This section provides an overview for hopper scales as well as their applications and principles. Also, please take a look at the list of 22 hopper scale manufacturers and their company rankings. Here are the top-ranked hopper scale companies as of December, 2023: 1.Cardinal Scale, 2.Abest Scale, 3.Eagle Microsystems, Inc..
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A Hopper Scale is a device used to accurately weigh a variety of powdered or granulated materials.
Hopper Scales have a weighing scale and a receiving pan to hold the material. The material is placed in the receiving pan and weighed accurately by the scale.
Hopper means "inlet" or "receptacle" in English, and scale means "weighing scale. In other words, a Hopper Scale is a device that combines a container for storing materials and a scale.
It is mainly used as a weighing instrument in industrial facilities and automatically measures the material in the hopper. By weighing materials evenly, the quality of products can be kept constant. Also, since a large amount of material can be weighed at once, it improves work efficiency.
Hopper Scales are used to weigh raw materials in a variety of industries. The following are just a few examples of hopper scale applications
Used to accurately weigh malt. The taste, color, and other qualities of the beer can be adjusted by adding the right amount of malt. Also, uniform and accurate weighing of malt results in a consistent brewing process.
Used to accurately weigh ingredients such as flour, sugar, salt, and spices. Accurate weighing of ingredients allows adjustment of the flavor and texture of the bread. It also helps to stabilize the quality of the dough by feeding the ingredients in a uniform mixture.
Used to weigh ores, for example, in the ore trade. Ores in industry often amount to several hundred tons and require automatic measurement. Hopper Scales are used by sellers and buyers to confirm the volume of ore traded.
It is also used for ore crushing. Uniform feeding of ore stabilizes the crushing process and improves quality.
Used to accurately weigh raw materials in the manufacture of carbon black, rubber, etc. Uniform feeding of raw materials improves product quality and performance. Accurate weighing of raw materials also prevents the use of unnecessary materials and reduces costs.
Hopper Scales use gravity to weigh materials. The receptacle for the material is mounted on a fixed beam. The beam is equipped with several measuring devices called load cells, which measure the weight in the scale.
The load cells are equipped with strain gauges, which measure the weight in the scale based on the resistance value generated by the strain caused by the added weight of raw materials. Hopper Scales are generally equipped with a digital display.
This display indicates the weight of the material numerically. The weighing range and accuracy vary depending on the hopper scale model. Hopper Scales are available in five measurement methods: quantitative, actual, net calculation, cumulative, and discharge weighing. The method used depends on the purpose.
Hopper Scales are available in mechanical and electronic types, depending on the measurement method. They have a variety of connection methods and can automatically share weighing data with other devices.
Mechanical Hopper Scales use a spring to measure weight. Since the amount of elastic deformation of the spring is measured by manually turning a knob, this type of scale is not suitable when accurate weighing is required. Also, since excess material can be fed in over the set value, weighing accuracy may be reduced depending on the operator's skill.
Electronic Hopper Scales use load cells to accurately weigh material. It has a built-in digital display and features a weighing range and high weighing accuracy. They are widely used because they are easy to handle and highly accurate.
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Flexicon Corporation is a manufacturer of bulk handling equipment and systems, founded in 1974 and headquartered in 974 in Fairfield, New Jersey, USA. The company specializes in designing and producing numerous bulk handling solutions, including flexible screw conveyors, pneumatic conveyors, and bulk bag fillers. These solutions find wide application in various industries, enabling efficient material handling and processing. Flexicon Corporation's expertise caters to sectors such as food, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, and plastics, enhancing their material handling capabilities. Flexicon Corporation offers customized equipment and support services, ensuring seamless integration and optimal performance for bulk handling solutions.
