Application Stories

Application Stories

Nicol Scales & Measurement does sell products for simple applications like basic weighing, measuring, and testing, but not every application has a single solution.  NSM has 85 years of experience and relationships with numerous manufacturing partners, and our in-house experts can create the best solutions for your specific applications. Here are some application stories detailing the custom solutions that have been created for customers:

  • All
  • Ametek / Chatillon
  • Ametek / Lloyd Instruments
  • B-Tek Scales
  • Emery Winslow
  • Fairbanks Scales
  • Intercomp
  • Minebea Intec
  • Rice Lake Weighing Systems
  • Rinstrum
  • SG Systems
  • Sartorius
  • Setra
  • Transcell Technology
Aircraft Weighing System Aircraft Weighing System with Wireless HMI Controls The Challenge A leading aircraft manufacturer was looking for a load cell lift system to weigh their aircrafts. They wanted to ... Read More... programmable indicators Aloha Automation with Rice Lake’s Programmable Indicators and Quality Control Scale Hawaii is the land of luaus, leis and lava, but is is also home to the only fully-automated QUIKRETE® manufacturing ... Read More... animal weighing Animal Weighing Data Needed Animal weigh data has become as essential tool for curators and animal husbandry personnel at Zoos, Aquariums and Animal Parks ... Read More... automotive Automotive Parts Manufacturer Struggles with Inventory Discrepancy of Delivered Kits Customer was having problems with kits coming up short on parts in the sealed boxes. The kit is made up ... Read More... Averitt Express dimensioning system Averitt Express Uses a Dimensioning System to Capture the Dimensions of Palletized Freight Averitt Express is a freight and logistics company that needed a new dimensioning system to capture the dimensions of palletized ... Read More... bakery industry Bakery Industry Testing Ametek Test & Calibration Instruments has long supplied the baking industry with advanced testing solutions to ensure end-product quality on ... Read More... Better by the Bunch Better by the Bunch It’s the perfect food. A travel size, vitamin-rich serving of potassium, protein, and natural sugars, easily digestible, low in fat, ... Read More... Breakaway Effects Breakaway Effects Tests the Stiffness and Flexibility of Stunt Glass Breakaway Effects, a leading stunt glass manufacturer, used the EZ20 test machine to test the stiffness and flexibility of stunt ... Read More... cereal testing Cereal Testing Firmness, hardness, crispiness, chewiness, flexural strength and shear are just a few of the test types that you can perform ... Read More... load cell Check the (Load Cell) Pockets to Compare Truck Scales You are not looking for loose change when you check the load cell pockets to compare truck scales.  Instead, you’re ... Read More... livestock scale Client Desires Livestock Scale with Pass-through Doors and Easy Transport B-TEK Scales fabricated a full size livestock scale, equipped with forklift channels for portability. Each door has a latch closure ... Read More... concrete stone facility Concrete Stone Facility Needs Scales to Fit in Existing Areas The Clients – Concrete Stone Facility The Challenge -Turn-key truck scale solution for concrete and stone facility The Solution – From foundation work to ... Read More... snacks testing Confectionary and Snacks Testing Firmness, hardness, gumminess, fracturability, stickiness, springiness, flexural strength and tensile strength are just a few of the test types you ... Read More... cosmetics Cosmetics Testing Lipstick bending and cutting force, penetration test, consistency and eye pencil breaking are just a few of the test ... Read More... yearly inventory Customer in the Cosmetics Industry Needs Scales for a Yearly Inventory. A customer in the cosmetics industry needs scales for a yearly inventory.  They only need the scales once a year, ... Read More... Weighbars Customer Needs Scale to Allow Adjustment for Product Size The Challenge – Weigh bundles of product in various lengths from 6’ to 20’. The customer wanted a scale both ... Read More... monitor material Customer Needs to Monitor Material Moving to and from Site The Challenge -Installing a new truck scale and wireless RF unmanned system to monitor material like salt, slag and crushed ... Read More... mushroom CW-90 Checkweighers are the First Step to Mushroom Production Automation Whitecrest Mushrooms Ltd. Farm in rural Putnam, Ontario, has one of the most high-tech mushroom plants in the world — with ... Read More... Quality Control Testing dairy Dairy Testing Consistency, gel strength, spreadability, tensile strength, extensibility, viscosity, creep, relaxation, cutting resistance, firmness and hardness of cheese, yoghurt, butter, sauces ... Read More... Dentures lr plus test machine Denture Cement and