HBM’s weighing technology gains certification for US market

The complete range of HBM’s weighing technology is now available for applications in the USA following a successful audit to meet Verified Conformity Assessment Program (VCAP) standards.

Successful completion of the VCAP audit makes HBM load cells the optimum choice for scale manufacturers seeking to export to the USA.

There are a number of exacting technical requirements to be met before weighing technology components can be circulated in the USA. These requirements are encapsulated in the National Type Evaluation Program (NTEP) certificate of conformance that endorses compliance with the requirements.

The NTEP certificate is obtained following a technical inspection of the weighing technology itself as well as on-site acceptance testing of the scales. These tests are conducted in parallel with inspection and certification of the manufacturer‘s production and quality assurance systems, as verified by the Verified Conformity Assessment Program (VCAP) certificate of conformity. The audit must be performed by an external authority.

The technical requirements are specified in USA’s National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) Handbook 44. NIST is comparable with the PTB (German National Metrology Institute) in Germany.


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.

Founded in Germany in 1950, HBM is today the technology and market leader in the field of test and measurement. HBM's product range comprises solutions for the entire measurement chain, from virtual to physical testing. The company has production facilities in Germany, USA and China and is represented in over 80 countries worldwide.

For further information please contact:

1 Churchill Court, 58 Station Road, North Harrow, Middlesex, HA2 7SA UK
Tel: +44(0) 20 8515 6100
Fax: +44(0) 20 8515 6149
Web: www.hbm.com

April 2011

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