[New Service] Measurement Inventory Management

It’s Grand Rapids Metrology’s goal to make metrology easy! One way we accomplish this goal is by taking the uncertainty and frustration of weighing and metrology inventory and data keeping out of your hands with our new Measurement Inventory Management service.

This value-added service is simple, yet immensely useful. Our team of industry-experts will visit your facility to perform an inspection of all your measurement equipment. We’ll first search high and low to find your tools – even missing or misplaced ones. Once each piece of equipment within the scope of work is found, GRM will verify calibration records, ensure certifications are up to date, and record the location of each tool.

The process goes something like this:

Unsure if your company could benefit from this service, ask yourself these questions:

  1. Do you know the exact location of all your measurement equipment?
  2. Do you know if your equipment is obsolete?
  3. Do you know if your equipment is A2LA certified, and is that certification still valid?
  4. Is your equipment’s data stored in any software program and do you have a master list of that information?

However, this is the only question you truly need to ask – Is quality important?

The Measurement Inventory Management service is designed to help you maintain proper recorders, prepare for tough industry audits, and make life easier. The benefits are clear.

 

 

This service acts somewhat like “spring cleaning.” We clear the clutter, get you organized, and get you on track to better recorder-keeping and inventory management- and most importantly, create a better quality system. Enjoy the benefit of being set up in our user-friendly, calibration management program, CERTLINK. Take the burden of tracking calibrations off your shoulders and put it onto ours – we don’t mind!

Curious? Talk to your Account or Service Manage today and we’ll start investigating! Have a question or comment, click the button below to contact us directly.

 

What It Means to be Intrinsically Safe

If you’ve ever browsed websites or catalogs in search of weighing products, you may have come across equipment labelled “Intrinsically Safe,” or IS. Although the name implies this equipment is somehow safer than its non-IS counterparts, many professionals have a hard time defining and understanding its importance.

We’re here to breakdown what intrinsically safe means, why this type of equipment is necessary, the benefits it can offer, and what type of equipment is available in IS models.

 

WHAT IS INTRINSICALLY SAFE?

Intrinsic Safety is a design approach used for equipment going to work in hazardous environments. A hazardous environment is an area that can be exposed to flammable gases, vapors or dusts and have the potential to ignite flame or even combust. There are multiple classifications of hazardous areas, as defined by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), that require appropriately rated equipment such as intrinsically safe scales. Industries such as chemical, pharmaceutical, agriculture and paint manufacturing are often required to use IS products.

The goal of intrinsically safe equipment is to keep temperatures low and prevent sparks from igniting. For instance, IS scales use low power electronics constructed to not generate a spark under any condition.

 

WHEN IS INTRINSICALLY SAFE EQUIPMENT NECESSARY?

If equipment is being installed in an environment with combustible materials, necessary steps must be taken to minimize the risk of ignition.

However, intrinsically safe components alone aren’t necessarily sufficient for OHSA (Occupational Health and Safety Act). OMEGA Engineering, an international instrumentation company, puts it this way, “OHSA accepts IS design as an appropriate approach, although requires that the whole system be designed accordingly. It is not sufficient to just use IS certified components.” There are exceptions to this rule however. For instance, a very low power or passive device that is unlikely to create a spark can be considered a “simple apparatus” and does not need to meet these requirements.

 

WHAT IS THE BENEFITS OF INTRINSICALLY SAFE EQUIPMENT?

Intrinsically safe weighing equipment offers numerous benefits including from the obvious – safety!

Aside from keeping workers and facilities safe from potential explosions, using IS equipment can help save money. First, the cost of an explosion far outweighs the cost of upgrading to products with IS standards. Second, it avoids the cost associated with having to implement explosion proof enclosures.

Because a business invests in IS equipment, insurance premiums can decrease due to the reduced risk provided by an intrinsically safe approach.

Lastly, any diagnostic and repair work can be executed with continuous production. If production had to be shut down for maintenance, money and time would both be lost as a result.

 

WHAT PRODUCTS ARE AVAILABLE WITH INTRINSICALLY SAFE DESIGN?

Through our extensive network of manufacturing partners, Grand Rapids Metrology can offer a variety of IS products from Avery Weigh-Tronix, Rice Lake Weighing Systems, Minebea Intec, Fairbanks, and A & D Weighing. From indicatorsremote displays and barriers, balances, bench scalesplatform and pallet scales, our industry-leading product line is sure to meet your specific IS application needs.

If your business is affected by OHSA intrinsically safe regulations, talk to us. We almost 100 years of experience in the measurement industry, we know a thing or two about IS equipment!

 

 

Sources: OMEGA Engineering

Buying Equipment In 2018: Tax Advantages & Bonus Depreciation

The Business Journals claims 2018 is the year for U.S. manufacturers to invest in their futures. Why? Well the recent change to the tax system, which our CEO, Richard Spruit, discussed in a previous blog, has something to do with it.

