A customer recently asked how much it costs to replace a load cell in our WeighMore® in-motion checkweigher. My answer: it costs a few hundred dollars. The precise figure can vary a little depending on a couple of specifications.
He was quite surprised because he has an in-motion checkweigher manufactured by another company that is on a tray pack production line. A replacement load cell for that checkweigher costs several thousand dollars. To make matters worse, he said it takes about six weeks to receive the replacement load cell after ordering it.
My customer said he replaces the load cell in that checkweigher once a year because it fails due to water damage despite being rated for wash down environments.
I gave my customer some numbers to consider. His tray pack line needed a load cell set to a capacity of 10 lbs. At 2,000 divisions he could checkweigh to a sensitivity of 0.005 lbs. The WeighMore® in motion checkweigher easily provides that performance level.
The next numbers he looked at were the prices on the quotes for a new WeighMore® in-motion checkweigher scale compared to the other manufacturer. The WeighMore® was nearly half the price.
Next, he compared the carrying cost of keeping a spare load cell on hand to prevent down time.
His conclusion was the same as an increasing number of people’s. The WeighMore® in-motion checkweigher costs less to purchase, less to maintain, and delivers the performance that today’s plants need.
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