Test a unique elastomer in a temperature 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.

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Force testing equipment that is obsolete and differs from plant to plant

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  They have a variety of different force testing equipment that is obsolete and differs from plant to plant.

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A plastic pipe manufacturer mixes raw ingredients and needed 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  This customer had outdated Hardy batch controllers that were no longer supported.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.

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Fish farm needed 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.

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A 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.

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A leading medical manufacturer has an R&D location that needed 3rd party calibrations

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.

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A national transportation company has a shipping service that needed a standardized 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.

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Seafood Company in Houston area with unreliable 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.

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Helicopter company experienced 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.

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Turn Your Tanks, Hoppers, and Vessels Into Scales!

Adding load cells to tanks and hoppers is a great way to manage inventory more efficiently, speed up production, blend or mix more accurately, or bill your customers more quickly. The JP Bowlin Company offers turnkey installations for all types and capacities of load cells for any industry or application. Click here to see the additional
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Automotive parts manufacturer struggled with inventory discrepancy of delivered kits

We provided a solution which included a Setra Super II 55 Lb capacity scale with check weighing function and light tree. Also label printer and special programming to print a label when the box passed tolerances or waited until box was checked if out of tolerance. The operator would either check the box while on the scale or be
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Pasta Manufacturer Needs to Determine Proper Cooking Time

Lloyd Instruments has launched a new test fixture designed specifically to meet the quality assessment requirements of spaghetti, pasta and noodles producers.  The Spaghetti and Noodle Compression attachment fits the TA1 texture analyzer and is designed to take thickness measurements of the cooked product in order to calculate a range of parameters including sample compressibility.
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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
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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 tanks.  They currently use a manual batching process with tanks mounted on load cells, and they want to keep it that way for flexibility, but they need to eliminate the possibility of operators adding incorrect
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