Fairbanks Scales enhances FB6000
By Hannah Sundermeyer15 October 2018
Fairbanks Scales Inc., the oldest scale company in the U.S. and the world’s leader in weighing equipment, announces some exciting product enhancements for the FB6000 weighing instrument, which features a dynamic web interface that drastically reduces calibration and custom ticket formatting time over previous generations and competing technology. Key enhancements include an expanded loop ID field, ability to update expansion cards using a USB drive or integrated web utility, a new easily configurable power supply, and many features that improve functionality and ease of use. Additionally, the new digital power supply provides significantly enhanced diagnostic capabilities compared to traditional analog power supplies.
The new Loop ID field has expanded from 3 up to 15 alphanumeric characters, allowing the use of more user-friendly IDs. Furthermore, the FB6000 now allows for expansion card updates from the instrument’s front panel keyboard or by using the integrated web utility. The new feature allows for quick updates as needed, “on the fly.”
Power supply configuration is a breeze with a new “Easy Config’” option. Users tell the instrument how many cells and the cell impedance, then push a button and the FB6000 does the rest.
Several new updates to the integrated web utility have been added, including the ability to calibrate by millivolts per volt (mV/V). When used in conjunction with Fairbanks’ Remote Configuration Device (RCD), a technician can calibrate the FB6000 using their tablet or laptop from the scale platform. This means there’s no need to walk back and forth between the scale platform and scale instrument to test and calibrate the scale system! Technicians will have a temporary wireless network between the FB6000 instrument and a hand-held portable device.
Enhanced web load cell diagnostics now show a representation of the scale platform, each individual cell with its specific stored zero counts and current zero counts, along with the scale’s total gross weight.