Adhesive Manufacturer Tests New Formulations with the LR Plus test machine A UK manufacturer of denture cement / denture adhesive uses the Lloyd LR Plus test machine to test new formulations ... Read More... dupont chemical Dupont Chemical Needs Floor Scale with Durable Finish and Mobility Multiple custom floor scales can be ordered in any quantity. From a single request to larger quantities, we can ensure each ... Read More... weight control Dynamic Average Weight Control at Dannon Danone, also known as Dannon according to its U.S. subsidiary’s name, rethought its entire production process as it expected to ... Read More... Paint EZ20 EZ20 Test Machine Used by Exeter Advanced Technologies Measure the Behavior of Paint Coating Materials characterization specialists at Exeter Advanced Technologies used the EZ20 test machine to measure the behavior of paint coating. Introduction The worst-case ... Read More... Industrial Use safe drum scale Facility Requires Safe Drum Scale for Industrial Use The Customer – Ashland Chemical company The Challenge – Facility required safe drum scales for industrial use. The Solution – B-TEK Scales ... Read More... expand seed business Farm Desires to Expand Seed Business The farm will use this scale to expand seed business. A new B-TEK Centurion Hybrid steel deck analog truck scale was ... Read More... corn crop Farmers Trust in Their Crop with a Rice Lake Survivor OTR Even before a seed is planted, farmers invest a great deal of time and effort to ensure it develops into ... Read More... fish farm Fish Farm Needs Automated System for Better Tracking and Error Reduction A fish farm was manually tracking how much feed was put into each individual pond and then recording that information ... Read More... vegetables testing Fruit and Vegetables Testing Firmness of whole fruits/vegetables and extrusion properties of soft fruits, peas, beans, corn and processed fruit/vegetables are just a few ... Read More... Texture Analysis gels Gels Testing Gels are widely used in the food, cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries. Read More... Sailing LR100K Plus Gowen Ocean Sails LTD and Lloyd Use the LR100K Plus to Test Webbings Used in High Load Areas of Sails Gowen Ocean Sails Ltd and materials testing machine manufacturer Lloyd Instruments have collaborated on the testing of webbings used in ... Read More... blade weight Helicopter Company Experiences Inaccurate Blade Weight Helicopter Company in Dallas area was having issues with newly installed scale not weighing the blades accurately or consistently.  They ... Read More... Non-slip mat Horse Care Facility Needs Mobile Horse Scale with Non-slip Mat B-TEK Scales manufactures many different types of floor scales for animals from livestock to zoo animals. This livestock scale’s surface is ... Read More... Incorporating MSHA Compliant Sight Rails onto a Scale The Customer – Garber Materials, Lexington, Ohio location The Challenge – Replacing a previous scale in a gravel pit location. The Solution ... Read More... squeeze force tester Indian Manufacturer Tests Force on Plastic Bottles with Chatillon Squeeze Force Tester In evaluating a medication, ease of use is nearly as an important a factor as its effectiveness. Along with determining the ... Read More... LP600 RV Intercomp LP600 Helps RV Dealer Promote Safety As the size and complexity of the modern RV continues to increase,manufacturers and customers must also take into account axle ... Read More... safe rail transport Intercomp LS630-WIM Promotes Safe Rail Transport A North American Class-1 Railroad needed a scale solution to identify improperly loaded, and overloaded, inbound intermodal shipping containers before ... Read More... WIM inventory Inventory & Gate Management with LS-WIM Bulk items, like aggregate or cement, can be difficult to track for the purposes of inventory management. Often yard managers ... Read More... King of the Zoo King of the Zoo AT FIRST GLANCE, A HIPPOPOTAMUS DOESN’T LOOK VERY MENACING.  Their Shrek-like ears accentuate a hairless face and their chubby body ... Read More... Ohaus Navigator Operations: Counting - Using Existing APW Video Kongsberg Automotive Tracks Inventory in Length Customer – Kongsberg Automotive provides world class products to the global vehicle industry. Application- Customer wanted a solution to track Inventory ... Read More... tensile testing Leading Manufacturer of Overhead Optical Fibre Cables Performs Tensile Testing One of the leading manufacturers of overhead optical fibre cables uses the LR30KPlus test machine to perform tensile testing. Non-destructive testing Accurate ... Read More... third party calibration Leading Medical Manufacturer has an R&D Location Needing Third Party Calibration A leading medical manufacturer has an R&D location that is made up of numerous labs containing a variety of