. The unfortunate part is that they were all preventable and, to make matters worse, a recent study […]

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Coal Tar Undercoating White PaperJune 26, 2017

In 2001, the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) released a study that calculated the cost of corrosion to the United States economy. According to this study, rust costs nearly $280 billion dollars per year. These costs come from maintenance, repair and replacement of equipment. Taking the advice from the NACE report, demand that your OEM can provide corrosion prevention technologies. […]

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Measuring Irregular and Small ObjectsMay 3, 2017

iDimension Series version 4.9.1.162 firmware (NTEP pending) is now available for download. This version enhances dimensioning performance with irregular shaped objects and items measuring less than two inches in height. Read more about the iDimension firmware here.

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Connecting an iDimension 100 to UPS WorldShip SoftwareMay 3, 2017

Connecting an iDimension 100 Series to UPS Worldship requires your unit to have software version 4.7.2.1007 or later to be installed. When connecting to UPS Worldship or any software that interfaces to a Cubiscan 100 or 110, it is required to transmit the weight and dimensions to the software program. A compatible shipping scale must […]

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The Difference Between Open and Closed End Service White PaperApril 17, 2017

Open-end service is the most typical type of service that is provided in the industrial weighing service industry. It is service that is paid for as the service is required, also known as “pay as you go.” The service may consist of periodic inspections that are pre-scheduled to your specific needs and requirements. It is […]

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IP69K White PaperApril 17, 2017

What is IP69K? Is this a concern for me? If so, how can I be
protected?

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Best Practices White PaperApril 17, 2017

SO, YOU OWN A TRUCK SCALE for commercial purposes.
Since your purchase, have you become an expert in the scale’s
operation and maintenance? Unlikely since your day-to-day
operations keep you focused on generating revenue, not
worrying about your scale’s maintenance, repair and
operation. So, to help you focus on your business, here is
your guide to proven best practices you can quickly implement
and keep your scale operational as long as possible with
minimal expense.

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Scale Maintenance White PaperApril 17, 2017

Do not be fooled by service companies selling scale maintenance agreements that lack focus on calibration. Calibration is the most important component of any periodic maintenance program.

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Packaging TestingDecember 15, 2016

By combining the TA1 texture analyzer with our grips and fixtures for packaging testing you can perform tests such as tension, carton erection, friction, puncture and top loading.

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DimensioningNovember 17, 2016

Dimensional weight, often referred to as dim weight, reflects the package’s density—the amount of space the package utilizes in relation to its weight. To determine dim weight, a package’s length, width and height are multiplied, resulting in its cubic size, and then divided by 166 for domestic or 139 for international shipments. Read more about […]

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Time Flies at Tilcon, Thanks to the Automated Ticketing SystemsNovember 2, 2016

Tilcon owns and operates dozens of quarries, asphalt and recycling plants, water terminals, and highway construction divisions, in New York and New Jersey.  At the Mount Hope Quarry alone they weigh hundreds of trucks on a busy day. Advance Scale Company, Inc., Rockaway, N.J., has installed Automated Ticketing Systems (ATS) on the truck scales to […]

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MSHA Guidelines for Truck ScalesNovember 2, 2016

The Mine Safety and Health Administration or MSHA (nicknamed “emshaw”) is the government organization that oversees safety at mines, quarries, and related industries. MSHA is headquartered in Arlington, VA, with district offices at six locations around the United States. There are presently over 850 inspectors within MSHA. How does MSHA impact scales and the scale industry? […]

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One Perfect OTR Survivor and MSHA Guardrail InstalledNovember 2, 2016

Joe Mayberry, scale salesman extraordinaire for American Weighing Systems, Atlanta, Georgia, is rightly proud of this new OTR SURVIVOR truck scale installed in a three-sided pit for a Butler Sand Company sand mine operation. Lloyd Shapard, LL Designs, Inc., did the installation and fabricated the MSHA-approved guardrail. The workmanship is just plain beautiful. Mike Bordino, Rice […]

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Turning Grain Dust into Gold with Grain Dump ScalesNovember 2, 2016

Grain fields in eastern Illinois and Wisconsin stretch as far as the horizon in all directions. Towering clusters of bins and elevators pinpoint the super-sized grain facilities at rail stops and small towns. All is quiet—until harvest when the grain dust hits the wind. For years, grain terminal operators have invested in safety equipment and […]