Advanced Auxiliary Equipment has been a manufacturer of pneumatic conveying, destoning and blending equipment for the food, chemical and plastics industry since 2008. The company is structured into three business units: MovaColor, Coffee Loaders, and AAE Direct. Its products include vacuum and venturi loaders, hopper loaders, volumetric and gravimetric feeders, dryers, blenders, and regrind management systems. Others are semi-bulk containers, diverters, valves, and gates. These products come in three categories: material handling equipment, blending, mixing, and compounding equipment.
Easy Automation, Inc., founded in 1986 with headquarters in the USA, is a manufacturer of feed mill and agronomy automation equipment and systems. The company's systems include solutions for weighing, grinding, mixing, bulk bagging, and conveying. Its products include automated feed mill batching equipment, micro-ingredient systems, horizontal ribbon mixers, modular feed processors, and beam tote structures, catering to various agricultural markets. The corporation's services include 24/7 automation software support, machine and system maintenance, and repairs.
Project Services Group, Inc. (PSG), founded in 1992 with headquarters in the USA, is a manufacturer of conveying, material handling, processing, and packaging equipment. The company's products include center-drive PVC belt transfer conveyors, cookie cooler conveyors, ergonomic pack station conveyors, bottling conveyor pressure-less combiners, and oil spray systems for seasoning, and it primarily serves the food processing and packaging industries. Apart from custom machines, the corporation also offers solutions for complete plant lines, including design, engineering, production, and installation.
Active Scale Manufacturing Inc., founded in 1988, is a Canadian custom heavy vehicle scale manufacturer based in Brantford, Ontario, with over 4,000 installations across North and South America, as well as the Caribbean. The company’s product range includes tuff-deck vehicle scales, modu-deck vehicle scales, industrial floor and bench scales, and railroad track scales, tailored to diverse foundation requirements. Active Scale also offers services, including supply and installation, maintenance, repairs and conversions, calibration, and certification. The company is accredited by the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board, demonstrating compliance with ISO/IEC 17025:2017 standards for the calibration of weighing devices.
Morrison Weighing Systems, Inc., founded in 1968 with headquarters in the USA, is a manufacturer of weighing systems and equipment. The company's weighing equipment includes inline conveyor scales, label applicators, manual box scales, ham labeling scales, and hot dog sorting scales. Its complete weighing systems include box weighing systems, sorting scales, monorail scales, checkweighers, and industrial hopper scales. The company serves a number of industries, including the food processing and packaging markets, as well as custom equipment and custom weighing systems for process automation.
Eagle Microsystems has a 50-year history and is based in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. Eagle Microsystems is a designer, engineer, and manufacturer of scales and weighing systems in a variety of configurations for water treatment and industrial environments. Eagle Microsystems product categories include cylinder/carboy scales, displays, controllers, analyzers, drum/tank scales, weighing systems, polymer feeders, ton container scales, volumetric dry feeders, and accessories. Eagle Microsystems offers engineering support for weighing systems, offering product development, and custom design and consulting for manufacturers, raw materials providers, and end users.
Cardinal Scale Manufacturing Company, founded in 1950 with its headquarters in Webb City, MO, USA, is a manufacturer and supplier of weighing systems, weight indicators, load cells, automotive weight recording systems and weighing scales. The company's products are marketed to clients in industries such as food service scales, medical scales, hopper scales, in-motion highway scales, logistics/shipping scales, and counting scales, among others. In addition to its headquarters, the company operates warehouses in England and Canada and has distributors all over 100 countries.
MagneTherm Calibration, established in 2012 and headquartered in Menifee, California, is a distributor of metal detection equipment, x-ray systems, weighing systems, and thermal devices. They specialize in serving the Food and Pharmaceutical industries, providing precise weights and measures to ensure compliance and quality control. Adhering to NIST traceable standards, MagneTherm Calibration offers a comprehensive product range, including metal detectors and x-ray devices like fobs, wands, and test cards. They also provide various scales, such as portable scales, counting scales, and floor scales, along with lab equipment like moisture analyzers and temperature charts.
