By Steve Watson
Batching systems, whether manual or automated, are everywhere. Compounding liquid solutions or blending powdered components into a final mixture is one of the most common industrial weighing applications.
For smaller material batches an industrial scale is the preferred tool for completing the task, especially where dispensing of several components is done in smaller quantities without permanently attached filling lines to the bulk batch container. Each component is added to the mixture one-at-a-time, weighed and accumulated with other component ingredients. This can be done manually or dispensed automatically from an overhead hopper. These systems work extremely well when individual components are relatively close in weight to each other and only a few components are needed to complete the batch.