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Check the (Load Cell) Pockets to Compare Truck ScalesNovember 2, 2016

You are not looking for loose change when you check the load cell pockets to compare truck scales.  Instead, you’re looking at a possible major expense—the cost of downtime if the load cell pockets are welded or bolted on instead of incorporated into the overall weighbridge design. The ends of the scale modules are one […]

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Farmers Trust in Their Crop with a Rice Lake Survivor OTRNovember 2, 2016

Even before a seed is planted, farmers invest a great deal of time and effort to ensure it develops into a healthy crop. Equipment must be purchased. Land must be secured. The ground must be tilled. Weather must be correctly predicted.  Once planted, the seed must be meticulously cared for and nourished for months until […]

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Rattling the Acres of Outagamie County with Rice Lake’s Mobile Marketing UnitNovember 2, 2016

It can be quiet in Wisconsin’s farm country, with July’s mid-day sun forcing every living creature to shade and shelter,  and only the occasional buzzing fly or swish of a tail to cut the silence. But when Wisconsin’s Farm Technology Days came to Outagamie County in July of 2012 things were far from quiet. In […]

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Aloha Automation with Rice Lake’s Programmable Indicators and Quality Control ScaleNovember 2, 2016

Hawaii is the land of luaus, leis and lava, but is is also home to the only fully-automated QUIKRETE® manufacturing facility in the United States. Bonded Materials is located on the scenic island of Oahu, the third largest of the Hawaiian Islands.

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Rice Lake’s 920 i Controller Helps to Increase Tread LifeNovember 2, 2016

A TIRE COMES INTO THIS WORLD FOR JUST ONE PURPOSE. IT CARRIES US FROM POINT “A” TO POINT “B” AND BACK AGAIN THOUSANDS OF TIMES, OCCASIONALLY LEAVING A MARK OR TWO ON THE PAVEMENT OF OUR LIVES.  And suddenly it’s over, sometimes with a bang, and other times just slowly and gradually, never to be […]

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Customer Needs to Monitor Material Moving to and from SiteNovember 2, 2016

The Challenge -Installing a new truck scale and wireless RF unmanned system to monitor material like salt, slag and crushed gravel to and from the site. The Customer – Trumbull County Engineers The Solution – Brechbuhler Scales’ Youngstown, Ohio branch led the project. Working directly with Trumbull County Engineers. B-TEK Scales fabrication of the digital […]

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Truck Scale to Weigh Trucks after Offloading from Rail Cars on RailwayNovember 2, 2016

Reliable rail transportation brings in asphalt materials to the Valley Asphalt Company’s scale location near Cincinnati, Ohio. This truck scale solution weighs the trucks once the product has been off-loaded from the rail carts and into the trucks for further processing. The Clients- Valley Asphalt Company near Cincinnati, Ohio The Challenge -Truck scale to weigh […]

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Scrap Metal Processor Needs Scales to Fit in Existing AreasNovember 2, 2016

Custom scale solutions for one of the most experienced and largest scrap metal processors in North America; with clients from both generators and consumers of scrap. Situated on-site at steel mills, at industrial scrap generators, and strategically located recycling yards, the scrap management programs ensure a level of service far beyond expected industry standards The […]

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Concrete Stone Facility Needs Scales to Fit in Existing AreasNovember 2, 2016

The Clients – Concrete Stone Facility The Challenge -Turn-key truck scale solution for concrete and stone facility The Solution – From foundation work to the installation of the truck scale coated with epoxy deck and coal tar surround. B-TEK Scales fabricates custom scales to fit in existing areas and meet the needs of the concrete and stone […]

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Replacing Previous Scale in a Gravel Pit LocationNovember 2, 2016

The Customer – ConAgra Foods, Morrell, Ohio location The Challenge -Replacing a previous scale in a gravel pit location. The Solution – Brechbuhler Scales’ Mansfield, Ohio branch led the project. Working directly with ConAgra Foods to design a scale to fit the existing location, the turn-key project was completed from start to finish by BSI […]

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Weighing Specialized Sand for the Drilling of the Marcellus Shale in Central PANovember 2, 2016

The Challenge – Turn-key truck scale solution for the energy industry with multiple locations in central PA using digital technology and rail transportation. The Clients – Energy Industry The Solution – A multi scale installation used to weigh specialized sand for the drilling of the Marcellus Shale in central PA.