Rochester Scale Works, a family business since 1967, distributes industrial scales and weighing systems. RSW is based in New York and offers a range of products and services, including scales, balance and weighing systems, and maintenance and repair services. Their scale and weighing products include options like micro & semi-micro lab scales, industrial bench scales and check weighers, and heavy capacity scales like rail, truck and load scales. Rochester Scale Works offers preventive maintenance, reminder notifications, and calibration certificates as a service provider. They serve customers in different industries, including health, labs and pharmaceuticals, food and beverage, and manufacturing.
Bühler AG is a Swiss multinational food and beverage processing machinery and equipment manufacturer that was established in 1860 and is headquartered in Uzwil, Switzerland. The company produces a wide range of food and beverage processing machinery and equipment, including mills, dryers, and extruders. Its products, such as Winnower, Roller Mill, and Extrusion System, are used by a number of industries, as diverse as cereals, coffee, and chocolate industries. The company also provides a range of services, including process engineering, plant construction, and training.
TENSO-M, established in 1989, is a Russian manufacturer of weighing batchers and electronic balances. The company’s products include dosing systems , hopper scales, platform scales, load cells, and weighing indicators. Today, the company produces over 3000 weigh batchers and 30000 load cells in its 15000m2 manufacturing facility. Most of its products are CE certified and accredited worldwide. Industries served include food and chemical, pharmaceutical, transport and logistics, asphalt, aggregate, waste and scrap.
Eagle Scale Manufacturing Works, founded in 1974 and based in Gujarat, India, is a manufacturer and supplier of a huge selection of mechanical and electronic weighing scales. The company's products include electronic weighbridges, unmanned weighbridges, electronic weighing scales, electronic digitizers, in-motion weighbridges, and weighbridge accessories, among others. This ISO 9001-2000 certified company currently markets and exports its products under the brand name ‘FLYING EAGLE’ to Bangladesh, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, and South Africa, among others. Industries served include agriculture, pharmaceutical, real estate, transportation, manufacturing, and many more.
WÖHWA, founded by Josef Wöhrl in Pfedelbach, Germany in 1949, is an industrial manufacturer of measuring systems, weighing terminals, control systems, and blending and discharge systems for the global bulk materials market. The company's products include hopper scales, belt feeders, weighing terminals, dosing machines, flow mixers, and automated loading systems for bulk materials or feeding materials to concrete or asphalt plants. It installs all mechanical devices and software components on site, and its customers include large companies such as Cemex, Holcim, Tarmac, and HeidelbergCement.
Swastik, established in 2004 and headquartered in Delhi, India, serves as a manufacturer and supplier of weighing systems and solutions. Its extensive product lineup caters to industries spanning food and beverage, logistics, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, and chemicals, offering truck scales for vehicle weighing, platform scales for object measurement, animal scales for livestock weighing, bowl scales for precise liquid and powder measurement, and intelligent weighing systems for data analysis and compliance. These products play crucial roles in diverse sectors, from logistics optimization and inventory tracking to livestock management and quality control.
Schenck Process was founded in 1881 in Darmstadt, Hessen in Germany, with a US headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri. The company is a manufacturer of weighing and measuring tools and systems for customers in manufacturing, packing, water treatment, and other industries requiring precise measurement services. The company produces industry-specific products such as feeders for infrastructure and food processing industries. Other products include conveyors, filtration equipment, and thermal processing equipment. The company’s services include installation, repairs, upgrades, testing, and training employees in optimal equipment usage.
Jamieson Equipment Company (JEC) was founded in 1982 and located in the state of Georgia. JEC serves infrastructure-related industries including pavement with concrete, aggregate, and asphalt, chemicals, sewage and waste management, and agriculture and food. JEC sells, installs, retrofits, repairs, and offers training and troubleshooting for a range of components and tools from simple fittings to motion sensors to electronics to valves to actuators, cranes, mixers, silos, hoppers, and plants.
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