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Conveyor belt scale indicator includes a load cell support

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A belt scale indicator is provided for weighing material moving on a conveyor belt supported by an idler assembly. The weighing indicator includes a load cell support and a weighing sensor having a base and a contact portion extending upwardly away from the base. The base of the load cell is configured to bend in response to a vertical force being applied to the contact portion to generate an output signal proportional to the force. The load cell is non-responsive to horizontal forces. The load cell is coupled to the weighing sensor support, and the weight sensor support is coupled to a conveyor frame to suspend the weight sensor below the conveyor belt. The apparatus further includes an idler support for supporting the idler assembly. The idler support is coupled to the weighing cell. The idler support applies a downwardly directed force to the weighing cell to bend the base of the load cell in response to material moving on the conveyor belt over the idler support to change the output signal generated by the load cell in proportion to the weight of the material. The magnitude of the force applied by the idler support changes as the weight of the material moving over the idler support changes.

1. A scale indicator for weighing material moving on a conveyor belt supported by an idler assembly, the weighing indicator comprising:

a cell support formed to include an aperture therein;

a load cell including a base and a contact portion extending upwardly away from the base, the base of the weight sensor being configured to bend in response to a force being applied to the contact portion to generate an output signal proportional to the force;

means for coupling the weighing sensor to the weight sensor support so the weighing cell extends upwardly through the aperture formed in the load cell support;

means for coupling the load cell support to a conveyor frame to suspend the weight sensor below the conveyor belt;

an idler support for supporting the idler assembly; and

means for coupling the idler support to the weighing cell, the idler support applying a downwardly directed force to the weighing cell to bend the base of the load cell in response to material moving on the conveyor belt over the idler support to change the output signal generated by the load cell in proportion to the weight of the material.

2. Claim 1, wherein the idler support includes a top surface, a bottom surface, and an aperture extending between the top surface and bottom surface, and further comprising a fastener extending through the aperture in the idler support for coupling the weighing sensor to the bottom surface of the idler support.

3. Claim 2, wherein the bottom surface of the idler support is formed to include a recessed portion positioned over the weighing cell.

4. Claim 1, wherein the base of the load cell is formed to include a plurality of notched sections therein to increase flexibility of the base.

5. Claim 4, wherein the load cell includes a plurality of strain gauges, one strain gauge being located below each of the plurality of notched sections for generating the output signal in response to bending of the base.

6. Claim 1, wherein the means for coupling the loadcell support to the conveyor frame includes means for adjusting a level of the weight sensor support relative to the conveyor frame.

7. Claim 6, wherein the adjusting means includes means for independently adjusting a level of a first end of the load cell support relative to a first side of the conveyor frame and a second end of the cell support relative to a second side of the conveyor frame.

8. Claim 6, wherein the means for coupling the loadcell support to the conveyor frame includes a first coupler plate for coupling a first end of the weighing sensor support to a first side of the conveyor frame and a second coupler plate for coupling a second end of the weight sensor support to a second side of the conveyor frame.

9. Claim 8, wherein the means for adjusting the level of the load cell support relative to the conveyor frame includes at least one shim configured to be selectively positioned between at least one of the first coupler plate and the first end of the load cell support, the first coupler plate and the first side of the conveyor frame, the second coupler plate and the second end of the weight sensor support, and the second coupler plate and the second side of the conveyor frame.

Description:

BACKGROUND AND SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to a belt scale controller for weighing materials moving on a conveyor belt. More particularly, the present invention relates to a scale indicator that can be easily incorporated into existing conveyor systems.

It is often desirable to measure the mass flow rate of material moving on a conveyor belt. By combining the weight of the material and the speed of the conveyor belt, a continuous indication of the mass flow rate of the material moving on the conveyor belt can be generated. Various types of devices are known for measuring the weight of material moving on a conveyor belt.

