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Improving Profitability through Reliable Vehicle Weighing

06-20-2012 08:52 PM CET | Logistics & Transport

Press release from: Mettler-Toledo International Inc.

New White Paper Highlights Technological Advances
As moving bulk goods or raw materials into or out of a processing facility is critical to productivity, manufacturers are increasingly looking to protect their gains and profits by investing in reliable weighing technology. To provide guidance on this topic, METTLER TOLEDO has published on its website “Reliable Vehicle Weighing Helps Protect Profits,” a white paper exploring vehicle weighing and the ways that new scale technologies can help to eliminate costly downtime for trucks and lower overall maintenance costs.

Manufacturers seek to ensure the accuracy and reliability of their vehicle scales for important reasons: when a scale provides inaccurate weighing results, the error costs the company money, and can force critical processes to be put on hold. Many traditional scales have integral weaknesses in their construction and can be hampered by environmental issues, such as adverse weather conditions, lightning strikes, or animals damaging cables. In addition, these weighing systems are prone to factors such as weighing instability, calibration creep and non-linearity. Traditional scales that cannot alert operators to any inaccuracies or compensate for them can continue to produce weighing errors for long periods of time. This can create losses for the manufacturer and potential safety concerns due to quality control issues.

To combat these issues, the paper suggests a range of technologies that are now being used to produce reliable and accurate measurements. The introduction of microprocessors in load cells, for example, can reduce internal and external influences on vehicle weighing scales. Load cells that transmit strong digital signals and provide self-diagnostics, ensure that accuracy is maintained. Reliability can also be improved through improvements to the physical design of load cells, incorporating elements such as heavy-duty stainless construction, the elimination of junction boxes (which contain sensitive electronics easily affected by moisture), and double shielded cables that are resistant to wear, rodent damage and lightning strikes.

The white paper highlights how a company can expect to see a return on investment by upgrading scales or introducing new high-tech weighing systems that provide better accuracy and avoid downtime. The elimination of unplanned service events can result in significant savings and productivity increases that continue to grow throughout the life of a reliable, fully supported vehicle scale solution.

To download a copy of the white paper, please go to: http://us.mt.com/us/en/home/supportive_content/White_Papers/ind-wp-rvw.html?crel=ePR_PP_EN

METTLER TOLEDO specializes in the area of precision instruments for professional use. METTLER TOLEDO laboratory instruments are used in research, scientific, drug discovery, and quality control labs, amongst many others in the pharmaceutical, chemical, food and cosmetics industries. METTLER TOLEDO comprehensive industrial solutions cover the various steps in a host of manufacturing processes at many of the same customers that laboratory serves. Solutions range from receiving raw materials through various manufacturing processes, in-line process control and end-of-line packaging control, to logistics and shipping. Increasingly, these solutions are fully integrated into the customer's IT environment, helping automate their workflows. In food retail, our offering for fresh food management ranges from receiving and pre-packaging, to in-store solutions for self-service departments, deli counters, and checkout terminals.

Mettler-Toledo International Inc.
Im Langacher, Zip Code 8606
Greifensee, Switzerland
E-Mail : ePublicRelations@mt.com
Phone : +41-44-944 33 85
Website : www.mt.com

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