Kansas City, Missouri-based Fairbanks Scales Inc. has released the FB4000 desktop scale instrument, available in a NEMA (National Electrical Manufacturers Association) 12 desktop enclosure and a NEMA 4X stainless steel wash-down enclosure. Each FB4000 features a highway system application, enhanced inbound/outbound application and the kernel application. Users select and configure the desired application during initial FB4000 setup, the company says.
At the heart of the FB4000 is a single board computer (SBC) running a Windows operating system. This adds flexibility for adding accessories and peripheral devices to the FB4000, Fairbanks says. Featuring a wide variety of output and interface ports, the SBC can connect to Ethernet, RS-232, USB 2.0 and HDMI ports.
The FB4000 features a 10.4-inch graphics display and an integrated touch screen. It can operate up to eight scales, managed in groups of four. Ethernet connectivity makes connecting a scale instrument to customers’ existing Ethernet networks easy, Fairbanks says. An optional wireless Ethernet accessory offers plug-and-play configuration to the customer’s existing wireless Ethernet network. Users can directly interface up to two IP cameras to the FB4000 applications and capture, store and print on-screen images, the company says.
The FB4000 offers a high-speed mode when connected to standard Smart Sectional Controllers (SSCs) using Intalogix technology. This allows individual load cell information to be processed at higher speeds than typical truck scale applications, Fairbanks says. The FB4000 also offers diagnostics capability, expanded load cell diagnostics, load cell diagnostic flags and optional email notification for error conditions. The FB4000 can be attached to a network printer or to a PC network for sharing data.
Available accessories for the FB4000 include Intalogix or analog scale Interfaces, a relay interface card, PLC interfaces and a serial expansion card. Also available are passive and active 4-20 mA cards and an accessory expansion card.