It is known to provide load cells situated below a conveyor belt to generate an output signal proportional to the weight of a load moving across a conveyor belt. See, for example, U.S. Pat. Nos. 3,478,830; 3,439,761; 3,785,447; 3,924,729; 4,682,664; 4,788,930; 4,463,816; and 4,557,341. Conventional belt scales are often large, bulky devices which are expensive and often hard to install. Therefore, many conventional belt scale devices are too expensive for many businesses to purchase and install. Smaller businesses also have a need for reliable measurement of the weight or mass flow of material on a conveyor. For instance, concrete facilities and farming or grain handling facilities often need to know the amount of material moving on a conveyor. The present invention provides an accurate yet inexpensive scale indicator that can be easily incorporated into existing belt conveyor systems.

According to the present invention, a scale indicator is provided for weighing material moving on a conveyor belt supported by an idler assembly. The weighing indicator includes a load cell support and a weight sensor. The weighing sensor includes a base and a contact portion extending upwardly away from the base. The base of the weight sensor is configured to bend in response to a vertical force being applied to the contact portion to generate an output signal proportional to the force. The load cell is non-responsive to horizontal forces. The belt scale indicator also includes means for coupling the load cell to the cell support and means for coupling the weight sensor support to a conveyor frame to suspend the load cell below the conveyor belt. The weighing indicator further includes an idler support for supporting the idler assembly and means for coupling the idler support to the weighing cell. The idler support applies a downwardly directed force to the weighing cell to bend the base of the weighing sensor in response to material moving on the conveyor belt over the idler support to change the output signal generated by the load cell in proportion to the weight of the material. The magnitude of the force applied by the idler support changes as the weight of the material moving over the idler support changes.

In one embodiment of the invention, the load cell support is formed to include a central aperture therein for receiving the weighing cell therethrough. In another embodiment, the weight sensor support includes a top surface, and the means for coupling the weighing load cell to the cell support includes a first fastener for coupling a first end of the weight sensor to the top surface of the weighing sensor support and a second fastener for coupling a second end of the load cell to the top surface of the load cell support. First and second shims are located between the cell and the top surface of the cell support adjacent the first and second ends of the weighing sensor, respectively, to elevate the load cell above top surface of the load cell support to permit the base of the weight sensor to bend. The top surface of the load cell support is formed to include a recessed portion located below the weighing sensor to permit further bending of the weight load cell.

According to another aspect of the invention, the idler support includes a top surface, a bottom surface, and an aperture extending between the top and bottom surfaces. A fastener extends through the aperture in the idler support for coupling the load cell to the bottom surface of the idler support. The bottom surface of the idler support is formed to include a recessed portion positioned over the weighing cell.

According to yet another aspect of the present invention, the base of the load cell is formed to include a plurality of notched sections therein to increase the flexibility of the base. The weight sensor includes a plurality of strain gauges. One strain gauge is located below each of the plurality of notched sections for generating the output signal in response to bending or deflection of the base.

According to still another aspect of the present invention, the belt scale indicator further includes means for adjusting the level of the load cell support relative to the conveyor frame. The adjusting means preferably includes means for independently adjusting the level of a first end of the weighing sensor support relative to a first side of the conveyor frame and a second end of the weight sensor support relative to a second side of the conveyor frame. In one embodiment, the means for coupling the loadcell support to the conveyor frame includes a first coupler plate for coupling a first end of the cell support to a first side of the conveyor frame and a second coupler plate for coupling a second end of the load cell support to a second side of the conveyor frame. The means for adjusting the level of the weight sensor support relative to the conveyor frame illustratively includes at least one shim configured to be selectively positioned between the first coupler plate and the first end of the load cell support, between the first coupler plate and the first side of the conveyor frame, between the second coupler plate and the second end of the weighing sensor support, or between the second coupler plate and the second side of the conveyor frame. By selectively placing the shims, the position of the load cell idler station can be adjusted so that it is aligned with idler roller stations both upstream and downstream from the load cell idler station on the conveyor frame. The shims can be selectively placed either to raise or to lower the load cell support on either side of the attachment of the loadcell support to the conveyor frame.

The belt scale indicator of the present invention is easily installed into existing conveyor systems without substantial modification of the conveyor system. The present invention therefore advantageously provides an inexpensive yet accurate belt scale indicator for weighing materials passing over the weighing indicator on a conveyor belt.


Respective topics: Weighing Accuracy   Load Cells   Belt Scale(Belt Weigher)  

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