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Steel Processing Warehouse Weighs for Stock and Shipment SimultaneouslyNovember 2, 2016

B-TEK Clydesdale Floor Scales can be fabricated in many sizes and capacities for different scale needs. Above ground or pit type Cydesdales are available with optional ramps, bump ramps, detachable or integral columns and many indicator options. The Customer – Steel Processing Warehouse The Challenge -Weighing materials for stock and shipment at the same time. […]

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Client Desires Livestock Scale with Pass-through Doors and Easy TransportNovember 2, 2016

B-TEK Scales fabricated a full size livestock scale, equipped with forklift channels for portability. Each door has a latch closure and the ability to install a padlock. The epoxy finish is great for the agricultural environment. The Clients- Columbus, Ohio BSI branch client The Challenge -A large livestock scale with pass through doors and ability […]

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Scottish Agricultural College Uses the TA1 to Measure the Eating Quality of MeatNovember 2, 2016

To measure the eating quality of meat, the Scottish Agricultural College uses the TA1 texture analyzer from Lloyd Instruments. Uniformity and enhancement of meat eating quality is seen as an important factor in the sustainability of the Scottish (and UK) red-meat sector, in securing increased high-end market share locally and internationally. A number of factors affect meat […]

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EZ20 Test Machine Used by Exeter Advanced Technologies Measure the Behavior of Paint CoatingNovember 2, 2016

Materials characterization specialists at Exeter Advanced Technologies used the EZ20 test machine to measure the behavior of paint coating. Introduction The worst-case scenario for an exterior paint coating is early failure when at the mercy of demanding environmental conditions. Whilst companies can test samples in challenging climates over the long term, it is possible to […]

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Denture Cement and Adhesive Manufacturer Tests New Formulations with the LR Plus test machineNovember 2, 2016

A UK manufacturer of denture cement / denture adhesive uses the Lloyd LR Plus test machine to test new formulations and control the quality of products in the manufacturing process. Denture cement, also known as denture adhesive, is used for a wide variety of dental work such as attaching braces to teeth and fitting temporary crowns. This […]

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Breakaway Effects Tests the Stiffness and Flexibility of Stunt GlassNovember 2, 2016

Breakaway Effects, a leading stunt glass manufacturer, used the EZ20 test machine to test the stiffness and flexibility of stunt glass. For many years, stunt glass has been used to convey dramatic realism on stage and screen. The foundation to any new product launch is accurate testing in carefully controlled conditions. Based at Shepperton Film Studios […]

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Leading Manufacturer of Overhead Optical Fibre Cables Performs Tensile TestingNovember 2, 2016

One of the leading manufacturers of overhead optical fibre cables uses the LR30KPlus test machine to perform tensile testing. Non-destructive testing Accurate measurements over tens of meters of cable Simultaneous elongation and signal attenuation measurement Conforms to IEC-60794-1-2 Method E1 Application Overhead optical fiber cable systems have become a key factor in telecommunications networks used […]

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Measuring the Eating Quality of MeatNovember 1, 2016

Uniformity and enhancement of meat eating quality is seen as an important factor in the sustainability of the Scottish (and UK) red-meat sector, in securing increased high-end market share locally and internationally. A number of factors affect meat eating qualities, both in terms of the way the animals are reared and at the processing stage […]

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Tank Weighing Woes: Why Load Cells have a Bad Reputation and What Needs to be Done to Fix itNovember 1, 2016

Many manufacturing facilities currently have load cells installed in tank systems that are no longer operational. Most of the times the load cells are left in place and the electrical cables connecting to the controls are simply cut. Production Managers, QC Managers, and maintenance personnel alike have surely encountered “that tank” or “vessel” which never […]

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Load Cells for a Portable StructureNovember 1, 2016

During a measurement, weight acts on the load cell’s body and causes elastic deformation.  The body has some spring constant. This strain (positive or negative) is converted into an electrical signal by a strain gauge installed on load cell. Read more about load cells here.

