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IDD-Case-Study-1IDD Process and Packaging Integrates Cardinal Scale Products into Their Brewery and Beverage Equipment

IDD Process and Packaging, Inc., based in Moorpark, California, is an industry-leading supplier of brewery and beverage manufacturing equipment. The company was founded in 1990 by Jeff Gunn. After several years as C.O.O. and Executive Vice-President for APV Rosista, Gunn wanted to start his own company in an industry where he had many years of experience. The systems provided by IDD provide answers for operations such as keg cleaning, sanitation and filling, flash pasteurization, bottling, and their HEBS (High Efficiency Brewing System). IDD manufactures these intricate and precise equipment systems to meet the distinct needs for their many customers in the beverage industry.

IDD-Case-Study-2IDD’s reach extends all over the world. While primarily servicing America and Canada, IDD Process and Packaging, Inc. ships to Western Europe and as far as countries in the Oceania area, such as Australia. The burgeoning craft brewery and distillery movement in America and Canada provides IDD with a great deal of business opportunities; however, they are not limited strictly to beer and spirits. IDD delivers expertise in more traditional beverage production, such as grape juice, to more exotic and contemporary drinks, like kombucha and cold-brew tea.

To round out the design of a few of their systems, owner Jeff Gunn researched scale manufacturers to compare products lines and breadth of products. Cardinal Scale was capable of providing the load cells he preferred, along with the digital weight indicators meant to complete filling functions for keg, grain, and yeast managements systems, plus the scales themselves. “Cardinal Scale provided all of the implements that I needed within one company, and that influenced my decision to go with them,” said Gunn.

IDD-Case-Study-3Cardinal Scale products are featured in Squire Keg Systems, Grain Handling Systems, and Yeast Management Systems. For the Squire Keg series, Cardinal Scale’s model EB-300 scale is coupled with the 190 STORM indicator. The EB-300 weighs the keg that can be moved on a roller platform, and the 190 provides the weight preset programming that is invaluable to precision filling. The Squire Series system can fill up to 30 kegs per hour.

The Grain Handling Systems and Yeast Management Systems utilize Cardinal Scale’s 825 or 225 weight indicator and the company’s TCBSS1KM-4 load cell kits. The TCBSS1KM-4 load cell kits provide the durability and precision needed to take on filling of grain augers, mills, and hoppers or multi-tank yeast propagation systems. The 825 or 225 weight indicator guides the more complex filling functions associated with the aforementioned tanking systems.

The combination of IDD’s proprietary design and Cardinal Scale’s hardware and software has provided a great match of ingenuity and design. With more than five years of business between IDD Process and Packaging, Inc. and Cardinal Scale, the companies both look forward to many more years of flourishing business in the beverage industry. Cheers!

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Cardinal Scale Manufacturing Co.
203 East Daugherty St.
Webb City, MO 64870
(800) 441-4237

Header Intro Section - Indicator CollagePowder and bulk weighing systems provide innumerable benefits for almost every industry available. Commodities such as food and drink, chemicals, plastics, paint, fertilizers, minerals, and concrete products are a few of the goods stored, processed, and inventoried within a bulk weighing system. The capability to process massive amounts of these materials expediently and efficiently is an immense windfall for our society, keeping goods readily flowing and accessible at a moment’s notice. When one thinks of processing large amounts of materials, weight indicators rarely come to mind. These unheralded pieces of equipment can provide some of the most important functions for bulk weighing systems, acting as the “brain” of the operation in some instances, or integrating with existing software to complete certain weighing tasks. Without some of the processes organized by indicators’ logic and control systems, bulk weighing would be a much more laborious and time-intensive endeavor, resulting in slower and more expensive production processing.

Indicator programming can cover a great breadth of machine logic and provide simple solutions to complex, synchronized processes. The following sections will detail some of the more common options available to bulk processing manufacturers and the description of each program function.

Programmable Logic ControllersProgrammable Logic Controllers (PLC)

Programmable Logic Controllers are simply systems of regulation controlled by programming logic that oversee industrial control operations. This type of system is utilized in industries such as oil refineries, manufacturing lines, and conveyor systems. Because of their capability to integrate with systems of mass production with high accuracy and efficiency, PLCs are highly economical.

Indicators that have this capability usually have RS232 or USB serial communication protocols, though some are more advanced and have Ethernet or Modbus connectivity. Programmable inputs and outputs are usually included to allow even more flexibility.

