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Major UK weighing system company choose SA-designed loadcell indicators

December 2000 News

UK-based manufacturer and distributor of weighing systems, Avery Berkel, has selected South African-designed panel meters produced by Digital Process Measurement for incorporation into its standard range of process weighing instrumentation.

Avery Berkel is to distribute the instruments to its subsidiaries and branches in over 50 countries around the world. SA Scale, the South African branch for Avery Berkel, initiated negotiations between the parent company and DPM. Samples of the instrument were submitted for evaluation and underwent stringent testing for three months. The contract was approved after minor changes, to customise the hardware and software to meet Avery Berkel's specific requirements, were carried out.

This indicator range, which is microcontroller-based, meets the EC low voltage and EMC directives requirements and is guaranteed for three years. The range is manufactured to ISO 9001 standards. An important feature of the programmable indicator/controller is the calibration method: the unit can be accurately precalibrated with a zero and a full-scale range. The field calibration mode of the DPM allows for precise adjustment of the DPM for dead weight offset and single-point test weight calibration.

Suitable for bridges up to 3 mV/V, the stable bridge excitation voltage includes sense feedback to compensate for cable loss to allow for operation with four or six-wire loadcell systems. The precision front-end circuit ensures high stability and accuracy. RS232 communications are included. Filtering and display interval features allow for steady high-count readings. The power supply is 95-265 V a.c./d.c., which can power up to four loadcells.

PM is on the map internationally exporting to countries such as Australia, Turkey, the UK, Germany and the Benelux countries. Seen here is Stéphane Krause (right), Managing Director of DPM and Peter van Heyningen, General Manager, Industrial Products of Avery Berkel.





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