The intelligence in the load cell also allows continuous analysis of the weighing process. This means a gradual loss of performance in a load cell can be identified, and, once identified, reported to the control system. This is a prerequisite for the implementation of the sensor in an Industry 4.0 environment. In contrast, load cells with analog value transmission provide, at best, a general fault message.
Intelligent Sensors Provide Predictive Maintenance
Future-oriented weighing technology for automation is based on intelligent load cells such as POWERCELL. The central element of these intelligent load cells is a microprocessor for signal processing integrated with analog-digital conversion. This eliminates the error-prone transmission of analog weight values over distance.