Watch as our employees, vendors, customers and friends fill boxes to the brim with non-perishable food ready to donate to local Michigan food banks!
Fowler High Precision has released its first edition of the 2018 Tool-A-Thon catalog. The catalog features hundreds of discounts and deals on new and popular metrology products! Each Tool-A-Thon catalog includes small hand tools, micrometers, calipers and even some high-end metrology instruments.
With over 50 new items, this year’s Tool-a-Thon is more inclusive than ever before! Discounts and deals are valid from January 1st, 2018 to April 30th, 2018.
Does something peak your interest? Request a quote today and we’ll get you set up with your own accredited and calibrated Fowler metrology products!
You’re doing it wrong.
No one likes to be told they’re doing something wrong, but sometimes it’s true.
We’ve been around for awhile, so we’ve seen a few slow, costly and inefficient weighing processes. Don’t get us wrong — they might get the job done for now, but don’t you want to more than slow, inefficient or costly? We’ve witnessed the wasted time, resources and manpower, but no more.
We want to tell you you’re doing it wrong — but we also want to fix it. Let us explain.
Grand Rapids Metrology is rolling out a new service aimed to fix all your “it.” This is our Process Improvement Service and it acts like any other consulting service! GRM will study your current weighing processes while searching out inaccurate and inefficient methods. We’ll then suggest improvements aimed at optimization to create the most effective use of your resources.
We have an entire division dedicated to problem solving. So when we study your operations, we’ll design solutions that will increased efficiency, accuracy and traceability. Quality will undoubtedly improve.
With almost a century of measurement experience, a knowledgeable team of engineers and technicians, and applications in a variety industries, we’re considered experts at crafting weighing solutions.
The math is simple!
When you invest in a Process Improvement Service, our experts will:
- Study and evaluate current operations
- Discuss recommendations for improving current operations
- Provide a quote with pricing and requirements to complete the proposed solution
Our team is able to establish simple, easy-to-use solutions for your complex measurement application. Our applications are proven to:
- Promote Efficiency
- Free Up Manpower
- Reduce Cost
- Shrink Lead-Times
- Increase Quality
We hate to tell you you’re doing “it” wrong, but we’d also love to find a cure for your slow, costly and inefficient processes. We’re happy to talk to you about GRM’s Process Improvement Service and how it can benefit your business. Give us a call at (800) 348-5701 or send us a message by clicking the button below.
Grand Rapids Metrology is now a distributor for Minebea Intec, formerly a division of Sartoruis. In this video, we’ll discuss two new products now offered through this partnership and how they can potentially save you millions of dollars.
The FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act, commonly known as FSMA, is the most comprehensive reform in food safety law in over 70 years. The act seeks to increase the safety of U.S. food supply by switching the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it. The ultimate goal is to minimize illness and death caused by unsafe food. Here is how FSMA has been effecting food and packing safety in the industry since its implementation:
This act requires compliance throughout the food industry. For companies with greater than 500 employees, the registration date to comply with the first FSMA rule, Preventive Controls – was September 19, 2016. However, for companies with fewer than 500 employees, September 18, 2017 was this year’s deadline. Read more for an in-depth look all the actions implemented by FSMA.
The major components of FSMA are enhanced partnership, prevention, inspection compliance response, and import safety.
With a concentration on preventing contamination, a strong emphasis is placed on the data, traceability, and cleanliness of the production process. The experts at Avery Weigh-Tronix put it simply, “This risk-based preventive approach to food safety relies on data and expertise to pinpoint potential food safety issues along the production, distribution and supply chain.”
To abide to FSMA, FDA suggests organizations implement a “thorough system for documenting internal process and record keeping.” Doing so would prove legal standards are being met.
Data and documentation are a key element of any weighing process and there are many points throughout food production that require weight to be taken. Scales that provide traceability of products and ingredients from “cradle to grave” are the ideal weighing solution for FSMA purposes. A scale supplier of Grand Rapids Metroloyg’s reports that, “IP rated bench and indicators can help food suppliers to achieve both backward and forward traceability (be able to identify where all the ingredients came from and where they went).”
A hygienic process is also crucial when preventing contamination. In regards to weighing, the most hygienic applications are those with IP69K ratings. The critera for IP standards are as follows:
Stainless steel, washdown scales and indicators all have IP ratings. IP69K scales and indicators resist dust and water better than any other rated weighing equipment. Their sleek and innovative designs are free of hard seems, rivets, and screws — typically, the areas where bacteria builds up. Not only does the design defend against contamination, but the structure also protects the electronics of the scale which prevents any damage the the scale’s integrity and accuracy.
Including scales and indicators with IP69K ratings to your production process will help align your operation to FSMA regulations. Grand Rapids Metrology can provide a variety of washdown-rated weighing equipment; balances, bench scales, checkweighers, floor scales, indicators, load cells, and more. Some of our main suppliers of washdown products include Rice Lake, Avery Weigh-Tronix, and Ohaus. Such weighing equipment can provide the cleanliness and traceability that FSMA demands.
By complying to FSMA regulations, food production processes prevent contamination that have caused series illness and death in the past. All these products can be purchased and placed into service by Grand Rapids Metrology.
Hurricane Harvey will go down in history similar to Hurricane Katrina. We’ll remember the lives lost, cities destroyed, homes and business that vanished, and the physical, mental and emotional toll experienced by millions. Harvey is being called the worst flooding disaster in U.S. history, but that isn’t the only overwhelming statistic.