Basic Tank Inventory MonitoringBasic Tank Inventory

A basic tank inventory monitoring system observes product levels in a hopper or tanking system. This is noted by a remote display or by using a check weigh feature controlled by an indicator. Monitoring a tank inventory is valuable to gauge availability of any given product in an automation system, whether it be a single ingredient or a more-complex injection system controlling multiple ingredients.

Digital Fill ControlDigital Fill Control (DFC)

Digital fill control deals with single-ingredient operations. This system supports single or dual-speed relay control outputs which orchestrate material filling and discharge automatically. Indicators with digital fill control allow for setting target and trim weights to be entered at the beginning of the cycle. The required target weight that’s established completes the cycle for the fill operation. Digital fill control is best incorporated in operations handling agricultural items such as seed, molasses, and feed, or industrial items such as cement or slurry.


A batching system has the capability to measure any filling or discharge of material, (i.e. either an increase or loss), utilizing a weight system to ration a discrete and separate amount of each material. Batchers are best suited for blending or mixing operations. Multiple sources can feed a common hopper, and if this is the case, it is prudent to feed the hopper sequentially in order for multiple ingredients to be measured individually. Batching speed can be a concern for some systems, so a “loss of weight system” can be utilized to meter material parsed out of a respective storage bin. This loss of weight system allows for materials to be simultaneously fed into a common hopper, mixer, or processing apparatus. A great advantage of a loss of weight system is the ability to measure ingredients or materials that are disparate in size.

Indicators with the capability to control batching operations typically possess certain features. Sequencers are utilized to coordinate gate operations for batches of ingredients. Trim weights are weight values used by the operator to compensate for material that will continue to flow after a “stop” action has been initiated. Removing material can be enabled automatically, manually, or from a remote control. Most indicators also come equipped with a decumulative operation. In a decumulative batching operation, the weigh hopper is filled first until the required amount of material has been placed in the hopper. When the operation is started, the material is dumped until the proper amount has been discharged.

Continuous Bulk WeighingContinuous Bulk Weigh

The continuous weighing–also referred to as gravimetric feeding–of a dry bulk solid is normally completed either by continuous belt feeding or loss of weight feeding. Continuous bulk weighing is usually designed to control the flow of material from an upper garner into a lower garner or surge bin. Loss of weight feeders operate by parsing material out of a storage container, using a weight signal feedback to establish a rate over time. Once a low level is reached in a storage bin, the unit must be refilled. Materials that have a coarse, granular consistency would be best suited to a weigh belt feeder to meter material continuously out of the storage apparatus. There is no refill cycle for this system, since the belt is infinitely pulling material and weighing it. The belt in a continuous weigh system incorporates the belt speed with the weight on a belt section to control the rate.

To complete the tasks mandatory for a continuous bulk weighing operation, there are certain attributes within the indicator that will be necessary. Most bulk weighing systems will have a zero limit, trim adjust, fill alarms and timers, maintenance features, and presets. A printing option is required for an operation controlled by FGIS or NTEP regulatory bodies. Each of these functions performs an important utility within the system.

The Zero Tolerance and Trim Adjust functions are standard for continuous bulk weighing. The Zero Tolerance function sets a hopper weight limit; this limit is important since it precludes a new fill from starting if the hopper weight is not near zero. Trim Adjust functions permit gating to close within a certain poundage amount, allowing for a preprogrammed amount of material “in the air” to land in the hopper, reaching the desired weight limitation. Trim Adjust functions can be manual or automatic depending on material consistency. Commodities that are more fluid allow for using automatic settings, whereas for materials with “chunkier” consistencies manual settings tend to be a more viable option.

Digital Fill Control - 4Timer Functions are time delays to guard against material outages and incorrect readings. The Fill Alarms and Dump Time functions are set to a value that, if exceeded, will set off an output alarm to alert operators of a material flow problem. Fill Settle and Extend Dump timer functions allow for the hopper of a given system to settle before a draft of material is completed.

In conclusion, some weight indicators contain valuable programming options and logic to assist automation processes in increasing speed, accuracy, and consistency. Understanding the available options can be critical to meeting production goals or meeting specific industrial needs. Utilizing the correct indicator and its accompanying functions will provide your business with the best prospect to increase profits and viability in the current market.

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Cardinal Scale Manufacturing Co.
203 East Daugherty St.
Webb City, MO 64870
(800) 441-4237

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