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Application Stories and Case Studies

Application stories and case studies are an excellent source of information about how Rice Lake weighing equipment and process controllers are used in industries and environments around the globe. They provide technical information as well as advice for anyone new to the weighing industry or wanting to install a similar system. 

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Building Legacies from the Ground Up

Rice Lake’s durable RoughDeck® AX-1 axle scale helps Endicott Brick optimize truckloads of their industry-leading products that build legacies from the ground up.

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Smith Oasis Cattle Benefits from Onsite Weighing

Rice Lake Weighing Systems’ MAS-LC stationary livestock scales increase safety and maximize profits for this Texas ranch.

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Ready to Roll

505-Junk uses Rice Lake Weighing Systems' TradeRoute onboard weighing system to keep their business going.

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Community Matters

Using Rice Lake Retail Solutions, WIScale provided a complete grocery solution from front counter to back room—a perfect fit for a chain that found a perfect home in Rice Lake.

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Best in Show

Rice Lake Weighing Systems has been a part of Wisconsin’s Barron County Fair since the 1940s, but today you won’t find Rice Lake in a booth. Instead, Rice Lake scales are put to work in the livestock barn.

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Building Blocks

Rice Lake's Master belt scales revolutionized a Dutch brick manufacturer's production. Today, the factory is performing at unprecedented efficiency.

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Hectáreas Fantásticas

Un sistema de pesaje completo de Rice Lake (incluso una SURVIVOR OTR, 920i, LaserLight y RFID) moderniza a Weise Brothers Farms.

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Have Tools, Will Travel

Joe Heinicke, Rice Lake field service engineer, goes a long way to install CB-2 automated concrete batching systems.

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Flipping for Wireless

Dolphins Plus uses wireless communication with the MSI-8000HD and TranSend™ to enhance diet and weight management capabilities.

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From the Heart of Darkness, the BCi Brings Energy

The BCi scale/920i indicator combo is used throughout the lifecycle of coal, from the mine, to barge loading, to its final destination at the power plant.

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Extreme Clean: Meeting Meat's Cleanliness Standards

RoughDeck QC-X sanitary floor scales and 480 Legend Series digital weight indicators keep clean throughout the pork production process.

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DRS Power Technologies Weigh as They Build

A custom portable cabinet stores and transports a 920i® and a set of four RL 9000 TWM low-profile 100,000 pound capacity weigh modules.

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Aloha Automatización

Bonded Materials es singular, no solo por sus temas Hawayanos en la casa de básculas, sino también por sus pisos inmaculados y automatización al 100% con los indicadores programables 920i y 820i de Rice Lake, así como con la báscula de control de calidad IQ plus 590-DC.

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Don's First Job

Don’s first job was in the same meat shop that he owns today. He uses Ishida Astra® retail printers with Astralink® PC software for operator-friendly, professional features.

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The Science of Silos

An impressive R&D center has a complete small-scale plant to test materials and develop customized flow technology, including silos mounted on Rice Lake RL9000 load cells.

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The Spirit of a Brew

Rice Lake’s weigh modules and weight indicators keep the local spirit alive at the Chippewa River Distillery.

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The Wisconsin Brand

Rice Lake Weighing Systems’ livestock scales are proudly manufactured in the heart of America’s dairyland. Get an inside look at the manufacturing process.

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Surviving the Tignish Wind

Tignish is said to be the windiest spot in Canada. The 820i and BenchMark provide accurate weighments of lobster, crab, mackerel and tuna in this harsh environment.

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Tale of Two Techs

A marriage between two technologies triggers the merging of knowledge and joining of forces by two technical strangers assigned to the same task.

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The Almighty Almond

RoughDeck floor scales and a custom software system automate weight certificates, traceability and reporting in the almond industry.

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Stamping Out Repetitive Manual Labor

Graham Stamping needed a single unified system that could take in both front office and production floor data, integrate and make changes instantly, without sacrificing visibility

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Smarter HMI, Simpler Operation

The ideal HMI indicator must be like the ultimate assistant who anticipates the need, expresses itself in a familiar manner, and produces the desired results with a minimum of prompting.

