Cardinal Scale’s Digital Fill Control Improves Efficiency for Fruit Production
In preparation for the busy summer harvest season, fruit distributors find tremendous value in equipment improvements and workflow efficiencies. Precision Weighing Systems of Lodi CA, an authorized Cardinal Scale dealer, outfitted a cherry packing shed with an upgraded packing system. This operation utilizes a conveyor belt system to transport sorted cherries to be packaged using Cardinal Scale static scales and weight indicators.
The initial weigh-in is performed on 14 conveyor lines using Cardinal Scale’s USA-made EB-150-LPAN bench scales and 225 Navigator weight indicators. The customer uses Cardinal Scale’s digital fill control software that comes standard on the 225 indicator and an RB4 relay to control the speed of the conveyor belt filling the cherry packages. When an appropriate weight has been reached, the indicator stops the belt and the container is sent down conveyor rollers to the next work station. The operator is not required to press any keys to continue filling the next container.
The filled cherry container then goes down the conveyor line to the checkweigher, comprised of a Cardinal Scale EB-150-LPAN bench scale with 190 Storm washdown indicator. This station utilizes the ColorZONE feature on the 190 indicator to rapidly indicate over, under, or desirable weight. The 190’s ColorZONE feature overcomes any language barrier that might be an obstacle with reading the indicator. The container is brought to the appropriate weight by manually adding cherries and then sent to final packaging.
The Cardinal Scale system has improved the operation by automating the initial packing process with fill control software. The cherry packing process has become more productive and the packing shed is ready for the summer produce season.
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Cardinal Scale’s Model RD2X4
Cardinal Scale’s USA-made RD2X4 quad remote display provides readouts for multi-platform truck scales visible up to 150 feet away. The RD2X4’s high-intensity LED display offers bright-red 2.25-inch-high digits that are highly visible even in direct sunlight. Ten brightness level settings let you select the exact intensity for the best visibility in your environment.
This remote display is designed for truck weighing systems where the steering axle, drive axle, trailer axle, and total weight are shown to the truck driver. The IP66-rated steel cabinet features a rain hood and is painted industrial tan for long-lasting outdoor use. The cabinet comes with a post mount designed for 4-inch pipe (approx. 4.5-in OD).
The RD2X4 quad remote display has the capability to interface to RS-232 or 20mA current loop. The display’s Auto Learn mode adapts to the data output for your indicator and is compatible with Cardinal Scale’s USA-made 225 Navigator or 825 Spectrum weight indicators with multi-scale option cards. This auto format feature automatically selects input protocol based on the indicator for plug-and-play operation. There are no moving parts inside the display for long life and reliability. The front panel opens vertically for easy internal access.
• Displays steering, drive, and trailer axles plus total weight
• For multi-platform truck scale operations
• Designed for outdoor or indoor use
• 150-foot reading distance
• High-intensity 2.25-inch LED digits
• Steel enclosure with rain hood for protection from the elements
• Auto Learn mode adapts to weight indicator protocols
• RS-232 or 20mA current loop connectivity
• 10 brightness level settings
• USA-made quality
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Cardinal Scale Manufacturing Co.
203 East Daugherty St.
Webb City, MO 64870