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Rice Lake Weighing Systems

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Rice Lake Weighing Systems is an ISO 9001-registered company specializing in the industrial scale and process-control weighing industry. It designs, manufactures, and distributes a range of weighing equipment, from tiny sensors to mammoth truck scales, through a network of more than 2,000 distributors in 75 different countries.[1]

Its primary product line includes laboratory and industrial balances, retail scales, bench scales, counting scales, checkweighers, floor scales, vehicle track and heavy capacity scales, sensors, load cells, mounting systems, digital weight indicators, barcode printers, and data collection equipment. It also manufactures precision calibration weights, including all ASTM, OIML, and NBS classes for balances and scales.

Rice Lake Weighing Systems’ equipment operates within a number of different industries, including agriculture, bulk construction materials and processing, chemical, food and beverage processing, forestry, pulp and paper, manufacturing, packaging and material handling, pharmaceuticals, retail, transportation, logistics and waste.

Rice Lake Weighing Systems also owns and operates a metrology laboratory that is accredited by the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP). The metrology lab calibrates and certifies mass standards and tests weights.

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[edit] History

Rice Lake Weighing Systems was founded in 1946.[2]

It specializes in the manufacturing of truck scales, which are designed to withstand a multitude of axle configurations, dynamic loading conditions, and concentrated loads at mid-span.

Rice Lake manufactures the Survivor series of truck scales, which it claims are the “Toughest Truck Scales on Earth.” The Survivor OTR steel deck weigh-bridge design utilizes an open bottom design, which is similar to the bridges on U.S. Interstate Highways. Rice Lake Weighing Systems claim the open-bottom design has a plethora of advantages over closed-bottom scales. They say closed-bottom bridges deteriorate over time due to internal condensation and corrosion with the sealed bridge cavity. This generally decreases the overall lifespan of the bridge, which can result in the replacement of the weigh-bridge after only a few years.

The Survivor OTR 70- by 11-foot (21- by 3.4-m) scale has a checkered steel deck top plate welded to the top of 12-inch (30-cm) wide flange I-beams, which are positioned longitudinally to traffic flow. The distance between beam flanges is approximately 7.5 inches (19 cm), to ensure that anywhere a truck axle or tire is positioned, it will be supported. The steel components are designed to bend when receiving a load and return to original shape when unloaded.

[edit] The Company Today

Rice Lake Weighing Systems company president is Mark O. Johnson. Its 2007 sales were US$60 million.[3] It has approximately 325 employees.[4]

[edit] Equipment List

  • Barcode printers
  • Bench scales
  • Checkweighers
  • Counting scales
  • Data collection equipment
  • Digital weight indicators
  • Floor scales
  • Laboratory and industrial balances
  • Load cells
  • Mounting systems
  • Retail scales
  • Sensors
  • Truck scales

[edit] References

  1. Rice Lake Corporate Video. Rice Lake Weighing Systems, 2008-10-24.
  2. Rice Lake Corporate Video. Rice Lake Weighing Systems, 2008-10-24.
  3. Rice Lake Weighing Systems, Inc. Hoovers, 2008-10-30.
  4. Rice Lake Weighing Systems, Inc. Hoovers, 2008-10-30.

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