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Steering Profits

It would seem that in the case of shrink, he who has the scale is in control of the transaction. Most people think they can’t afford to buy a scale like this. But when you get right down to it, what most people don’t realize is—they can’t afford not to.

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Rice Lake Red Goes Green

The Akron Zoo brought together a custom RoughDeck floor scale and a Swedish composting machine in a unique and environmentally friendly application.

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Rig it Right

The MSI-7300's lightweight design, large display, RF Remote Display capabilities and industry-leading safety specifications help rigging crews stay within safe parameters.

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Roots in Rice Lake, Branches Worldwide

As Rice Lake Weighing Systems continues to expand across the globe, our origin in the small town of Rice Lake, Wisconsin continues to drive our values and character.

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Serving Every Industry

Rice Lake serves virtually every industry. This variety is illustrated in articles throughout the summer 2016 magazine.

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Rice Lake Scales Help Break World Records

Rice Lake scales were used to weigh the largest shrimp cocktail ever made, largest fruit salad and largest edible chocolate sculpture. When people set out to shatter world records, they rely on Rice Lake floor scales to deliver accurate and provable weight data.

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Rice Lake Brings Home the Gold

The International Society of Weighing & Measurement (ISWM) gave Rice Lake Weighing Systems triple honors at the June 2008 Conference & Expo.

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Rice Lake Medical Scales Go to the Mat

The Rice Lake 140-10-7N portable fitness scale used at the wrestling tournaments is a Legal for Trade scale that provides the highest possible accuracy. It has a 600 lb. capacity even Sumo wrestlers won’t challenge—even though it weighs only 20 lbs.

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Prince Edward Island

The 820i , CW-80 and BenchMark land the biggest catch in the mussel industry.

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Pressing need for a unique three-million-pound press

Vehicle armor is essential to survive armed conflict. Technical Weighing Services, Inc. uses Rice Lake instrumentation and load cells in weighing and control systems for steel plants that product flat carbon products for military projects.

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Play-by-Play

It was 4:11 P.M. on a now frantic Sunday afternoon when Martin Nower, senior scale technician for 26 years with Hammel Scale Co., Kansas City, KS, called Rice Lake’s after-hours emergency service line.

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Paradise Found

When Yuni Shiramizu moved to the U.S., she began working as a coffee waitress. Today, she owns a local scale business with perhaps the largest service territory on Earth.

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Paying it Forward

The New England Organ Bank has implemented a custom Rice Lake scale for their unique application. Rice Lake is honored to be but a small part in helping the New England Organ Bank give the ‘gift of life’.

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Our Day at the Zoo

The Denver Zoo needed a scale that could stand up to abuse from its silverback gorillas. An 18-inch by 24-inch RoughDeck was installed and has been going strong ever since.

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Noble Mountain

The finest Christmas trees in the world are bulk-weighed on a RoughDeck AX-1 axle scale.

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No Waste of Energy

By utilizing most dependable and accurate axle scales on the market, uptime is enhanced, safety is assured and there is no waste of energy at this high-tech transfer station.

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Newfoundland: Where Shrimp, Icebergs, and Moose Roam Free

The 920i® controls an NDS production line where 120,000 pounds of shrimp are processed each day.

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Five Generations on Lone Pine Farm

Rice Lake livestock scales pull their own weight on a family farm.

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In Search of the Perfect Pig

Weight counts, but manners matter. OEM Mosdal Scale builds custom equipment for modern agricultural applications.

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Job Shadowing the 920i

A 920i-controlled portable filling station takes the guessing and grunt work out of filling containers with waterbased polyurethane.

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Likeliest Catch

A North Pacific scale dealer keeps customers hooked on service and MSI's Port-A-Weigh crane scales.

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Mejor por Racimo

Desde la granja hasta la caja registradora, los productores de plátano de América Central encuentran cierto encanto en los indicadores 820i y 920i de Rice Lake.

