For this machine, the technical solutions chosen at that time appear audacious today. Even though the integration of digital techniques into the sensors already appeared inevitable, the FIT digital load cell from HBM was nevertheless an unprecedented step for dynamic load cells. It needed a great deal of confidence to install this on a critical production machine that had to operate without interruption, around the clock.
For Philippe Viallet, this choice demonstrated higher confidence in the manufacturer than the confidence shown in the technology. According to him,
“This choice of technology was taken together with our customer, NTN-SNR. And if we didn’t hesitate at that time, it was because it was HBM that proposed this major advance.
HBM was a specialist for load cells who we had known for a long time and who had never been in the habit of making promises lightly. Furthermore, the transducer was based on the strain gauge technology that had very much proved its worth when it came to sturdiness. As we know now, the future proved them right – the FIT load cell has kept all its promises. In effect, for an equipment supplier, an application that has functioned for more than 10 years constitutes proof of reliability, particularly on a machine intended for production around the clock. This assurance of a long service life therefore induced NTN-SNR to renew its confidence in the latest version of the digital load cell, the FIT7A, for installation on a new machine:
“When a concept has proved its worth in the field, you gain precious time by duplicating this type of installation for future projects, while ensuring a solid technical basis.”
That is how a customer’s confidence in HBM and its dynamic weighing solutions has grown, and how it has perpetuated over time. This positive experience and the success of an audacious project culminating in the satisfaction of the users makes us want to offer innovative and ever more efficient solutions in the field of dynamic weighing.