balances, ... Read More... dual column testing machines Lloyd Dual Column Testing Machines Used by Aim Composites Ltd Aim Composites Ltd use the dual column testing machines to test composites used extensively in the aerospace, marine, bus and ... Read More... stool LR30K Plus LR30K Plus Used by Furniture Manufacturer OneLeg Performs Tensile and Compression Tests The furniture manufacturer OneLeg used the LR30K Plus materials testing machine from Lloyd Instruments to perform tensile tests and compression tests ... Read More... drum scale mobile Making a Drum Scale Mobile with Attached Ramp for Easier Loading and Unloading The Clients – Warehouses, manufacturing facilities and all customers with portability needs The Challenge – To make a drum scale mobile with ... Read More... custom force testing machine Manufacturer with Multiple Plants Needs Custom Force Testing Machine A large packaging manufacturer has a number of plants across the United States.  They have a variety of different force ... Read More... mobile horse scale Mars Horsecare Desires Mobile Horse Scale with Non-slip Surface B-TEK Scales manufactures many different types of floor scales for animals. From livestock to zoo animals, small or large, a ... Read More... Texas Oil Field Measuring Torque in the Texas Oil Field Texas oil field companies use the Intercomp TL8500 Tension Link Dynamometers to measure the torquing force. As this equipment is serviced ... Read More... fish testing Meat, Poultry and Fish Testing Toughness of cooked meat, firmness, cutting strength and rapid slice shear force are just a few of the test types ... Read More... Minebea Intec Mechatronics Minebea Intec Mechatronics in the Pharmaceutical Industry Teva came into contact with Minebea Intec Mechatronics through the Hungarian subsidiary, Sartorius Membran. Teva Pharmaceutical Works Ltd. is one ... Read More... msha MSHA Guidelines for Truck Scales The Mine Safety and Health Administration or MSHA (nicknamed “emshaw”) is the government organization that oversees safety at mines, quarries, and ... Read More... national service National Transportation Company Shipping Service Needs Standardized National Service and Scale Solution for each Terminal A national transportation company has a shipping service as part of their service offerings.  Since they charge by weight, they ... Read More... Alter Metal Recycling New Life for Steel at Alter Metal Recycling When state regulations changed to prohibit split-weighing on Legal for Trade truck scales, and with a growing volume of scale ... Read More... otr survivor One Perfect OTR Survivor and MSHA Guardrail Installed Joe Mayberry, scale salesman extraordinaire for American Weighing Systems, Atlanta, Georgia, is rightly proud of this new OTR SURVIVOR truck scale ... Read More... packaging testing Packaging Testing By combining the TA1 texture analyzer with our grips and fixtures for packaging testing you can perform tests such as ... Read More... rice Pasta, Rice and Noodles Testing The TA1 texture analyzer and NEXYGENPlus food texture applications software can assess product quality on a wide range of food ... Read More... pet food Pet Food Testing Texture analyzers are routinely used for determining the hardness and consistency of various pet food products. Read More... automated system Plastic Pipe Manufacturer Mixes Raw Ingredients and Needs Automated System A plastic pipe manufacturer mixes raw ingredients together to make plastic piping.  Their facility runs 24/7 so down time must ... Read More... medley-mushrooms Labeling System PTI-Compliant Labeling System Installed at Buona Foods Like other produce companies (growers, re-packers, and distributors), Buona Foods needed to address the requirements associated with the Produce Traceability ... Read More... Giannella Raising the Dough at Giannella Modern Baking Company John Imparato, the proud and colorful owner of Giannella Modern Baking Company in Paterson, New Jersey, has one of those ... Read More... Outagamie County Rattling the Acres of Outagamie County with Rice Lake’s Mobile Marketing Unit It can be quiet in Wisconsin’s farm country, with July’s mid-day sun forcing every living creature to shade and shelter, ... Read More... apples superior products Red is Delicious with Rice Lake A world-renowned fruit company uses Rice Lake scales throughout their production facilities to deliver superior products and business development. There is ... Read More... Conagra gravel pit Replacing Previous Scale in a Gravel Pit Location The Customer – ConAgra Foods, Morrell, Ohio location The Challenge -Replacing a previous scale in a gravel pit location. The Solution – ... Read More... Rice Lake Scales help break World Records Rice Lake Helps Break World Record for Shrimp Cocktail, Fruit Salad and Chocolate Sculptures Guinness World Record: The Shrimp Capital MAZATLÁN, MEXICO—Mazatlan prides itself on seafood, to say the least. The “Pearl of the Pacific,” ... Read More... wrestling Rice Lake Medical Scales Go to the Wrestling Mat When 1983 Wisconsin wrestling Hall-of-Famer, Larry Marchionda retired, his phone kept on working.  