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Load Cell Application and Test GuidelinesNovember 1, 2016

A load cell is a device that is used to measure weight or force. W hen a force is applied to it in a specific manner, a load cell produces an output signal that is proportional to the applied force. One end of a load cell is typically supported on a rigid structure while the […]

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Selecting a Testing, Calibration or Measurement SupplierNovember 1, 2016

When selecting a supplier to fulfill your testing, calibration or measurement needs, you need to be sure that they can supply you with accurate and reliable results.  Whilst a laboratory can reassure you that they are technically competent, or you can attempt to evaluate the service yourself, neither provides you with confidence that you have […]

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Is Force Measurement Evolving into Materials Testing?November 1, 2016

In the past force measurement generally meant obtaining a peak load measurement on a product, part or material to verify or validate that the product or part could exceed or withstand a specified load. Force measurement was generally accepted as a fairly innocuous test performed in the lab or on the production floor. Material testing, […]

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Force Measurement ExplainedNovember 1, 2016

Force measurement is used in many differing types of applications and may be accomplished with devices utilizing differing technologies. Typical applications include measurements of tension and data and/or compression and are directed at capturing properties such as strength of a material, component or a bond. Read more about force measurement here.

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The Benefits of Buying LocalNovember 1, 2016

Businesses are turning to the Internet for a wide variety of purchases, including scales. Although convenient and sometimes less expensive, online purchases can be misleading. Knowing exactly what is being purchased from the Internet is essential— especially if the scale is going to be used in buying, selling or shipping applications. The scale may be […]

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Slope’s Effect on Accurate WeighingNovember 1, 2016

The scale is designed with the assumption that the load will be parallel to the direction of gravity and perpendicular to the weighing platform; meaning, there is only a vertical force. An uneven balance or scale causes the introduction of a horizontal force which affects the weight reading. The general rule of thumb is that […]

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USP Chapter 41: “Balances”November 1, 2016

This chapter states the requirements for balances used for materials that must be accurately weighed (see General Notices, 8.20). Unless otherwise specified, when substances must be “accurately weighed”, the weighing shall be performed using a balance that is calibrated over the operating range and meets the requirements defined for repeatability and accuracy. For balances used […]

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Single Column Force Testers Offer Practical and Affordable Force Testing SolutionsNovember 1, 2016

Single column force testers today represent the largest single market segment of the force testing marketplace for a number of reasons. Capacities now range from a couple of ounces up to 500 Lbf, with a few models offering capacities up to 1,000 Lbf. Read more about single column force testers here.

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Packaging Testing SolutionsJuly 12, 2016

Testing packaging requires an extremely versatile materials testing system due to the varying requirements applicable to the different materials. Some of the most common test types within packaging testing are tensile strength, friction,tearing strength, compression, peel and puncture. A single test system will allow you to use one machine for all types of packaging tests, […]

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Cosmetics Testing SolutionsJuly 12, 2016

Make-up, lotion, perfume, shampoo, soap, gel and wax are all types of cosmetic products that have to comply with some of the strictest international standards within materials testing. In order to become a success, cosmetic products have to look appealing to the consumer, be easy to use as well as having exactly the right texture. […]

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Paper and Cardboard Testing SolutionsJuly 12, 2016

Our materials testing and force measurement instruments are used worldwide in product development and manufacturing to test and validate wet and dry paper strength and finished paper-based products, packaging board, printing paper and applications where paper is manufactured for household use. Some of the common test types performed on paper and cardboard are Z-direction fiber […]

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Electronics Testing SolutionsJuly 12, 2016

Mechanical testing of electronic components and their joints is particularly important in new product design and development as well as for ensuring finished product reliability. Typical parameters being measured in electronics and micro-electronics testing include tension,creep, pull off tests, shear, adhesive/bond strength, peel strength, delamination, flexure and force required to make electrical contact. We offer […]

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Building Materials Testing SolutionsJuly 12, 2016

Today, a wide variety of materials are used for construction and building supply – wood, metals and plastics just to name a few. Common to them all is the importance of testing the raw material through to finished product according to the international standards. We offer materials testing and force measurement equipment with testing capabilities up […]

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Wood Testing SolutionsJuly 12, 2016

When testing wood or timber, flexure, tension and compression are typically the main parameters in focus. By determining the strength and deformation of the wood, it is possible to determine its properties for use as a building material, children’s toy or a piece of furniture. We offer high-powered single column and dual column test machines […]

