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
  • SG Systems
  • Sartorius
  • Sartorius Intec
  • Setra
  • Transcell Technology
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 facility in the United States. Bonded Materials is located on the scenic island of Oahu, the third largest of the Hawaiian Islands. Read More... Animal Weighing Data Needed 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? Read More... 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 of many different parts. They were having as many as 3-4 kits per order come back for return due to not having the right amount of parts in the box. Read More... 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 freight at their Grand Prairie Service Center.  They already have scales on their forklifts which collect the weights of the freight as the pallets are moved inside the facility and sends that data wirelessly to […] Read More... Bakery Industry Testing Ametek Test & Calibration Instruments has long supplied the baking industry with advanced testing solutions to ensure end-product quality on the consumer shelf. The TA1 is the latest texture analyzer to offer affordable, high performance testing whether in Quality Control or product development. Read More... 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, and grown worldwide from Asia and Africa to Central and South America. The banana.  Arguably one of the world’s most popular fruits, and with more than 95 million tons produced annually, second only to the tomato. To put it mildly, it would seem the world has gone bananas, for bananas. Read More... 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 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 […] Read More... Cereal Testing Firmness, hardness, crispiness, chewiness, flexural strength and shear are just a few of the test types that you can perform with our food grips and fixtures for cereals. Read More... 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 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 […] Read More... 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 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 […] Read More... 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 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 […] Read More... Confectionary and Snacks Testing Firmness, hardness, gumminess, fracturability, stickiness, springiness, flexural strength and tensile strength are just a few of the test types you can perform with our food grips and fixtures for confectionary and snacks. Read More... Cosmetics Testing Lipstick bending and cutting force, penetration test, consistency and eye pencil breaking are just a few of the test types you can perform when combining the TA1 texture analyzer with our grips and fixtures for cosmetics testing. Read More... 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, 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. Read More... 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 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 […] Read More... 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 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 […] Read More... 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 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 […] Read More... Dairy Testing Consistency, gel strength, spreadability, tensile strength, extensibility, viscosity, creep, relaxation, cutting resistance, firmness and hardness of cheese, yoghurt, butter, sauces and ice cream are just a few of the test types you can perform by combining the TA1 texture analyzer with our food grips, fixtures, jigs and probes for dairy. Read More... 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 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 […] Read More... 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 will meet your requirements and specifications. Dupont Chemical needed a mobile solution for this particular floor scale, so casters were attached to the underside of the floor scale for easy maneuverability. The Customer -Dupont Chemical […] Read More... 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 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 […] Read More... 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 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 […] Read More... 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 designed this safe and portable drum scale solution. Read More... 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 installed at a farm in Winchester, Indiana. The new scale might also weigh neighboring farm trucks as well. Read More... 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 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 […] Read More... 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 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. Read More... 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 of the test types you can perform when combining the TA1 texture analyzer with our food grips and fixtures for fruit and vegetables. Read More... Gels Testing Gels are widely used in the food, cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries. Read More... 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 high load areas of sails that are manufactured for very large ocean going yachts. Tests were carried out using the LR100K Plus twin column materials testing machine. Definitive information on the durability and strength of the […] Read More... 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 called Nicol Scales to see if we could provide a better solution or a fix to their weighing problem.  They had 2 scale bases placed 16 feet apart from each other under a 25’ structure made from channel steel. What they did not see was that the structure our competitor had installed was the difference between good weighing and bad weighing. The flexing of the framework caused errors greater than what the Metrology people at the Helicopter Company would pass nor was the scale repeatable. Read More... 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 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 […] 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 – 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 […] Read More... 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 correct dosage, medication developers need to determine whether or not its packaging will break or leak under normal usage and if too much finger strength is required by either the patient or care giver in administering it. […] Read More... 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 is reminiscent of a harmless manatee. The hippo’s broad snout looks to be the perfect landing spot for a hand to pet, and their interesting skin texture begs for a curious onlooker’s touch. However, this is one of the most aggressive and dangerous animals in the world, responsible for an estimated 200 human deaths per year. Indigenous to Africa, the only place most of us can safely observe a hippopotamus is in a zoo, but most zoos do not have the aquatic habitat necessary to support the water-loving creature. When the Los Angeles Zoo wanted a hippo, to accommodate its size, they modified an existing exhibit, but they also needed to add something new: a heavy-duty scale to weigh the massive hippo. Read More... 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 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 […] Read More... 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, pipettes and other measuring and laboratory devices.  This manufacturer did not want to perform their own equipment calibrations in house.  Instead, they would rather have a third party be in charge of their calibrations to ensure that good laboratory practices are followed and to avoid adding the costs of additional employees. Read More... 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 railway industries. 100 kN and 50 kN dual column universal materials testing machines from Lloyd Instruments are being used by UK manufacturer Aim Composites Ltd to test the mechanical and physical properties of their composite materials, […] Read More... 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 on their plastic stools and accessories. When OneLeg first started designing their key product, a one legged stool for gardening, their main focus was on functionality and ergonomics. They wanted to design a stool that saved […] Read More... 