Weighing instruments in the mechanical engineering industry
The mechanical engineering sector is one of the key pillars of European industry and weighing is an irreplaceable process in this industrial practice. We find weighing in all areas of the machine production process from the mining of raw materials, transport of materials and goods, production, filling, packaging and logistic of products.
For example, in the production of small parts we find pieces counting scales, which determine with great accuracy the number of produced pieces. Very often, these scales are also used to check the completeness of the package, when the piece counting scale checks whether the box contains all the required parts. Of course, these scales are also very important in inventory check process in the warehouses.
In the production process weighing is also essential to guarantee the quality of production in various ways such as applying the right colour of paint to a machine.
Why is it important to use reliable and accurate weighing instruments?
The reliability of production could be directly correlated with the accuracy of weighing instruments. If there is a counting scale that is not accurate, there might be too little or too many components sent to the customer. Considering just-in-time supply chains in place this could disrupt the whole production process and cause delays
Moreover, the quality of production can depend on the quality of weighing. Where components or parts such as the paint for the machine is not weighed correctly this can impact the final product. For reliability and high-quality production good weighing is vital.
What are the innovations regarding weighing in the mechanical engineering sector?
Currently, the main trend is digitalisation associated with full automation of production processes. Weighing instruments enable companies to make the digital transition since it is already common for scales to operate in automated production lines and are a control element for production processes. The scales are usually connected to industrial data busses, they offer the possibility of connection to computer networks, automated data collection and systems integration.
Another part of digitalisation in machinery production is remote diagnostics and inspection and services being performed remotely. It is no longer an exception that the service organisation knows about the failure of the balance before the user himself.
Furthermore, the accuracy of scales increased tremendously in the last decades. Now, it is possible to find scales in the industry that have more than 1,000,000 scales intervals, improving reliability of production and reducing the number of errors.