Weighing Module Novego®
The weighing module Novego® was specifically developed to meet the increasingly stringent requirements of the food industry. This hygienic all-in-one solution boasts a range of innovative properties to ensure simple, error-free installation and maximum resistance to lateral forces.
- Hygienic weighing module ensures efficient cleaning
- High degree of process reliability and precision thanks to the innovative side-force-resistant system
- Quick and easy commissioning due to smart add-on parts
- Durable, reliable weighing solution with excellent corrosion resistance
Technological advancement is the sum of many small details
- Built-in height adjustment of up to 8 cm
- Reduced horizontal surface area facilitates water run-off and ensures rapid drying after cleaning
- FDA-compliant silicone approved for use in the food industry
- Measurement accuracy ensured, even with side forces of up to 20 % of the load
- Extremely corrosion-resistant stainless steel 1.4418, new to weighing technology
- Overhead installation of load cell prevents soiling and corrosion
- Innovative strain gauges for high measurement accuracy (C3 in accordance with OIML R60)
- Built-in mounting kit consisting of a 360° constrainer, lift-off protector and anti-tip mechanism
- 360° constrainer eliminates the need for time-consuming constrainer alignment
- Built-in tilt correction for sloped surfaces with a gradient of up to 3°
Unique on the market: reliable measurement accuracy – even with high lateral forces
Minimum sensitivity to shear forces
Minimum sensitivity to shear forces: the weighing module Novego® reliably absorbs lateral forces. The six strain gauges ensure maximum measurement accuracy and prevent incorrect quantities, evenwhen using mixers.
Built-in height adjuster and innovative tilt correction
The built-in height adjuster and innovative tilt correction for sloped surfaces ensure intuitive installation of the Novego®, meaning it is ready for operation immediately.
The optimal accessibility of all components enables quick, easy and efficient cleaning, and prevents soiling.
Product quality and corrosion resistance
The high product quality and corrosion resistance of the Novego® reduce set-up costs and machine downtime.
|Accuracy class||0.015||% Emax|
|Maximum capacity||Highest limit of specified measuring range||Emax||125, 250, 500, 1,000, 2,000||kg|
|Safe load limit||Maximum load without irreversible damage||Elim||150||% Emax|
|Destructive load||Danger of mechanical destruction||Ed||>300||% Emax|
|Max. permissible lifting force||To still hold the specified performance afterwards||100||% Emax|
|Destructive lifting force||Danger of mechanical destruction (by lifting)||> 3 t||t|
|(Nominal) side force range||Range of side force to hold the specified performance||QKn||<20||% Emax|
|Minimum LC verification||Minimum load cell verification interval vmin = Emax /Y||Y||14,000|
|Rated output||Relative output at maximum capacity||Cn||2||mV/V|
- 3D_Step_Files_-_Novego_PR6061.zip (1.283 KB)
- BRO_Vessel_Silo_Weighing_en_01.pdf (6.123 KB)
- DS_Novego_en.pdf (3.033 KB)
Our weighing module Novego demonstrates why rethinking designs and requirements is always worthwhile. When developing the innovative mounting kit and lateral force-resistant load cell combination, we consistently applied feedback from our customers to form and refine the product. It proved to be a success! Novego stands ahead of its class and offers unique benefits on the market. In an interview, Klaus Vayhinger and Uwe Kummetz gave us some interesting insights into the Novego development process.
Klaus Vayhinger // Research and Development
Klaus Vayhinger, in load cell development, you're responsible for designing and realising new types of load cell, amongst other things. What were the specific challenges in developing the weighing module Novego?
The requirements as regards lateral force resistance led to many considerations. In the end, the principle of plate spring geometry became the starting point for being able to absorb lateral force without affecting measurement. It soon became evident that a high number of strain gauges on the measuring element and especially precise positioning of the strain gauges would play a central role. Then, using FEM (finite element method) calculations, we first worked a lot of things out theoretically so we could then build the promising concepts mechanically. Here, we needed to “polish” things, which meant we were constantly refining the FEM calculation model in order to eventually make the theoretical and practical elements match up perfectly.
Once you had developed guaranteed lateral force resistance, what came next?
For our customers, some knowledge of how to correctly mount a conventional load cell is needed so as to ensure the accuracy requirements are met. That’s why the idea came about a long time ago of developing a lateral force-resistant load cell that doesn’t compromise on accuracy or require lifting protection or horizontal guides, all the while also keeping the vessel in place. Following the first few successful customer tests, it was clear that mechanical integration of the load cell in the application required particular attention. This is where product management was started, whereby we held a workshop with various customers to determine the requirements for different applications and industries. These requirements were assessed by our engineers who then developed and implemented their ideas.
And how about the production environment requirements?
Another challenge was posed by the customers’ high demand for cleanability. In order to achieve good corrosion resistance and a high level of ingress protection (IP68 and IP69), it was necessary to use a type of steel that’s completely new in weighing technology. Hermetically sealing the measuring chamber also cost us time and energy. But the hard work was all worth it. For a developer, it’s always exciting to create something that’s truly new and to be there from the concept phase right through to series production. Two of my personal highlights that came from our team are the height adjustment and tilt correction features, which are unique solutions in our industry.
Uwe Kummetz // Sales
Uwe Kummetz, you’re responsible for silo and vessel weighing in the Sales division in Germany, amongst other things. What was your first involvement with the weighing module Novego?
I was involved as early as the initial test phases through product management. It was perfect timing since one of my biggest customers was just in the design phase for a new generation process vessel. I presented the new weighing module to them and received direct feedback about our product design. Customer feedback helped us to develop our mounting aid and transport protection, for example.
What are the problems or requirements that can be solved or met in the long term with Novego?
Aside from general hygiene requirements, it’s actually the mechanical details that repeatedly present a challenge for customers. It could be the maximum permissible lifting force, horizontal lateral force, seismic force or a simple agitator and its long-term impacts. Offering a simple, reliable solution to these challenges helps our customers enormously and reduces their outlay.
How is Novego being received on the market?
Feedback has been 100% positive. Our customers can see that we know their processes, as well as the various challenges they face. By talking to our customers, we can discuss these issues in detail and, with Novego, present a custom solution to help them optimise their processes. In their evaluation of the product, customers then determine to what extent the costs of the improvements are offset by the benefits they offer. With Novego, this is very clearly the case. The weighing module shows how innovative it can be to implement process vessel weighing and then also meet the requirements in terms of size and design.