I’m not ashamed to admit it: I’m a weights and measures geek. For the past 22 years my work has primarily involved the design and development of automated solutions for industrial-level agricultural interests, primarily in California. When I’m not developing weighing and processing applications involving the agricultural industry, I’m busy developing weighing applications for other industrial clients in the chemical, transportation and aggregate processing industries.
All of this was done from atop a crane cabin a couple of hundred feet above the ground.
My goal as a programmer was fairly straightforward: measure the force (weight) that was placed on each load cell as the dummy fell into the net and transmit those values—along with the “peak weights” for each load cell—to a PC for lab analysis at a later time.
Fun project. It’s the kind of project that makes a weights and measures geek very happy.
About the Author
Al Blazo is an independent consultant with twenty years of experience in the weighing, measurement and process control industry. Al specializes in applications development for the GSE® line of process control instrumentation. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and welcomes readers’ comments.