Brian Wood from Accuweigh 's VIC branch recently completed the fastidious overhaul of a relic from a bygone era - a Dayton barrel scale.
Brian spent many hours utilising his highly-honed skills to breathe life back into this historical machine that is owned by Fergusson Plarre bakehouse in Melbourne to enable it to become a display piece for their shopfront.
Although refurbishing mechanical scales may seem to be totally unrelated to the new digital scales, but the dynamics of weighing still remain the same, mass and controlled mechanical movement.
These also apply to a digital loadcell as it too still relies on the controlled mechanical compression or bending of its metal body.
The output is electrical rather than mechanical, but many of the basic alignment and limited friction principles that were so critical with mechanical scales still apply today.
All too often, an electronics only technician can be totally stumped trying to faultfind a seemingly electronic fault that eventually turns out to be a basic mechanical alignment issue.
Brian still retains the all important knowledge of basic mechanical weighing principles and who are prepared to pass their knowledge and experience onto the younger generation.