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Spring Testing SolutionsJuly 12, 2016

Springs are used for a wide range of products in heavy duty industries such as automotive, aerospace, railroad and military as well as in everyday household assemblies such as pens, beds, chairs, watches and staplers. To make sure that the springs live up to the strictest tolerance requirements, springs are tested on dedicated spring testing […]

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Metals Testing SolutionsJuly 12, 2016

The key to accurate metals testing to international standards is the ability to measure the stress and strain to a very high degree of accuracy. Some of the most common test types within metals testing are cupping test, flexural/bend strength, N value and tensile testing. All of these test types can be performed on our […]

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Textile Testing SolutionsJuly 12, 2016

Textile testing is key in gauging product quality, ensuring regulatory compliance and assessing the performance of textile materials. Only by testing the performance of the textiles, can you be assured that your textiles live up to the high expectations on the market and that they are strong and flexible enough to do the job that […]

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Rubber Testing SolutionsJuly 12, 2016

Testing of rubber materials commonly requires test machines capable of measuring a very high strain in addition to testing at temperatures above and below ambient. Some of the most common test types within rubber testing are tear, tensile testing,compression testing and relaxation testing. These test types are among some of the many types of tests […]

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Young’s Modulus TestingJuly 12, 2016

‘Young’s Modulus’ or modulus of elasticity is a measurement of the rate of change of strain as a function of stress. It represents the slope of the straight-line portion of a stress-strain curve. With respect to tensile testing, it may be referred to as Tensile Modulus. This method of testing is used to determine a […]

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Toughness TestingJuly 12, 2016

Toughness is the measurement of a material’s resistance to break, fracture or rupture. It is usually measured in units of energy or work. Typical graph showing a toughness test:

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Tensile TestingJuly 12, 2016

One of the most common testing methods, tensile testing, is used to determine the behavior of a sample while an axial stretching load is applied. These types of tests may be performed under ambient or controlled (heating or cooling) conditions to determine the tensile properties of a material. Tensile testing is performed on a variety […]

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Tear Strength TestingJuly 12, 2016

Tear strength is the tensile force required to rupture a pre-slit woven fabric sample under controlled conditions. Edge tearing strength of paper is the load required to tear a sample over a V-notch fixture. Typical graph showing a tear strength test:

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Tear Resistance TestingJuly 12, 2016

Tear resistance testing can be found in plastic film, paper and textile industries. Tear resistance is the measurement of a sample’s ability to resist tearing. Tear resistance can be impacted considerably by the speed of the test, e.g. test speed used in generate the tear. Tear propagation resistance for the purpose of acceptance testing is […]

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Stress-Relaxation TestingJuly 12, 2016

This test method is used to determine a sample’s creep properties when subjected to a prolonged tensile or compressive load at a constant temperature. The rate of deformation of a sample to stress at a constant temperature is known as the creep rate. It is the slope created by the creep vs. time. Creep generally […]

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Shear Strength TestingJuly 12, 2016

Shear testing is performed to determine the shear strength of a material. It measures the maximum shear stress that may be sustained before a material will rupture. Shear is typically reported as MPa (psi) based on the area of the sheared edge. Shear testing is commonly used with adhesives and can be used in either […]

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Rupture TestingJuly 12, 2016

Rupture testing, synonymous with puncture strength testing, is used to determine the puncture or rupture characteristics of a material. This is generally a compressive test, when a material is compressed by a probe or other type of device until the material ruptures or until an elongation limit is achieved. Rupture testing is commonly used to […]

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Puncture TestingJuly 12, 2016

Puncture strength testing Puncture strength tests are used to determine the puncture or rupture characteristics of a material. This is generally a compressive test where a material is compressed by a probe or other type of device until the material ruptures or until an elongation limit is achieved. Puncture testing is commonly used to determine […]

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Peel Strength TestingJuly 12, 2016

Peel strength is generally used to measure the bond strength of a material, typically an adhesive. Peel strength is the average load per unit width of bond line required to separate bonded materials where the angle of separation is 180 degrees. Typical graph showing a peel strength test:

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Modulus of Elasticity TestingJuly 12, 2016

