HBM has launched the only platform load cell on the market, the PW27, to meet the European Hygienic Engineering and Design Group (EHEDG) guidelines for applications in the food sector.
Heightened consumer awareness and demand for the freshest possible foodstuffs without preservatives has made hygiene increasingly important in the food industry.
One critical aspect is the ability to easily clean plants and all components used. To meet these demands the PW27 platform load cell features a cylindrical design and is manufactured in stainless steel without any corners or edges. The measuring element and strain gages are hermetically sealed in the housing to give a robust component that resists attacks from all cleaning and disinfection agents currently used in the food industry.
The PW27 platform load cell also meets the standards for both IP68 and IP69K degrees of protection. It is initially available with a maximum capacity of 20kg and is fitted with an integrated overload stop to prevent damage from excessive loads. A 10kg load cell will be available in the near future.
Suitable applications include filling and packaging machines, in static scales or in multi-head combination weighers (MHC).