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Asiatic Agricultural Industries Converts to EX

November 17, 2014 - Weighing equipment should adapt to a growing business and meet its ever-changing needs. As plants modernize, employee and customer safety have come to the forefront; this concern should be addressed with equipment that is easy to use and always safe.  

When safety is crucial to your business, you must go to any length to make sure it is incorporated in every aspect of your operation. Asiatic Agricultural Industries Pte Ltd. operates this way. The Singapore-based company manufactures and distributes products and solutions that serve to optimize crop yields and safeguard the well-being of humans as well as livestock. Since 1972, it has worked with an extensive network of businesses in more than 25 countries throughout Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Indian regions.  

For manufacturing its crop protection and animal health products, leaders at Asiatic Agricultural Industries decided to convert its mix of EX and non-EX equipment in its plants to all EX equipment. Its old scales were becoming worn out and weighed inaccurately, even after calibration. It was time for an upgrade.

Asiatic Agricultural Industries' semi-automatic processes required operators to fill bags and record weighing transactions by hand, which inevitably resulted in human errors.  

Mettler Toledo  recommended the ICS466x for this application because it is suitable for Hazardous Zone 1 and can be outfitted with a colorWeight indicator, which helps operators easily detect under- and over-filling with colored lights. The company was looking into connecting a tower-light or buzzer to the indicator but found them to be too complex and expensive. colorWeight proved to be a simple alternative to nearly eliminate human errors.

"The color display helps the operator to fill faster and it is easier to read the output," says a representative for Asiatic Agricultural Industries. "It has 100 percent eliminated human error."

In addition, the scale and terminal is capable of creating an automatic printout when a stable weight value within the tolerance value is reached. This saves the operator's time. Material batch details can be saved and data transactions are stored in the alibi memory.   

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