Cardinal Scale Unveils SmartCan Digital Conversion System

November 5, 2019

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Cardinal Scale Unveils SmartCan Digital Conversion System
Cardinal Scale’s SmartCan analog-to-digital conversion system

Users can now digitize any existing analog scale using Cardinal Scale’s SmartCan analog-to-digital conversion system.

SmartCan allows users to digitally monitor each individual load cell and identify cell failures quickly and effectively. The system utilizes the advanced, internationally-standardized CAN (Controller Area Network) serial bus system to digitize the analog output signals from two or more independent load cells and send the data to the indicator.

The NTEP-certified SmartCan features fail-safe mode that keeps the scale running in the event of a failed cell (coming soon), SmartCal digital calibration adjustments, universal mounting brackets for easy field installation, and remote troubleshooting and scale monitoring through iSite Cloud-based software. The compact enclosure size only requires minimal space. The system is ideal for retrofitting existing analog scales or converting analog load cells to a digital weighing system. It may also be used with Guardian hydraulic load cells.

SmartCan is housed in a compact, rugged weatherproof IP66/NEMA 4 enclosure and doesn’t require cumbersome external power supplies, in most applications. The indicator software permits a maximum of 32 load cells that could be used in any combination with SmartCan (the homerun cable length, power supply, and sample rate may limit the number of load cells used, in some instances). There are seven different SmartCan boxes available for a wide range of configurations.

Versatile Applications
SmartCan may be used in a variety of different applications with new and existing truck scales, railroad scales, floor scales, bench scales, and batching systems.

Fail-Safe Mode Pending
Cardinal Scale’s Fail-Safe feature with SmartCan allows the system to compensate for a failed load cell by mirroring the estimated value of the remaining cells to offset the failed cell. The Fail-Safe feature uses an algorithm to calculate an estimated value from the data of the remaining cells and creates a virtual load cell to replace the data from the down cell.

Troubleshoot through the Indicator
Cardinal Scale’s 225D Navigator and 825D Spectrum weight indicators easily interface with the SmartCan digital conversion system and provide onscreen diagnostics for load cell performance in real-time. The 825D makes corner and section trimming easier with its graphical, full-color display.

Cardinal Scale Manufacturing Co., Webb City, MO 800-441-4237

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