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Murray's Chicken: Handled with Care

Murray’s Chicken uses Progressive Scale’s “Provision Processing System” with the 920i running the majority of their production. They have had unprecedented uptime since its installation.

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The Weight of Seconds

Lakeview Medical Center enriches patient comfort and streamlines emergency patient intake with Rice Lake's medical scales.

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Timeless Tile

The 920i® formulates waterproof, fireproof, fadeproof tile by controlling two bucket lifts, five conveyor belts, five in-motion conveyor scales and monitoring levels in five silos.

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The Cotton-picking 920i

Rice Lake's 920i indicator/controller is part of agricultural weighing and data management systems that simplify cotton and grain test plot harvesting for major seed companies and research universities.

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Agricultural Intelligence

Paired with Rice Lake’s 920i® digital weight indicator, feed mills to farms are able to have one connected solution for more efficient operations.

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Rolling with the Cranberry Punches

A 421 Master™ belt scale and 920i® weight indicator weigh berries in motion at Badger State Fruit Processing to keep their operations running like clockwork.

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A Retail Star is Born

Sun Foods and Dragon Star Supermarket provide a wide variety of ethnic foods in the Saint Paul, Minnesota area. When they needed to boost efficiency to better serve their customers, they turned to WM-Ai automatic wrappers.

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Gold Standard Calibration

Rice Lake Weighing Systems created custom calibration weights to help a refinery meet strict gold bullion trade standards.

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Studies with Scales

Learn how a college's plastics engineering department effectively manages resin supply with weight data.

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Calibrating the Made in America Class

Rice Lake proudly adorns Made in America on all of our calibration weights!

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A Whole New Dimension to Outbound Shipping

It takes three seconds for iDimension® dimensioners to capture Legal for Trade, NTEP Certified dimensions of pallets at Midwest Motor Express.

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Tread Life

Tires enjoy an afterlife well beyond their 50,000 mile warranty, thanks in large part to products like Rice Lake’s 920i and the resourcefulness of companies like Ecore International.

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The Nose Knows

Diabetic alert dogs at Dogs4Diabetics have a strict health regimen, including maintaining an ideal weight with the help of a Rice Lake RoughDeck® floor scale.

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Home Free

Rice Lake Weighing Systems' products star on the TV show “HOME FREE,” featuring couples vying to win their dream home. The show is hosted by Mike Holmes, a professional contractor and the host and creator of the hit TV series “Holmes on Homes®,” “Holmes Inspection” and “Holmes Makes It Right.” Episode 104 on August 12, 2015 uses Rice Lake Weighing Systems’ products on the show!

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Better by the Bunch

From farm to checkout counter, Central-American banana producers find a certain appeal in Rice Lake’s 820i® and 920i®.

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New Vision

Gail Be was declared legally blind in 1995. Little did she know that her eyesight would be restored and she would create the world's heaviest beaded wedding dress—and need a highly accurate scale to document it for the record books.

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Under the Indy Lights

Aaron Telitz captured tarmac magic to win the 2016 Pro Mazda Championship in his Rice Lake Weighing Systems’ sponsored race car.

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Waveweigh Sails Through Sea Trials

A dual-channel 920i and motion compensation scale is used by offshore oil rigs to replace scales that fluctuated during rough seas.

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The Day Hollywood Called

Hollywood called Rice Lake and needed a scale in two weeks! The RoughDeck and 920i proudly star in an episode of NBC's The Office.

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A Golden Opportunity

When Golden Harvest Foods in Saint Paul, Minnesota reopened after a fire that caused significant damage to their building, they outfitted their store with Rice Lake's retail equipment to help them remain a community staple for generations to come.

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Painting the Future

Pinturas Doal had been making paint by hand. The power of the 920i® changed all that. It was programmed to store orders and formulas, and control 14 ingredients in an automated system.

