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Accurate Inventory Control Regardless of Tank Shape, Temperature and Material

Hopper Scales and Tank Load Cells

Accurate Inventory Control Gravimetric level control is one of the most accurate inventory control methods available for measuring high-value sol...

Accurate Inventory Control
Gravimetric level control is one of the most accurate inventory control methods available for measuring high-value solids, liquids and even gases inside tanks. Tank load cells are placed outside of the tank, which makes them superior to other measuring methods for aggressive, hot, frozen, non-free-flowing or non-self-leveling materials. Measuring results are not impacted by tank shape, materials or process parameters, such as temperature or material viscosity.

Compression Weigh Modules
Most tanks holding 10 kilograms to 1,000 tons or more are mounted on compression load cells or compression weigh modules for weighing. The RockerPin within the tank load cell ensures the best accuracy in case of thermal expansion or contraction. Compression weigh modules are ideal for turning tanks into tank scales, by using tank load cells. In addition, smaller tanks can be mounted on bench scales or floor scales which is convenient for legal-for-trade applications.

Suspended Weigh Modules
Tanks load cell scales can be suspended from s load cells, tension load cells or weigh modules, with accuracy similar to that achievable with compression systems. This mounting method, using load cell tension within the load cell s type, can be convenient if an overhead structure already exists, or if the ground space under the scale must be kept clear. It is applicable for scales with capacities of approximately 20 kilograms (45 lbs.) to 30 tons.

Protected Load Cells
Outdoor tanks must have safety features to protect the tank load cells during installation and operation. Tanks are exposed to wind forces. This requires features for weigh modules to cope with uplift forces on one side and extreme load on the other. Temperature changes can result in expansion and contraction of the support structure. Our weigh modules are designed to cope with such circumstances.

Online Status Information, Easy Cabeling
Weigh modules with POWERCELL® technology reduce downtime with predictive maintenance. A run-flat function allows you to continue a batch in the event of a damaged load cell or a broken connecting cable. A daisy-chain-type network technology with plug-and-play connectors eliminates the need for junction boxes, which can be prone to damage. The CalFreePlus™ feature eliminates need for re-calibration in the event the cables or load cells have to be replaced.

Safety Tested with Full Load
METTLER TOLEDO weigh modules are designed to mitigate uplift forces resulting from wind and earthquakes and temperature-related expansion and contraction of the tank's support structure. We perform Finite Element Analysis on mechanical parts and perform tests to expose even heavy-capacity weigh modules to real-life conditions with full loads.

Hopper Scales and Tank Load Cells
Hopper scales weigh a continuous flow of product, playing an important role in harsh environments, such as food-processing plants. That product then flows into batches for packing. Regardless of environment, hopper scales using load cell s type do not trade off weighing accuracy for robustness.

Hopper scales are a type of weigh module, which can be used to convert nearly any structure into a scale. They can be part of a structure’s original design, or can be added to an existing structure. Hopper scales, for example, include a hopper container that is open at the top and is generally used to process solid materials in the form of powders or granules and can be combined with load cell s type. Hopper scales most commonly are used to dispense materials or collect ingredients that are then used later for processing. Hopper scales tend to be smaller in size and are often suspended from a superstructure.

A tank load cell, on the other hand, is larger. Tank load cells feature a tank that is usually a closed container used to store or process liquids, gases or free-flowing solids. Tanks range in size from small, such as residential propane or heating fuel tanks, to large industrial tanks that hold several tons of material. Tank load cells can be horizontal or vertical, as well as symmetrical or non-symmetrical.

Tank Load cells also are typically supported by compression weigh modules. Weigh modules, includes tank load cells and hopper scales, are used for material handling in many industries. By simply attaching a system of weigh modules to one of these containers, you can weigh the contents with accuracy and reliability. Other weigh modules include silos and vessels, which can be more elaborate. Vessels, for instance, allow heating, cooling, mixing or other processes. Chemical reactions often take place in vessels, so precisely weighing material additions is extremely important.

Tank load cells and Hopper Scales
Compression Weigh Modules
Suspended Weigh Modules
Hopper Scales and Tank Load Cell
Weigh modules with POWERCELL® technology
Hopper Scales and Tank Load Cell


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