Fortunately, Harvey’s fatalities are much lower than Katrina’s. This is can contributed to many reasons including the prompt communication of news, weather and government outlets who helped citizen prepare for the hurricane and evacuate accordingly. However, the cost for both hurricanes are outrageous.
Grand Rapids Metrology couldn’t sit idly by while these devastating numbers continued to rise. Our management team proposed a way for employees and the company to help those who were losing nearly everything in Texas.
All employees were given a link to the Red Cross website where donations of any size could be made. That wasn’t all — the company promised to match all donation up to $100 made by every team member.
With our paid volunteer hours, GRM Cares program, and annual Christmas donations, Grand Rapids Metrology is known for giving in the local community. When a community 1,225 miles away desperately needed help, we were not surprised that our employees were eager to lend a hand.
In less than a week of collecting donations, Grand Rapids Metrology raised $2,380!
We know our contribution is being put to good use through the Red Cross.
“The American Red Cross is using donor dollars right now to provide shelter, food, comfort and emergency support for individuals and families affected by Harvey. And our work is just beginning— we will use financial donations to help people recover and get back on their feet in the challenging weeks and months ahead.”
The hurricanes, Harvey and most recently Irma, may have passed but their devastating aftermath lives on. To help the millions still in need, donate to the Red Cross today. Donations — no matter how big or small — change lives.
We recently completed renovations on our Grand Rapids headquarters and we want to celebrate – with you! Come take a tour of our new space, visit our featured vendor showcase, win door prizes and have some fun with food, drinks and music!
Date: Wednesday, September 20th, 2017
Time: 2:00 – 6:00 PM
Place: Grand Rapids Metrology
4215 Stafford Ave. SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49548
Please RSVP to the event to help us prepare an awesome time for the right number of people!
Save the event to your Outlook Calendar: Grand Rapids Metrology Open House
As a distributor for over 40 manufacturers, Grand Rapids Metrology has an extensive scope of metrology, heavy capacity, and weighing equipment. However, we never stop seeking out new vendors and high quality products to help better serve our customers.
With that mentality, Grand Rapids Metrology has recently partnered with MadgeTech, a manufacturer of precision data loggers. MadgeTech has been setting the standard for excellence in data logging products and technology for over 20 years. Based in New Hampshire, MadgeTech is an international leader in the industry, selling products in over 100 countries worldwide.
MadgeTech’s data loggers accommodate a wide variety of applications and can measure elements including humidity, temperature, current, pressure, voltage and more. Their wireless data loggers report real-time, continuous data and pair with MadgeTech’s Cloud Service – allowing you to monitor data on a cloud enable device, such as your smartphone.
MadgeTech data loggers are user-friendly, accurate, timely and fit conveniently into work environments. Their products are ideal for many industries including food, pharmaceutical, and energy.
Not only can GRM provide the sale of data loggers, we can also provide calibration and repair services. Grand Rapids Metrology is A2LA/ISO 17025 accredited to calibrate data loggers allowing you to comply with strict industry standards.
Are you in need of a data logger? Quickly and easily request a quote today and our experts will find the perfect solution for you! Have a question or need help with your purchasing decision, contact us or call at (800) 348-5701.
When you’re conducting a study focused on easing the sizable medical cost in third world countries – where do you go to conduct research? You’re regional metrology company probably wouldn’t be your first thought, but that’s exactly where Professor Sinniah and his research students went!
Dr. Sinniah is a professor of chemistry at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI. His three research students are chemistry and bio-chemistry majors. They were nearing the end of their summer project when a problem arouse. The equipment being used to perform the tests was proving to be incompetent, for the students needed to use high-quality metrology equipment in order to generate results.
The purpose of their study was to determine if mesh fabric in mosquito nets could serve as a substitute for the medical mesh used in hernia repair surgeries in third world countries. Medical mesh is these regions is very expensive and often unaffordable, but mosquito nets are much more economical – priced roughly around $20. If the mosquito material was established as a sufficient substitute to the medical mesh, third world countries could confidently make the switch to the more cost-effective and equally safe solution. While this practice is already in use in some parts of Africa, the Calvin student’s study ultimately confirms the mosquito nets are a suitable, safe and practical alternative.
The students had performed a comprehensive heavy metal analysis of the two materials prior to their visit at Grand Rapids Metrology, however they still needed to measure the break strength of the mesh materials post sterilization. Recall their equipment was not suited for the testing of such materials, the Calvin students needed GRM’s help.
After a brief internet search, Dr. Sinniah came across Grand Rapids Metrology’s website prompting a call to our office. After speaking with our Technical Sales Manager, Seth Damoose, the Calvin team was all set to visit our calibration lab and use our Starrett Force Measurement System 500. This machine is able to grasp cloth and other thin materials. The machine the students used at Calvin was designed to hold metals and plastics making it ineffective for testing mesh.
Dr. Sinniah and his students were very grateful to have access to Grand Rapids Metrology’s calibration lab and Starrett Force Measurement System. They reported the FMS500 to work impeccably for their application. They hope to purchase a force measurement system of their own to be used in upper-level teaching and research laboratories.
Grand Rapids Metrology was more than happy to help the Calvin students with their summer project, one that’s impact will extend far beyond West Michigan.