Modulus of elasticity (or Young’s Modulus) is a measurement of the rate of change of strain as a function of stress. It represents the slope of the straight-line portion of a stress-strain curve. With respect to tensile testing, it may be referred to as Tensile Modulus. This method of testing is used to determine a […]

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Friction TestingJuly 12, 2016

Coefficient of Friction (COF) is the maximum value of the frictional force divided by the normal force. Coefficient of Friction (COF) testing is used for a variety of materials from lubricants, to films and household items (ceramic tiles) to determine the frictional characteristics of a material. It is generally determined to be the ease by […]

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Flexural Strength TestingJuly 12, 2016

Flexural testing is used to determine the flex or bending properties of a material. Sometimes referred to as a transverse beam test, it involves placing a sample between two points or supports and initiating a load using a third point or with two points which are respectively call 3-Point Bend and 4-Point Bend testing. Maximum […]

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Elongation TestingJuly 12, 2016

The increase in a sample’s gauge length measured after a rupture or break divided by the sample’s original gauge length is referred to as elongation. The greater the elongation, the higher the ductility or elasticity of the material. Elongation cannot be used to predict the behaviour of materials subjected to sudden or repeated loading. Some […]

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Wire, Yarn and ThreadJuly 12, 2016

Standard Description ASTM A931 This test method covers the tension testing of wire ropes and strand at room temperature, specifically to determine the minimum acceptance strength or nominal strength, yield strength, elongation, and modulus of elasticity. ASTM C1557 This test method covers the preparation, mounting, and testing of single fibers (obtained either from a fiber […]

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Textiles and FabricsJuly 12, 2016

Standard Description ASTM D1388 This test method covers the measurement of stiffness properties of fabrics. Bending length is measured and flexural rigidity is calculated. ASTM D1683 This test method measures the sewn seam strength in woven fabrics by applying a force perpendicular to the sewn seams. ASTM D2061 These test methods cover the determination of […]

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Paper and CardboardJuly 12, 2016

Standard Description ASTM D4987 This test method covers the procedure for testing the tensile breaking strength of the perforations in one-part continuous forms paper. ASTM D5803 This test method provides a quick, reliable means to measure the wet zero-span tensile strength of a specimen of sheeted material. ASTM D5804 This test method provides a quick […]

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PackagingJuly 12, 2016

Standard Description ASTM D4577 This test method is designed to determine the resistance of a shipping container to a vertically applied constant load for either a specified time or to failure. The test method may also, include, for example, a package of a shipping container, palletized or unitized loads. ASTM D7030 This test method covers […]

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MetalsJuly 12, 2016

Standard Description ASTM B598 This practice covers the determination of the yield strength (0.01%, 0.02%, and 0.05% offset), at room temperature. It is intended for copper alloys in tempers commonly used for spring applications, and materials thicker than 0.010 in. (0.25 mm). ASTM E1012 This test method covers the determination of the bearing strength of […]

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Medical DevicesJuly 12, 2016

Standard Description ASTM F2267 This test method specifies the materials and methods for the axial compressive subsidence testing of non-biologic intervertebral body fusion devices, spinal implants designed to promote arthrodesis at a given spinal motion segment. ASTM F2345 These test methods cover the evaluation of the static and cyclic fatigue strength of ceramic modular femoral […]

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GlassJuly 12, 2016

ASTM C158 These test methods cover the determination of the modulus of rupture in bending of glass and glass-ceramics. ASTM E2098 This test method covers procedures for determining the breaking force of glass fiber mesh following their conditioning in an alkali solution.

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FootwearJuly 12, 2016

Standard Description BS 5116:1974 Method of test for determination of breaking tenacity of flat bundles of cotton fibers. BS 5131-1.9:1985 Methods of test for footwear and footwear materials. Adhesives. Measurement of green strength of adhesive joints. BS 5131-3.4:1978 Methods of test for footwear and footwear materials. Uppers, textiles and threads. Edgewise compressibility, upper materials. BS […]

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FoamsJuly 12, 2016

Standard Description ASTM D3574 These test methods apply to slab, bonded, and molded flexible cellular products known as urethane foams. ASTM D5672 This test method covers a screening type quality control test used to determine if flexible polyurethane foam cushions are within the specified grade range.

