Fairbanks Scales Inc., Kansas City, Missouri, has announced six new scale instruments based on the FB6000 design. The new instruments are designed to be used in a variety of weighing applications, including floor, blender, tank, truck, hopper and rail scales. The new FB6005, FB6006 and FB6007 models are analog instruments and the FB6015, FB6016 and FB6017 instruments feature Intalogix load cell diagnostics and digital load cell communication technology.
The analog instruments take the analog signal from the load cells and convert it to a digital signal inside the instrument. In multiple load cell applications, all load cell adjustments are performed at the analog summing box or boxes located at the scale platform. Final scale calibration is performed through the instrument. The analog versions use the same analog load cell interface card (ASC) as is used in existing FB6001, FB2558 and FB4000 instruments.
The FB6015, FB6016 and FB6017 instruments use Intalogix technology for onboard diagnostics and digital load cell communication. An analog load cell signal is converted to a digital signal at the scale-mounted smart sectional controllers (SSCs) and sent to the instrument by means of a digital communication. The new instruments use the standard SSCs, digital smart sectional controllers (DSSCs) and 2801 intrinsically safe controllers (ISCs). All load cell trimming, sectional adjustments and final scale calibration are performed through the instrument.
All the features of the current FB6000 products are in the new instrument models. In addition, the new models bring relay control for filling applications into the FB6000 family. They feature five modes of operation for relay control: setpoint, checkweigh, batch, auto-batch and auto-repeat. The filling modes also have a full complement of settings beyond the typical target weight settings.
The new instruments also feature a 16-segment bright red LED display, designed for easier to read text on the screen. They are available in three enclosure options – stainless steel, NEMA 4X desk mount/wall mount enclosure, stainless steel and powder coat painted, NEMA 12 panel mount enclosure and stainless steel and powder coat painted, NEMA 12 rack mount enclosure.