Article Follow Up: UFM Series Bench Scale Assembly.

Earlier this year I wrote an article about Intelligent Weighing Technology's expansion into assembling bench scales, specifically, the UFM-B series bench scale. This required the company to hire more employees as well as stage an area of their facility to assemble scales. I wanted to know how things have progressed, and contacted Richard Sharpe, president of Intelligent Weighing Technology to find out.Richard said, "For August it's been absolutely crazy, business wise, but that's a good thing." [...]


Product Reviews for Precision Scales/Balances, Keyboard Wedges, Software and Others.

In the history of Industrial Weigh & Measure I don't think we've ever done product reviews, but maybe it's time/past time to start doing so. It might be difficult to review larger items, such as truck scales, but smaller items like food scales, precision scales and junction boxes, etc. might be doable.What got me thinking about this is an email I received from one of our readers offering to do a review of the MicroRidge product. The following is an excerpt from that email:​"The MicroRi [...]


Coti Global Sensors' Load Cells and Rinstrum's Scale Indicators Keep Hollywood Elite Safe.

By David Mathieu I'm working on an article for the Sep/Oct edition of Industrial Weigh & Measure magazine – where 200,000 pound load cells are used in a construction application. Engineers of the project were worried about their calculations, as to the weight of the structure, so they engineered Coti Global Sensors' load cells into the supports of the building structure for one year. Rinstrum scale indicators are also used in this application. This brings up the question of how d [...]


The one thing that pallet scales, platform scales and food scales all have in common — Load Cells.

By David Mathieu No matter what kind of weighing machine you can think of: pallet scales, platform scales, food scales, etc.. They all have one key component that makes them work. The load cell.The load cell has been around for decades and hasn't changed much in all that time. By change, I mean the kind of change that changed an industry — like happened when mechanical scales were replaced by electronic scales and the load cell about 40 years ago. Sure, we have digital and wireless, but I [...]


Net Neutrality: A precious common right in serious jeopardy.

​By Al Blazo An evil, once visited upon us during the latter days of the Obama administration, was narrowly defeated by the more rational thinkers in positions of authority along with very strong vocal and written support from just everyone in the business, academic and activist communities across the country.  The evil of which I speak is the corporate attack upon Net Neutrality.Net Neutrality is an issue that few of us rarely think about and often fail to adequately comprehend, ev [...]


ISWM Central/Northwest Division Meeting.

The ISWM Central/Northwest Division Meeting will be held on October 12-13, 2017 at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, IL. Please return your registration form to Deanna Stanley by September 12, 2017.  Hotel reservations at the Pheasant Run Resort should be made by September 15, 2017. Questions?  Contact Deanna Stanley at 715-234-9171 ext. 5080 or Tim Campbell at 715-234-9171 ext. 5067.Download the flyer and registration form below: iswm_central_nw_meeting_2017_fall_invite_sched [...]


Reversing   the Trend of  Overseas Manufacturing.

By David Mathieu For many years now,  most scales and balances have been built overseas and shipped to the USA from places such as Mainland China, South Korea, Japan, Switzerland, even Poland and India. There has been a race to lower the cost of weighing equipment by placing orders overseas, and sometimes building factories in other countries. This price cutting marathon of the last two decades has caused many well-known companies to disappear from the industry, and several large overseas [...]


What can your scale business learn from  Domino’s Pizza?.

By Robert SombachOK I realize it sounds like an outrageous comparison, but give me a minute to explain how a national pizza franchise can give us some understanding about how people are changing their definition of customer service. In the scales industry, we’re all familiar with measurement. If our customer’s equipment is not providing accurate readings, we have the equipment to fix or recalibrate it. The equipment may be technologically advanced and quite expensive, but as we all k [...]


This  revolution  will be  televised.

By Al BlazoThere’s a revolution underfoot that few of us are fully aware.  Even fewer are vaguely cognizant of the promises (and dangers) that this revolution has in store for our entire species as we advance head-on into the middle of the 21st century. And when I use the phrase, “our species,” I hope that my words are not taken as simply melodramatic or hyperbolic rhetoric. The impact of this revolution is being felt throughout the globe, and its continuing development pr [...]


Las Vegas Airport Installs Pennsylvania Scales.

 When ‘Fabulous’ Las Vegas, Nevada welcomes ISWM’s 2018 Conference, travelers arriving through McCarran International Airport will find Pennsylvania M64 baggage scales and indicators throughout both terminals at all gates. By the end of 2017, Terminal 3, with its spectacular renovations will be a modern aviation travel showcase and will feature Pennsylvania baggage scales at all check-in locations... In addition, Pennsylvania Scale is furnishing M64 baggage replacem [...]