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Sticky Situation

A flooring adhesive company upgraded their technology to 920i indicator/controllers with 24-channel i/o and Ethernet outputs.

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Weighing Meat from Farm to Table

From the farm to the dinner table, weighing is a critical part of every stage of livestock handling, meat production and finally, point-of-sale. Whether at the ranch, processing facility, shipping department or deli, meat should be weighed frequently to ensure quality and compliance with food regulations.

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Sweet Success with the 920i

The 920i controls a network of five PLCs at a flavored gelatin plant. D’Gari’s recipes must be followed to the milligram, which is important since some of the ingredients are extremely concentrated.

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Birchwood's Bluegills

The town of Birchwood's fishing contest was a success with a BenchMark™ bench scale, 880 indicator and LaserLight2 remote display.

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Reputation on the Line

The 920i indicator/controller calculates different grain densities, moisture content and draft size, and uses this information to adjust closing gates.

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It's Alive!

Blue jean enzyme fermentation containers are customized with Rice Lake load cells connected directly to the vessel—an industry first. IQ plus 355 indicators with analog output report back to a PLC to control the process.

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Rice Lake Rules at zMax Dragway

The 720i indicator and two 8 ft x 14 ft RoughDecks, joined to act as one scale, weigh drag cars at zMax Dragway.

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Anchors Aweigh

Rice Lake test weights are placed aboard ships and then moved transversely from side to side to apply a known moment as the heel angle is measured. Using the principles of naval architecture, the vertical center of gravity is then calculated.

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Coking Coal

GTR Scales uses Rice Lake's 920i® for CanmetENERGY to help create the cleanest, most efficient coke for the steel-making industry.

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Raising the Dough

Eight IQ plus® 355 weight indicators and one 820i® weight indicator control a minor-ingredient batching system geared toward the baking industry.

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Team Spirit on a Grand Scale

Rice Lake steps up to the plate for professional sports teams, powder-coating their team logos on scale platforms.

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Searching for the Missing Part

720i indicator/controllers are used in a a unique mobile checkweighing solution for Thule car-related products—eliminating missing parts in their products.

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How Much Does a Jockey Weigh?

Rice Lake's DeckHand and IQ plus® 390-DC offer a professional solution to weigh jockeys—even when they are covered in mud.

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Animals Say Ahhhh!

Zoo animal handlers and veterinarians cannot peer down a giraffe’s throat. The RoughDeck floor scale stands up to animal use and performs dependably.

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Playing his Part for Vets

Mark Bristow, scale technician, is a volunteer guitar instructor for Guitars for Vets (G4V)—a national program that has given away over 800 guitars and more than 1,500 lessons.

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The Perfect Mix

The 720i’s combination of power and ease-of-use makes it an ideal fit for complicated batching systems across the food, chemical, animal feed and construction industries.

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At the End of the Line

The 720i’s peak-hold feature demonstrates the effects of improper wire-rope rigging.

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The 920i and Android Detect Caterpillar Abuse

Two axle scales, Rice Lake’s 920i® indicator and an Android™ smartphone document truck weighments to ensure any truck warranty claims are valid.

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Raising Million Dollar Bucks

A 920i feed-mixing and batching system (with 250 feed formulas consisting of up to 10 ingredients each) helps Antler Valley Whitetail Ranch formulate nutritionally optimal deer food.

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In the Winners Circle

Jones Feed Mill Ltd. produces high-calcium, limestone-based feed for cattle, pigs, horses and chickens. The feed recipes are batched using 40 micro scales that all feed into one load cell.

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Red is Delicious

From picking to packing, fruit is measured, sorted and weighed by a variety of Rice Lake scales—providing the weighments needed to keep this family-owned company's operation running smoothly.

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Ingredients of Success

Pasta Montana discovered their secret ingredients to success with modernization and Rice Lake scales, and are now producing the most delicious dish of all—profits.

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A Spark of Innovation in the Grand Canyon

With the help of Rice Lake's CB-3 concrete batch controller, the Grand Canyon West’s visitor center and parking lot were renovated with onsite batching.