Beginning this year, deduction limits changed for all qualifying equipment purchases.

According to IRS Section 179, the deduction limit for equipment purchases is $1,000,000. If you buy or finance a piece of equipment in 2018, you can deduct the Full Purchase Price (up to $1,000,000) from your gross income.

Marlin Business Service Corp. explains, “The 2018 Section 179 deduction threshold for total amount of equipment that can be purchased is $2,500,000.” This means you can purchase more equipment and still have the benefit of the Section 179 deduction.

Bonus Depreciation in the new year has also change. One hundred percent of new and used equipment is now allowed.

“Under Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS) Bonus Depreciation has increased first-year depreciation deduction to 100% (vs. 50%) of the adjusted gross basis of qualified property. This goes into effect for assets placed in service after September 27, 2017 and before January 1, 2023. Another significant change under the new tax law is the ability to use the bonus depreciation for purchases of new or used property. Under prior law, you could only use bonus depreciation for new property,” says Marlin.

For example, say you bought a new truck scale for $90,000 in 2018. Let’s see what your depreciation and tax savings would look like.

 

Equipment Cost: $90,000.00

First Year Write-Off ($1,000,000 is the max. Section 179 write-off): $90,000.00

100% Bonus Depreciation (On any remaining value above $1,000,000): $0.00

March 1st Year Depreciation (Depreciation 20% Year 1 – assuming 5 year property HY convention): $0.00

Total 1st Year Depreciation: $90,000.00

Tax Savings Assuming Rate of 21% (Equipment Cost x 21%): $18,900.00

1st Year Net Cost After Tax Savings (Equipment Cost – Tax Savings): $71,100.00

 

Consider this your time to invest and grow your business! If you have questions about this process, feel free to contact us. If you believe the timing is right for you to invest in equipment this year, check Grand Rapids Metrology’s weighing, metrology and heavy capacity products available.

 

Resources: Avery Weigh-Tronix and Marlin Business Service Corp.

[Video] How To Verify a Scale Using Certified Test Weights

Our Senior Service Technicians, Shayn, demonstrates how to verify a scale using certified test weights! Along the way, he explains what verification is, why it’s important and the best practice for your own verification process.

 

 

For inquires or to purchase certified test weights, quickly and easily request a quote today!

Is Your Counting Scale Obsolete? [New Product & Special Offer]

Do you ever worry your equipment may be obsolete? If it breaks or is damaged, the replacement parts could be limited and costly. Accuracy is important but what’s accuracy with a broken, out-of-date scale?

OBSOLETE EQUIPMENT

If you have any of the following Avery Weigh-Tronix scales, your equipment is becoming, if not already, obsolete.

You may want to consider purchasing a new counting scale – luckily, we have the perfect replacement.

The replacement? Avery Weigh-Tronix’s ZK 840 Programmable Counting Scale. This weighing equipment is considered “future proof” meaning you can avoid having obsolete equipment moving forward. It defies aging with a full range of connectivity options – allowing you to connect with PCs, printers, scanners, remote displays, and more! It also is webpage capable and supports up to five bases. Future technologies will not phase the operations of the ZK 840 – so you’ll get more bang for your buck.

The ZK 840 counting scale offers exceptional accuracy and flexibility. Fully programmable with database inventory control and a suite of applications, this high resolution touch-screen scale has been designed with ease of use and precision in mind.

WORK READY APPLICATIONS

The tough and resilient bench base, combined with the extreme accuracy makes the ZK 840 ideal for any application where strength and precision are essential. Here are some work ready applications of the scale:

  • Balance and Density Weighing
  • High Precision General Weighing
  • Counting
  • Pick List Kitting
  • Inventory Control
  • Checkweighing
  • Average Checkweighing
  • Grading
  • Filling
  • Percentage Recipe Formulation
  • Percentage Weighing

FEATURES

The features of the ZK 840 Counting Scale are unparalleled in the metrology and weighing industry. Read why below or watch the Product Overview video.

Unparalleled Accuracy

  • Count Accuracy: Over 99.75% for parts weighing as light as 10 mg
  • 1 Billion Internal Count Resolution
  • Accurate Piece Weight to 10 Decimal Places

Robust Construction

  • Die-Cast Clamshell Enclosure
  • 1100% Overload Protection
  • Safeguard against Shock and Side Loads

User Friendly Design

  • Intuitive Touch Screen
  • Clear Visual Feedback
  • Reversible Display
  • Fully Programmable

Built-in Database

  • Store key PLU Data
  • Access Real-time stock information

PRODUCT OVERVIEW

For more information or to talk to a metrology expert, contact us. To inquire about the purchase of a ZK 840, quickly and easily request a quote today – mention this post in the MESSAGE and receive a 6% discount for your equipment purchase!