Aseptic design platform load cell meets EHEDG guidelines

HBM has launched the only platform load cell on the market – the PW27 – to meet the EHEDG (European Hygienic Engineering & Design Group) guidelines for applications in the food sector.

Hygiene is increasingly important in the food industry because of heightened consumer awareness and demand for the freshest possible foodstuffs without preservatives.

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 20 kg and is fitted with an integrated overload stop to prevent damage from excessive loads. A 10 kg 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).

The EHEDG is an association of manufacturers, food producers and research institutes that works to produce specific guidelines for ensuring optimum hygienic conditions are maintained during food production.


About HBM:
HBM (www.hbm.com) is a globally operating company specializing in test and measurement. HBM provides complete measurement solutions - from sensor to software - based on high quality products as strain gages, load cells, tranducers, signal conditioning and data acquisition electronics and software.

With development and manufacturing operations in Europe, America and Asia, HBM provides measurement solutions to a wide variety of companies in the automotive, aerospace, marine, rail transport, medical equipment, packaging, appliance, automation, and scale industries.

With a 50 year history of quality and precision products, the HBM name has become synonymous with "Measurement with Confidence.

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Web: www.hbm.com

July 2010

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