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The 2nd 500-year Flood

When record flood waters receded, two SURVIVOR pitless truck scales were installed in 24 hours to weigh damaged products for insurance purposes.

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Speed Machine

Rice Lake is a proud sponsor of USF 2000 race car driver, Aaron Telitz. Having a partner in the scale business has its perks.

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Turning Grain Dust Into Gold

The combination of the SURVIVOR® OTR single-pit grain-dump truck scale and Lowry dust-collection equipment enables drivers to fully open gates on their trailers, and the system takes the grain away as fast as they can unload it.

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Gleaming Grocery

A grocery chain incorporates Rice Lake Retail Solutions’ Ishida Uni-9 scales to reduce errors and add a marketing edge.

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Smoothing the Road: RoughDecks Checkweigh Chryslers

Four pit-style RoughDecks® and a 920i dual channel indicator are set up in Chrysler’s customer satisfaction audit area to checkweigh a sampling of 20 cars per day.

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Farmer's Trust

SURVIVOR OTR truck scales and 920i indicators cultivate farmers' trust for River Country Co-op.

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Weighing Wine from A to Z

A SURVIVOR® OTR truck scale and 720i™ indicator/controller are premium tools of efficiency in commercial winemaking.

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1280 in Full Control

Dual 1280 Enterprise Series weight indicators and a 920i controller drive a masonry plant’s automated processes in Mexico.

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Measuring Greatness with the Green Bay Packers

The Green Bay Packers use Rice Lake’s iDimension® dimensioning systems to cost-effectively ship online orders.

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Wing Walking the 920i

Before assembly of an aircraft can even begin, one of a plane’s most essential elements—the wings—must undergo strenuous force testing. That's where the 920i comes in.

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Balancing Act

With all the elements involved with making a pizza, the Equipoise stands out as the key ingredient to success. Its balance of features and price give it a unique position in the industry—dishing up savings with minimal investment.

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Weighing the World

Rice Lake's products are used throughout the world. Learn about applications in Mexico, Germany, the United Kingdom, Singapore and Ukraine.

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Bright Idea in Shipping

Learn how LightBulbs.com doubled their shipping throughput without adding iDimension® dimensioners and Logistyx Ship-IT™ software.

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Fair Weight

A 4-H group helped build a scale barn and upgrade the Polk County Fair’s livestock weighing system to Rice Lake’s Legal for Trade SAS single animal livestock scale to increase efficiency and comply with future state legislation.

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A New Way to Ship

The story of one online retailer’s journey across the big blue of billable weight changes with iDimension™ 300.

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Going the Distance

From remote to local locations, there is no limit to where you will find Rice Lake. The summer 2015 edition of Rice Lake Magazine highlights exciting scale and process control applications around the world—including sites you might not expect.

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A Treasured Island

At Wa’ab Community Health Center in Yap, the staff uses a Rice Lake Competitor Series body composition analyzer to help educate Yapese locals about their body composition and healthy living.

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Onboard with Precision Loads

Rice Lake's non-Legal for Trade onboard vehicle weighing system empowers vacuum truck drivers to monitor their collection weights.

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Onboard with TradeRoute

LFI needed a Legal for Trade onboard scale, but their treacherous delivery routes through Canada’s rough country roads would demand the most durable solution. They installed TradeRoute, a Legal for Trade onboard scale.

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A Winning Investment

Bringing the scale to the cattle captures lost revenue and can save thousands of dollars on shrink. Read how Rice Lake livestock scales are a cash cow for profits.

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Legend of the Ammo Box

Rice Lake Weighing Systems' founder, Donald B. Johnson, turned ammo boxes into shipping containers for worn scale parts.

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Stable Weight

At Leading Edge Veterinary Services in Springbrook, Wisconsin, large animal veterinarians Dr. Abagail Mickelson, DVM, and Dr. Ed Metcalf, DVM, rely on a Rice Lake animal scale and digital weight indicator to weigh equine patients.

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