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Electrical ComponentsJuly 12, 2016

Standard Description ASTM F1597 This test method covers the measurement of actuation force or contact force, or both, of a membrane switch utilizing a pre-determined resistance value. BS EN 2591-408:1998 Elements of electrical and optical connection. Test methods. Mating and unmating forces. BS EN 2591-412:1999 Elements of electrical and optical connection. Test methods. Contact insertion […]

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CompositesJuly 12, 2016

Standard Description ASTM D3410 This test method determines the in-plane compressive properties of polymer matrix composite materials reinforced by high-modulus fibers. ASTM D3518 This practice determines the in-plane shear response of polymer matrix composite materials reinforced by high-modulus fibers. The composite material form is limited to a continuous-fiber reinforced composite +45° laminate capable of being […]

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CeramicsJuly 12, 2016

ASTM C1161 This test method covers the determination of flexural strength of advanced ceramic materials at ambient temperature. Four-point-1/4 point and three-point loadings with prescribed spans are the standard. Rectangular specimens of prescribed cross-section sizes are used with specified features in prescribed specimen-fixture combinations. ASTM C1211 This test method covers determination of the flexural strength […]

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Building Products and ConstructionJuly 12, 2016

Standard Description ASTM A981 This test method describes procedures to establish the relative bond strength of 15.2 mm (0.6 in.) diameter, Grade 270 prestressing steel strand in cement grout as used in prestressed ground anchors for the purpose of evaluating the effects of manufacturing practices on bond strength. ASTM C1018 This test method evaluates the […]

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Adhesives and SealantsJuly 6, 2016

ASTM C1135 This test method covers a laboratory procedure for quantitatively measuring the tensile adhesion properties of structural sealants. ASTM C1265 This test method covers a laboratory procedure for quantitatively measuring the tensile strength, stiffness, and adhesion properties of insulating glass edge seals that are used in structural sealant glazing applications. ASTM C1382 This test […]

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New Life for Steel at Alter Metal RecyclingApril 8, 2016

When state regulations changed to prohibit split-weighing on Legal for Trade truck scales, and with a growing volume of scale traffic, Alter Metal Recycling in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, found themselves in need of a new solution. They could no longer weigh trucks on an axle-by-axle basis and provide the sum as the truck’s total weight […]

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CW-90 Checkweighers are the First Step to Mushroom Production AutomationApril 5, 2016

Whitecrest Mushrooms Ltd. Farm in rural Putnam, Ontario, has one of the most high-tech mushroom plants in the world — with a mushroom production total of two million pounds of brown mushrooms a year. Nevertheless, people still do the picking. It takes several months’ experience and a practiced eye to know when to pick a button […]

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Zero Tolerance for Error at Ottawa Mould CraftApril 5, 2016

The people at Ottawa Mould Craft, Ltd., Ontario, Canada, have a contract to mold and assemble filtration products—some with military specifications. They use an ultrasonic welder to weld three very light, separate and distinct layers of media into each filter, all of which weigh a few grams. The operator of the sonic welder checkweighs every […]

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Dynamic Average Weight Control at DannonFebruary 26, 2016

Danone, also known as Dannon according to its U.S. subsidiary’s name, rethought its entire production process as it expected to achieve substantial improvement in its average weight control operations, i.e., checking the net content of its packages. This is a major area where considerable time and material can be saved. About Danone: Just shortly after […]

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Measuring Torque in the Texas Oil FieldFebruary 24, 2016

Texas oil field companies use the Intercomp TL8500 Tension Link Dynamometers to measure the torquing force. As this equipment is serviced and assembled, these precision measurement devices play a vital role in ensuring proper specifications are achieved while also improving operational efficiency and safety. “Our customers love the precision they get from the Intercomp TL8500 Tension Links,” […]

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Farm Desires to Expand Seed BusinessFebruary 23, 2016

The farm will use this scale to expand seed business. A new B-TEK Centurion Hybrid steel deck analog truck scale was installed at a farm in Winchester, Indiana. The new scale might also weigh neighboring farm trucks as well.