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 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 […] Read More... 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 testing equipment that is obsolete and differs from plant to plant. Read More... 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 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 […] Read More... 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 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,” […] Read More... 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 you can perform when combining the TA1 texture analyzer with our food grips and fixtures for meat, poultry and fish. Read More... Minebea Intec Mechatronics in the Pharmaceutical Industry Teva came into contact with Sartorius Mechatronics through the Hungarian subsidiary, Sartorius Membran. Teva Pharmaceutical Works Ltd. is one of the leading manufacturers of pharmaceutical products in Hungary, and belongs to Teva Pharmaceutical, a large international group. In Hungary, Teva produces and develops active ingredients, finished pharmaceutical products such as tablets, capsules and other liquid […] Read More... 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 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? […] Read More... 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 needed a standardized scale solution for each of their thousands of shipping terminals.  Since they ship products nearly every day, they need access to fast in-house repair service and new scales. Read More... 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 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 […] Read More... 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 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 […] Read More... Packaging Testing 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. Read More... 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 items including dairy products, bakery, confectionery, gels and more. Read More... Pet Food Testing Texture analyzers are routinely used for determining the hardness and consistency of various pet food products. Read More... 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 be kept to a minimum.  This customer had outdated Hardy batch controllers that were no longer supported.  This controller was interfaced to a PLC system and controlled 14 different ingredients and up to 99 different formulas.  The customer did not want to replace the entire system because it would be costly and create extra down time, but they wanted the ability to run the new system in fully automated mode or manual mode. Read More... 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 Initiative (PTI). At the same time, they required a system that would communicate and exchange information (Purchase Orders & Sales Orders) with their QuickBooks Enterprise (QBE) Accounting Software. Being a leader in their industry, Buona Foods made the decision to invest in SG Systems’ Traceability and PTI-compliant Labeling System. The easy-to-use system also utilizes a QBE plug-in that allows data to be exchanged between the QuickBooks and SG databases without human interaction. Read More... 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 “bigger-than-life” personalities that makes meeting him an unforgettable experience. His bakery is famous for authentic Old World breads baked from recipes handed down through his family—recipes John wants kept secret. Marcelo Tise, engineer, inventor, and […] Read More... 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,  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 […] Read More... 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 something special about Wenatchee, Washington. The Columbia River rushes like a vein through the charming small town, cutting an impressive valley into the surrounding snow-capped mountains. The sudden elevation change and abundant fresh water […] Read More... 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 – 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 […] Read More... 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,” as its nickname notes, sits on the country’s western coast and is renowned for its fishing industry. Residents have also taken to calling their city “El Capital de Camerón,” the Shrimp Capital, an unofficial […] Read More... 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 themselves) would call, saying, “Hey, Coach, where can I buy those…” about some piece of equipment that Larry could vouch for. “So I started a little website.” That is Larry’s definition of a widely respected […] Read More... 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 the country’s western coast and is renowned for its fishing industry. Residents have also taken to calling their city “El Capital de Camerón,” the Shrimp Capital, an unofficial title for sure, but one they claim with pride nonetheless. Read More... 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 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 […] Read More... 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 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 […] Read More... 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 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 […] Read More... 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 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 […] Read More... 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 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. Read More... Smoothing the Road In 1920, Walter P. Chrysler teamed up with three ex-Studebaker engineers to design a revolutionary new car. They defined the Chrysler brand as affordable “luxury” vehicles known for innovative, top-flight engineering. Within a decade of its founding, Chrysler Corporation had earned the title of Detroit’s “engineering company.” Their automotive firsts included Floating Power (a new method of mounting engines to isolate vibration), replaceable oil filters, downdraft carburetors and one-piece curved windshields. For years, Chrysler enjoyed a premium luxury position competing with Cadillac and Lincoln. Read More... Solutions for Force Testing up to 5kN with a Single Column Tabletop Tester Force testing up to 5kN represents the largest single market segment for testing products and materials. As more and more industries design products to be smaller and smaller while increasing performances, the need for force testers of 5kN capacity or less is on the rise. The single column tabletop tester fulfills the needs. Read more… Read More... 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 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. […] Read More... 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 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 […] Read More... 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 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 […] Read More... 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 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 […] Read More... 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 extensometer.  They needed a software package that would allow them to write customized test scripts to alter the temperature of the chamber along with the movement of the crosshead so that the elongation of the material at different temperatures could be accurately recorded in the software. Read More... 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 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. Read More... 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 be overwhelming. After all, when soaring 30,000 feet in the air, one cannot pull over for a pit stop in the rare case of an emergency.  Fortunately, innovations in the industry using Rice Lake‘s load […] Read More... Wireless Solutions Using Weighbars Nicol Scales & Measurement utilized Transcell weighbars with wireless capabilities in order to avoid an issue with cables. The Challenge: The customer needed a scale on a table that traveled about 20 feet while cutting a block of foam. The Solution: Knowing that a cable from the base to the indicator would be a major […] Read More... 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 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 […] Read More... 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...