His former wrestlers (now coaches and teachers ... Read More... Rice Lake Scales help break World Records Rice Lake Scales Help Break World Records Mazatlan prides itself on seafood, to say the least. The “Pearl of the Pacific,” as its nickname notes, sits on ... Read More... Tread 920 Rice Lake’s 920 i Controller Helps to Increase Tread Life A TIRE COMES INTO THIS WORLD FOR JUST ONE PURPOSE. IT CARRIES US FROM POINT “A” TO POINT “B” AND ... Read More... Rental Scales Scale Rental for All Needs NSM just finished our largest rental of the year where we rent 68 dual counting scales to a local vehicle ... Read More... Amusement Park Safety Scales at Amusement Parks Allow Riders Peace of Mind B-TEK Scales fabricates scales for many uses. One of the more interesting and enjoyable uses for scales are installations in ... Read More... ta1 Scottish Agricultural College Uses the TA1 to Measure the Eating Quality of Meat To measure the eating quality of meat, the Scottish Agricultural College uses the TA1 texture analyzer from Lloyd Instruments. Uniformity and enhancement ... Read More... b-tek scales logo Scrap Metal Processor Needs Scales to Fit in Existing Areas Custom scale solutions for one of the most experienced and largest scrap metal processors in North America; with clients from ... Read More... seafood Seafood Company in Houston Area Needs Reliable Scales and Programming Seafood Company in Houston area had a bagging system with two Weightronix indicators that had custom programs in them. Scales ... Read More... Chrysler Smoothing the Road Smoothing the Road In 1920, Walter P. Chrysler teamed up with three ex-Studebaker engineers to design a revolutionary new car. They defined the ... Read More... force testing Solutions for Force Testing up to 5kN Force testing up to 5kN represents the largest single market segment for testing products and materials. As more and more ... Read More... Steel Processing Warehouse Steel Processing Warehouse Weighs for Stock and Shipment Simultaneously B-TEK Clydesdale Floor Scales can be fabricated in many sizes and capacities for different scale needs. Above ground or pit ... Read More... Automated Ticketing Systems Time Flies at Tilcon, Thanks to the Automated Ticketing Systems Tilcon owns and operates dozens of quarries, asphalt and recycling plants, water terminals, and highway construction divisions, in New York ... Read More... Brewing Tanks Tracking and Dispensing Grain into Brewing Tanks A new microbrewery in the rapidly expanding Texas craft beer scene wanted a way to accurately track the amount of ... Read More... rail transportation Truck Scale to Weigh Trucks after Offloading from Rail Cars on Railway Reliable rail transportation brings in asphalt materials to the Valley Asphalt Company’s scale location near Cincinnati, Ohio. This truck scale ... Read More... grain dust Turning Grain Dust into Gold with Grain Dump Scales Grain fields in eastern Illinois and Wisconsin stretch as far as the horizon in all directions. Towering clusters of bins ... Read More... University Needs to Test an Extensometer in a Testing Chamber University Needs to Test an Extensometer in a Testing Chamber A University needed a material testing machine that could test a unique elastomer in a temperature chamber with a non-contact ... Read More... custom batching system Using a Custom Batching System to Store Recipes A customer who makes additives for construction materials approached us looking for a better way to perform their blending in ... Read More... Refinery central PA Weighing Specialized Sand for the Drilling of the Marcellus Shale in Central PA The Challenge – Turn-key truck scale solution for the energy industry with multiple locations in central PA using digital technology ... Read More... Airplane wing Wing Walking with Rice Lake’s Load Cells and 920i Programmable Indicators An estimated one out of three people is afraid to fly. Their constant thoughts of what might go wrong can ... Read More... Weighbeams 5040 AWP Wireless Wireless Solutions Using Weighbars Nicol Scales & Measurement utilized Transcell weighbars with wireless capabilities in order to avoid an issue with cables. The Challenge: The ... Read More... ottawa mould craft Zero Tolerance for Error at Ottawa Mould Craft The people at Ottawa Mould Craft, Ltd., Ontario, Canada, have a contract to mold and assemble filtration products—some with military ... Read More... elephant scale Zoo Wants a Specialized Elephant Scale for Children The Reid Park Zoo in Tuscon, Arizona contacted Emery Winslow in need of a specialized scale for their Elephant Exhibit. Read More...