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Incorporating MSHA Compliant Sight Rails onto a ScaleFebruary 23, 2016

The Customer – Garber Materials, Lexington, Ohio location The Challenge – Replacing a previous scale in a gravel pit location. The Solution – Brechbuhler Scales’ Mansfield, Ohio branch led the project and worked directly with Garber to design a scale to fit the existing location and to incorporate MSHA compliant sight rails on this scale, The […]

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Mars Horsecare Desires Mobile Horse Scale with Non-slip SurfaceFebruary 23, 2016

B-TEK Scales manufactures many different types of floor scales for animals. From livestock to zoo animals, small or large, a lot of experience that goes into each scale. This scale’s surface is completely covered in a non-slip mat. The Client – Mars Horsecare Dalton, OH The Challenge – A mobile horse scale with non-slip surface The […]

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Making a Drum Scale Mobile with Attached Ramp for Easier Loading and UnloadingFebruary 23, 2016

The Clients – Warehouses, manufacturing facilities and all customers with portability needs The Challenge – To make a drum scale mobile with an attached ramp for easier drum loading and unloading The Solution – B-TEK Scales transforms a standard drum scale with a set of casters to make the scale mobile and attached indicator column and hinged […]

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The Solution to Weighing Mobile Tanks and Reactors – a Caster Load Cell SystemNovember 17, 2014

How do you weigh product accurately in a portable tank, vessel or reactor? With a specially designed  caster load cell! Read more about castor load cell systems here.

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Animal Weighing Data NeededApril 15, 2013

Animal weigh data has become as essential tool for curators and animal husbandry personnel at Zoos, Aquariums and Animal Parks around the world.  So how does one go about getting this weigh data?

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Zoo Wants a Specialized Elephant Scale for ChildrenApril 15, 2013

The Reid Park Zoo in Tuscon, Arizona contacted Emery Winslow in need of a specialized scale for their Elephant Exhibit.

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Seafood Company in Houston Area Needs Reliable Scales and ProgrammingDecember 5, 2011

Seafood Company in Houston area had a bagging system with two Weightronix indicators that had custom programs in them. Scales were hooked up to a light tree to tell operator when the hopper was full of product (shrimp). Once full, hopper would automatically dump, spray a predetermined amount of water and tell the bagging system below it had a full bag and should seal and cut it. Unfortunately, the scales were unreliable, the program seemed to lock up or not show correct display, and the scales were not fast enough to keep up with bagging system and did not have the preferred output to bagger.

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Customer in the Cosmetics Industry Needs Scales for a Yearly Inventory.November 21, 2011

A customer in the cosmetics industry needs scales for a yearly inventory.  They only need the scales once a year, but they need to print the results of their inventory.  They have specific resolution and accuracy requirements for their products because most of their products are liquids.  They also have specific requirements for what information must be printed on their inventory labels.

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Fish Farm Needs Automated System for Better Tracking and Error ReductionNovember 21, 2011

A fish farm was manually tracking how much feed was put into each individual pond and then recording that information into a database at a central office.  With over 100 ponds being used this manual system was very labor intensive and led to many errors on the hand written reports.

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Manufacturer with Multiple Plants Needs Custom Force Testing MachineNovember 7, 2011

A large packaging manufacturer has a number of plants across the United States.  They have a variety of different force testing equipment that is obsolete and differs from plant to plant.

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Scales at Amusement Parks Allow Riders Peace of MindMarch 24, 2011

B-TEK Scales fabricates scales for many uses. One of the more interesting and enjoyable uses for scales are installations in amusement parks. These scales install peace of mind for riders and ensure amusement park safety. The Clients – Various amusement parks The Challenge – Pit-type floor scales with flush mount installation, avoiding a trip hazard, and used […]

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Horse Care Facility Needs Mobile Horse Scale with Non-slip MatFebruary 1, 2011

B-TEK Scales manufactures many different types of floor scales for animals from livestock to zoo animals. This livestock scale’s surface is completely covered in a new style non-slip mat with a diamond plate texture surface, bolted on for convenient replacement value, when needed. The Clients – Horse care facilities The Challenge – A mobile horse scale with non-slip surface […]

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Customer Needs Scale to Allow Adjustment for Product SizeApril 14, 2010

The Challenge – Weigh bundles of product in various lengths from 6’ to 20’. The customer wanted a scale both to meet a price point and to allow for adjustment for product size. The Customer – Lumber company. The Solution – B-TEK fabricated these Weigh Bars which can be placed as close together as needed […]

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