METTLER TOLEDO (Columbus, OH) has announced the launch of its new compact, single-point SLP85xD load cells. Their speed and ability to be built into large networks enhance productivity when multiple bottles, cans or drums are weighed within a fraction of a second simultaneously and in parallel. Fully integrated electronics can capture 1,200 weight values per second, making them ideal for multi-line filling and check weighing applications. Quick connectivity via EtherNet/IP, PROFINET IO RT or PROFIBUS DP is incorporated into the compact unit for easy integration and start up, and it also minimizes efforts for wiring and requires less material, which saves costs for the machine manufacturer. Features include:
- Comprehensive overload protection, leading to extensive product service life. The protection safeguards the module from outside forces regardless of direction of origin, protecting the accuracy of the module both during normal operation and equipment malfunction events.
- Hermetically sealed (IP69K) SLP85xD load cells, meaning they can be cleaned with high-pressure water jets. This fulfills Clean-In-Place requirements and reduces downtime for the cleaning process.
- The load cell can be used either to control the entire filling process with its digital outputs or as a sensor only to provide fast weight results to the control system. In both cases, a fast update rate of the weight values ensures the fastest reaction times for controlling the filling valves.
- The ability to transmit diagnostic information to the control system about its own health status and about the status of the filling application. This information can be used for predictive maintenance to minimize downtime.